Archive | March, 2011

BLACK BIKER’S WEEK 2011

Posted on 25 March 2011 by The Florida Star Online

Photos by Frank M. Powell, III

African American Bikers from around the United States gathered at Daytona Beach on Dr. Mary M. Bethune Blvd., riding their bikes along the road as more than 4,000 spectators watched from both sides of the street.

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Crime and Justice (Print Version)

Posted on 25 March 2011 by The Florida Star Online

Written by Julia N. Bowles

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Community Loses Saint

Posted on 25 March 2011 by The Florida Star Online

Sister Beatrice Lawrence Reid

Services will be held Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. at the Evangelist Church of God, 1816 Stonewall Street, Brunswick, GA 31520 Officiating is her Grandson, Pastor Barnett Fulton, Presiding is Rev. George Stewart, President of the American Gospel Quartet Convention, Inc., Singing Angels and The Angels of Praise, South East Georgia, Brunswick’s Queen of Gospel Quartet.

Preceding her in death; husband Bishop James Reid Sr. She leaves a legacy of love. One son: James (Cheryl) Reid Jr., Five daughters: Pauline Barnard, Diane Reid, Pastor Rose Reid-Cameron, Mary Reid, Stone Mountain, Ga., Evangelist Sandra Reid, two Sisters: Daisy Brady, Ruth(Isaiah) Chester, two brothers: Rev. Dr. Robert (Inez) Lawrence and Roosevelt (Earlene) Lawrence.

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Obituaries of the week of March 26th – April 1st

Posted on 25 March 2011 by The Florida Star Online

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What’s with Cop Killing raid during prime time?

Posted on 25 March 2011 by The Florida Star Online

The most important question that has not been asked about the Friday Cleveland Arms JSO killing is why in the world would a judge issue a warrant to authorize a raid on a low income crowded 200 unit apartment complex at 5 p.m. in the afternoon? Everyone knows that this is the time of day when kids are home from school, residents, who work are home or arriving home; a recipe for maximum collateral damage. What was the urgency? Why put so many innocent lives at risk?

Apparently, the white policemen who arrived, at the complex, dressed in black with masks on did not care about the potential endangerment of the innocent lives of the residents. Again, what was the need to raid a crowded low income black apartment complex, at 5:20 p.m., on a hot afternoon when most of the residents would be outside and exposed to gunfire?

If the warrant was for drugs being sold out of the apartment then why wasn’t the two other occupants, including the lease holder arrested? And where are they now? We would like to hear their account of what happened when the police broke into the apartment says the citizens of Jacksonville.

If the drug raid was set up by the police informant, then why was only a small amount of marijuana and cocaine found in a supposedly drug house? The apartment was under surveillance by the informant.

If Mr. Harris, the victim, knew that it was the police at the door, why would he arm himself to protect a small amount of cocaine and marijuana?

The police said Mr. Harris had a warrant from Ohio, but Mr. Harris’ sister said that her brother was reporting regularly to his probation officer here in Jacksonville.

Why is the outrage only coming from the apartment residents? Where was the NAACP, SCLC, the Urban League, the Human Rights Commission, Mad Dads and the religious community? And for that matter, where was the mayor, Councilman Reggie Brown, the councilman at large and State Representative? Not only was a man killed but hundreds of men, women and children’s lives were unnecessarily put at great risk. As of Saturday, March 20th none of the above had visited the Cleveland Arms to speak with the residents who were traumatized by the police commando attack that killed Mr. Harris. The only group that showed concern was the New Black Panthers. They say the act was puzzling.

Jacksonville’s police involved shootings are troubling. The shooting and killing of a man in the Cleveland Arms Apartment by the police is the third police shooting this year. Last year there were eight, four of which ended in a death. In 2009 there were 15 with nine fatal, preceded by 28 with 14 fatal in 2008 and 19 with nine fatal in 2007.

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First African American Polo Team Wins National Title

Posted on 21 March 2011 by The Florida Star Online

The Cowtown-Work to Ride team took home the gold after beating out the crew from Baltimore in the National Interscholastic Championship at the Virginia Polo Center.

A polo team from Philadelphia made history in central Virginia on Sunday when they became the first all African-American team to win a national title.

The Cowtown-Work to Ride team took home the gold after beating out the crew from Baltimore in the National Interscholastic Championship at the Virginia Polo Center.

The top polo players say it feels great to be a part of this monumental achievement in their sport.

Brandon Rease, of the winning team said, “If you get involved with it and want to do really good in it, you just practice every day and, a sport is a sport, no matter if it’s for black, white, anything.”

This was the 42nd year for the tournament. The Philly team also had to beat out groups from California, Texas and Canada to be named the champions.

Who knew a bunch of black kids in Philadelphia would forgo basketball and football to play polo? The Philadelphia youth polo team, the Cowtown/Work to Ride based in Fairmount Park, is an all-black team and a force to be reckoned with in the world of polo.

The team won the 42nd annual USPA National Interscholastic Championship tournament over the weekend in Charlottesville, Va.

“It was awesome,” Cowtown/WTR Coach Lezlie Hiner told the Philadelphia Inquirer about her team’s 24–17 victory over Baltimore in the title game. “We’re known as a come-from-behind team, but the boys were so explosive in these games.”

The stars of the team are brothers Kareem Rosser, 18, and Daymar Rosser, 16, of West Philadelphia, and Brandon Rease, 15, of North Philadelphia. Kareem was named the No. 1 All-star at the competition and plans to attend Cornell after he graduates from Valley Forge Military Academy.

Lezlie Hiner started the team back in 1994 with the goal of exposing the sport to underprivileged kids. In exchange for horse-riding lessons, kids would help around the barns and take care of the horses.

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Crime and Justice (Print Version)

Posted on 20 March 2011 by The Florida Star Online

Written by Julia N. Bowles

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Obituaries of the week of March 19th – March 26th

Posted on 20 March 2011 by The Florida Star Online

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Second Family Member Killed

Posted on 20 March 2011 by The Florida Star Online

It has been less than a month that the family of Makia Coney who was killed by her classmates in February 2010 mourned her death as they met with attorneys regarding the matter.

Again, the family is facing an unexpected death as Makia’s cousin, Tommie Lee Terrence-Jenkins, 30, was shot in the head while inside a house in the 7600 block of Bronson. According to family, he was at a party and someone came in and shot him around 10 p.m. Saturday. No one has been able to provide answers as to why or any possibilities regarding the shooter.

The family says this is very difficult for them and are asking the community to help JSO to find the killer. There has not been an arrest. MAD DADS and Hurting Families are also asking for help. Call 866-845-8477.

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Have you learned yet? Voting is Essential

Posted on 13 March 2011 by The Florida Star Online

Leaders of the Jacksonville community gathered to encourage citizens to vote in this upcoming city election for city positions. Those in attendance included ministers and present politicians. They were able to remind the community the problems the country is now facing because many did not vote in this past election. The pain and suffering is, and will continue to be in the minority communities if we do not go out to vote.

Early voting, where citizens can vote at any precinct convenient to them daily until March 20 when early voting ends. Election day is March 22, 2011. At that time, you can only vote in your precinct.

SUNDAY, MARCH 13, IS “TAKE A SOUL TO THE POLL DAY.” Pastors are being encouraged to take their congregations to the Poll after worship service on Sunday to encourage them to exercise their right to vote. REMEMBER, national and state wide elections are important but local elections are much more important.

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