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The President made an off-the-record stop at Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles during his recent visit to L.A.
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Surprise! President Barack Obama greets stunned patrons at Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles. Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., is at right. After arriving in L.A. at about 4:30 p.m. PST, taking the Marine One helicopter to a landing zone in Brentwood
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pected sources. They will be carefully packaged to go unnoticed. Unwrap everything and look inside. There will be empty boxes, but there will also be a prize in an unanticipated situation. Soul Affirmation: I look for the good in all that comes to me this week. CORPIO ~ Don’t respond to situations in a hasty manner this week. Your impulsive side is strong. Suppress it. Play a game called self-control. You know that this is the kind of game that you can win easily. Smile as you play at not being emotionally affected by an important matter, and eventually you’ll really won’t be emotionally affected. Soul Affirmation: I give my mind a holiday again this week. AGITTARIUS ~ Offer to help someone in your office who is struggling with a difficult project that you have mastered in the past. There will be several birthday celebrations that you are invited to. Attend them all! Celebrate! Soul Affirmation: I give thanks for who I am this week. APRICORN ~ Think of who you like to have fun with. Give them a call. Plan something that diverts you from your unexciting tasks. Spend some money. Find a place that jumps. Jump with it. Flirt. Even serious people flirt once in a while, especially if you’ve worked your buns off all week. Soul Affirmation: The true path is mapped out by my impulses. QUARIUS ~ You’re likely to experience a blast from the past. An acquaintance will meet up with you again. Don’t be shy in establishing a more solid friendship this time. It could lead to something important professionally or personally. Love sometimes works better the second time around. Soul Affirmation: Smooth communications is the key to my success this week. ISCES ~ Who are the people who are empowered to assist you? The material objective you are focused on right now is very doable. All you need is some assistance. Ask for it. It’s coming soon. Soul Affirmation: I let positive emotions carry me through the week.
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RIES ~ Harmonious communications are part of your charm, and you’ll get far this week by speaking your word in an easygoing way. You’ll find that your domestic arrangements are very comfortable to you. Soul Affirmation: I let my words reveal the not-so-hidden truth about my being. AURUS ~ This week is a good week to get in touch with your emotional self. You will respond well to what people close to you will ask from you. Your loved ones will appreciate your kindness when they find out how highly sensitive you are to their needs. Soul Affirmation: My life itself is my greatest creation. EMINI ~ You know what you want and you have the ability to make it happen. Step into action at work this week and you will get a lot done. You can get what you want without being too demanding. Enjoy the time you have with your family. True rewards come from those who are related to you by blood. Soul Affirmation: Truth is revealed in the smallest grain of sand. ANCER ~ Live this week with an adventurer’s spirit. Trade in the comfortable for the exciting; the reliable for the intriguing; the familiar for the new. Perhaps a change of scenery will get you started. You will rediscover feelings that you have denied yourself for a while. Soul Affirmation: Communication is a skeleton key that fits many doors. EO ~ If you’ve just made a power move in your work life or love life, you couldn’t have timed it any better. There will be a new level of appreciation and admiration for your leadership and forcefulness. Soul Affirmation: I work hard to combat envy this week. IRGO ~ You’ve made your point. Now wait. Wait for the feedback about the impact it had on the people around you. Be careful of those who don’t celebrate with you. They feel the impact and are resisting the positive effects. Soul Affirmation: Before goodness can come, I must expect goodness. IBRA ~ Be sharp! All of your needs will be met in indirect ways. Gifts will come from unex-
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Marine Corps to teach story of first Black Marines BY JULIE WATSON ASSOCIATED PRESS OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Oscar Culp does not like to remember. His mind has erased the harshest details. But the pain still stings for the 87-year-old World War II veteran, who endured boot camp in a snake-infested North Carolina swampland as one of the first Blacks admitted to the Marine Corps. He wipes a tear. Black Marines were barred from being stationed with Whites at nearby Camp Lejeune. But what hurt worse, he says, was returning from the battlefield to a homeland that ordered him to sit at the back of the bus and drink out of separate fountains from the White Americans he had just put his life on the line to protect. “Excuse me,” he says, pulling out a handkerchief. “Sometimes we get a little emotional about it.” The story of the first Black Marines is a part of history few Americans — and even few Marines — have learned. Unlike the Army’s Buffalo Soldiers or the Army Air Corps’ Tuskegee Airmen, the Montford Point Marines have never
been featured in popular songs or Hollywood films, or recognized nationally. The Corps’ new commandant
intends to change that. Nearly 70 years after the Marine Corps became the last military branch to accept Blacks under orders from
general — will know the history of those men who crossed the threshold to fight not only the enemy they were soon to know overseas, but the enemy of racism and segregation in their own country,” Amos said. Amos has spent the year lobbying Congress to grant Montford Point Marines the civilian medal, which was given to the Tuskegee Airmen in 2006. “It’s long overdue,” Amos recently told the last remaining Montford Point Marines.
Most of the 19,000 Montford Point Marines have died, their fellow Marines say. “For the most part, we lost our history purposely,” said Culp, who has only a few black-and-white photographs from those days. “They didn’t want the world to know our history.” Unlike the Tuskegee pilots — featured in the upcoming Hollywood film “Red Tails”, to be released in January — the Montford Point Marines were See BLACK MARINES, page 15
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Finally getting their due: Carrel Reavis poses for a portrait in front of an image of him, far right, with two friends taken in the late 1940s in San Diego. Nearly 70 years after the Marine Corps — the last military branch to racially integrate — accepted segregated Black units, the Marine Corps’top general is pushing to honor the history of the Monfort Point Marines.
Finally getting their due: In this undated handout image provided by Carrel Reavis, right, he is seen posing with two other Marines in uniform. Nearly 70 years after the Marine Corps, the last military branch to racially integrate, accepted segregated Black units, the Marine Corps’ top general is pushing to honor the history of the Monfort Point Marines.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941, Congress will vote Tuesday on whether to grant the Montford Point Marines the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor. The Corps up until now has not actively broadcast the painful chapter in the 235-year-old history of an institution that still is largely White, especially in the higher ranks where less than 5 percent of officers are Black. But Commandant Gen. James Amos — whose own 2010 appointment made him the first Marine aviator named to the Corps’ top job — has made diversifying the staunchly traditional branch a top priority. Amos has ordered commanders to be more aggressive in recommending qualified Black Marines for officer positions. The Corps this summer named the first Black general, Maj. Gen. Ronald Bailey, to lead its storied 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, Calif. The Marine Corps also plans to teach all Marines next year about Montford Point, the base near the coastal town of Jacksonville, N.C., that the Corps set up for Blacks to keep them separate from White Marines. It operated from 1942 to 1949. “Every Marine — from private to
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Finally getting their due: In this April 1943 image, a platoon of Monfort Marine recruits stand at attention in New River, North Carolina. Nearly 70 years after the Marine Corps, the last military branch to racially integrate, accepted segregated Black units, the Marine Corps’ top general is pushing to honor the history of the Monfort Point Marines.
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Police, family at odds as AZ girl remains missing BY AMANDA LEE MYERS ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Deplorable conditions: This is the dank basement room in Philadelphia where four weak and malnourished mentally disabled adults, one chained to the boiler, were found locked inside.
Hearing set for 4th person in Philly captive case BY PATRICK WALTERS ASSOCIATED PRESS PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia judge has scheduled a December preliminary hearing for a fourth defendant in an alleged Social Security fraud plot in which authorities say the accused held mentally disabled people captive in a squalid basement. In a brief court hearing Wednesday, Judge Marsha Neifeld scheduled a Dec. 19 preliminary hearing for 32-year-old Jean McIntosh. She will join her other three co-defendants at the hearing. McIntosh’s attorney, Michael Graves, says McIntosh, who was not at Wednesday’s hearing, was “shocked” but understands the charges. McIntosh is the daughter of the plot’s alleged ringleader, 51-year-old Linda Ann Weston. Two others — Weston’s boyfriend, 47-year-old Gregory Thomas, and 50-year-old Eddie “the Rev. Ed” Wright — are also charged. All four were arrested last week and face kidnapping, false imprisonment and other counts.
PHOENIX (AP) — Nearly two weeks after a 5-year-old girl seemingly vanished outside her suburban Phoenix home, police were no closer Monday to figuring out what happened to her, as her family criticized the investigation. Jahessye Shockley has been missing since Oct. 11 after police believe she wandered from her apartment in Glendale, outside Phoenix, while her mother was running an errand. The girl’s three older siblings were the last to see her. Police have no evidence, suspects or promising leads, but the case points to a kidnapping because they found no trace of her after combing a 3-mile radius around her home. “This little girl doesn’t just fall off the face of the earth,” Glendale police Sgt. Brent Coombs said Monday. More than 100 officers and volunteers have looked in pools, garbage bins and shrubs, interviewed and searched the homes of registered sex offenders in the area, and stopped at every door to spread news about the disappearance. But Jahessye’s family said that they don’t believe that police have given her disappearance enough attention because she’s Black and her mother has a criminal history. “We feel that law enforcement is not active in finding Jahessye and that they’re more active in persecuting me instead of finding out where she is,” said Jerice Hunter, Jahessye’s mother. In October 2005, Hunter and her then-husband George Shockley were arrested in California in a child abuse case. Hunter pleaded no contest to corporal punishment and served about four years in prison before she was released on parole in May 2010. Hunter’s oldest child, 14 at the time, told police that his mother routinely beat the children. George Shockley is a convicted sex offender and is still in a California prison. Hunter condemned members of the media at a demonstration for her daughter on Monday at the state capitol in Phoenix, saying that they’re too focused on her past and that she didn’t know Shockley was a sex offender until his arrest. State Child Protective Services removed Hunter’s three other children from her home following Jahessye’s disappearance but refused to say why. Glendale police say that Hunter, who is eight months pregnant, is not a suspect and that police had nothing to do with the state’s decision to take the children. Jahessye’s grandmother, Shirley Johnson, has said that Hunter changed after her release from prison and loves her children. “I have been forthcoming with law enforcement from day one. I let them turn my home into a crime scene hours after I reported that I couldn’t find my daughter,” she said. “They didn’t find anything, but they’re holding my children hostage.” Hunter was joined by about a dozen family and friends at the demonstration, during which they held
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Jerice Hunter, middle, the mother of missing 5-year-old Jahessye Shockley, is comforted by relatives, Brenda Hunter, right, and Johnny Johnson, second from right, during a news conference to bring awareness about the missing child at the Arizona Capitol, Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, in Phoenix.
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Family and friends gather with photo signs of missing 5-year-old Jahessye Shockley after a news conference to bring awareness about the missing child at the Arizona Capitol, Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, in Phoenix. Jahessye Shockley has been missing since Oct. 11 after police believe she wandered from her apartment in Glendale while her mother was running an errand. up signs with Jahessye’s photo and begged for Gov. Jan Brewer’s attention on the case. Coombs said that Jahessye’s race has no effect on their efforts to find the girl and that the department has treated her family the same as they would treat any family in a missing child case — by repeatedly interviewing them for new details. He said detectives are aware of Hunter’s criminal record, but “it cannot cloud the issue or make them tunnel-visioned.” “They have to keep an open mind and look at every detail that comes in,” he said. Coombs has repeatedly said that the case is the department’s No. 1 priority, that dozens of investigators were working the case and that the department would not stop until she’s found. Detectives were focused on following tips from the public and going over the information they’ve collected so far, he said. The department also has offered a $10,000 reward for information that leads them to Jahessye, on top of a
$1,000 reward being offered by Arizona’s Silent Witness tip line. Coombs said that it’s very important for the public to realize that Jahessye may not look the same as she does in pictures of her that have been released. “If I were an abductor or someone who has possession of her and I want to remain anonymous and I want to move about easily, I would alter her appearance as much as I could, even to the point of making her look like a little boy,” he said. Jahessye’s case has drawn comparisons to the 1999 case of another Arizona girl, 11-year-old Mikelle Biggs. Mikelle vanished on Jan. 2, 1999, as she waited for an ice cream truck near her family’s home in Mesa; all that was left behind was a bicycle and two quarters. She remains missing. Hunter said that she believes that Jahessye was kidnapped and pleaded for whoever took her to “bring my baby back home.” “This is ridiculous,” she said. “The family is in turmoil. We want our child.”
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Obama taking on student loan relief Wednesday BY KIMBERLY HEFLING AP EDUCATION WRITER WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama recently outlined a plan to allow millions of student loan recipients to lower their payments and consolidate their loans, in hopes of easing the burden of the No.
2 source of household debt. The move to assist struggling graduates and students could help Obama shore up re-election support among young voters, an important voting bloc in his 2008 campaign — and appeal to their parents, too. Student loan debt also is a common concern voiced by Occupy Wall Street
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President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Tuesday.
protesters. The loans have become particularly painful for many amid the nation’s economic woes, high unemployment and soaring tuition costs. They are second only to mortgages as a portion of Americans’ debt, coming in ahead of credit cards. Obama’s planned announcement in Denver came the same day as a new report on tuition costs from the College Board. It shows average instate tuition and fees at four-year public colleges rose $631 this fall, or 8.3 percent, compared with a year ago. Nationally, the cost of a full credit load has passed $8,000, an all-time high. The White House said Obama will use his executive authority to provide student loan relief in two ways. First, he will accelerate a measure passed by Congress that reduces the maximum required payment on student loans from 15 percent of discretionary income annually to 10 percent. The White House wants it to go into effect in 2012, instead of 2014. In addition, the White House says the remaining debt would be forgiven after 20 years, instead of 25. About 1.6 million borrowers could be affected. Second, he will allow borrowers who have a loan from the Federal Family Education Loan Program and a direct loan from the government to consolidate them into one. The consolidated loan would carry an interest rate of up to a half percentage point less than before. This could affect 5.8 million borrowers.
Nation of Islam leader slams Gadhafi’s death CHICAGO (AP) — Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on Tuesday said the killing of ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was “an assassination” and predicted the U.S. was unprepared for the looming backlash from his overthrow. During an interview with a Chicago radio station, Farrakhan laid Gadhafi’s death at the feet of the U.S., Great Britain and France. Gadhafi was killed last week, two months after being ousted following a 42-year reign that turned his oil-rich country into an international pariah and his own personal fiefdom. Farrakhan, who considered Gadhafi a friend, said those nations’ establishment of a no-fly zone to stop Gadhafi’s planes and offers of humanitarian relief to the Libyan people were intended to help oust Gadhafi from power and gain access to Libya’s oil wealth. “They succeeded in being the authors of the successful assassination of a sitting president,” Farrakhan told WVON-AM in Chicago, adding that it placed America’s interests in danger. “No one can trust the United Nations because it is a pawn of the Western world. No nation will give up their weapons of mass destruction like Gadhafi did, because it is the only protection they have against the wicked witches of the West.” Farrakhan also noted that the people now claiming leadership of Libya are advocating Islamic Sharia law, something that he contends the U.S. has opposed. Farrakhan earlier this year portrayed Gadhafi as a fellow revolutionary who has lent millions of dollars to the Nation of Islam over the years. The group used $3 million it borrowed from Libya in the 1970s to acquire its opulent headquarters on Chicago’s South Side. A $5 million loan was used years later to pay back taxes and costs for the home of the movement’s former leader Elijah AP Photo/M. Spencer Green Muhammad. Nation of Islam Minister Louis “It wasn’t the money, but the principles that made me his brother,” Farrakhan Farrakhan is reiterating his defense said Tuesday. Farrakhan, who became acquainted with Gadhafi in the 1970s and 1980s, of Moammar Gadhafi, saying the also said Libyan oil revenue was used to build schools and universities that embattled Libyan leader isn’t the increased literacy, and he credited Gadhafi with establishing a health care system monster being portrayed by the Western media. that he said was the best in the Third World. Gadhafi, 69, was buried Tuesday along with his son, Muatassim, and former Defense Minister Abu Bakr Younis after the military council in the city of Misrata ordered a reluctant Muslim cleric to say the required prayers. The National Transitional Council is under international pressure to investigate the circumstances of Gadhafi’s death. Farrakhan said America “doesn’t know what it’s gotten itself” into with the Gadhafi overthrow. He said he didn’t believe Gadhafi when he said al-Qaida was involved in efforts to oust him, but now Farrakhan believes that was true. The Chicago-based Nation of Islam has espoused Black nationalism and self-reliance since it was founded in the 1930s, though in recent years has made efforts to recruit other ethnic groups.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan told reporters on a conference call that the changes could save some borrow-
ers hundreds of dollars a month. “These are real savings that will See STUDENT LOANS, page 13
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In this Oct. 6, 2011 photo, Gan Golan, of Los Angeles, dressed as the “Master of Degrees,” holds a ball and chain representing his college loan debt, during Occupy DC activities in the nation’s capital.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Dr. Cornel West, Raheem DeVaughn arrested, released following Occupy Movement protest BY KHALID NAJI-ALLAH SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE WASHINGTON INFORMER
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Political activist, Dr. Cornel West, center, is taken into custody by New York City police officers at a “Stop and Frisk” policy protest in Manhattan’s Harlem neighborhood.
Dr. Cornel West and R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn made their way from the D.C. Superior Courthouse, Monday, October 16, after the pair was arrested for trespassing, along with 17 others, on the steps of the United States Supreme Court last week. The U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia declined to prosecute the group, and charges against the 19 that were arrested were dropped. As the pair emerged from the courthouse, a crowd of supporters cheered and the sounds of those familiar drums echoed in the background. One of those supporters awaiting their release was the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who came to the courthouse to show his support for West, DeVaughn, and the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Rev. Jackson told The Washington Informer that he is in support of the movement. “One wave of this struggle has been students. Next it has to be the homeowners who have lost their homes: They must join this. The churches that have been foreclosed: They must join this, and the unions whose workers have lost their jobs: They must join this,” said Rev. Jackson, who went on to comment about the war in Afghanistan and Iraq and how the cost of both wars hurt this country financially. “You are asking the laid-off workers to pay for those misadventures [Iraq and Afghanistan]. That’s why [this movement] is so global because the pain is so connected.” Mike Guess, 33, drove for three days from Denver, Colorado and was one of three African-Americans arrested on the steps of the U. S. Supreme Court on Sunday. He showed joy as he walked out of the courthouse and embraced Dr. West and DeVaungh. “I drove three days to get here to express my freedoms and his [Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s] thoughts. I look forward to going into this movement high speed screaming power to the people, fighting for justice nonviolently.”
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In a May 8, 1963 file photo, civil rights leaders, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., left, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, center, and Rev. Ralph Abernathy hold a news conference in Birmingham, Ala. The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, who was hailed by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. for his courage and energy, died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011 at the Birmingham, Ala. hospital. He was 89.
Ala. governor, John Lewis praise the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth BY ERRIN HAINES ASSOCIATED PRESS BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Those who toiled alongside the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth through the beatings and bombings of the civil rights era were among the hundreds gathered Monday to celebrate his legacy in the city he fought to liberate from segregation. Congressman John Lewis of Georgia, a native of Troy, Ala., worked with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the civil rights movement. He recalled meeting Shuttlesworth in May 1961 during the Freedom Rides. Lewis called the preacher “one of the founding fathers of the New America,” who put his body on the line to end segregation and racial discrimination. “Fear, real fear, smothered the air, not just throughout Birmingham, but throughout the American South,” Lewis said. “Birmingham is different today. Alabama is different today. America is different today, because this man passed our way.” Shuttlesworth’s fire and faith brought international attention to the brutality of legalized discrimination in the South. For decades after the 1963 campaign in Birmingham, Shuttlesworth continued to fight racial injustice in the city, even after moving to Cincinnati. Shuttlesworth died Oct. 5. His funeral follows a Sunday memorial held in his honor. Members of the family of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. attended, along with the Revs. Joseph Lowery, Andrew Young and Jesse Jackson, and the widow of the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy. Republican Gov. Robert Bentley spoke frankly about his own experiences with segregation, growing up on the other side of Jim Crow as a
young White man in Shelby County and later as a student at the University of Alabama. “Little did I know ... that I would stand here in a spirit of gratitude as your governor to honor a man who led the charge for a spirit of change,” Bentley said. The governor told the mostly Black audience of mourners that before men like Shuttlesworth agitated for an end to segregation, he never gave much thought to the culture of racial discrimination that hung over society. He thanked his fellow Alabamian for undoing what he called “the teachings of a misdirected society.” Five decades ago, when King took the helm of the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott in 1955, Shuttlesworth was already in Birmingham trying to start a movement. But hardly anyone was paying attention. Shuttlesworth was from a small church. His credentials and pedigree made it easy for local Whites to dismiss him as a radical. Until King came to Birmingham, Shuttlesworth couldn’t get the national press to recognize his city as the embodiment of the horrors of the segregated South. He was just another Black preacher getting beat up, said former Atlanta mayor, congressman and United Nations ambassador Andrew Young, who worked alongside King and Shuttlesworth in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. All three men helped establish the organization in 1957. “They were sued together, they helped organize SCLC together,” Young said Sunday of King and Shuttlesworth. “He wanted the spotlight very much, but there wasn’t but one Martin Luther King.” It was King who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and went on to
become the icon of the civil rights movement. Shuttlesworth, who was See SHUTTLESWORTH, page 12
In a 2007 file photo, then-Sen. Barack Obama, second from left, looks on as civil rights leader Fred Shuttlesworth, front left, greets former President Bill Clinton in Selma, Ala. The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, who was hailed by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. for his courage and energy, died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011 at the Birmingham, Ala. hospital. He was 89.
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Oakland police action unnerves some protesters BY MARCUS WOHLSEN AND TERRY COLLINS Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The display of police force in Oakland and Atlanta has unnerved some anti-Wall Street protesters. While demonstrators in other cities have built a working relationship with police and city leaders, they wondered on Wednesday how long the good spirit would last and whether they could be next. Will they have to face riot gear-clad oƥcers and tear gas that their counterparts in Oakland faced on Tuesday? Or will they be handcuơed and hauled away in the middle of the night like protesters in Atlanta? “Yes, we’re afraid. Is this the night they’re going to sneak in?” said activist William Buster of Occupy Wall Street, where the movement began last month to protest what they see as corporate greed. “Is this the night they might use unreasonable force?” he asked. An Iraq War veteran marching with demonstrators suơered a cracked skull in the chaos between oƥcers and protesters in Oakland, further raising concern among some in the movement. Scott Olsen, a 24-yearold Marine veteran, was in critical condition Wednesday after he had been struck, said a spokesman for Highland Hospital in Oakland. It was not clear exactly what type of exact object hit the veteran or who might have thrown it, though Guy’s group said it was lodged by oƥcers. Police did not return calls for comment ahead of late afternoon news conference. The message, meanwhile, from oƥcials in cities where other encampments have sprung up was simple: We’ll keep working with you. Just respect your neighbors and keep the camps clean and safe. Business owners and residents have complained in recent weeks about assaults, drunken ﬁghts and saniCOVER: Police remove an Occupy Oakland camper from Snow Park on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, in Oakland, Calif. Photo by: AP Photo/ San Francisco Chronicle, Noah Berger
tation problems. Oƥcials are trying to balance their rights and uphold the law while honoring protesters’ free speech rights. “I understand the frustration the protesters feel ... about inequity in our country as well as Wall Street greed,” Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said. “I support their right to free speech but we also have rules and laws.” Some cities, such as Providence, R.I., are moving ahead with plans to evict activists. But from Tampa, Fla., to Boston, police and city leaders say they will continue to try to work with protesters to address problems in the camps. In Oakland, oƥcials initially supported the protests, with Mayor Jean Quan saying that sometimes “democracy is messy.” But tensions reached a boiling point after a sexual assault, a severe beating and a ﬁre were reported, and paramedics were denied access to the camp, according to city oƥcials. They also cited concerns about rats, ﬁre hazards and public urination. Demonstrators disputed the city’s claims, saying that volunteers collect garbage and recycling every six hours, that water is boiled before being used to wash dishes and that rats have long infested the park. When riot gear-clad police moved in early Tuesday, they were pelted with rocks, bottles and utensils from people in the camp’s kitchen area. They emptied the camp near city hall of people, and barricaded the plaza. Protesters were taken away in plastic handcuơs, most of them arrested on sus-
picion of illegal lodging. Demonstrators returned later in the day to march and retake the plaza. They were met by police oƥcers in riot gear. Several small skirmishes broke out and oƥcers cleared the area by ﬁring tear gas. The scene repeated itself several times just a few blocks away in front of the plaza. Tensions would build as protesters edged ever closer to the police line and reach a breaking point with a demonstrator hurling a bottle or rock, prompting police to respond with another round of gas. The chemical haze hung in the air for hours, new blasts clouding the air before the previous fog could dissipate. The number of protesters diminished with each round of tear gas. Police estimated that there were roughly 1,000 demonstrators at the ﬁrst clash following the march. About 100 were arrested. Demonstrators planned to try again on Wednesday night to march, and could clash again with police. In Atlanta, police in riot gear and SWAT teams arrested 53 people in Woodruơ Park, many of whom had camped out there for weeks as part of a widespread
LEFT: Oakland police ﬁre tear gas as they prepare to move in to Frank Ogawa Plaza to disperse Occupy Oakland protesters on Tuesday. Oct. 25, 2011 in Oakland, Calif. ABOVE: Police in riot gear began clearing anti-Wall Street protesters on Tuesday (Oct. 25, 2011) morning from the plaza in front of Oakland’s City Hall where they have been camped out for about two weeks.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
RIGHT: Rob Fisher shouts slogan in front of Los Angeles City after thousands of protesters marching through the downtown ﬁnancial district as part of the solidarity movement with Occupy Wall Street, on Oct. 15, 2011 in Los Angeles. BELOW: Protesters gather at night in Grant Park during an Occupy Chicago march and protest, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, in Chicago. Police on horses blocked marchers from walking on the street on Michigan Avenue, leaving them with just the sidewalks to occupy.
movement that is protesting the wealth disparity between the rich and everyone else. Mayor Kasim Reed had been supportive of the protests, twice issuing an executive order allowing them to remain. Reed said on Wednesday that he had no choice to arrest them because he believed things were headed in a direction that was no longer peaceful. He cited a man seen walking the park with an AK-47 assault riﬂe. “There were some who wanted to continue along the peaceful lines, and some who thought that their path should be more radical,” Reed said. “As mayor, I couldn’t wait for them to ﬁnish that debate.” Reed said authorities could not determine whether the riﬂe was loaded, and were unable to get additional information. An Associated Press reporter talked to the man with the gun earlier Tuesday. He wouldn’t give his name — identifying himself only as “Porch,” an out-of-work ac-
countant who doesn’t agree with the protesters’ views — but said that he was there, armed, because he wanted to protect the rights of people to protest. People who were arrested trickled out of jail as a crowd of several dozen supporters chanted “freedom” as they left. “I think Mayor Reed would do well to learn quickly that you cannot intimidate, you cannot threaten, you cannot jail something whose time has come,” activist Derrick Boazman said. “The fact of the matter is this movement’s time has come.” In Portland, Ore., the protest seems to be at a crossroads. Organizers have been dealing with public drunkenness, ﬁghting and drug abuse for weeks, especially among the homeless who are also in the camp. Some are ﬂoating the idea of relocating it, possibly indoors. Others see that as capitulation. “I don’t know if it would be a good idea. Part of the eơectiveness of what’s going on here is visibility,” protester Justin Neơ said. “Though I’d do it
if there’s a possibility that we’d get seen and noticed. I don’t know how that would work indoors.” City oƥcials haven’t said what would cause them to forcibly evict the protesters. They said they evaluate the camp daily. In Baltimore, protesters like Casey McKeel, a member of Occupy Baltimore’s legal committee, said he wasn’t sure aren’t sure what to expect from city oƥcials, noting that some cities have arrested protesters in recent weeks. “Across the country we’re seeing a wide range of reactions,” he said. “For now we’re hoping the city will work with us.” The mayor, Rawlings-Blake, said she is willing to work with them, but they should realize that they are camping out in a city park and that that was not its intended use. She said their free speech rights don’t trump the public’s right to enjoy the space. “I have absolutely no interest in a violent exchange,” she said. “We want to work with the protesters, but the point is to talk about inequity and talk about how we can work together to have a more just society or more equitable Baltimore. “It’s not about pitching a tent. It’s about getting the work done,” she said.
ABOVE: Charmaine Marriott, of Albany, N.Y., supports the Occupy Wall Street movement in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Oct. 21, 2011.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Detroit teammates keep Harrison in their thoughts
BY BRAD PYE JR. Notes, quotes and things picked up on the run from coast-to-coast and all the stops in between and beyond. If Heisman Trophy nominee Andrew Luck continues to lead Stanford to smashing victories like he did in Saturday’s 65-21 win over Keith Price and his Washington Huskies, coach David Shaw should a be a lock for Coach of The Year honors. The Andrew Luck victory show moves into the Coliseum Saturday for a date with QB Matt Barkley (31-17 winners over Notre Dame) and his parade of receivers, including Robert Woods, George Farmer, Marqise Lee and a battery of running backs, including Marc Tyler, Curtis Neal, Dillion Baxter, et al. Barkley tuned up for his duel with Luck by passing for a pair of TDs and completed 24 of 35 passes for 224 yards against the Irish. Luck went wild in passing for five TDs against Washington, receiving great help from running backs Tyler Gaffney (117), Stephan Taylor (138) and Anthony Wilkerson (93) to break the old school rushing record with a total of 446-yards. QB Tajh Boyd tied a Clemson University record with five TD passes and ran over North Carolina to make his team’s record 8-0 for the first time in 11 years. Florida State’s E.J. Manuel passed for a TD and 264 yards to lead his team to a 41-16 win over Maryland.
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Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington looks in on a batting practice. QB Jefferson Jordan and his No. 1-ranked LSU Tigers (8-0) go into their game of the year against unbeaten Alabama (8-0) on Nov. 5. Running back Trent Richardson is the man LSU must stop to prevail against Alabama. QB Cam Newton, in leading the Carolina Panthers (2-5) to a 33-20 victory against the Washington Redskins, rushed for one TD and tied Vince Young’s record for rookies, with his seventh rushing TD. Check this: Newton has as many rushing yards (926) and as many TDs as the Panthers rushed for last season. Newton is on pace to break Steve Grogan’s NFL quarterback record of 12 for the New England in 1976. As of Oct. 26, manager Ron Washington and his AL Champion Texas Rangers were just one victory away from the World Series title, with a 3-2 report card against the NL champion St. Louis Cardinals. If the Rangers don’t get it done in Game 6, the Rangers will have another shot in Game 7 in St. Louis Thursday. Should Washington lead the Rangers to the World Series title, he will join another winner of color, Cato Gaston, of the two-time World Series champion Toronto Blue Jays. There is good news on two fronts from the Los Angeles Dodgers this week: Matt Kemp became the first Dodger winner of the Hank Aaron Award as the NL’s Offensive Player of the Year. Kemp is still in the running for NL MVP honors. The second piece of good news from the Dodgers is that season tickets will be reduced by as much as 60% for the 2012 season. The price of interval tickets will also be reduced. Golf’s pioneer Charlie Sifford was inducted into the Southern California Golf Association Hall of Fame Tuesday. Sifford isn’t forgiving the Masters, where he was ignored when he deserved an invitation as the first Black to play in Augusta, Ga. Though a campaign led by L.A.
Sentinel Golf Editor Maggie Heathway, Lee Elder finally broke the color line in the Masters, years before Tiger Woods came on the PGA scene. Sifford paved the road for Tiger Woods. Is it true the real reason QB Donovan McNabb lost his Minnesota Viking and Washington Redskins’ starting jobs was because of his poor work habits? He reportedly was the last person to report for practice and the first one to leave and was also late for meetings and practices? McNabb says in the words of TV host Jerry Springer, “That’s a lie.” And the beat continues. The New York Jets’ (4-3) exprison inmate, Plaxico Burress, caught three TD passes as the Jets overcame a 21-10 half-time deficit to beat the San Diego Chargers, 27-21. Coach Lovie Smith’s Chicago Bears are idle this week, but the Bears running back Matt Forte was a busy man in the team’s 24-18 win over coach Raheem Morris’ Tampa Bay Bucs in London. Forte led the NFL in rushing yards with 908 yards, including a 32-yard TD against the Bucs. Forte is on pace to become the third NFL player in history with 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 receiving yards in the same season. After a bye week, QB Michael Vick and his cellar-dwelling Philadelphia Eagles (2-4) host the Dallas Cowboys (3-3). Question: Where has Pro Bowl receiver DeSean Jackson (Long Beach Poly High) been during the Eagles’ four-game losing streak? If Jackson can connect with Vick like he did last season, the Eagles’ third win of the season should come against the Cowboys. All-pro defensive back Charles Woodson of the Super Bowl champions keeps on clicking. Woodson picked off a pair of interceptions in the Packers’ 33-27 comeback win against the Minnesota Vikings. DeMarco Murray was the sub of See SPORTS BEAT, page 13
ESPN, citing two league sources it did not identify, recently reported that Jerome Harrison has a brain tumor. Lions coach Jim Schwartz would not confirm or deny the report, citing a privacy issue. BY NOAH TRISTER AP SPORTS WRITER DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions kept teammate Jerome Harrison in their thoughts Sunday after the running back left the team because of a brain tumor. Cornerback Chris Houston confirmed after Detroit’s 23-16 loss to the Atlanta Falcons that Harrison has had surgery for a brain tumor. Houston says he hopes to visit his teammate once he’s able to have more guests, and linebacker DeAndre Levy was hoping to find out more about how Harrison was doing. “Guys want to rally behind,” Levy said. “When you’re out on the field, you’ve got to be able to control your emotions, regardless of what it is, whether it’s that or something else.” Harrison was put on the reserve/non-football illness list Friday. The team had tried to trade him to Philadelphia earlier in the week, but the deal was voided. Coach Jim Schwartz has remained cautious when talking about Harrison, not saying much about the player’s condition. “I appreciate everybody’s concern, but there’s only so much we can say,” Schwartz said after Sunday’s game. The Lions were trying to trade Harrison for fellow running back Ronnie Brown while Jahvid Best was recovering from a concussion. Best, Detroit’s leading rusher, didn’t play Sunday, leaving Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams to split carries. Morris ran for 50 yards on nine attempts, and Williams ran for 44 on nine. When Harrison went on the injured list, Detroit signed running back Eldra Buckley. Buckley didn’t have a carry Sunday. “We’re always going to miss Jahvid, but I think (Morris and Williams) did a good job carrying the load,” offensive lineman Rob Sims said. “I’m sure we can go back and look at some times where we can block a little bit better for an extra inch or they hit the hole a certain way and even get more yards. I think those guys are doing well.”
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Etta James vows to retire after forthcoming album SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE AFRO-AMERICAN NEWSPAPERS
Michelle Williams’ new destiny BY KENYA VAUGHN SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE ST. LOUIS AMERICAN “I’m like, ‘OK God, is this what you want me to do, because I’m having so much fun,” said singer-actress Michelle Williams. While her former Destiny’s Child group mates Kelly Rowland and Beyonce are holding their own in the music industry, Williams feels as if the stage is somehow tied to her purpose in the entertainment industry. In 2009 she became the first African American lead on the London stage in the U.K. production of “Chicago,” and this weekend she comes to St. Louis as the co-star of David Talbert’s latest play “What My Husband Doesn’t Know” at the Fox Theatre. “I love his work and the substance of his plays,” Williams said of Talbert. “We’ve been trying to work together for six years.” When she was in rehearsal to take on the role of Shug Avery for “The Color Purple” on Broadway, she got the call that the stars were aligned. And Williams couldn’t be more thrilled with the Talbert production. “The cast is amazing — I mean you have Ann Nesby, the legendary Clifton Davis, Morris Chestnut,” Williams said. “We all get along. It’s an amazing group. And the energy – Oh my God, I said to myself in the first rehearsal ‘We’ve got a good show’.” But what Williams loves most about the show is its message: “This show captures everything,” Williams said. “People see the love, the mistakes that have been made as well as the redemption and restoration.”
Williams plays the wife of a construction mogul who is being pulled in every direction and neglects his relationship in the process. “I don’t want to give the story away, but we are sharing our man with so many other people and he may not have the time to be with us,” Williams said. “He gets so caught up and he starts forgetting the little things.” Her hope is that “What My Husband Doesn’t Know” will bring the idea of moving past mistakes and secrets into the hearts of the audience — and that they will have a good time in the process. “Get ready to laugh, cry and scream ‘You go, girl’,” Williams said. In addition to her stage work, Williams is prepping for an inspirational R&B project to be released in 2012. “It’s going to be music with a message — and something amazing,” Williams said. “I just want to do something fresh. I’m at an age where I listen to music and think, does this help me solve anything?’ If nothing else, I want to make sure that I have a solution to my music.” In the meantime, she is thrilled to be on the road — and heading to St. Louis with her latest stage performance. “We are having so much fun and I can’t wait to bring what we are doing to St. Louis,” Williams said. “And I’m going to get some Sweetie Pie’s too.” David Talbert’s “What My Husband Doesn’t Know,” starring Michelle Williams, Morris Chestnut, Ann Nesby and Clifton Davis, comes to St. Louis Oct. 23, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., at the Fox Theatre.
Renowned R&B singer Etta James recently announced that her forthcoming album will mark the end of her 50-year-career. According to United Press International, the 73-year-old has faced a bevy of health issues including leukemia over the past year and said that her album “The Dreamer” will signal her retirement. According to EUR Web, she was also diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2009. The new album, set to be released on Oct. 25, will feature new renditions of tracks made famous by Ray Charles, Guns N Roses and Otis Redding. Following the album's release, she says that she will concentrate on her health. “I wish to thank all my fans who have shown me love and support over all these years. I love you all,” she said in a statement. James skyrocketed to stardom in the 1960s with the ballads “All I Could Do is Cry,” “Trust in Me,” and her signature song “At Last,” according to Biography.com. Amid personal and professional issues, she earned a Grammy nomination in 1973 for her album “Etta
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Etta James performs during the 2006 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans on Saturday, April 29, 2006. James.” In 2008, James' life was spotlighted in the film “Cadillac Records.” Singer Beyoncé por-
trayed James and recorded her own version of “At Last” for the film's soundtrack.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Stevie Wonder treated to a viewing by touch at MLK Memorial
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Special to the NNPA from the Daytona Times. Singer-songwriter-activist Stevie Wonder ‘saw’ the face of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. statute prior to the Oct. 16 official dedication in Washington, D.C.
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No longer a dream: An Atlanta judge has finalized singer Christina Milian’s divorce with performer The-Dream, whose real name is Terius Nash.
Judge finalizes Milian-Dream divorce ATLANTA (AP) — A judge has finalized singer Christina Milian’s divorce from singer-songwriter-producer The-Dream. Milian’s attorney Randy Kessler said Monday that the judge in Atlanta signed the final paperwork this month. Milian and The-Dream, whose real name is Terius Nash, were married in 2009 and separated in July 2010. The two have an infant daughter together. Kessler said the divorce was resolved by mutual agreement. Milian is best known for songs such as “Dip it Low.” The-Dream, whose hits include “Shawty is a 10,” has produced for artists including Mariah Carey, Rihanna and Britney Spears. He won two Grammys for his work on Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put A Ring on It).”
SHUTTLESWORTH Continued from page 7 overshadowed in life by his comrade in the movement, was again eclipsed by King in death. Though he died nearly three weeks ago, Shuttlesworth is only now being buried. The reason for the delay: The dedication of the King Memorial on the National Mall, sending most of
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Shuttlesworth’s civil rights colleagues to Washington last weekend. Had they not been there, they would have likely been in Birmingham remembering Shuttlesworth. Shuttlesworth survived a Christmas 1956 bombing that destroyed his home, an assault during a 1957 protest, chest injuries when Birmingham authorities turned the hoses on demonstrators in 1963 and countless arrests. He moved to Ohio to pastor a church in the early 1960s but returned frequently to Alabama for key protests. He came back to live in the Birmingham area after he retired a few years ago. Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth was 89.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Tyler Perry honored by Sharpton organization BY NEKESA MUMBI MOODY AP MUSIC WRITER |
Police: Jamaican rapper charged with 2nd murder KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — One of Jamaica's most popular deejays now has a second murder charge against him. Police say 35-year-old dancehall star Vybz Kartel was charged late Monday in the August slaying of a Jamaican man nicknamed "Lizard." Earlier this month, police accused the rapper of conspiring with others to kill a 27-year-old music promoter who was gunned down on a street corner. Assistant Police Commissioner Ealan Powell tells the Jamaica Gleaner that Kartel is being investigated "in connection with a number of murders, shootings and gunrunning." Kartel's defense attorney could not be reached about the latest allegations on Tuesday. Kartel is known for sexually explicit and violent lyrics.
STUDENT LOANS Continued from page 5 help these graduates get started in their careers and help them make ends meet,” Duncan said. The White House said the changes will carry no additional costs to taxpayers. Last year, Congress passed a law that lowered the repayment cap and moved all student loans to direct lending by eliminating banks as the middlemen. Before that, borrowers could get loans directly from the government or from the Federal Family Education Loan Program; the latter were issued by private lenders but basically insured by the government. The law was passed along with the health care overhaul with the anticipation that it could save about $60 billion over a decade. The law change was opposed by many Republicans. At a hearing Tuesday, Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., who chairs a subcommittee with oversight over higher education, said it had resulted in poorer customer service for borrowers. And Senate Republicans issued a news release with a compilation of headlines that showed thousands of workers in student lending, including those from Sallie Mae Inc., had been laid off because of the change. Today, there are 23 million borrowers with $490 billion in loans under the Federal Family Education Loan Program. Last year, the Education Department made $102.2 billion in direct loans to 11.5 million recipients. Increases in federal aid have helped ease the burden on students dealing with tuition increases, the White House Council of Economic Advisers said in a report Wednesday. “Despite large increases in the published price of college over the
past four years, the average student has not seen commensurate increases in the net price of college, defined as the published price minus grants, scholarships and tax benefits,” the report said. Meanwhile, the Education Department and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced a project Tuesday to simplify the financial aid award letters that colleges mail to students each spring. A common complaint is that colleges obscure the inclusion of student loans in financial aid packages to make their school appear more affordable, and the agencies hope families will more easily be able to compare the costs of colleges. Separately, James Runcie, the Education Department’s federal student aid chief operating officer, told Foxx's congressional panel that the personal financial details of as many 5,000 college students were temporarily viewable on the department's direct loan website earlier this month. Runcie said site was shut down while the matter was resolved, and the affected students have been notified and offered credit monitoring.
BlackFacts.com October 29, 1947 President’s Committee on Civil Rights condemns racial injustices in America in a formal report, “To Secure These Rights.” Texas Southern University established. Spingarn Medal is awarded to Dr. Percy L. Julian for his achievements as a scientist.
NEW YORK (AP) — Tyler Perry has gotten plenty of criticism from those who feel his popular movies like “Madea’s Family Reunion” border on buffoonery and don’t reflect well on the black community. But on Wednesday night, the filmmaker was honored by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. The civil rights leader lashed out at Perry’s black detractors, calling them “proper Negroes” who don’t understand regular black folk. “This man never apologized for who we were,” said Sharpton, who is also a cable TV host, at his second annual Triumph Awards. Sharpton said Perry has given work to many black actors who have been ignored by Hollywood, and has created an empire on his own terms: “The ultimate pride is where you don’t have to bend and adjust for others to accept you. ... He didn’t go mainstream, he brought mainstream to us.” Perry was given the Chairman’s Award. Also honored: Chris Rock and his wife, Malaak, and California’s attorney general, Kamala Harris. Perry — whose films include “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” “Why Did I Get Married?” and “Daddy’s Little Girls” — was recently named by Forbes magazine as the highest-earning man in Hollywood. He writes, directs and produces his films and sometimes stars in them; he’s best known for his Madea character, the foul-mouthed, sassy grandmother who has appeared in many of his movies. He is also responsible for the TBS comedy show “House of Payne.” But Perry’s films rarely get critical acclaim, and some in the black community have accused him of perpetuating stereotypes. Perry acknowledged his detractors as he thanked Sharpton for the award. “When you start out and you’re doing things and you’re trying to do the right things, and you find these attacks happening, and you try and figure out, ‘How do you handle this? How do you deal with this? How do you go there?’ So to have someone like you who has done all that you have done ... and have inspired and encouraged and fought for so many people, to stand here and to give me this award, this is really, really awesome,” Perry said. Perry said black people first gave him success, and he has sought to tell his community’s stories. He accused his critics of trying to remove themselves from their roots. “I stayed with who we are, and what I wish I could get us to understand as a people is that instead of getting your education and running from us, you need to ground and root yourself in who we are. Every other culture in this country knows the value of us as black people but we don’t know it ourselves,” he said. “Somebody said to me about the ‘House of Payne,’ ‘Why do you have fat black people on television?’ Because there are fat black people in the world. It’s not a stereotype. This is
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FILE - In this April 19, 2011 file photo, Tyler Perry arrives at the premiere of “Madea’s Big Happy Family” in Los Angeles. Perry was honored, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, with the Chairman’s Award by Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. who we are, we need to stop running from our parents and our grandparents and our uncles, we need to stop running from them and embrace them.” Perry said his Madea character is silly, but said his films have important messages. “I have the ear of the people, and I would be a fool to walk away from the
gift that God has given me because somebody out there, a few people out there, have a problem with it,” he said. After his speech, Sharpton announced that Perry had given the National Action Network a $200,000 donation, to which Sharpton exclaimed Madea’s familiar phrase: “Hallelujer!”
SPORTS BEAT Continued from page 10 the week as he rushed for a franchise record of 253-yards as a replacement for injured star Felix Jones in the Dallas Cowboys’ 34-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams. Murray is the tenth player in NFL history with 250 or more rushing in a game. And the beat continues. South Carolina’s great tailback Marcus Lattimore has to put his Heisman Trophy hopes on hold until next season, after suffering a seasonending knee injury Saturday in the Gamecocks’ 14-12 win over Mississippi State. When Lattimore went down, he had scored 10 TDs and rushed for 818 yards. Louisville’s Charlie Strong, the first Black head coach in the university’s history, has apparently found him-
self a home in that Kentucky city. Strong, in his second year, has signed a new seven year contract for $2.3 million a season. His salary increased from $1.6 million. Add Wisconsin’s QB Russell Wilson to the Heisman Trophy race. Check his stats going into Saturday’s Michigan State game, where he had passed for 1,557 yards and 14 TDs. Wilson also caught a TD pass from running back Montee Bell in Wisconsin’s 59-7 rout of Indiana. David Shaw is one of a trio of Stanford Black head football coaches, along with Dennis Green and Tyrone Willingham. And the beat ends. Brad Pye, Jr. can be reached at Switchreel@aol.com.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Power watching Black land loss increasing BY DR. BENJAMIN F. CHAVIS, JR. NNPA COLUMNIST
BY CHERYL PEARSON-MCNEIL Don’t you just love this time of year? The crispness of the air. Trees showing off their gorgeous fall colors. Our kids settling into the still-kinda-new school year (hope springs eternal). And the deluge of new fall TV shows still rolling out. So little time and so many guilty TV-viewing pleasures. Although you know by now that Nielsen is the leading global research company that measures what consumers buy, you also know we do a great job at measuring what consumers watch! And there’s no better time of year to talk about television viewing than fall. Even though in this digital age we consume our media content in many ways — via online streaming on our computers, our smart phones and tablets — according to Nielsen data, old school television still rules amidst all the new kids on the video consumption block. Live primetime viewership in this country is still strong with nearly 200 million viewers. Of course, when we say “watching television” these days, those programming options have grown to include cable, satellite, on-demand or digital video recording (DVR) viewing. I try to keep you abreast of Blacks’ habits and purchasing choices as compared with the general population. “The State of the African American Consumer Report,” a groundbreaking, first-of-its-kind study developed by Nielsen in collaboration with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), has an entire indepth section that analyzes television and movie watching behavior. According to that report, African Americans watch 40 percent more television than any other demographic group in the country, averaging 7 hours and 12 minutes each day and about 213 hours per month. The average African American household also owns four or more televisions (great for going room-to-room and not missing a beat of viewing, although I personally tend to stay cemented to my couch and watch only one of the four TVs in the house). As a group, Blacks tend to prefer premium cable channel programming, drama, live or reality television program and sporting events. Hands down, the television event that attracted the most African American viewers so far in 2011 was Super Bowl XLV between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. A record 12.5 million of us tuned in to watch, making it the most watched Super Bowl ever. I was surprised by this number because pop culture has us believing that basketball is the sport we most love, but in comparison, seven million viewers watched the NBA Game 6 Finals between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat. Remove sporting events from the equation, and it’s the Grammy Awards which took top honors, attracting four million African American viewers. The BET Awards followed with 3.9 million viewers. And BET proved to be a favorite landing spot when it brought back “The Game,” and 3.1 million of us had our eyes glued to the screen for its season premiere (Why can’t Derwin
Cheryl Pearson-McNeil and Melanie get it together. Sigh. He knew that baby wasn’t his. Or, I forget now — was it?!) What’s the common denominator for these favorite shows of ours? Diversity. The more diversity there is in the programming offered, the more likely we are to tune in. In analyzing our viewing habits, the report also shows that African Americans make up 11% of the movie-going population, an industry that generates $12 billion in annual revenue. Interestingly, the heaviest attendees are divided into two different age groups: those 12-17 and 45-54. Study results reveal that these are the same folks who are most likely to consume/watch movies at home on TV and all of the alternate formats like streaming, downloading and pay-perview. As with our TV shows, African Americans prefer comedies and action adventures, evident in the Top 5 African American-themed movies to date (with predominantly African American casts): “The Pursuit of Happyness” (Gross: $162.6 million) “Bad Boys II” (Gross: $138.4 million) “The Nutty Professor” (Gross: $128.8 million) “Coming to America” (Gross: $128.1 million) “Nutty Professor II: The Klumps” (Gross: $123.3 million) Anybody notice Eddie Murphy stars in three out of the five? Now that he’s going to host the 2012 Oscars, perhaps we’ll see an upswing in the number of African American viewers who tune in. By now, you know my old refrain, so say it with me – “Knowledge is power.” What we watch is important to both the marketers who want to reach and interact with our community and the producers who want us as viewers. Ratings and movie ticket sales equal dollars. Dollars equal power. Download your own personal copy of the report by going to www.nielsen.com/africanamerican or look for it as an insert in your local Black newspaper. Cheryl Pearson-McNeil is senior vice president of public affairs and government relations for Nielsen. For more information and copies of studies, go to www.nielsenwire.com.
An old African proverb is “A people without their land will be a people without a future.” Way before the current housing mortgage crisis that disproportionately has negatively impacted Black Americans, there had been a 20-year steady pace of land loss in the majority of Black communities across the United States. Now today with the additional persistence of high unemployment for African Americans, there is a corresponding destabilizing increase in the daily rate of Black land loss throughout the nation. No one seems to know the exact statistics on this issue, but in nearly all reliable reports, in particular from states where African Americans are over 30 percent of the population, more than 10,000 acres of land per day is now being lost. The reason I am raising this phenomenon is that too often when we face a challenge for a long period of time, the sheer magnitude of the problem becomes understated and misunderstood. During the last 20 years, dialogue about this continued crisis has moved from awareness to reaction to cynicism and now even an emerging sense of hopelessness. I do not believe Black people in the United States, in the Caribbean, South America or in Africa can afford to be casual or hopeless on the global issue of land loss by Black people. No one seems to remember years ago that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) helped to initially destabilize Zimbabwe because they disagreed with President Robert Mugabe giving native Africans millions of acres of their land back that had been stolen by Rhodesian farmers and businessmen. All human life is valuable. We live in a world that too often seeks to triage the value of Black life. But we should never engage in self-destruction or self-devaluation! Black- owned land is of no less value. Thus, we hope that after you read
ROSCOE’S Continued from page 2 into what looked to be a predominately Latino neighborhood of West Los Angeles for an off-the-record visit to Roscoe’s. The group, entering from the rear of the restaurant, saw booths full of families stretching and craning their necks excitedly to watch President Obama, who already was at the counter ordering for himself and nearby aides, including Valerie Jarrett, Jay Carney, David Plouffe and Marvin Nicholson. With him was Representative Karen Bass, the Democrat who represents the area in the House. Our camera colleagues say the President ordered the No. 9, “Country Boy” — three wings with choice of waffle, potato salad or French fries ($8.90, according to the menu) — among other things we couldn’t hear. He quickly moved to the cashier. President Obama, coatless and shirt sleeves rolled up, then walked to one side of the restaurant and greeted the diners in each vinyl-covered booth. After he’d shaken hands and chatted with a young African-American boy who looked to be about 10, and moved on, the boy turned to the White man he was dining with and said, “I’m never going to wash my hand again.” For min-
these words, you will survey the land that your family now owns and make sure that the taxes are paid because thousands of acres of land are lost daily because of abandonment or tax delinquency. It is unfortunate that some of us do not even know the value of the land we live on or have inherited from our foreparents. It is so sad to go to most county courthouses to see the long list of properties that are sold for less than onetenth of the real value because family members for various reasons decided to let the family property become the ward of the state or county. But beyond the sheer monetary value of Black-owned land across America are the tremendous potential health-related and self-determination benefits for the use of this land. So many of the diseases and serious health problems that African Americans face today are a direct result of not eating healthy food properly. When the majority of Black people in the past lived on our own farms or in communities where there was a multitude of organic gardens,
the overall health condition of our people was much better. The fundamental striving for self-determination and freedom is to be able to feed yourself, shelter yourself and empower yourself economically from the bounty and produce of your own land and labor. Freedom is inconsistent with being dependent on others to do for you what God wants you to do for yourself. Today there is a gradual reverse migration of Black Americans from the Northeast and Midwest back to the Southeast. Will this trend lead to a reverse in Black land loss? Whether you live in a big city or a small town, the questions about land ownership and the economic development of the Black community are most urgent and important. The Black church and other institutions that serve our communities should put a special emphasis on this issue. The establishment of local “land banks” and other cooperative efforts to pool the resource potential of our communities should be given a priority. The latest U.S consumer spending reports Black American spending continues to increase annually. According to recent research by the Nielsen Company, Black American buying power by the year 2015 will reach in excess of $1.1 trillion. Wow, we are becoming trillion- dollar spenders, yet losing more and more land. We will not be able to create more wealth for generations to come if we do not change our spending habits. What are we spending more on? Appreciating assets or depreciating assets? If properly done, land purchases can be a wise appreciating investment. We owe it to our ancestors not to lose all that they worked and suffered so much for in the past. Let’s turn our land losses into gains by reversing this awful trend. Stop Black land loss now! Let’s build for a better future. Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., is senior advisor for the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) and president of Education Online Services Corporation and the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network.
utes afterward, he continued to hold his left hand aloft, fingers spread, as his eyes followed the President around the room as if in wonder. It was a diverse crowd. President Obama moved to a second section, posing for cellphone photos with from one to six diners at a time, and then to a third, larger section to repeat the routine. One man with a woman and two children said to them, “He sounds just like he does on TV!” Later the President made his way to their table and the Latina girl of about 12 jumped up with a tablet for him to autograph. As the man (her father?) took a photo, he said, “If you work hard, you can be just like him.” Earlier, after posing with two young girls while a couple, presumably the parents, took photos, President Obama congratulated the adults for having two beautiful daughters and added, “I’m big on girls.” At the next booth, a Latino man jumped up for a hug — diners nearby applauded — while his female companion just sat there. The group was ushered out onto West Pico Boulevard for a good 10-15 minutes to wait. At one point, we could hear chants of “Four more years!” One aide came out with five Styrofoam food containers; soon another came out with a carton of canned drinks, Pit Bull; and a couple of minutes
later, after a second round of chants, President Obama and Rep. Bass exited, each holding one plastic and one paper bag of food. The motorcade traveled a short distance by miles, a longer one in terms of socioeconomic standards, to a mansion in Hancock Park for the first fundraiser, at the home of James and Mai Lassiter. In describing the visit to Roscoe’s, Rep. Bass spoke to the Sentinel: “It was just awfully amazing. I got a call to show up somewhere, and I didn’t know where I was going ... but when they invited me to ride in his limousine, in the motorcade through South LA ... getting off the freeway, driving up La Brea (Ave.), people were jumping up and down ... and you know that people may complain about the traffic in Beverly Hills, [but] I don’t think anyone was complaining about the traffic on La Brea. And then moving out of the limo, walking in to Roscoe’s ... we walked in and he (President Obama) said, ‘Hi everybody.’ It was silent for a minute because everybody was so shocked ... and Roscoe’s was packed.” President Obama may have been coming to be on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” via a fundraiser in Hancock Park, but his first stop was in the ’hood. The Sentinel staff assisted with this story.
Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.
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BLACK MARINES Continued from page 3 not officers in the war. The Corps gave those promotions to Whites, said University of North Carolina historian Melton McLaurin, whose book “The Marines of Montford Point,” is being considered by Amos for his must-read list for Marines. “The Corps did not want these guys,” McLaurin said. “The commandant of the Corps at the time said if he had a choice between 250,000 African Americans — he used the term Negroes — and 5,000 Whites, he would rather have the Whites.” Culp had just graduated from high school in Charlotte, N.C., at 18 when he volunteered to join in 1943 at the height of WWII. “The Marine Corps was advertised as the most elite military organization, and I wanted to be part of the best to prove, given the chance, that we can do whatever anybody else can do,” he said. He was bussed with the other Black recruits and dropped at a small shed with a guard who led them into the woods to huts that would serve as their barracks. The White drill instructors let it be known they did not agree with the new policy forced on the Corps, with some calling it a disgrace. The Montford Point recruits were not allowed to enter Camp Lejeune unless accompanied by a White officer. The few times they went for a training exercise, they had to wait to eat until the White Marines had finished. “Montford Point was hell, really,” Culp said. “The water was bad. The barracks were made out of some kind of cardboard. It was cold in the winter. There was ice on the deck where we would sleep.” He saw drill instructors beat those who did not march correctly. “You just had to take it, take a rifle snapped across your head or be kicked. It didn’t happen to me but I saw it happen to other people,” Culp said. “I really try to forget about the worst things that happened.” He was sent to the Pacific, where his all-Black ammunition company dodged gunfire as they ferried supplies to the front lines and carried back the dead and wounded. He oversaw the care of White Marines in the brig. Montford Point Marines participated in the seizure of Okinawa and came under heavy fire at Iwo Jima, winning praise from some White officers for their actions. They were sent to Japan to clean up the ash after the atomic bomb was dropped over Nagasaki. But after the war, the Corps discharged all but 1,500 of them. Culp remained, driven by the injustice that “they wanted us to get out.” “Even after the war they wanted it to be lily-White again,” he said. “They did certain things to try to get the AfricanAmericans out and show they were not needed anymore. But we had proven that we could do anything the Whites could do and sometimes even better.” Carrel Reavis, 88, was among those who were discharged. But he took a bus from Camp Pendleton across country to
15 HUD Ln# 1973458823 TS#11-11978-21 NOTICE OF DEFAULTAND FORECLOSURE SALE WHEREAS, on 08/23/2004, a certain (Deed of Trust) was executed by Maggie Mae Jackson, as Trustor, in favor of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as beneficiary, and Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, as Trustee and was recorded on Recorded on 08/31/2004 as Instrument No.04-2235882, in the office of the Los Angeles County, California Recorder, and WHEREAS, the Deed of Trust was insured by the UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, (the Secretary) pursuant to the National Housing Act for the purpose of providing single family housing; and WHEREAS, the beneficial interest in the Deed of Trust is now owned by the Secretary, pursuant to an assignment recorded on 2/18/2011, as Instrument #20110270914 in the office of the Los Angeles County, California Recorder, and WHEREAS, a default has been made by reason of failure to pay all sums due under the Deed of Trust, pursuant to Paragraph 9 Subsection (i) of said deed of Trust and WHEREAS, by virtue of this default, the Secretary has declared the entire amount of the indebtedness secured by the Deed of Trust to be immediately due and payable, NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to power vesting in me by the Single Family Mortgage Foreclosure Act of 1994, 12 U.S.C. 3751 et seq., by 24 CFR part 27, subpart B, and by the Secretary's designation of us as Foreclosure Commissioner" notice is hereby given that on 11/03/2011 at 1:00pm local time, all real and personal property at or used in connection with following described premises ("Property") will be sold at public auction to the highest bidder: Commonly known as: 1533 East 82nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90001 More thoroughly described as: Lot 115 of Tract 8559, in the City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, California a per Map Recorded in Book 101, Pages 47 and 48, of Maps in the Office of the County Recorder of said County The sale will be held at the following location: At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA Per The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development the estimated opening bid will be $264,113.08 There will be no pro-ration of taxes, rents or other income or liabilities, except that the purchaser will pay, at or before the closing, his prorate share of any real estate taxes that have been paid by the Secretary to the date of the foreclosure sale. When making a bid, all bidders except the Secretary must submit a deposit totaling ten percent (10%) of the Secretary's estimated bid amount, in the form of a cashier's check made payable to the Foreclosure Commissioner Cimarron Trustee Services. Each oral bid need not be accompanied by a deposit. If the successful bid is an oral, a deposit of $26,411.30 must be presented before the bidding is closed. The deposit is nonrefundable. The remainder of the purchase price must be delivered within 30 days of the sale or at such time as the Secretary may determine for good cause shown, time being of the essence. This amount, like the bid deposits, must be delivered in the form of a cashier's or certified check. If the Secretary is the high bidder, he need not pay the bid amount in cash. The successful bidder will pay all conveyancing fees, all real estate and other taxes that are due on or after the delivery of the remainder of the payment and all other costs associated with the transfer of title. At the conclusion of the sale, the deposits of the unsuccessful bidders will be returned to them. The Secretary may grant an extension of time with which to deliver the remainder of the payment. All extensions will be fore 9-day increments for a fee of $600.00 paid in advance. The extension fee shall be in the form of certified or cashier's check made payable to the commissioner. If the high bidder closed the sale prior to the expiration period, the unused portion of the extension fee shall be applied toward the amount due. If the high bidder is unable to close the sale within the required period, or within any extensions of time granted by the Secretary, the high bidder may be required to forfeit the cash deposit or, at the election of the Foreclosure Commissioner after consultation with the HUD Field Office representative, will be liable to HUD for any costs incurred as a result of such failure. The Commissioner may, at the direction of HUD Field Office Representative, offer the property to the second highest bidder to an amount equal to the highest price offered by that bidder. There is no right of redemption, or right of possession based upon a right of redemption, in the mortgagor or others subsequent to a foreclosure completed pursuant to the Act. Therefore, the Foreclosure Commissioner will issue a Deed to the purchaser(s) upon receipt of the entire purchase price in accordance with the terms of the sale as proved herein HUD does not guarantee that the property will be vacant. The amount that must be paid by the Mortgagor, to stop the sale prior to the scheduled sale date is $26,396.30 as of10/19/2011, PLUS all other amounts that are due under the mortgage agreement. Plus advertising costs and postage expenses incurred in giving notice, mileage by the most reasonable road distance for posting notices and for the Foreclosure Commissioner's attendance at the sale, reasonable and customary costs incurred for title and lien record searches, the necessary out-of-pocket costs incurred by the Foreclosure Commissioner for recording documents. Plus a commission for the Foreclosure commissioner and all other costs incurred in the connection with the foreclosure prior to reinstatement. Date: August 1, 2011 FORECLOSURE COMMISSIONER: CIMARRON SERVICE CORP, of NEVADA 719 14TH STREET MODESTO, CA 95354 Telephone No. (209) 544-9658 Facsimile No. (209) 544-6119 CATHEY E. LATNER, Vice President Ad #14601 2011-10-06 2011-10-13 2011-10-20 2011-10-27
Baltimore, Md., where he signed up again. The Corps continued to resist desegregation even after President Harry S. Truman’s 1948 order, historians say. It wasn’t until the Korean War that Black Marines fought alongside their White counterparts. Moving up the ranks remained difficult. Reavis stayed the same rank for 10 years while he watched the Corps promote White corporals over him to staff sergeant in a couple of months. “We resented things like that and that’s what happened to us,” he said, “but who could we go to correct it or stop it? Nobody.” Montford Point Marines pushed each other. Those with college degrees taught the ones without education how to read and write. “The perseverance we had was all the same,” said Reavis, who stayed in the Corps for 21 years and whose oldest son fought as a Marine in Vietnam, losing his left leg. “We were like a brotherhood.” Reavis, who served in Korea, said they formed their own organization in 1965, the Montford Point Marine Association, to preserve their legacy. Culp left in 1966 as a master gunnery sergeant at Camp Pendleton. He
CITY OF LOS ANGELES $75,000 REWARD NOTICE The City of Los Angeles offers a reward payable at the discretion of the City Council to one or more persons in the sum or sums up to an aggregate maximum total sum of $75,000 for information leading to the identification and apprehension of the person or persons responsible for the shootings of LYNETTE WARREN, EDWARD DENT AND DONNA ALLEN, in the City of Los Angeles. On Monday, March 7, 2011, at approximately 12:50 p.m., Lynette Warren, Edward Dent and Donna Allen were sitting in the back yard of an adult daycare facility for the mentally handicapped , located at 2020 West Vernon Avenue, in Los Angeles, when unknown suspects fired several rounds, striking and injuring all three individuals. The suspects then fled eastbound on Vernon Avenue. LAPD reports that it is likely that the intended targets were on the sidewalk, in front of the facility, and that the victims were inadvertently struck. LAPD is still searching for the suspect(s) and encourages witnesses to come forward, even anonymously, to assist them in their investigation. The person or persons responsible for this crime represent an ongoing threat to the safety of the people of Los Angeles. Unless withdrawn or paid by City Council action, this offer of reward shall terminate on, and have no effect after, APRIL 22, 2012. The provisions of payment and all other considerations shall be governed by Chapter 12 of Division 19 of the LAAC Code, as amended by Ordinance Nos. 158157 and 166666. This offer shall be given upon the condition that all claimants provide continued cooperation within the criminal justice system relative to this case and is not available to public officers or employees of the City, their families, persons in law enforcement or persons whose misconduct prompted this reward. If you have any information regarding this case, please call the Los Angeles Police Department at 1-877-LAWFULL, 24 hours. C. F. No. 11-0010-s18 10/27/11 CNS-2193993# WATTS TIMES
GOVERNMENT NOTICE OF POLLING PLACES AND DESIGNATION OF CENTRAL COUNTING PLACE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the RegistrarRecorder/County Clerk’s office of polling places designated for the LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL CONSOLIDATED ELECTIONS scheduled to be held on NOVEMBER 8, 2011. NOTICE IS ALSO HEREBY GIVEN that the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s facility, 12400 Imperial Highway, Norwalk California 90650 has been designated as the central counting place for the above elections. Polling places shall be open between the hours of 7: 00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Persons requiring multilingual assistance in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, or Vietnamese regarding information in the notice may call (800) 481-8683. POLLING PLACES 0450004A (0450004C, 0450004D, 0450004E, 0450004F, 0450014A, 0450014B and 0450014E CONS) - VANGUARD LEARNING CENTER 13305 S SAN PEDRO ST LOS ANGELES 90061 Accessible: Y 7850001A (7850001B, 7850001C, 7850001D, 7850001E, 7850015A, 7850015B, 7850015C, 7850015D, 7850044A, 7850044B, 7850044C, 7850044D and 7850044E CONS) - LINCOLN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 1667 E 118TH ST LOS ANGELES 90059 Accessible: Y 7850003A (1450148A, 1450148B, 1450148C, 1450148D, 1450148E, 1450148F, 1450148G, 7850003A, 7850003B, 7850003C, 7850003D, 7850003E, 7850042A, 7850042B and 7850042C CONS) - ENTERPRISE PARK 13055 CLOVIS AVE LOS ANGELES 90059 Accessible: Y 7850013A (7850013B, 7850013C, 7850013D and 7850041B CONS) - G. WASHINGTON CARVER PARK 1400 E 118TH ST LOS ANGELES 90059 Accessible: Y 7850043A (7850043B, 7850043D, 7850043E, 7850043F, 7850202B and 7850202E CONS) - G. WASHINGTON CARVER PARK 1400 E 118TH ST LOS ANGELES 90059 Accessible: Y DEAN C. LOGAN Registrar-Recorder/ County Clerk County of Los Angeles 10/27/11 CNS-2194918# WATTS TIMES
settled in Oceanside, a Pacific coast military town bordering the base, where he opened a furniture store with another Montford Point Marine. Their business card reads: “Two people you can trust.” Current Marines and their spouses browse through the store, unaware of the two men’s place in history. Their offices are adorned with black-and-white Marine Corps photos, including one of Culp among a sea of White faces at Twentynine Palms Marine base in the 1950s. He remains close friends with both White and Black Marines. Joining the Corps, he says, was his life’s “proudest” accomplishment. “If all of the Montford Point Marines had to go through what they had already gone through again to protect our country, they would,” he said.
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