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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Crime and Justice (Print Version)

Posted on 13 March 2011 by The Florida Star Online

Written by Julia N. Bowles

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Obituaries of the week of March 12th – March 19th

Posted on 13 March 2011 by The Florida Star Online

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Commit a Crime – Serve Overtime

Posted on 13 March 2011 by The Florida Star Online

After many years of protesting and voting, Florida finally allowed freedom for non violent felons to return and serve their community as well as vote in elections. Governor Crist signed the bill soon after he was seated as governor of Florida. He served one term as governor. Now, the newly elected governor, Rick Scott, apparently did not agree with the change and has received approval of new clemency policies. The new policies are a step backwards to many but may just be a clear step forward for those millionaires and government haters. The new policy requires ex-felons to wait five to seven years before seeking restorations of civil rights in order to vote and hold public office.

Therefore, after paying their debt for the act committed, they must continue to pay an additional five to seven years. Is this to give the millionaires more time to hold on to the proposed tax cuts and keep the unemployed, unemployed? Did Governor Scott and Lt. Gov. Carroll evaluate or investigate what beneficial progress has been made since Gov. Crist signed his document in 2007 for the State of Florida, and not just the wealthy?

It is believed by many that the new policy is politically and financially motivated and is not in the best interest of the state or the thousand of ex-felons who were looking forward to restoration. A lot has been learned about this country since President Obama moved to the White House. He is trying to do the job he was elected to do, meeting all kinds of obstructions when many agree or disagree with him.

This move, to many, is just another tactic to obstruct.

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89th and 90th Birthday Celebration

Posted on 06 March 2011 by The Florida Star Online

Arnetta Lundy Jackson was born on February 19, 1921 in Jacksonville, Florida and is the proud mother of six children, with grandchildren, great grand and one great great grand child. On Saturday, she was honored for her 90th year with us, still in good health and great spirits. Her daughter, owner of The Florida and Georgia Star, along with her grand daughter, a Houston, Texas nurse, decided to honor her for all that she has done for her family and the Gainesville, Florida community, where she still lives.

Along with honoring her mother, Clara also honoredher Godmother, Louise Hill McGregor, born in Gainesville on January 1, 1922 and now lives in Arlington, Virginia.

With about 115 people in attendance from their churches, Lincoln High where Ms. McGregor taught Home Economics and where Ms. Jackson served for ten years as home room mother as well as N.E. Daycare Center, where Ms. Jackson served as its first director, family members from Virginia to South Florida, and a greeting for each from Congresswoman Corrine Brown, the ladies were in awe for their 89th and 90th celebration.

Ms. Jackson’s grandson handled the music but not one can forget the songs sang by Tyler Perry’s performer, Danny Clay and Gainesville’s most talented Mildred Dewberry Oliver. This was one of the most joyeous occasions, said many. Congratulations ladies and thank you for being here for us.

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Crime and Justice (Print Version)

Posted on 04 March 2011 by The Florida Star Online

Written by Julia N. Bowles

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Obituaries of the week of March 5th – March 11th

Posted on 04 March 2011 by The Florida Star Online

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Sharks Defense Quell The Tampa Bay Storm For The Win 56-19

Posted on 04 March 2011 by The Florida Star Online

Written by Scott Jurrens
Photo by Joseph Lorentzon

Monday night football returned to Jacksonville at Sea Best Field as the Jacksonville Sharks, the 2010 defending Southern Division champions, hosting The Tampa Bay Storm and obliterated them 56-19.

The Sharks defense or as fans might say, deFINse, took the Tampa Bay Storm out of the game early. The Storm received the ball first and promptly scored a touchdown on their first offensive play. The Sharks struck back immediately on an Aaron Garcia pass to Jomo Wilson and lead from that point on.

The Sharks added another touchdown (Terrence Smith) and field goal (Marco Capozzoli) in the first quarter. Sharks players Ventrell Jenkins added a 2-point safety, another touchdown each for Jomo Wilson and Terrence Smith in the second quarter before the Storm added six points by Jarriet Buie. At the half, the score was Sharks 33, Storm 13.

Terrence Smith scored his third touchdown of the night in the third quarter with 4:56 remaining on the game clock.

In the 4th quarter, the Storm got another six points on the scoreboard courtesy of Corey Surrency early in last quarter. After that, the Sharks Tyronne Gross scored two consecutive touchdowns and another defensive sack/safety by the Shark defense finished the game for the total of Sharks 56, Storm 19.

Approximately 6,000 fans showed up for this free game/scrimmage with a donation of a canned good for Second Harvest and even the parking was free. In only the second season of existence, diehard Shark fans showed up in custom Shark jerseys and costumes such as Land Shark, Hammer Head and Loan Shark as examples.

The Jacksonville Sharks open the 2011 season on the road on March 12 at 9:00 PM playing the Arizona Rattlers. The first Sharks home game is March 18 at 8:00 PM versus the Georgia Force on Game Show Night.

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Youth Section | What Diversity Means in My Community

Posted on 04 March 2011 by The Florida Star Online

Written by May E. Ford

Glenn Heights, TX – Earlier this month Nico Lachi Leejay entered into a contest for the best essay on “What Diversity Means In My Community.” This is the 1st Annual City of Glenn Heights Mayor’s Essay Contest. The Mayor’s office mailed out flyers asking residents to write a 300 word essay on the topic. Lachi’s mother, Ashley, thought it would be good if her son was to participate. Last week Lachi’s family got a call from the city stating that Lachi was the winner for the 1st Place winner of the Intermediate category and would be invited to the next council meeting to receive his award.

At the Glenn Heights Council Meeting, Victor Pereira, Mayor of Glenn Heights, presented Lachi and two other students with a $50 U.S. Savings Bond and a copy of their paper rewritten on the city’s letterhead for them to cherish for years to come. There was one winner for three different grades…Lachi was winner of the 5th grade, another one was for 4th grade and one for the 7th grade. Each winner had to read aloud to the Mayor and Council members and the public audience the paper they wrote.

The next day, one of the council members visited Lachi’s school to take pictures with him for the school’s display and to place in the city’s newspaper.

Lachi is very active in his school. For Christmas 2010, he was the narrator for the school play. He is an A-Honor Roll student every six weeks. He also made one of the highest scores on the TAK’s test this school term, missing only two questions.

Lachi is the oldest of three children. He enjoys playing with his younger brothers when he is not reading a novel. He is so modest about all of his achievements. Although, he knows how special the things are that he does, he is just not the type to boast about it. He leaves that up to his parents and grandparents (May E. Ford, paternal grandparent) who are so very proud of him, needless to say.


 

What Diversity Means in My Community
By Nico Lachi Leejay

Diversity is the way different cultures, people, and traditions form together to make a community. Just like our nation, made of different people, we form all of our cultures to be the United States of America. In my opinion, I think every country (or continent) should be united. Some people might think, “But wait, won’t it be hard to learn each other’s customs?” Yes it will be little hard, but with a little help and understanding we will learn.

Another example of diversity is the way people are different in a community. It’s impossible to have two people to be the same. We are all different in many ways. Because if we were the same it would look strange. We wouldn’t probably be friends; we would not get along with each other because we were the same person. Everybody should be their own person with their own cultures and traditions.

Diversity also allows people who would not usually get a chance to succeed. Many people have received more jobs and opportunities over the past few decades because of diversity. Managers and leaders of our community want a more diverse organization so numerous people will be able to get to the top. A lot of people have a bright future ahead of them when they are all included.

The benefits of diversity in my community are learning new languages, new songs, and dance techniques. We can also learn new ideas from different people. The ideas we learn from different people make us more knowledgeable. Having a diverse community makes us stronger and more understanding to others.

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74 Year Old Kills Man at Jacksonville Beach

Posted on 04 March 2011 by The Florida Star Online

Robert Moore, 38, of Jacksonville Beach, was shot and killed on Tuesday by Vannie Collier, 74, also of Jacksonville Beach.

According to sources in the Hill neighborhood, Vannie Collier fired several shots during a confrontation with his next-door neighbor, Robert Moore. More was on his bike when Collier shot him, according to a neighbor. In fact, Collier’s son took the gun from his dad as he continued to shoot Moore, who was lying on the ground.

Even though it was reported that Moore had an extensive criminal record, neighbors say that he had made a complete change with his life and do not know why Collier shot him. They also told Linda Dayson that Collier has been pulling out his gun for years. At one time, they say that the police was called and they emptied all of the bullets from the gun and returned it to Collier, said a neighbor to Dayson. Collier did not have a criminal history.

Even though neighbors are shocked about the killing, they said they knew both men. Collier is a landscaper and Moore was a mechanic. Both were well liked. Some neighbors are concerned about the immediate attempt to remove and transfer properties that belong to Collier. They feel this is an effort to hide assets that a court may wish to award to Moore’s family because of his death.

Vannie Collier was taken into custody after the shooting and Moore was taken to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Many of the neighbors are just wondering, “Why?”

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