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Celebrating 66 Years In The Tampa Bay Area c c -a: Q ...J LL. SEE PAGE 3-A VOL. 66 NO. 70 FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2011 52 PAGES 75 onation For Progress Village Approved SEE PAGE 3-A HART CEO Fired; Chair Finds Contract Changed SEE PAGE 4-A Suspect Held For BaHery On Pregnant Cousin SEE PAGE 22-A 8TH ANNUAL TAMPA COTILLION-DEBUTANTE BALL HELD On March 12th, members parents family members, and friends gathered at the Embassy Suites Hotel for the 8th Annual Tampa Cotillion-Debutante Ball. The theme for this year's event was "Celebrating 50 Years of Ed ucation, Legacy, & Cultivation." Mrs. Mary Telfair Cooper is the Directress, Ms. Carolyn Plummer Riley was the Mistress of Ceremonies, and Attorney Norman A. Harris served as Master of Ceremonies. Each of the young ladies was escorted by a young man The Magnificent Escorts for the gala affair were Samuel Culbreath, Ayele Gibson, Michael Davis, George Messer, Jr. Aaron L Peoples, Tevin Newman, Terrence A. Peoples, David Sum mers James Staten, Jr., and Richard Russell. Daniel Dorsey is not shown. (Photography by George Streets).


Features N N ..J a: a. c:x: c OHicer, Fireman Save Man From Burning House a: Monda y night Tampa u. Fire Rescue units respond e d to a house fire at 2204 East Chipco Street. On their way to the sce ne, the y were told there was a man trapped inside the smoke filled house. As fire crews wer e re sponding, Tampa Police Corporal Eric Wilkinson arrived. Smoke was coming from the front of the hous e and inside, trapped behind burglar bars was the home s resident, Hazziz Crawford, 34 Wilkinson h a d an a x e in the trunk of his car and smashed on the lo c k holdin g the burglar bars on the front door. One of the two locks broke at the same time the handle of the axe broke. Wilkinson said he could hear the fire trucks approach ing. Unable to get the burglar bars open, Wilkinson sat on the front porch and reassured Crawford that help would arrive soon. When fire units arrived on the scene, thick smoke had filled the house. Firefighter Hazziz Crawford was rescued from this burning house Monday night by a police officer and a firefighter. Jason Luna grabbed a pry in g tool and rushed to the front porch. He quickly sprung open the burglar bars and helped Crawford out to safety. Crawford was conscious barely able to walk and had trouble breathing. He was treated on the scene before being transported to St. Joseph's Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation and minor burns. Hospital offi cials said he was treated at the hospital and later released. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control and an investigator with the Tampa Fire Marshal's Office determined Crawford w a s heating grease on the stove and apparently fell asleep. Crawford awoke to the house filling with smoke and found the fire in the kitchen, but was unable to put it out. The accidental fire did about $8,ooo in damage to the house. It was also re..: ported that there was no smoke alarm in the house. Former Head Start Director, 2 Others Arrested BV FBI IRIS B. HOLTON Sentinel City Editor Last we e k a federal inves tigation into the Hillsborough County Head Start Program ended with three arrests The arrests centered on the publi cation and distribution of a children's book writtei1 by an employee's wife. The Federal Bureau of In vestigation (FBI) conducted the investigation that re sulted in the indictment of Michael Jimenez, former Deputy Director of Fiscal and Administrative Services for the Hillsborough County Head Start Program, Ms. Marie Mason, Deputy Di rector of Program Services for Hillsborough County Head Start, and Ms. Johana Melendez Santiago, wife of Jimenez. They were released on bail after posting a $10,000 bond. According to the indict ment, during the period of April 2010 through November 2010, Jimenez and Ms. Mason "did knowingly and willfully combine, conspire, confederate and agree with each other and with others, to defraud the United States for the purpose of impeding, impairing, obstructing and de feating the lawful functions of the Hillsborough County Head Start." The indictment further stated that Ms. Santiago authored a children's book entitled "Travel Boy Helps Sebastian" and as part of the conspiracy, Ms. Santiago sold the books to the Hillsborough County Head Start Program while her hus band was the Deputy Director of Fiscal Services with the Head Start Program. The indictment also stated that a further part of the con spiracy was that Jimenez enlisted the assistance of Ms. Marie Mason so that the. Hillsborough County Head Start would purchase the books from Ms. Santiago. It further stated that they k e pt the total price of the pur chase under $10,000 so that the process of purchasing the books would not have to go through a bid process. The indictment alleges that on or about May 3, 2010, Ms. Mason, on behalf of Hillsborough County Head Start, signed a Merchandise Request form for 750 copies of the book at a cost of $9,ooo. The check was issu e d by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commis sioners to Ms. Santiago on June 24, 2010, the indictment $tated. The issue of the book purchase surfaced last December after rumors began circulat ing that alleged Jimenez never disclosed the fact that the author of the book was his wife. Ms. Santiago was not a Hillsborough County em ployee. Both Jimenez and Ms. Mason were suspeq.ded without pay in December Jimenez was later termi nated. An internal investigation allegedly revealed that grant funds were diverted to purchase the books. When contaCted by the Sentinel, Mike Merrill, Hillsborough County Administrator said, "We didn't have anything to do with the inves tigation. It was conducted by the F. B. I. because the program receives federal fund ing." He further stated that no other terminations pertaining to the incident are antici pated. Head Start is a national program, launched in 1965 to promote school readiness educational services, health, nutritional, social and other services to economically dis advantaged children and their families. The Hillsborough County Head Start Program has been in existence for 45 years. It is one of the largest grantees for Head Start in the southeastern United States.


., Local Private Donation Fund For Parents Sav 10-Year-Oid Progress Village Residents Did Not Commit Suicide Approved Bv Hillsborough C I C On Monday, Tampa Po-Tyriq was an A and B :::::: oun v ommiSSIOD lice were called to an apartstudent at Foster Elemen-At their regular Board meeting Wednesday, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners ap proved a disaster assistance polic y that allows the County to collect and disburse private donations received by the County to homeowners of Progress Village affected by the storms on March 31. The policy was initiated by County Commissioner Lesley "Les" Miller, Jr., whose district includes Progress Village The disaster assistance fund is intended to assist homeowners who are ineligi ble to receive assistance through the County's housing assistance programs, for rea sons such as their income ex ceeds federal/state program requirements or their assets exceed limits set by the County. The assistance will be available to help these home owners pay their property in surance deductible as a result of their damage claims. To be eligible residents must live in Progress Village, be home owners and living in the homes that they are seeking assistance for, and they must be able to certify that no other financial resources are avail able to address this need. Commissioner Miller has been very active in assist ing the residents of Progress Village affected by the storms. In fact, his office h as already raised $20,900 that will be placed into this assistance fund .. During the Board meeting Wednesday, Comm. Miller also asked staff to research creating a general policy for raising disaster assistance funds such as these that could b e used in th e event of futur e local disasters. Within two hours of the tornado touching down, I w as on-site with the residents of Progress Village and NEVER have I seen a group of people rally together so uns e lfishly," said Comm. Miller. "They are truly a community; a community that is over so years old. They really know their neighbors There is one lesson that I will never forget from this experience, and that lesson is to take the time to get to know your neighbors because in times like these, it makes all the difference in the world!" Interested businesses or residents are welcome to do nate to the fund to assist Progress Village residents. Donations should be made by check only, written out to "Hillsborough County BOCC" and in the memo line: Progress Village Relief Fund, and mailed or delivered to: Hillsborough County Afford able Housing Services, Attn: Progress Village Disaster Assistance Program, 1208 Tech Blvd., Suite 300, Tampa, FL 33619 Progress Village residents who think they may be eligi. ble to receive assistance through this fund can contact Affordable Housing Services at (813) 612-5397. The applications to receive assistance from this fund will be accepted on a first come/first-serV-ed basis until the funding runs out, or until the fund is closed one year from today. For additional informa tion, contact Hillsborough County Affordable Housing Services at (813) 612-5397. ment complex on East Sligh tary, and loved sports, music, Avenue. Wh e n they arrived, and dancing. His parent s the y were told a 10y ear-old said he was just a great allboy was dead from an appararound kid ent suicide. Their report said He was truly an angel," the boy 's mother found him said Mrs. Ammons. hanging by the neck from a He loved being with his shelving unit in his closet. friends at school got good That boy s parents, AIgrades, and had a lot of fonso and Jennifer Am-friends in his neighborhood. mons, said their son, Tyriq, He also loved junk food, and did not intentionally hang his favorite things to eat were himself. TYRIQ AMMONS corn, and fried "Tyriq did not go into his chicken He was also very acroom fashion a noose and tive in football and baskethang himself," said Mrs. him to his room so he could ball." Ammons. cool off. He had quite a tern-Tyriq has two brothers, 3 "This was a very tragic ac-per sometimes. He never sisters, and 3 nieces cident If he did anything, he came out of the room. The family was left so did it to get attention. He had "I think Tyriq was just devastated by Tyriq's death, a bout with cancer when he trying to get attention I think they have been having a was 5, and it almost cost him he stood in his closet and fell tough time making final his life. Since then, we've asleep and somehow the cord arrangements for a service. spoiled him rotten. I was the got caught around his neck. I They have asked Aiken's one to appease him anytime should have checked on him. Funeral Home to assist them. he got into trouble." My son was not suicidal." They are asking the public Mr. Ammons recalled Tyriq is described by his for help. Anyone who wants the events ofthat day. parents as being a special to make a donation is asked "He had been fighting child who had a big heart and to contac;t the family at their with his brother, so I sent touched everyone. residence. AUTO ACCIDENTIREIRIIJL!SERIII EE Professional Service News Alert: The Florida Law States That You Support and Help from the beginning to the end. Attorneys An Attorney will come to you at home or work -No Recovery, No Fees Investigators If there is a dispute on how the accident occured May Be Entitled To $1 0,000 For Loss Wages And Medical Care Transportation Available Auto Repair Body Shop Medical Care Provided Specializing In: Car Bus Bicycle Motorcycle Slip & Fall Pedestrian Incidents Loss Wages Wrongful Death And More ... Call Michelle B. Patty Local: 813-495-3702 Toll Free 1-352 Available 24 Hours A Day / 7 Days A Week Michelle B. 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C\1 ...J a: a.. and Michael York voted for <( c en w ::J .... > a: w Armijo's dismissal. Those who were against his firing: John Byczek, Fran Davin, Ron Govin and Steven DAVID ARMIJO Polzin. Much of Monday night's meeting centered on discus sion of Armijo's boldness in having language in his contract changed on 2 occasi o ns, most recently in 2010. The inserted or changed language in the contract would make it dif ficult to fire the CEO Board chair Alison Hewitt made the discovery of language changes last week while going through the con tracts. She apologized to the Board for getting them the information she discovered at Monda y s meeting. She stated she had spent all weekend going through writtep. and audio minutes to see when the Board made approval on amendments to the contracts and could not find that info. Even though the Board approved the contract, none re called voting on language ALISON HEWITI chan g es Board members were visibly upset during the dis cussion. Clark Jordan-Holmes, who represented the Board a t the time, said he was directed by Armijo to make "minor changes in the contract. Hav ing experienced a difficult termination with the county, Commissioner Beckner said he would never have voted on a contract with that language What also took up a great deal of the evening's discus sion was the employment and favoritism shown to Olga Gonzalez, who was hired as Special Assistant to the CEO. Before her go-day probationary period was over, she re ceived a new title, Manager of Executive Policy and Board Relations, and a raise of $15,000. The Board questioned the > w c w :::r: en :::i m ::J Q. MIAMI JEWEl! At International Flea Market z i= w ...J ...J ::J m ...J w z i= z w en

editorials Columns FLORIDA SENTINEL BULLETIN ( USPS 20 2-140) 2207 21st Avenue, Tam pa Florida 33605 (813) 248-1921 Published E very Tu esday and Frida y By FLORIDA SENTINEL BULLETIN PUBLISHING Co. Member of National Newspaper Pu b lisher s Association (NNPA) POSTMASTER: Send Add r ess Change T o: Florida Sentinel Bulletin, P.O. Box 3363 Tampa, FL 33601 Periodical Postage Paid At Tampa FL C. Blythe Andrews 1901-1977 (1945) W.W. Andrews 1874-1931 (1919) C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. 1930-2010 (1977) S KAY ANDREWS, PUBLISHER C. BLYTHE ANDREWS Ill, PRESIDENT/CONTROLLER ALLISON WELLS-CLEBERT, CFO GWEN HAYES EDITOR IRIS HOLTON, CITY EDITOR BETTY DAWKINS, ADVERTISING DIRECTOR HAROLD ADAMS, CIRCULATION MANAGER TOYNETTA COBB, PRODUCTION MANAGER LAVORA EDWARDS, CLASSIFIED MANAGER Subscriptions-$44.00-6 Months Both Editions : $87.00-Pe r Year Both Editions. Opinions expressed on editorial pages of this newspaper by Columnists or Gues t Writers, do not necessarily reflect the editoria l stance of The Florida Sentinel Bulletin o r the Publis her. I HART Head lopped on: Whv; I M ost every photograph of former HART (Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority) Chief Executive David Armijo shows a man is smiling and confident. Certain voices claim Armijo reminds them of the Wicked Witch in The Wiz, who was fond of singing, "don't nobody bring me no bad news, the stats for HART have literally climbed through the roof. So, why here recently, was HART's miracle man given an unmiraculous and unceremonious boot in the britches and out the door? From all appearances, Armijo overstepped his authority by changing his contract without informing the HART Board that he had changed the document. HART's Board of Directors, when presented with the question, "Should he stay or should he go?" responded with a 7-4 vote, not in Armijo's favor, that reminded many of another group of judges made famous by their "eyes covered, ears-covered, mouth-covered" motto, "HEAR NO EVIL, SPEAK NO EVIL, SEE NO EVIL!" However, the HART -board decision may better be interpreted as "HEAR NO ARMIJO, SPEAK NO ARMIJO, and SEE NO ARMIJO". Nevertheless, "the buses are running; the streetcars are running," and the HART board has fallen out of love with the fellow who seems to have found HART in a mess and cleaned it up. Yet, maybe, Armijo's success was indeed, his downfall. Put politely, "NO ONE LIKES A CAE SAR, especially when he comes, sees and conquers!" .legislators, leave Florida Supreme Court Alone N ow what? As if it hadn't gotten us in enough hot water, Florida's Republican dominated legislature has introduced a constitutional amendment which would increase the number of judges on Florida's Supreme Court What's the problem, you ask? If passed, Republican Governor Rick Scott would be able to appoint three new judges to the Supreme Court. The State Legislature would divide the Supreme Court into two divisions. Three senior judges (who, by the way, were appointed by Democratic governors) would be assigned to the Criminal division, and the Republican appointed judges would be assigned to the Civil division. The judges in charge of the civil division would also be in charge of cases establishing new voting districts. Cases involving Civil Rights violations, discrimination, and other human rights issues would be handled by the Gubernator's hand-picked choices. Now, do you understand? ;This proposed constitutional amendment is worthy of a resounding defeat if it makes it to the ballot box. Our court system is not a chess set, and does not need to become a political pawn. Islamic Charitv Festival Draws Thousands T h e Tampa Bay Muslim Alliance sponsored its 14th annual Islamic Charity Festival l as t Sund ay The event was h e ld at Riverfront Park. A diverse crowd of more than 4,000 p eop l e a t tended the affair. The purpose of the event was to bring together a di verse group of people in a spirit of brotherhood and giving. The event organizers had free meals, free toys for chil dren, free clothes free bicy cles, free shoes, free medical tests, free children's games, a nd a free clown was on hand to entertain the crowd The event lasted from 11 a. m. to 6 p. m. and went off without a single incident. Th e Islamic Charity Festi val was a plus for the Tampa Bay Muslim Alliance. A l a rge group of peopl e ga ther e d at the park for a da y of love, peace, giving and so cializing without an y regards of ideology. Everybody was made to feel welcome. A number of Tampa 's public officials were on hand for the festival. The group was led by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, County Commissioner Kevin Beckner, City Councilman Frank Reddick, City Councilwoman Lisa Montileone, City Councilwoman Yolie Capin, State Rep. Janet Cruz and The Wax Museum What follows is a story, which might confuse you, or it just might make you think. Its characters are a little boy, his father, and a wax museum. The little boy is the narrator. The story be gins as follows: "For as long as I can re member (which is not very long because I'm only twelve years old), Pappy-Dooh (that's what I call my father) has been promising me and my older sister (she's thir teen) that he was gonna take us. to the Wax Museum He said there was something in that Wax Museum we needed to see But whenever we asked him to take us, for the weekend Pappy-Dooh would always laugh and say we weren't old enough, yet. 'It might scare yuh,' he d grin. But last week was differ ent. Last Friday was my birthday So, something was up. Finally, Pappy-Dooh spoke. He cleared his throat and said, "Children (he never called us 'Kids.), how would you like to go to the Wax Mu seum, today?." "WOO BOO!" I screamed so hard I thought I would wet myself. My sister being that she was a girl -just stood with her big eyes and giinned like a cricket. So, Pappy-Dooh, Mommy-0, Sistah-Dear and I piled into our late model electric car, logged onto the traffic grid and a comput!!r map, and in no time, we were at this big, huge place with tall letters on its roofthat said, "TAMPA MUNICIPAL WAX MU SEUM." A cyborg stamped our hands, read the bar-codes across Pappy-Dooh's head, and the four of us walked into the lobby of the mu seum. It looked even bigger on the inside th!in it did on the outside. A wall of elevator doors was in front of us Fif teen sideways mouths opened as if to gobble us up and take us from the first to the tenth floor. Sistah-Dear wanted to go to the second floor to see the holographic Tyran nosaurus Rex._ I begged everybody to go with me to the fifth floor so I could try on a robot exoskeleton and pick up a Volkswagen, all by myself. But Pappy-Dooh insiste d that, before we went anywhere else or saw any thing else, we had to go with him to the ninth floor. I wish I had never gone. When we got to the ninth floor, the first thing We saw was a sign that read "WEL COME TO THE PAST!" In front of us was a wall of glass and behind the glass were at least twenty young men. were among the many digni-l> taries that showed up. Th e Muslim community 1 h as be e n und er attack be-N 1\) ca us e of terrorist ac tivitie s. T h e T a mpa Bay Muslim Al-Hance opened m a n y people 's := eyes to the fact that not all Muslims are bad or terror ists The majority of them are patriotic freedom loving hu manitarians that truly love America The b ea uty of the Islamic Charity Festival was that Blacks, whites, Hispanics, Jewish Christians and Mus lims were there all united in a day of celebrating, giving and a feeling of oneness. Brother Hakim Aquil of the Tampa Bay Muslim Alliance said his organization was pleased with the turnout and wishes to thank all of those who helped to make the festival the success that it was. The group will have the festival again next year and ., hopes to make it bigger and I even better. They were wide-nosed, thick lipped and dark-skinned and each young man was dressed in unbelievably baggy pants, shirt two-sizes too big, had a strange-lookc )> CJ) m z :::! z m r-m c:: r rm :::! z ing cap cocked backwards, and (what was scariest of all) carried what seemed to be an "tJ old-fashioned machine gun j of some sort. r-c;; Then out of nowhere, a deep, frightening voice began to It said, "Standing before you is a of human being that no longer exists in the Western World. It was called "YOUNG AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN." :::1: m c m < m -4 c:: m CJ) c Was it wiped out by some outside force? Was it de-)> stroyed by a disease? No," the voice replied. "These wax ., fi-gures represent human be-2:! ings who, for some strange reason, began to murder < themselves, their mothers, fathers sisters, brothers, and loved ones until virtually none of them were left." Then the voice said, "The message these young men leave is clear: our greatest enemy is not a stranger, but it is us ourselves." Pappy-Dooh squeezed my hand and looked down at me. I tried to hide the tears in my eyes. These wax figures did not look like us For, we had wings and eight legs, and they oniy had two legs, no wings and only two eyes though we had eight. But the message was clear. "All hatred is self ha. tred. Genocide begins at home! (This is SoleMan. I G) now return you to your pres-!!! ent insanity.) )>


Nanona P e r so n ally I d o n t f ee l th e ...J C:: need t o worry a b out wh a t a.. h a pp e n s t o m y r e m a in s af t e r .... w > w c w ::I: en :::::i m ::::> c. z i= w ..J ..J ::::> m ..J w z i= z w en C a: 0 ..J LL. Deeper Than The Grave L as t wee k an articl e was publish e d in a n a tion a l d aily a bout the probl e m Chin a wa s h aving trying to deal with o ver 9 million burials per year. Since the government r elaxed its restrictions on elaborate tomb construction in 2008, it seems that the country is running out of places to put the bodies The situation has become such a concern that Chinese officials are urging its citi zens .to look toward the sea as an alternative. They didn't specify whether they intend ed for people to scatter ashes across the water or simply dump bodies into the ocean in an effort to stimulate the food chain. But judging by the seriousness of the issue, as long as it relieves the pres sure, they probably wouldn't care either way The story got my attention because it reflected the enormous amount of emphasis human beings place on the disposal of, what in essence is, used flesh. As society has become increasingly narcis sistic, the it's all about me attitude that we've all grown accustomed to confronting, appears to thrive just as much in death as it does in life. Though none of us will be abl e to ex p e ri e n ce o r e njo y wh a t eve r tra n spires at our funeral s, it d o esn t s top some individuals from pre-planning e verything from who ll deliver their e ulogies to how they want their bodies posi tioned in the casket. I am sure w e all have aging relatives who, when selecting a final resting place, always seem to be drawn to areas that are in close proximity to trees, hillsides or fountains. As if status and location still have bearing in the decaying process. Not to sound crass or insensitive, but I always wondered why it was such a big deal? I mean when we die, we 're dead. The journey's over. Why should anything after our final breath even matter to us? We won t be able to feel the shade from the trees we 're buried under. We won't be able to crawl out of the grave and chop it up with our favorite uncle buried two plots over And for those who plan on following the trend of being buried with their vehicles, c,mon man. How about being a little less self ish and leaving that ride with someone who can still actu ally drive? do wh a t eve r h e pl e a ses with m y bod y I told him h e could dig a hol e and just drop it in s ide; t a k e it to a t ax id ermist and h ave it stuffe d ; donate it to the hospit a l for spare parts; or cremate it and use the ashes to fertilize crops of blueberry, orange, purple and watermelon Cush trees. I know it sounds outrageous. But I honestly don't care what happens to this body because once my vital signs flat-line, I won't be using it anymore anyway. To me, our bodies are noth ing more than collections of bones, muscles and skin used as vehicles by our Kas and Bas (spirits and souls) to interact with other spiritual beings on this physical plane. Once they break down and can no longer function, We'll just return to the source of our existence, meet up with some loved ones we haven't seen in a while and wait until we can make return trips in new and improved models Anyone wanting to contact Clarence Barr can reach him at: Clarence. Barr, II, 43110-018; Bennettsville F.C.I.; P. 0 Box 52020; Bennettsville, SC 29512; or by email at clarence .barr?g8-@gmail.com. Reality On Ice is by the Florida Sentinel Bulletin Publishing Company. AUTOMOBILE A CCI DENTS WRECK LIVES! GIBBS & PARNELL, PA ATTORNEYS AT LAW A P. GIBBS. ESQ. THOMAS E. PARNELL, ESQ.. PERSONAL INJURY AND WRONGFUL DEATH AUTO, TRUCK, M TORCYCLE OR BOAT ACCIDENTS. SLIP AND FALL, NURSING HOME NEGLECT OR MEDICAL MALPRACTICE. ALL SERIOUS INJURIES. (813) 975-4444 1-800-711-5452 722 E. FLETCHER AVE TAMPA. FL 33612 \V'vVW.CJ I BBSAN D PARN E LL.COM The H1ring Lawyer I s A n lmporttmt De.i cion nwt S houl d NotBe B ased Sol e l y Uporr Adver li senie m B efore You Decidre 4sk U s T o Sen d You F R EE Writte n ln fo nnuti o n A b out Our Qualifi c ation s A n d Experi e nce. Whv The President Obama Chimp Email Is No Laughing Maner OBAMA in '08 Pam Lindley, Marietta, Ga., paces the sidewalk in front of Mulligan's Food and Spirits on in Marietta, Ga., on Tuesday afternoon May 13, 2008, holding aT-shirt, to which she objects that the tavern is selling. BY DAVID A. LOVE Marilyn Davenport, an official in the Orange County Republican Party and a tea party activist, is facing criticism for sending an email depicting President Obama as the child of a family of chimpanzees. Davenport apologized for the e-mail late Monday. Initially, though, Davenport not only defended her email and refused to resign from her post, she dis missed the whole incident as a joke .. "Oh, come on! Everybody who knows me knows that I am not a racist. It was a joke. I have friends who are Black," Davenport said. Besides, I only sent it to a few people .:..._ mostly people I didn't think would be upset by it. Although Marilyn Davenport would like you to laugh at her so-called joke as she tries to convince you that some of her best friends are black this is no laughing matter, especially for African-Americans. And it is part of an historical and deeply racist pattern of cari catures of Black people Scott Baugh, Chairman of the Republican Party of Orange County, has called for an ethics investigation into the racist email incident. And this is not the first time Davenport has condoned r a cist emails or statements. The depiction of the nation s first Black president as an ape or a monkey has been used against Pres. Barack Obama since the days of the 2008 presidential election. For example at a McCainPalin rally in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, a man held a .stuffed monkey doll with a Pres. Obama bumper sticker. In February 2009, a New York Post cartoon depicted stimulus author Pres. Obama to a rabid ape that was shot to death by police. In March 2010, Walt Baker, CEO of the Tennessee Hospitality Association, lost his job after forwarding an email message that compared first lady Michelle Obama to Tarzan's chimpanzee Cheeta : Serves him right. And last month in Brazil -the country with the world's second largest Black popula tion after Nigeria -a website featured a cartoon with Pres. Obama as a monkey. This, as the American president prepared to visit the South American nation. In a variation on this theme, in June 2009 a staffer to Tennessee senator, Diane Black, lawmaker disseminated an email called "Historical Keepsake Photo" which included portraits of all the U.S. presidents, but a pair of "spooked white eyes against a dark background in place of Pres. Obama's photo. In a hopelessly pathetic attempt to defend the racist Pres. Obama chimp email as humor, someone some-. where will try to compare it to depictions of George W. Bush as a chimpanzee. But this is a perfect example of false equivalence, of apples and oranges. Bushas-chimp is not the. same as Pres. Obama-as-chimp. After all, the former lacks a racist subtext that is deeply rooted in history. Never were whites in this country depicted as primates in order to racially discriminate against them. However, Black people and apparently still are, racially victimized by these horrid, hurtful and tasteless Images. This is why Marilyn Davenport is dead wrong to conclude her email is humor. This is not funny, this is shameful.


Ca ltol News Tampa State Representative Sponsors Bill On Homelessness Rep. Betty Reed with members of the National Center on Family Homelessness, Richard Martin, President of the Florida Coalition for the Homeless, Rayme L. Nuckles of the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough county and R. Clark of the Miami Homeless Coalition. Representative Betty Reed, sponsor of House Bill 131, Homelessness joined Homeless advocates from across the state that gathered in Tallahassee to raise aware ness about homeless issues and funding needs. The Annual Homeless awareness day was presented by the Florida Coalition for the Homeless and was aimed at educating state lawmakers about the needs of the nearly 6o,ooo homeless men, woman and children living in Florida. During the Annual Home less Awareness Day, homeless advocates called on lawmakers and Governor Scott to support funding for the state's homeless assistance programs that are vital to helping Florid ians in these difficult times. In 2009, Rep. Reed joined ranks with the Homeless coali tion of Hillsborough County by filing homelessness legislation that was sent by the Legislature to the Governor to become law. Since then, Rep. Reed has not rested on her laurels. She continued to fight to end home lessness in 2010 by successfully guiding homeless legislation, HB 923, through all of its assigned committees. However this good piece ofleg islation did not reach the Gov ernor. So in2011, while earning a reputation for being a "warrior for the homeless," Rep. Reed filed legislation, HB 131, Homelessness, that will con tinue to address homelessness in the State of Florida. "I prom ise to continue fighting until this homeless legislation is passed," said Rep. Reed. "I feel that this bill is important for all citizens in the State of Florida." Rep. Reed ended by "thanking Mr. Rayme L. Nuckles, CEO of the Home l e ss Coalition of Hillsborough County and his org a niz a tion for all of their efforts to end homelessness in Hillsborough County." Senator Jovner Leads Debate Against Bill To Drug Test Welfare APPlicants 1\) to reimburse people who test neg a tive for drugs. Both ..... failed. BY LEON B. CREWS Sentinel Staff Writer obtain drug treatment with the state slashing existing treatment programs. A bill to dru g test welfare applicants at their own ex pense is on its way to the Sen ate floor after heated testimony in the Senate Budget Committee last Fri day. A similar bill has already moved to the House floor. Gainesville Republican, Steve Oelrich who intro duced the bill, said it is a sim ple matter of asking people, who are using taxpayer money, to show they are not SENATOR ARTHENIA JOYNER on drugs. Ormond Beach Republi can Evelyn Lynn said it's not so simple, who asked how people who test positive will When: Tuesday, April 26, 4-7 p.m. (Open House Style Stop by any time!) Where: University Area Community Development Center 4013 N. 22nd Street, Tampa, FL 33613 Supporters argue this was nothing different from the common practice of drug testing police, firefighters, teachers and other new em ployees. The tests could cost as much as $70. I>eople who test positive will be required to wait a year before they reap ply for benefits. Two amendments were proposed, one to make the tests random, and the other What: HART Representatives will be available to discuss MetroRapid and answer questions. This project is in the Final Design Phase. Sen. Joyner said, a so ciety is judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members The lost, the lonely, the least, the left-out, the elderly, the children. And these are the people who Will: be impacted by this legisla tion. You know it's easy for us to sit here in our ivory tower and dictate what we call 'the little people and how they should live; but you've got to consider all of the factors." Location of Open House Benefits of this new service: Faster travel and better service reliability Real-time passenger information More frequent service Transit Signal Priority for improved travel times New stations with added features, including ticket vending machines at maior stops For more information about this project, visit www.goHART.org Or call HART Planning Department at (813) 384-6591 Trip Planning-(813) 254-4278 HART fV1etroP.apid North-South This service will run on Nebraska Avenue and Fletcher Avenue from downtown Tampa to Telecom Park (west of 1-75). In addition, a new Park-n-Ride facility is planned in the Fletcher Avenue/1-75 area. HART Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority www.goHART.org TDD -(813) 626-9158 "11 r-0 JJ 0 )> en m z :::! z m r-llJ c: r rm :::! z "tJ c: llJ r-u; ::I: m 0 -1 c: m en 0 )> z 0 "11 JJ 0


,.... Local N' N ...J 0: Health Dept. Expands Its OHice To Address Disparities Th e Hills bor o u g h County Health D e partm ent has ex<( panded and now has a new offic e The new addition is LL th e Hillsborough County side communi ty ba se d coa li tions comp ris ed of a dvo cates of incr ease d standards of h e alth throughout Hills borough Count y c c::: LL c z <( c en w :J .... > c::: w > w c w J: en :i m :J a. z i= w -I -I :J m -I w z i= z w en <( c c::: 0 -I LL Health Departm e nt's Office of Health Equity and it will operate within the Commu nity Health Division. The Office of Health Eq uity is located in the Lee Davis Neighborhood Service Center and will work alongAccord in g to Walter Niles, who i s the manager of the n ew initiative, the Office of Health Equity has two main issues that it will ad dress: health disparities and the social determinants of health. Bring a friend and share in the spiritual explosion! If you miss it, you will miss a blessing! BE THERE!!!! SIS. MARISSA BROWN Choir President REv. DR. EVAN BURROW$ Senior Pastor Springhill Missionary Baptist Church 8119 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. Tampa, FL 33619 813-626-7070 Eugene Garnett Pastor (Just 2 Blocks West OfHighway 301 Across From The State Fairgrounds) The TreDJendous Ta01pa District AiM.I. Church REVEREND HENRY E. GREEN, JR., PRESIDING ELDER PRESENTS ... PllllflllfiiiiiVAl When: Tuesday, April 26 Through Thursday, April28, 2011 Where: Allen Temple A. M. E. Church 2101 E. Lowe Street Tampa, FL 33605 Reverend Michael K. Bouie, Host Pastor Time: 7 P.M. Nightly -Guest Evangelist THE REVEREND DR. CHARLES E. BOOTH Mt. Olivet Baptist Church Columbus, OH "Come Experience The Anointing" WALTER NILES Specific areas of focus include but are not limited to: advocating and educat ing the community about breast feeding, decreasing obesity in Hillsborough County residents and reduc ing the presence of tobacco products in Hillsborough County. The Office of Health Eq uity has formed a coalition 25 Years Of Service Feed Our Children Ministries, Inc. P.O. Box 290415 Tampa, Fl33687 (813) 784 FeedOun:hlldren.org of community m e mb e rs that will assist t h e d epartment in its duti es. Th e coal ition will u se a standard eva luation method provided b y the Center for Disease Control to uniforml y eva luate public policy as well as the ph ys ical environment of Hillsbor ough County as they pertain to general health, health dis parities and the social deter minants ofhealth. Evaluations will be per formed by both employees of the Hillsborough County Office of Health Equity and FYI coa liti on memb e rs. The overall goa l i s to evaluate Hillsborough Count y so as to make collec tiv e s u gges tions and impl ement changes, Niles says. Th e mission of the Offic e of Health Equity in the Com muni ty Health Division is to assure that the burden and impact of diseases on vul nerable populations are ac knowledged and addressed through research, advocacy, surveillance, education, training, and program de velopment. Become A Recreation Lifeguard The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department is currently hiring lifeguards for the summer swim season and is offering a Lifeguard Training Certification Course begin ning Monday, April 25 through at the Loretta Ingraham Recreation Complex, 1611 N. Hubert Avenue, for those inter ested in being a lifeguard. The classes ar e Monday through Thursday through May 5, 2011, 5-9 p. m To schedule your pre-test or for more information, please call the Loretta Ingraham Recreation Complex at (813) 348-2080. ''Tilesday 7:30 p m -Biblical Workshop FridlfX.+Jn.i"'' 7 :30p.m;"'"' Testtmony & Spiritual Empowerm-ent Saturd.ay 10:30 a m -Sabbath School 1:30 p.m. -JUNE 13-AUGUST 5, 2011 _. l" -FRIDAY 7:00A.M. -4:00 P.M 2426 Dr. Martin Luthtr King Blvd., Tampa, FL 33610 Piano Drums Vidlin .. Field Trip i::ees are Ao:'ld,rtl=n.a. -Av:allabfe -For please co11tact Lady Vanessa Banks at 813-453'7909 or or Sclu>ol of M usic at 785-4498 Private Lessons Available Upon Request


Local American Cancer Societv Announces PartnershiP With Alpha Kappa Alpha Sororitv Front row (left to right): Ralph DeVitto, Chief Executive Officer for the American Cancer SocietY Florida Division; Marsha Lewis Brown, Regional Director for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc South Atlantic; and Paula Mohan, Chief Executive Officer for the American Cancer Society South Atlantic Division. row (left to right): Chelsea Hall Padgett, Director of Diversity Initiatives for the American Cancer Society Florida Division; Manitia Moultrie, South Atlantic Region Representative to the International Program Committee for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc South Atlantic Region; Tawana Thomas-Johnson, Director of Health Disparities for the American Cancer Society South Atlantic Division; and David Simpkins, Executive Vice President of Market Strategy and Health Equities for the American Society South Atlantic Division. The American Cancer So ciety's Florida and South At lantic Divisions are proud to apnounce a new community partnership agreement with the South Atlantic Region of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. The partnership will help the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority enhance the health morale and well-being of its more than 10,000 members, while increasing visibility throughout the states of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. The agreement will also play a large role in sup porting the American Cancer Society's efforts to save lives and create more birthdays by helping people stay well and get well find cures and fight back against cancer. As part of the new agree ment, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will recruit volunteers to drive patients to and from treatment for the American Cancer Society s Road to Recovery program, take part in Relay For Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events throughout Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina and par ticipate in cancer advocacy efforts on the state and fed eral levels. The two organiza: tions will also partner to raise awareness about cancer among the Alpha Kappa Alph a community "We are excited to part.ner with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, said Arnold Altman, chairman of the board and president of the Ameri can Cancer Society's Florida Division "We look forward to the many new opportunities we will have to engage their members throughout Florida, Georgia and South Carolina in our lifesaving programs, education and fundraising." To learn more about the American Cancer Society call1-8oo-227-2345 or visit www cancer.org. Revelation Community Missionary Baptist Church Dr. G. B. Robinson Pastor/Organizer Sister Annie Park er, Church Clerk Sister Loretta Robinson Deaf Ministry Sister Effie Sims, Pastor's Aide M inistry Porter Brown Associate Minister Jeffrey Couz e n Associate Minister 7225 East Chelsea St. I Orient Rd Tampa, Florida 813-478-1386 As you observe Easter this year, during this joyful season of new life and renewal, we celebrate the central event of our Faith The Resurrection of Jesus Christ The message of Easter is the message of the Risen Lord, of his triumph over sin arid death. It is a permanent message of hope for Christians and for mankind. On the third day God raised him to life ... We are his witness It is to him that all Prophets bear witness (cf Acts 10:40-43) Christ Is Risen. Indeed He Is R i sen. Let Us Rejoice And Praise The Lord Of Glory Happy Resurrect i on Day! Join us fo r SPRINGHILL DRAMA MINISTRY Admisson Is Free! Presents Saturday, April23, 2011 6 P.M. 8119 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Tampa, FL 33619 Rev. Eugene Garnett, Sr., Pastor College Hill Church Of God In Christ STREAMS HAS MOVED 6414 North 3oth Street Tampa, Florida 33610 RESURRECTION SUNDAY SERVICE PASTORS DON & GWEN CRUMBLY Streams In The Desert Inti. Church Invites You To ELEBRATE WITH US Corporex Park 68th & MLK Suite 550 Death, Where Is Your Sting? Grave, Where Is Your Victory? He Got Up With All Power In His Hands JESUS IS ALIVE!!!!!! REAL TRUTH, FOR REAL TIMES, FOR REAL PEOPLE "All Are Welcome" Praise & Wo_rship Children's Church Avarlable www.rsa-356.org Healing, Evangelism, Restoration )> ""0 JJ r-1\) 1\) 1\) 0 ..... ..... r-0 ::rJ c )> (/) m z ::! z m r-m c: r rm ::! z "'tJ c: m !: (/) ::I: m c m < m c: m (/) c )> z c ., JJ c G) m CD I )>


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Look Who's Turning Haoov Binhdav 1 Year Old PASTOR MOSES BROWN Special thanks to family, friends and the entire community for the cards, gifts, and most of all the Love dur ing my birthday, April 22. May God s blessings be with you all. Love Pastor Moses Brown JAMES, JR. April24 Your mom and dad, James, Sr. and Latrina; grandparents, Stanley and Dorothy, and Charles and Linda; and sisters, Za'ria and Aniliya. [8131 248 WITH KEYNOTE SPEAKER TONYA LEWIS LEE, ESQ. ATTORNEY, CHILDREN'S RIGHTS ADVOCATE, AUTHOR, FILM PRODUCER, AND WIFE OF ACCLAIMED FILM DIRECTOR SPIKE LEE HYATT REGENCY DOWNTOWN, TAMPA, FL MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2011 RECEPTION BEGINS AT 5:30 P.M. DINNER BEGINS AT 6:30P.M. GEBA WILL ALSO RECOGNIZE FORMER HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSIONER, FORMER TAMPA CITY COUNCIL MEMBER, RECENT MAYORAL CANDIDATE AND PASTOR OF THE THIRTYFOURTH STREET CHURCH OF Goo, REV. DR. THOMAS SCOTT AS THE FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ AWARD WINNER. ADDITIONALLY, GEBA WILL PRESENT ITS DIVERSITY A .WARD TO DISTINGUISHED LONG TIME TAMPA ATTORNEY, AND CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER, DELANO S. STEWART, ESQ. REV. DR. Tf.to"""' SCOTT INDIVIDUAL TICKETS: $60 PRESENTING SPONSORS: BIP BUTLE. R PAPPAS ............. THE FOUNDATION OEJ..ANO 5. ESQ FOR MORE' INFORMATION OR TICKETS CONTACT BANQUET Co-CHAJR&-CORY J. PERSON AT (813) 281-1900 (CPERSON@BIJTI.RPAPPAS.COM ) OR DAWN SILER-NIXON AT (81 3) 261 7800 (DSILERNIXON@FORDHARRISON.COM) OR GEBA PRESIDENT-HENRY G. GYDEN AT (813) 477-4014 (HENRYG@SWOPELAW.COM) THE GEORGE EDGECOMB BAR ASSOCIATION IS TAMPA' S LARGEST PREDOMINATELY AFRICAN-AMERICAN VOLUNTARY BAR ASSOCIATION. FOUNDED IN 1982, IN MEMORY OF THE LATE HONORABLE GRGE E. EDGECOMB, THE GEORGE EDGECOMB BAR ASSOCIA 770N IS DEOICA TED TO THE PROMOTION AND RECOGNJ. 770N OF AFRICA N AMERICANS WITHIN THE LEGAL PROFESSION AND THE JUDICIARY, THANKS TO THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THE TAMPA BAY COMMUNfTY, GEBA HAS AWARDED NEARLY $200,000.00 IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO COLLEGE BOUND STUDENTS. W E ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN CONTINUING THIS TRA.OmON BY PURCfiASING A TICKET TO THIS WORTHWHILE EVENT. AMANDA To all of you beautiful people out there, so hello to this week's Spotlight feature, Amanda. She's 22 years old, is 5'7" tall and her favorite star is Tyra Banks. Amanda enjoys modeling and shopping, and in the future, she wants to become a top model. Amanda's philosophy of life is: "live life to the fullest." When it's time to get serious about the man in her life, Amanda said there's no man who could be better than the one she is married to. She describes him as sweet, loving, caring, honest and very hardworking. We otter congratulations to Amanda as this week's Spotlight )> "'tJ :0 r-1\) 1\) 1\) 0 ...... ...... "TI r-0 :0 c )> en m z ::! z m r-aJ c r rm ::! z "'tJ c OJ c ::I: m c m < m :0 -< -i c m en c )> z c "TI :0 c


Youth Organization, a.. P .A.l. To Host Basketball And life Skills Camp Zethro and Nathalee Monts and their 12 and under team. BY LEON B. CREWS Sentinel Staff Writer On April 23, 2011, the C Young Lions Youth fE Organization and the Police C Athletic League will host their z 8th annual Basketball and George Kimble, will be a: camp directors. g;! This year's camp will have W some of the county's best coaches in Adrian Johnson l: (head basketball coach at Tampa Bay Vo-Tech), Andre m Lewis (head boys coach at Strawberry Crest), Curtis a. Folsom (Middleton Girl's basketball coach), Coach w Debbie Wilburn of Girls In ::j Motion, and the Young Lions ffi coaching staff, headed by ..J Zethro Monts and W Nathalee Monts. z i= z w en i3 a: 0 ..J u.. "This year, for the first time we will have camp honorees," said Bryant. "Our honorees will be Zethro Months, N athalee Months, and Henry Boone. The Monts have been serving the kids of Young Lions for over 13 years. They have given so much of their time to the Young Lions and we want everyone to know how much they mean to this organization." Also, Henry Boone will be present. Boone is at Florida A&M University, but comes back to help at the camp every year. Abe_ Brown Ministries will be there to do the life skills, and Bryant said they are looking for a great time at this year's camp. The camp is free to ages s to 18 years old. To reach Dexter Bryant, call (813) 368-9640. Coaches Seek To Draw Attention To Basketball Plavers BY IRIS B. HOLTON Sentinel City Editor When Reginald Burke, Sr., moved to Tampa, he took stock of his new surroundings. And, one of the first things he discovered was, that there was not much. attention focused on young African American students wishing to play basketball. I was shocked. The kids are not getting the looks they should from scouts and we have some very talented kids in Hillsborough County. I noticed there were no gyms in certain areas where the kids could practice and many of the parents can't afford to pay recreation fees. I felt there were a lot of things that could be changed," Burke said. He met Armwood High School Coach Benjamin Bromley, and the two set about creating an atmosphere to encourage youngsters interested in the sport. That was the beginning of the Bay Area Hurricanes. Formed in 2006, Bromley is the Head Coach and Burke is an Assistant Coach. The goal of the organization is to produce student athletes to play on a college level. "We are very concerned why this county is looked over for COACH BENJAMIN BROMLEY COACH REGINALD BURKE, SR. its basketball talent. We currently have 6 All-County or All-Conference players that have also produced in the classroom. These students are from various high schools and have no other help besides the AAU Coaches and a few high school coaches to help get them to college on scholarships," Bromley said. Burke, who has prior expe rience with the AAU for the D. C. Bailers team, is a native of Buffalo, New York. He said that while they have found some sponsors in the com munity, (such as the owher of Beef O'Brady's in Seffner) the organization is largely nonfunded. They hold fundrais ers to help supply the needs of the team. The Bay Area Hurricanes are currently working with high school boys, ages 14-17. They are currently working on a 13-year-old and under REGINALD BURKE, JR. group, as well as an u-yearold and under group. Burke stated that they hope to have a girls' league in the but it's difficult to find girl leagues. ''I'm not focused on basket ball. I'm focused on life expe rience. I want them to enjoy college, get a degree, and then if everything falls into place that's great." The Bay Area Hurricanes currently have 6 seniors who are eligible for college. Those seniors are: Chris Smith, Matt Dennis, Ryan Bethony, Jamal Evans, Zak Bradley, and Reggie Burke, Jr. Last week, Reggie Burke, Jr., became the first Strawberry Crest High School basketball player to sign a national letter of intent with the College of Coastal Georgia, in Brunswick, Georgia. Tampa Boxer Wins State Golden Gloves Title BY LEON B. CREWS Sentinel Staff Writer Emin Perry grew up in Tampa, and was a pretty good football player at King High school. As a matter of fact, he was so good, he got a chance to take his game to college, attending Virginia Union University and later Concord University in West Virginia. But, it wouldn't be football that would define Perry's future. It would be martial arts and boxing. Perry said he's always loved the way boxers moved in the ring. "I really loved watching Muhammad Ali, because he was so graceful the way he moved. That's when I thought about getting into boxing, but I didn t like the idea of being hit, so I took a step back for a minute. I started training in Mu Thai and that got me in shape for boxing Last year at the age of 26, Perry decided to get more serious about boxing. The father of two started doing a lot of running, lifting, and other conditioning exercises. Perry signed up with USA EMINPERRY Boxing, and had five amateur fights, winning them all, and scoring one knockout. Perry entered the state Get A Quote @ www;olinmott.com Golden Gloves Tournament in the heavyweight division, and won three fights in three days to become the Florida Super-Heavyweight Golden Gloves Champion. The tournament was held in Port Charlotte. Perry, now 27, said he's anticipating turning pro in boxing and Mu Thai. "I wish I had the experience to get into the Olympics. 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Tiger woods' Niece, Chevenne Woods, Wins ICC Golf Title CHEYENNE WOODS It seems like the apple doesn't fall far from the Woods' family tree. Cheyenne Woods, the niece of golf superstar Tiger Woods, won the ACC women s individual title on Sunday. Following her win, the 20-year-old junior at VVake Forest University said, "Today, I really felt confident all day and knew I could hit the shots that I wanted to." "My niece, Cheyenne, just won the ACC golf title by 7 shots! That's awesome, I'm so proud of her",'' Tiger Woods tweeted to congratulate his niece. Cheyenne Woods is the daughter of Tiger Woods' half-brother, Earl Woods Jr. Michael lick Gives Advice To Chris Brown And Charlie Sheen CHRIS BROWN, MICHAEL VICKAnd CHARLIE SHEEN_ If anyone has .the right to offer advice to troubled celebrities like Chris Brown and Charlie Sheen, NFL player Michael Vick does. In a recent interview, the Philadelphia Eagles quarter back discussed a range of top ics from rebuilding his public image to the struggles he faced after serving 18-months in prison on dogfighting and conspiracy charges : what people say about yqu." "VVords willnever hurt you. The things that people can say out of their mouth can cut you deep. And sometimes a tongue can be sharper than a knife. But at the same time, you shoUld never allow that to push you over the edge. You should have more self-control. You control your own destiny. You're still admired by so many people." Bucs'2011 Schedule Includes 'MNF'Game Against Colts The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will return to "Monday Night Football" this year, against the Indianapolis Colts in VV eek 4 of the regular season. The Oct. 3 game at Raymond James Stadium will be tele vised on ESPN, with former Bucs coach Jon Gruden in the role of analyst for the network's "MNF" announcing team takers' lamar OdomTop Sixth Man L-\MARODOM LOS Lakers foiward Lamar Odom won the Sixth Man of the Year Award as the league's top reserve Tuesday. "This has been a long time coming," said the 31-year-old Odom. "I just kept at it. "At the end of the day, I'm blessed. Some people call it luck, I call it blessed." Odom averaged 14.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and three assists per game while shoot ing 53 percent from the field, the highest shooting mark of his 12-year career. Brandon Knight Entering NBA Iran As words of encourage for R&B singer Chris Brown, Vick said, "Just put your faith in God. Don't worry about In 2010, Vick earned Pro Bowl honors and was named the Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year. 9" Roller ........................ ...... :; ..... nt Brushes ................ i ............... ...... LIMIT 2 WITH THIS AD ONLY!!. BRANDON KNIGHT, TERRENCE JONES And DEANDRE UGGINS LEXINGTON, Ky. Kentu,!:!ky freshmen Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones and junior DeAndre Liggins are head.:. ing to the NBA. Maybe. The school announced Wednesday all three players have declared for the NBA draft but will not sign with an agent, clearing the way for them to return to school this fall if they change their minds byMay8. Jones and Knight are con sidered mid-to-high first. round picks; Liggins is a defensive stopper who hopes ,to play his way into the first round after being evaluated by scouts. KenvanWins Boston Marathon BOSTON -Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai won the Boston Marathon in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 2 seconds -the fastest anyone has ever run the 26.2 mile distance. The previous best of 2:03:59 was by Haile Gebrselassie in Berlin 2008. But because Monday's race had a strong tailwind on a downhill course, Mutai's run is not recognized by track's international govern ing body as a record. Brit Mutai was almost three minutes better than the course record set just last year by Robert Kiprono GEOFFREY Cheruiyot. MUTAI Caroline Kilel won the women's race to complete the Kenyan sweep, outsprinting American Desiree Davila to win by two seconds, in 2:22:36. 'life Coach' Fires JaMarcus Russell The latest embarrassment for the former No. 1 overall pick: JaM arcus Russell's "life coach" John Lucas told Russell he would no longer work with him arid asked. Russell to leave Houston. A man who is getting paid to help Russell, a man who makes a career out of rehabilitating athletes, gave up on the kid. Russell reportedly worked hard after starting to work with Lucas r:=::::;:;:::=-., last September, but he quickly lost focus. He showed up to NFL workouts JAMARCUS last Nov-RUSSELL ember and December out of shape, and his work habits "continued to deteriorate." Lucas grew tired of trying to get Russell to care. m z m r m c: r r z ., c: m r m c


0 t_ntertainment Downtown lounge To Members Of local Production Companv Star In Made For TV Movie TVIer Perrv Tells Spike lee To 'Go Straight To Hell' Feature Popular Musician BYLEON C B.CREWS a: u.. Sentinel Staff Writer Profes-sional mu sician, Shawn Brown, has joined forces SHAWN BROWN with the downtown Tamp a club, th e Spic e Lounge and Restau rant, to bring a refreshing enter t a inment venue for the older mature crowd. Every Saturday at the lounge, 204 North Morgan Street Brown will be perform ing as well as other local artists, national artists, and special guests. DJ Will is responsible for the music. Brown said Kyle Kwik, who manages the lounge, supports his charitable efforts, and c they decided to bring him in to 0: work at the lounge and extend L1. an invitation to the public to them. <( "We will have life entertain> ment, line dancing, and just general mature entertainment. (f) We want to promote a safe eiivironment, great staff, and the 1-fact that the lounge is next door > to the County Courthouse a: -"W t h w e want o attract t e 25 > and over crowd and the dress code calls for no sneakers, no w THE SPICE LOUNGE AND RESTAURANT jerseys, no hats turned back wards, and no sagging pants. Brown, who also has a commercial bein g aired, said on May 14'" he will have an exhibit that will be on display at MOSI for Cancer Awareness. The display will be there for five years and I consider myself a spokesman to get African Americans involved and en courage them to get pre screened. "At the Spice Lounge, you can have it your way. Every first Saturday of the month, we v.ill have Zodiac parties for the sign that represents that month. There will also be all kinds of specials available." Brown said he is honored to be a part of this lounge, be cause the majority of the night spots cater to the hip hop crowd only, and that's not an environ ment the mature crowd feels comfortable in. At the Spice Lounge, we will play some hip hop, but mostly it will be a mix of all kinds of music. We want the people to come out and judge for themselves." (/) :::i aJ ::::) a. z i= w ...J ...J ::::) aJ TIMOTHY JONES HOWARD ANDERSON Lucinda Askew, Chief Executive Officer of Talents Blessed By God, spends her time writing, producing and presenting plays. She is pleased that a 2-hour, closed captioned made for TV movie will feature 4 persons with whom she has worked. The inspirational film, The Glass Window will be broadcast by WMOR-TV32 on Easter Sunday, April 24, 9 p. m. According to Askew, the film is about climbing the cor porate ladder and living life in the fast lane. In the movie, a successful business profesWILLIAM ROWE MARLET BROWN sional is forced to confront his true purpose. He travels from Manhattan to the Carolina coast and on to the Bahamas, where he finds the "Glass Win dow. Talents from Blessed By God who are in the movie are: Marlet Brown, an estab lished hairdresser in the Tampa Bay area; Howard Anderson, an attorney in Hillsborough County; Arthur Timothy Jones, II is a client manager for Progressive Ther apy and William Rowe is a successful barber in Pinellas County. 50 Cent Falls Victim To Credit Card Fraud Wh i 1 e 50 Centis preparing to release a new single as promised this head is also making headlines for being the latest victim of credit card fraud The rapper who resides in Farmington, Connecticut has reportedly been targeted several times by thieves attempting to use his American Express number. vs. SPIKE LEE It seems like Tyler Perry has had it with the criticism. In a Tuesday press conference, the director, writer, and actor fired back his critics, particularly fellow Black filmmaker Spike Lee. -can go straight to hell! You can print that. I am sick of him talking about me, I am sick of him saying, 'this is a coon, this is a buffoon.' Perry is one of the most suc cessful Black directors in Holly wood history. Yet, the filmmaker is often times criticized for stereotypical Black characters in his movies, most notable the gun-carrying, loud-mouthed character Madea, played by Tyler Perry in the popular Madea series. Mariah Carev Talks Twins, Shares Nurserv Pictures Carey Talks Twins, Shares Nursery Pictures Mariah Carey hasn't even given birth to her twins yet, but she's ah : eady dismissing the idea of more children. When asked if. she would like to have more children, Carey admits it would require "a much stronger person" than her to go through pregnancy again, adding she's +eady to be done." Carey apd husband Nick Cannon are eJqJecting a daughter and a son this spring The singer says carrying mul tiple babies "can be difficult but that it's all worth it." She also says she's ready to have her body back and she misses wear ing high heels.


J:l Entertainment c Team Up For Clothing Line Heal The world To Michael Jackson Snoop Dogg and soccer star David Beckham could be teaming up to venture into fashion d es ign. According to the UK' s Mirror newspaper, Snoop is looking to design a fashion line for babies with Beckhem. Snoop did not explain how far along his plans for the clothing line are. Though, his previous attempt to launch a clothing line failed. SNOOPDOGG And DAVID BECKHAM In 2008 the California rapper started Rich & Infamous clothing, which quickly bombed out due to a struggling U.S. economy. LOS AN-Fresh from her release from GELES jail and after remixing Chris M i c h a e I Brown's hit "Look At Me ::::: Jackson's Now", Da Brat is paying homestate r eac hed age to Michael Jackson with a settlement a new tattoo on her leg Tuesday that Her "brother" Jermaine MICHAEL ended its Dupri broke the n ews on Twit-JACKSON lengthy fight t er, with a non-"Brat just got this, she makprofit that claimed it was the ing me wanna go." successor to the singer's Heal The tattoo shows MJ holdthe World charity. ing a microphone and hitting The deal came just as a trial DA BRAT'S MICHAEL his signature stance--white was set to begin to decide own-JACKSON TATTOO socks and all. ership oflucrative trademarks Judge: No Right To Sell 'The Chronic' Online Prosecution Wants To Show Jackson Dead And Alive Samuell. Jackson To Make His Broadwav LOS ANGELES -The new incarnation of Death Row Records does not. have the rights to sell Dr. Dre's iconic rap album "The Chronic" digitally, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder ruling states that the rapper and producer has received far less money than he is due from online sales of the 1992 album, which also helped launch the career of Snoop Dogg. The ruling does not call for LOS ANGELES Prosecu tors want to show images of Michael Jackson dead and alive at the upcoming manslaughter trial of the super star s doctor, hoping to contra dict defense claims that Jackson was unhealthy or de pressed and took his own life. Debut As MLK NEW YORK -Samuel L. ------=10 DR.DRE If their motions filed Tuesday are granted, the jury will see a singing dancing Jackson in ex cerpts from the concert movie "This Is It." Jackson will make his Broad way debut this fall as the Rev. Martin Luther Ki:r:tg Jr. Producers of "The Mountaintop" said Thursday that the Academy Award-nomi nated actor will star in the play that reimagines the night be fore the civil rights leader's as sassination. a halt of digital sales of Dre's music, but entitles him to re ceive 100 percent of the proceeds of online sales. They also will see Jackson's body on an a utops y table after his death from an overdose of propofol and other sedatives. Performances on Broadway will begin Sept 22 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on 45th The official open-SAMUEL L. JACKSON As MARTIN L. KING, JR. ISABOMB MUSIC GROUP ., OC PAR1Y SI'RT[RS HABARI ClOIHING COMPANY : 1r 1828 tNlfRlMNMtNl BIG ing is set for Oct 13. FIRST FRIDAY M 6TH, 201 1 .(j)(f; / I MAX : C HAN N ELSIDE i6''f.S"cHANNEl SlOE DR .. TAMPA, FlORtDA MUSIC' BY: ORLANDO'S OWN Dl NASTY TAMPA'S OWN DJ SHIZIM Dl KUTMASIEI AND MR. BUSS ITWIDE OPEN Dl LIL KEE .. J:l c )> C/) m z :::! z m r-IIJ c: rrm :::! z "tJ c: IIJ rC/) :a: m c m < m J:l -<--t c: m C/) c )> z c J:l c


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