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THURSDAY, MAY 16 - MAY 22, 2024<br />


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FT. LAUDERDALE, FL 33310<br />

PERMIT NO. 1179<br />

Mary McLeod Bethune, known as the<br />

‘First Lady of Negro America,’ also sought<br />

to unify the African diaspora<br />

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SPORTS<br />

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VOL. 53 NO. 15 $1.00<br />

Florida Cops Kill a Black<br />

Airman, But FaceTime Might<br />

Tell a Deeper Story<br />

By Kalyn Womack<br />

(Source <strong>The</strong> Root)<br />

A family has hired civil rights representation in the recent death<br />

of their loved one, A who was shot and killed Florida police shot and<br />

killed a Black U.S. Air Force member Friday (May 3). <strong>The</strong> Okaloosa<br />

County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Friday that the officer<br />

“reacted in self-defense after he encountered a 23-year-old man armed<br />

with a gun.”<br />

But was the officer even supposed to be there?<br />

Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump said in a press conference<br />

Wednesday that 23-year-old Senior Airman Roger Fortson was at<br />

home alone when someone aggressively knocked on the door without<br />

(Cont’d on page 12)<br />

First Baptist Church Piney<br />

Grove Celebrates 120 Years<br />

with Mortgage Burning Event<br />

“We paid off the mortgage!”, Brother<br />

Clarence Grisham, longtime member of First<br />

Baptist Church Piney Grove, announced to<br />

the congregation on April 7 th during<br />

Sunday Morning Service. First Baptist<br />

Church Piney Grove, a cornerstone of<br />

the Fort Lauderdale/Lauderdale Lakes<br />

community for 120 years, is thrilled<br />

to announce a momentous occasion –<br />

the burning of the mortgage on their<br />

historic property. This celebration<br />

marks the culmination of months of<br />

dedication and stewardship by the<br />

congregation.<br />

Founded in 1904, First Baptist<br />

Church Piney Grove has been a<br />

beacon of faith and community in<br />

Fort Lauderdale/Lauderdale Lakes<br />

community for generations. This<br />

local body will celebrate its 120th<br />

Anniversary on Sunday May 19, 2024<br />

during their morning worship service.<br />

<strong>The</strong> journey to this milestone has been<br />

(Cont’d on page 16)<br />



Our Role in<br />

Perpetuating<br />

the Downfall of<br />

Democracy: A<br />

Call to Action<br />

We must all stand before<br />

Christ to be judged.<br />

Everyone will get what<br />

they should. <strong>The</strong>y will be<br />

paid for whatever they<br />

did—good or bad—<br />

when they lived in<br />

this earthly body.<br />

2 Corinthians 5:10(ERV)<br />

By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.<br />

Bishop Stockton, Bishop Williams, Burney-Clark, Bobby R. Henry, Sr., Watson, Eskamani, Williams, Jones, Pearson, Shervin Jones, Joseph and Campbell<br />

Democratic Black Caucus of Florida’s 41 st Annual Conference<br />

To Include Exciting, Powerful,<br />

Engaging Speakers, Workshops,<br />

and Gala<br />

By Louis C Ward<br />

Justin J. Pearson and Justin<br />

Jones, both well known for being<br />

part of the Tennessee Three<br />

and being representatives in<br />

the Tennessee State Assembly,<br />

will be the keynote speaker and<br />

special guest respectively at the<br />

Democratic Black Caucus of<br />

Florida’s 41st Conference June<br />

7 through 9, 2024 at the Rosen<br />

Centre Hotel, 9840 International<br />

Drive, Orlando, Florida.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Tennessee Three are<br />

Justin J. Pearson, Justin Jones,<br />

and Gloria Johnson, who’s<br />

white. All are Tennessee state<br />

representatives who joined a<br />

protest for gun control in front<br />

Mrs. Eva Marie<br />

Mosby-Hill<br />

January 3, 1939 –<br />

May 8, 2024<br />

Mrs. Hill was born on<br />

January 3, 1939, in Austin,<br />

Texas to James E. Mosby<br />

Jr. and Eva Marie Melancon<br />

-Mosby.<br />

Eva attended Holy Cross<br />

and Blackshear Elementary<br />

Schools, Anderson High<br />

School, graduated from<br />

Prairie View A & M<br />

University College, with a<br />

B.A degree in clothing and<br />

textiles, and a Master’s<br />

Degree in Education.<br />

Married to her high school<br />

sweetheart, James O. Hill<br />

Sr., Former Assistant City<br />

Manager of Fort Lauderdale,<br />

for 58 years, Eva and Jim<br />

together helped to make<br />

Broward County a beautiful<br />

(Cont’d on page 8)<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Westside</strong> <strong>Gazette</strong> Newspaper<br />

of the State House after a<br />

fatal shooting in Nashville at a<br />

private school where a shooter<br />

killed three children and three<br />

adults. Pearson and Jones were<br />

expelled for their participation.<br />

Johnson avoided expulsion. In<br />

a special election, Pearson and<br />

Jones reclaimed their legislative<br />

seats.<br />

“Democracy Will Not Die<br />

On Our Watch” is our theme<br />

New Research<br />

Uncovers<br />

Genetic Variant’s<br />

Alarming Impact<br />

on Heart Health<br />

and Longevity in<br />

Black Americans<br />

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire<br />

Senior National Correspondent,<br />

@StacyBrownMedia<br />

A groundbreaking study led by researchers<br />

at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Duke<br />

University sheds light on the significant<br />

health risks posed by the V142I transthyretin<br />

and DBCF have planned<br />

an informative and exciting<br />

conference with workshops that<br />

will highlight specific ways and<br />

means to protect our Democracy,<br />

re-elect President Joe Biden,<br />

elect more Democrats, and<br />

pass Amendment 4, said DBCF<br />

President Trevor Mallory.<br />

“Our Gala on Saturday<br />

evening with the Tennessee<br />

(Cont’d on page 12)<br />

“About 3-to-4-percent of the African American population<br />

are thought to be carriers of the mutation,” according<br />

to Dr. Kevin Williams, Pfizer Rare Disease Chief Medical<br />

Officer. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)<br />

On average, carriers die two to two and a half<br />

years earlier than expected. With nearly half a<br />

million Black American carriers over the age of<br />

50, the implications are profound.<br />

variant within the US Black population.<br />

Published in the JAMA Network, the<br />

study underscores the concerning impact<br />

of this genetic variant on heart health<br />

and longevity.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> V142I transthyretin variant,<br />

prevalent in three to four percent of<br />

self-identified Black individuals in the<br />

US, is associated with an increased risk<br />

of heart failure and death,” explained<br />

(Cont’d on page 5)<br />

@<strong>The</strong><strong>Westside</strong><strong>Gazette</strong>Newspaper<br />

As citizens of a democracy,<br />

our role in shaping its<br />

course cannot be overstated.<br />

Whether we cast our vote<br />

for President Joe Biden and<br />

the strides he has made for<br />

inclusion or Donald Trump<br />

for all that he has done and<br />

is doing to discredit this<br />

country as a democracy as a<br />

whole, our actions affect what<br />

happens in our country’s<br />

history. We better believe<br />

that our responsibility for our<br />

rights extends way beyond<br />

the ballot box; it includes the<br />

values we uphold, the causes<br />

we champion, and the ideals<br />

we strive and will fight for.<br />

No one man, woman or<br />

other should stand in the way<br />

of our freedom for equal rights<br />

and our will to be FREE-come<br />

hell or high water!<br />

<strong>The</strong> actions of those who<br />

lead speak volumes about<br />

the direction in which we<br />

are headed. Whether we<br />

stand for women’s rights,<br />

Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ+<br />

rights, diversity, equity, and<br />

inclusion (DEI), affirmative<br />

action, or combatting white<br />

supremacy, our choices shape<br />

the landscape of freedom,<br />

equality, and justice for all.<br />

Supporting candidates<br />

who champion values<br />

essential for equity, it is<br />

not enough. We have to<br />

hold leaders accountable,<br />

demanding transparency,<br />

(Cont’d on page 10)<br />

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B-CU<br />

Congratulations<br />

to Jeffrey Taylor<br />

Congratulations to Jeffrey Taylor,<br />

son of Monique Gilliard Taylor and<br />

grandson of Willie Louise Smith<br />

Gilliard. On May 3, 2024, Jeffrey<br />

graduated Cum Laude from Florida<br />

A&M University with a Bachelor of<br />

Science Degree in Health, Physical<br />

Education & Fitness with an emphasis<br />

in Coaching. Jeffrey was also honored<br />

and pinned into the Apple Society<br />

of Educators. At its core, the pinning<br />

ceremony represents the passage<br />

of the torch of knowledge and the<br />

responsibility that comes with it. This<br />

ceremony is a pivotal moment in the<br />

journey of pre-service teachers, as it<br />

marks the culmination of years of hard<br />

work, academic pursuits, and their<br />

transition from student to educator.<br />

Jeffrey plans to continue his studies<br />

in the Spring to receive a Masters<br />

Degree in Sports Management. He<br />

would like to pursue a career in Player<br />

Celebrates<br />

Engagement as a Sports Agent.<br />

Day of Service with<br />

Depot’s “Retool Your School” #1<br />

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gnificant day of unity<br />

Thursday, Jan. 18,<br />

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Civic Engagement<br />

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the University’s<br />

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stripping the It basketball is with immense court joy and – a minor hiccup until<br />

more favorable pride weather that announce prevails. the<br />

graduation of Princess Priest from the University of West<br />

Dr. William<br />

Florida.<br />

Berry,<br />

<strong>The</strong> ceremony<br />

Provost<br />

took place<br />

and<br />

on Saturday<br />

Acting<br />

May 4th<br />

President,<br />

at<br />

expressed excitement the Pensacola Bay and Center. gratitude, stating, “We are<br />

Princess earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in<br />

excited about this project and grateful to all those who<br />

participated in the vote for B-CU. <strong>The</strong>se enhancements<br />

will help create more vibrant and engaging spaces for<br />

our students to retreat on campus for a brain break or<br />

find inspiration through the downtime.”<br />

Home Depot’s “Retool Your School” Mateo. program,<br />

established in 2009, has been a beacon for positive change,<br />

Mateo Olmos outside Hepner Hall at<br />

providing over SDSU Tuesday, $9.25 April million 30, 2024. PHOTO: in campus improvement<br />

Macy Meinhardt/ Voice & Viewpoint.<br />

grants to Historically Black Colleges and Universities<br />

(HBCUs). Beyond the competition, the Office of Alumni<br />

upon their institution to cut financial ties<br />

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Israel.<br />

Biden credited the success<br />

of these relief efforts undertones. to the<br />

corrective measures taken<br />

to address broken student<br />

loan programs. He asserted<br />

that these fixes have removed<br />

barriers preventing borrowers<br />

from accessing the relief they<br />

were entitled to under the law.<br />


— Among their Jewish and Palestinian<br />

students, many campuses have been<br />

grappling with the intersection of free<br />

speech, censorship, and academic freedom in<br />

a way that does not marginalize any belief.<br />

Students in support of Palestine have made<br />

their reasoning to demonstrate clear: to call<br />

Biomedics with honors, a proof of her dedication and hard<br />

work. Her parents, along with other family members<br />

and close friends are overwhelmed with joy of her great<br />

accomplishment.<br />

Princess, of a humble background, with Mother being<br />

a native Jamaican, and Father of Anyillian American<br />

background, makes maximum use of the opportunity<br />

given to her to propel herself in achieving this milestone.<br />

<strong>The</strong> entire family and circle of close friends extend<br />

Warmest congratulation to Princess on achieving<br />

this milestone. We are overwhelmingly proud of her<br />

determination and perseverance in achieving this amazing<br />

milestone. Keep up the good work Princess.<br />

Meanwhile, in the wake of this heightened<br />

intensity, many Jewish students feel<br />

as if their safety is threatened and the<br />

<strong>The</strong> president outlined the<br />

broader achievements of his<br />

administration in supporting<br />

students and borrowers,<br />

including achieving the most<br />

significant increases in Pell<br />

Grants in over a decade, aimed<br />

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demonstrations display antisemitic<br />

By Macy Meinhardt | Voice &<br />

Viewpoint Staff Writer<br />

Mateo Olmos, a San Diego State Graduate<br />

student is among the thousands of students<br />

right now actively exercising their freedom of<br />

speech in opposition to the war in Gaza.<br />

“I don’t identify as Middle Eastern<br />

or Palestinian, I am Black and Mexican,<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Westside</strong> <strong>Gazette</strong> Newspaper is honored to feature these editorial contributions made by local students.<br />

<strong>The</strong> trial of New Jersey<br />

Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez<br />

was a high-profile legal case that<br />

garnered significant attention. It<br />

revolved around allegations of corruption<br />

and bribery, accusing Menendez of<br />

using his political influence to benefit<br />

a Florida ophthalmologist in exchange<br />

for gifts and campaign contributions.<br />

<strong>The</strong> trial lasted for several months<br />

and involved complex legal arguments<br />

and testimonies. Throughout the trial,<br />

Menendez maintained his innocence,<br />

vehemently denying any wrongdoing.<br />

His defense team argued that the gifts and contributions were simply acts of friendship and political<br />

support, not bribes. <strong>The</strong> case brought to light the intricacies of political relationships<br />

and the influence of money in politics. It also raised questions about the ethical<br />

conduct of elected officials and the boundaries of acceptable behavior in public<br />

office. Ultimately, the trial ended with a mistrial, as the jury was unable to reach<br />

a unanimous decision on the charges. <strong>The</strong> Department of Justice later dropped the<br />

charges against Menendez, bringing the legal saga to a close. However, the trial<br />

left a lasting impact on Menendez’s political career, highlighting the challenges<br />

and scrutiny that public officials face in the pursuit of justice and accountability.<br />

By Layla Davidson *photo credit: cnn.com<br />

but I do have friends that<br />

identify with both cultures,<br />

and I feel strongly about<br />

the liberation of people and<br />

helping the oppressed be<br />

free,” said Olmos, a graduate<br />

student in the Public Health<br />

Department.<br />

Voice & Viewpoint caught<br />

up with Mateo last Tuesday as<br />

the “Walk out for Palestine”<br />

demonstration was ending<br />

at the university. Sporting a<br />

Martin Luther King t-shirt<br />

and Palestine flag in hand,<br />

directly across from him was<br />

an Israeli student holding<br />

up the Flag of Israel. <strong>The</strong><br />

conversation was peaceful,<br />

but the scene was a sharp<br />

contrast to the images seen just an hour ago<br />

within the newsroom. Chaotic encounters<br />

of police arresting students, and violent<br />

engagements between Jewish and Palestinian<br />

students dominated the news cycle and took<br />

over our television. What was seen in front of<br />

Hepner Hall at SDSU couldn’t be farther than<br />

that.<br />

“I feel like it is fair to get both points of<br />

view, because when people are protesting and<br />

there are counter protests or a conflict, there<br />

should be room for discussion. Both sides feel<br />

strongly about what they believe in, and I<br />

find it important to understand the opposing<br />

view and both sides of what is going on,” said<br />

Specifically, among their Jewish and<br />

Palestinian students, many campuses have<br />

been grappling with the intersection of free<br />

speech, censorship, and academic freedom in<br />

a way that does not marginalize any belief.<br />

Students in support of Palestine have made their<br />

reasoning to demonstrate clear: to call upon their<br />

institution to cut financial ties with funding<br />

sources supporting Israel. Meanwhile, in the<br />

wake of this heightened intensity, many Jewish<br />

students feel as if their safety is threatened and the<br />

demonstrations display antisemitic undertones.<br />

In controversial mitigation efforts, across 68<br />

campuses since April 12, AP has recorded that<br />

2,400 plus student arrests have been made by law<br />

enforcement. Those numbers continue to rise, as<br />

of this week,64 UCSD students and supporters at<br />

the Gaza Solidarity encampment on campus were<br />

arrested by law enforcement for their peaceful<br />

protest.<br />

Meanwhile over at SDSU the walk, organized<br />

by Students for Justice in Palestine, drew a<br />

crowd of over 1,000 students gathered in front of<br />

SDSU’s Hepner Hall to listen to speeches and rally<br />

peacefully in solidarity with Palestine.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> turnout was great. <strong>The</strong>re were a lot of<br />

people. It was peaceful. <strong>The</strong>re was no violence.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re was no vandalism— that I know of— just<br />

chalk, and the people calmly dispersed after, it<br />

was great,” said Olmos.<br />

Officials report that there were no incidents<br />

that occurred on Tuesday. In a statement issued by<br />

the school, they said: “As a public university, and<br />

as aligned with our institutional values, San Diego<br />

State University must allow for constitutionally<br />

protected free speech and an individual’s right to<br />

acts of peaceful protest.”<br />

According to Mateo: “we’re standing up against<br />

government powers that have control of our money<br />

and have control of our voices and opinions, and a lot<br />

of the time they do things that we don’t agree with.<br />

And so the people have the right to protest against<br />

children, mothers, women, men and families who<br />

are losing their lives, and nobody wants to see<br />

anybody lose a life. <strong>The</strong> Israeli, Jewish, Muslim,<br />

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ICYMI: Congresswoman Frederica<br />

Wilson Hosts Hearing Style Briefing<br />

on the Mental Health and Suicide<br />

of Black Men and Boys with<br />

Top Mental Health Leaders<br />

Submitted by Alvaro Perpuly<br />

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On May 1st, in<br />

recognition of Mental Health Awareness<br />

Month, Congresswoman Frederica S.<br />

Wilson (FL-24), Chair of the Commission<br />

on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys,<br />

hosted a briefing titled “Mayday: Suicide and<br />

the Mental Health of Black Men and Boys.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> briefing brought together esteemed<br />

panelists, including five CEOs leading the<br />

largest mental health organizations in<br />

the country, Shawn Boynes, CEO of the<br />

American Counseling Association, Dr.<br />

Arthur Evans, CEO for the American<br />

Psychological Association, Dr. Georges<br />

Benjamin, Executive Director of<br />

American Public Health Association,<br />

Dr. Anthony Estreet, CEO for National<br />

Association of Social Workers, and<br />

Daniel Gillison Jr., CEO of the National<br />

Alliance on Mental Illness. <strong>The</strong> panelists<br />

also included influential celebrities<br />

like Marcus Smith, Former NFL Eagles<br />

Linebacker, and Raheem Devaughn,<br />

Grammy Nominated Recording Artist.<br />

Congresswoman Wilson was joined<br />

by U.S. Senator Laphonza Butler,<br />

Congressman Troy Carter, Co-Host<br />

of the Event, Congressman Steven<br />

Horsford, Chair of the Congressional<br />

Black Caucus, Congresswoman Lucy<br />

McBath, Congressman Hank Johnson,<br />

and Congressman Danny Davis.<br />

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson<br />

said, “Usually, when I am talking about<br />

prevention, I am talking about ending the<br />

school-to-prison pipeline or stopping mass<br />

incarceration. But at this hearing, I turned<br />

my attention to another important topic:<br />

addressing the mental health crisis in our<br />

nation and preventing suicides in our nation.<br />

Historically, suicide has not been viewed as a<br />

problem specific to the Black community, so<br />

Black men are still suffering in silence and<br />

Black boys are dying. On top of this, May is<br />

With the start of hurricane<br />

season less than a month away,<br />

U.S. officials who predict,<br />

prepare for and respond to<br />

natural disasters had a message<br />

for Floridians on Friday: It’s not<br />

a matter of if a hurricane will<br />

hit, but when.<br />

<strong>The</strong> 2024 hurricane season<br />

is expected to be busier than<br />

average. To ensure that people<br />

everywhere are prepared,<br />

officials visited residents in<br />

Sanford, a landlocked city in the<br />

middle of the Sunshine State.<br />

Even if they don’t live on the<br />

coast, the officials told residents,<br />

they need to know the potential<br />

danger hurricanes pose to their<br />

property, such as flooding; and<br />

put together an emergency plan<br />

that includes a supply kit.<br />

“Everybody in Florida is at<br />

risk,” said Michael Brennan,<br />

Director of the National<br />

Hurricane Center.<br />

As if to punctuate Florida’s<br />

vulnerability to damaging<br />

weather, wind gusts of 71 mph<br />

(114 kph), just shy of hurricane<br />

force, were recorded early Friday<br />

in Tallahassee, where mangled<br />

Mental Health Awareness month,<br />

and I see no more important issue<br />

to the Commission than the mental<br />

health of Black men and boys.”<br />

Senator Laphonza Butler<br />

said, “Every single conversation I<br />

have had on the subject of mental<br />

health has emerged and embraced<br />

the celebration of this generation<br />

being willing to talk openly and ask<br />

for help.”<br />

Only 1 in 3 Black adults with<br />

a mental health condition receives<br />

treatment. Sixty percent of Black<br />

adolescents who had a major<br />

depressive episode in the last<br />

year did not get mental health<br />

treatment – a far higher rate than<br />

White children.<br />

“Let’s normalize and let kids<br />

know that is okay to not be okay.<br />

We ask kids about their homework,<br />

but we don’t ask kids about their<br />

mental health anymore. We have<br />

to get back to that,” Congressman<br />

Troy Carter said.<br />

12% of Black adolescents had<br />

thoughts of suicide; 7.5% made<br />

a suicide plan, and nearly 5%<br />

attempted suicide. Rates of suicide<br />

deaths among Black men have<br />

increased by 25% over the last two<br />

decades.<br />

“As the Congressional Black<br />

Caucus, not only are we working<br />

to try to improve access to mental<br />

wellness and health, we are also<br />

working to improve the economic<br />

condition of the Black community<br />

in every respect,” Congressman<br />

Steven Horsford said, Chair<br />

of the Congressional Black<br />

Caucus. When we improve the<br />

economic conditions of Black<br />

Americans, we actually improve<br />

their health outcomes and save<br />

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It’s not a matter of if a hurricane will hit<br />

Florida, but when, forecasters say ‘Everybody<br />

in Florida is<br />

at risk.’<br />

metal and other debris from<br />

damaged buildings littered parts<br />

of the state’s capital city.<br />

<strong>The</strong> officials in Sanford<br />

brought along two “hurricane<br />

hunter” planes used in the<br />

daredevil business of flying into<br />

the middle of storms to gather<br />

data about their intensity and<br />

direction.<br />

<strong>The</strong> WP-3D, operated by<br />

the National Oceanic and<br />

Atmospheric Administration,<br />

and the WC-130J, flown by<br />

the U.S. Air Force Reserve,<br />

fly straight into the storms’<br />

eyewall, usually three times<br />

during a flight. <strong>The</strong> aim of the<br />

hair-raising trips is to gather<br />

information that can help<br />

officials on the ground make<br />

decisions such as when to order<br />

people to evacuate.<br />

NOAA’s propeller plane<br />

typically has 11 to 17 people on<br />

board during flights through<br />

hurricanes, including the crew<br />

and scientists. Since flights<br />

usually last eight hours, the crew<br />

members bring plenty of snack<br />

food, and there is a microwave,<br />

refrigerator and a hot plate for<br />

Deeply Rooted<br />

cooking more elaborate<br />

meals.<br />

Although the rides<br />

can be very bumpy,<br />

sometimes they aren’t<br />

as turbulent as expected<br />

and crew members<br />

don’t realize that they<br />

already are in the eye of<br />

a hurricane, said William<br />

Wysinger, a NOAA flight<br />

engineer who has flown<br />

on a dozen missions<br />

through hurricanes.<br />

“I liken it to riding<br />

an old wooden roller<br />

coaster during the worst<br />

of times,” Wysinger said.<br />

<strong>The</strong> National<br />

Hurricane Center is<br />

predicting that the<br />

upcoming Atlantic and<br />

Gulf season, which runs<br />

from June 1 to Nov. 30,<br />

will exceed the yearly<br />

Continue reading<br />

online at:<br />

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Once again: Police cruelly killed<br />

someone Black under the guise<br />

of their self-governing authority.<br />

Black Airforce Senior Airman Roger<br />

Fortson 23, was shot and killed by a FL<br />

Sheriff’s Deputy in the Panhandle<br />

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump and family members react to the killing of<br />

Air Force Airman Roger Fortson in Florida. May 9, 2024. (Credit: YouTube; WEAR<br />

Channel 3 News)<br />

Since I read about a sheriff’s<br />

deputy who, according to civil<br />

rights attorney Ben Crump, went<br />

to investigate a disturbance at<br />

the wrong apartment in Fort<br />

Walton Beach in the Panhandle,<br />

then shot and killed 23-yearold<br />

U.S. Airforce Senior Airman<br />

Roger Fortson, I have seethed<br />

with anger.<br />

That anger is never far<br />

from the surface because as a<br />

Black man in America, every<br />

police murder, killing, assault<br />

or brutality towards any Black<br />

person reminds me that African<br />

Americans are generally seen by<br />

law enforcement as enemies of<br />

the state.<br />

And so once again, in<br />

yet another sickening and<br />

infuriating case of murder,<br />

excessive use of force, power and<br />

control, the police have cruelly<br />

killed someone Black under the<br />

guise of their self-governing<br />

authority.<br />

Okaloosa County Sheriff<br />

Eric Aden disputes Crump’s<br />

assertion that the deputy had<br />

arrived at the correct apartment<br />

but with Fortson alone in his<br />

apartment, according to Crump,<br />

what would have been the cause<br />

for the disturbance, described as<br />

an argument?<br />

To his credit, Aden, while<br />

offering his condolences, said<br />

Gerami’s gift still in question<br />

By Vaughn Wilson<br />

a week later Against the Grain II<br />

Continue reading online at: thewestsidegazette.com<br />

MAY 16 - MAY 22, 2024 • PAGE 3<br />

the family had his word that if the<br />

shooting is found to be unjustified<br />

their son’s name will be fully<br />

vindicated and justice will be<br />

served.<br />

Civil rights attorney Ben<br />

Crump. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty<br />

Images<br />

Crump — who is representing<br />

the family — said Fortson was<br />

Facetiming with a friend when he<br />

heard movement outside his front<br />

door. He looked at least twice,<br />

saw no one and went to get his<br />

legally owned handgun. Okaloosa<br />

County Sheriff’s deputies – who<br />

were responding to a disturbance<br />

– demanded that he open his door,<br />

and seeing him holding a gun,<br />

shot him, Crump said in a press<br />

conference.<br />

One question I have, is unlike<br />

George Zimmerman, wasn’t<br />

Fortson standing his ground?<br />

(Zimmerman killed teen Trayvon<br />

Martin, whose shooting death in<br />

Central Florida by a neighborhood<br />

watch volunteer in 2012 caused a<br />

nationwide firestorm.)<br />

In a video released by Aden,<br />

Fortson opened the door with his<br />

gun pointed to the floor (standing<br />

his ground), the deputy in front<br />

immediately opened fire, hitting<br />

him six times, then and only<br />

then saying, “drop the gun.” Not<br />

unexpectedly, law enforcement<br />

voices and other legal experts are<br />

quick to say that Fortson answering<br />

the door holding a gun makes it<br />

indisputable that the deputy acted<br />

in self-defense after having to<br />

make a “split-second, life-or-death<br />

decision.”<br />

But I still ask, wasn’t Fortson<br />

standing his ground?<br />

Continue reading online at:<br />

thewestsidegazette.com<br />

It was one of the most awkward moments in FAMU<br />

Commencement history. It wasn’t a student strolling across the<br />

stage representing their fraternity or sorority. It wasn’t an extraloud<br />

family shouting the name of their graduate at an inappropriate<br />

time. It wasn’t a wild outfit or an oddly-decorated graduation cap.<br />

<strong>The</strong> awkward moment came moments after a huge announcement.<br />

Gregory Gerami, Co-CEO of a hemp farm in Texas and the trustee<br />

for the Isaac Batterson Family 7th Trust, was the speaker for the<br />

FAMU Commencement Ceremony in which a large donation of $237<br />

million was announced. This is where the moment got awkward.<br />

Gerami declared “the money is already in the bank, right.” As<br />

he said that he looked directly at Dr. Shawnta Friday-Stroud, who<br />

serves as VP of the FAMU Foundation, she looked at Gerami and<br />

awkwardly and seemingly reluctantly acknowledged.<br />

Sitting on the first row of commencement with other media<br />

persons, I had literally a front row seat. Friday-Stroud and I were in<br />

FAMU’s School of Business and Industry at the same time, so I am<br />

accustomed to her body language. It was completely uncomfortable<br />

for her. That is unusual for a woman who has been so successful in<br />

her endeavors and has done so with the confidence built into her by Dean Sybil Mobley.<br />

I attended the post-commencement press conference at the Lawson Center. That is where it was first<br />

mentioned that it was a stock gift. My immediate reaction was that Gerami said it was a check in the bank,<br />

when in fact it was a stock transfer.<br />

To this day, we have no real way of knowing what the full value of Gerami’s donation will amount to.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is a possibility that it will amount to what he said it would. <strong>The</strong> problem with the entire gift is<br />

something that is not uncommon with gifts to any university. Big donors often want to remain anonymous<br />

or at least remain anonymous to a point. Having Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA) with a university is<br />

common. This is just a case of where the university is exposed in a risky manner.<br />

Obviously the FAMU Foundation did not have the time to fully vet the gift. If so, Friday-Stroud’s later<br />

assertion that the gift could carry a variety of values would have been disclosed earlier. Gerami, who had<br />

previously had a failed attempt at a donation to Coastal Carolina University, found a way to stay under

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exhibitions. <strong>The</strong> goal of the event<br />

is to educate our members and their<br />

families about some of the benefits<br />

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event.<br />

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Anthony Gross, Jr., Financial Secretary<br />

Library Director and Library Honored for Championing<br />

Intellectual Freedom<br />

- Award-winning initiatives protect, defend the right to read -<br />

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - Broward County Library Director Allison Grubbs and the library<br />

itself are both receiving prestigious awards for their unwavering commitment to intellectual<br />

freedom and access to information for all.<br />

Grubbs' Leadership Recognized<br />

Grubbs has been named the Florida Library Association's (FLA) 2024 Administrator of the<br />

Year and is a recipient of the inaugural New Republic/Right to Read Toni Morrison Courage<br />

Award. <strong>The</strong>se honors recognize her exceptional leadership in championing intellectual<br />

freedom and diverse perspectives within the library as well as for expanding access to<br />

library programs and services, supporting statewide library advocacy efforts and for her<br />

leadership within the professional community.<br />

Broward County Library Earns Top Honors<br />

Under Grubbs' direction, Broward County Library has fostered a vibrant and inclusive<br />

environment, earning the FLA's 2024 Intellectual Freedom Award. This award acknowledges<br />

the library's commitment to protecting the right to read, learn and share information<br />

Grubbs' successful initiatives include the library's "Freedom to Read" campaign, which included<br />

providing access to banned or challenged titles via systemwide Book Sanctuaries;<br />

inclusive programming representing a wide range of viewpoints; a public awareness campaign;<br />

the elimination of late fees and other barriers to library access; and the distribution<br />

of "I Read Banned Books" library cards and buttons.<br />

Continued Commitment<br />

"<strong>The</strong>se awards are a testament to the library's unwavering commitment to intellectual<br />

freedom," said Broward County Administrator Monica Cepero. "We are incredibly proud of<br />

Director Grubbs and the entire Library team."<br />

<strong>The</strong> FLA Administrator of the Year and Intellectual Freedom awards will be presented at<br />

the FLA Annual Conference, scheduled for May 15-17 in Orlando, Florida. Recipients of the<br />

Toni Morrison Courage Award will be honored at Right to Read Celebration, scheduled for<br />

June 8 at Pérez Art Museum Miami in Miami, Florida.<br />

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Ditch the Rinse<br />

After Brushing<br />

for Stronger<br />

Teeth: Fluoride<br />

Gets a Boost<br />

Submitted by Deborah Mizell, RN<br />

Many people rinse with water after<br />

brushing, but dentists recommend skipping<br />

this step. Fluoride in toothpaste strengthens<br />

teeth, and rinsing washes it away. Instead,<br />

spit and wait 15 minutes before rinsing<br />

or drinking water to maximize fluoride’s<br />

effect. This is especially helpful for those<br />

prone to cavities. Mouthwash should also<br />

not be used right after brushing, for the<br />

same reason.<br />

Here’s the science: Fluoride in<br />

toothpaste strengthens tooth enamel,<br />

making it more resistant to cavity-causing<br />

acids. But rinsing with water washes away<br />

some of that beneficial fluoride.<br />

Who benefits most? People prone to<br />

cavities can see the biggest advantage from<br />

this no-rinse approach.<br />

RACHEL J.<br />

PYNGOLIL, M.D.<br />

(Photo Credit: Holy<br />

Cross Health)<br />

Skip the mouthwash after brushing<br />

too. Most mouthwashes have less fluoride than<br />

toothpaste, so rinsing with them right after brushing<br />

can further reduce the fluoride’s effectiveness. Use<br />

mouthwash at a different time, like after lunch or<br />

coffee.<br />

Brushing bonus tips:<br />

• Soft bristles are your friend. Skip the<br />

medium or hard brushes that can damage<br />

gums.<br />

• Flossing order is flexible. Floss once a day,<br />

before or after brushing – the key is to floss!<br />

• Scrubbing isn’t necessary. Gentle brushing<br />

is just as effective as forceful scrubbing, and<br />

protects your gums.<br />

• Don’t forget the gum line. Brushing gently<br />

along the gum line helps prevent gum disease.<br />

• For personalized advice, see your<br />

dentist. <strong>The</strong>y know your unique oral health<br />

needs.<br />

Internal Medicine Physician Rachel J. Pyngolil,<br />

M.D. Joins Holy Cross Medical Group<br />

By Paige Feigenbaum<br />


Internal medicine physician Rachel<br />

Pyngolil, M.D. has joined Holy Cross<br />

Medical Group, a multi-specialty<br />

physician employed group of more<br />

than 130 physicians providing<br />

services throughout Broward<br />

County.<br />

Board-certified by the American<br />

Board of Internal Medicine, Dr.<br />

Pyngolil’s focus areas include women’s health, preventive<br />

primary care for adults, chronic disease management,<br />

care coordination and peri-operative risk stratification.<br />


Broward Highlights National<br />

Water Safety Month<br />

Submitted by<br />

Paige Patterson-Hughes<br />


FLA. – <strong>The</strong> Florida<br />

Department of Health in<br />

Broward County (DOH-<br />

Broward) promotes National<br />

Water Safety Month to<br />

educate the community on<br />

how to safely enjoy Florida’s<br />

many bodies of water and<br />

prevent drowning.<br />

Florida offers countless<br />

opportunities to enjoy water<br />

recreation in pools, lakes,<br />

and other surrounding bodies<br />

of water. That is why water<br />

safety is critical. Children ages<br />

1-4 years-old are more likely<br />

to drown in a home swimming<br />

pool than children ages 5-19<br />

years-old, who are more likely<br />

to drown in natural bodies<br />

of water. Whether you are a<br />

parent or a community group<br />

member, everyone plays a role<br />

in drowning prevention. <strong>The</strong><br />

goal is to keep water activities<br />

fun and safe for all as we move<br />

into the summer months. Tips<br />

on Water Safety:<br />

• Always keep your eyes<br />

on children in and around<br />

water, including pools and<br />

open bodies of water. Actively<br />

supervising and giving<br />

children your undivided<br />

attention when they are in<br />

or around water can help<br />

prevent drownings.<br />

• Never leave a child alone<br />

around water.<br />

• If your child is missing,<br />

check other pools or<br />

surrounding bodies of water.<br />

• Use barriers around water,<br />

including fences, self-closing/<br />

self-latching gates, and secure<br />

doors with alarms. Barriers<br />

help prevent young children<br />

from wandering into bodies of<br />

water, including lakes, pools,<br />

ponds, and more.<br />

• Have a phone nearby in<br />

case you need to call 9-1-1 in<br />

an emergency.<br />

• Open cuts or wounds<br />

should not be immersed in<br />

water; if there’s bacteria in<br />

the water, it can enter the<br />

body through a cut or wound.<br />

• If a cut or wound happens<br />

when in the water, it should<br />

be washed with clean, running<br />

water and soap and covered<br />

with a clean, dry waterproof<br />

bandage.<br />

Beach and Lake Swimming:<br />

Swimming in open water is<br />

different than swimming in<br />

a pool. Even the strongest<br />

swimmer can get into trouble<br />

She proudly offers a Safe Zone for<br />

patients who are members of the<br />

LGBTQ+ community.<br />

“As a physician, the main thing<br />

I do is listen to patients’ stories,”<br />

said Dr. Pyngolil. “Suffering is<br />

something we all go through; healing<br />

is something we all need and health<br />

and wellness are things we all pursue.<br />

As a provider, my role is to be there<br />

to support patients on their wellness<br />

journeys.”<br />

Previously, Dr. Pyngolil was with<br />

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Broward Healthpoint And Community Care<br />

Plan Unveil New Maternity Care &<br />

Heart Community Resource Center<br />

swimming in open water. Here<br />

are some tips for swimming at<br />

the beach or lake:<br />

• Swim It: Always swim<br />

with a buddy, and when<br />

safety flags and signs give it<br />

the all-clear to do so.<br />

• Shore It: If you have a<br />

weakened immune system, a<br />

cut on your skin, or don’t have<br />

a buddy to swim with, stay on<br />

dry land.<br />

• Dodge It: If you encounter<br />

animals that live near or in<br />

the water, stay away. Also,<br />

algal blooms like red tide and<br />

blue-green algae, which cause<br />

skin irritation, burning eyes<br />

and throat, and breathing<br />

irritations. For current<br />

information on red tide or<br />

blue-green algae, please visit<br />

ProtectingFloridaTogether.<br />

gov/.<br />

New Research Uncovers Genetic Variant’s Alarming Impact on<br />

Heart Health and Longevity in Black Americans from Front Page<br />

Dr. Senthil Selvaraj from Duke University<br />

School of Medicine. Drawing from data from<br />

over 20,000 self-identified Black individuals,<br />

the study estimates that carriers of this<br />

variant could collectively lose approximately a<br />

million years of life.<br />

<strong>The</strong> National Newspaper Publishers<br />

Association (NNPA) and Pfizer Inc. have been<br />

working with partners in various cities in the<br />

U.S. to raise awareness of this “serious but<br />

under-diagnosed condition that causes heart<br />

failure among African Americans and Afro-<br />

Caribbeans.” <strong>The</strong> NNPA is the trade association<br />

of the more than 250 African American-owned<br />

newspapers and media companies comprising<br />

the 197-year-old Black Press of America.<br />

Senior author Dr. Scott D. Solomon, from<br />

Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard<br />

Medical School, emphasizes the significance of<br />

these findings for both clinicians and patients.<br />

“We believe these data will inform clinicians<br />

and patients regarding risk when these genetic<br />

findings are known, either through family<br />

screening, medical, or even commercial genetic<br />

testing,” he said.<br />

<strong>The</strong> study revealed that individuals<br />

carrying the V142I variant face a substantially<br />

elevated risk of heart failure, starting in their<br />

60s, and an increased risk of death, beginning<br />

in their 70s. On average, carriers die two to<br />

two and a half years earlier than expected.<br />

With nearly half a million Black American<br />

carriers over the age of 50, the implications are<br />

profound.<br />

Transthyretin, a protein in the blood,<br />

misfolds when the V142I variant is present.<br />

This causes abnormal amyloid protein to<br />

build up in the heart and other body parts.<br />

This process results in cardiac amyloidosis,<br />

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By Nina Levine<br />


Broward HealthPoint and<br />

Community Care Plan are<br />

proud to announce the grand<br />

opening of the Maternity Care<br />

Center & Heart Community<br />

Resource Center in Lauderdale<br />

Lakes. This collaboration aims<br />

to address health disparities<br />

in maternal care identified in<br />

central Broward County.<br />

“Our collaboration stems<br />

from a shared commitment to<br />

addressing the critical health<br />

disparities in maternal care<br />

within central Broward County,” said Broward<br />

Health President and CEO Shane Strum. “By<br />

leveraging our resources and expertise, we<br />

are providing comprehensive maternal care<br />

services, ensuring that women can easily<br />

access prenatal care and support throughout<br />

their pregnancy journey.”<br />

Broward HealthPoint, an affiliate of<br />

Broward Health, and Community Care Plan<br />

strategically positioned the new center to<br />

fulfill the unmet OB-GYN needs of women in<br />

Lauderhill, Lauderdale Lakes, Sunrise<br />

and Oakland Park, particularly in the 33311<br />

and 33313 zip codes. <strong>The</strong> data indicates that<br />

women in these areas have limited access<br />

to prenatal and postpartum care, which is a<br />

critical component of maternal health and<br />

positive birth outcomes.<br />

Aiming to bridge the gap, the new center<br />

will provide convenient and reliable healthcare<br />

services to women in the Lauderdale Lakes<br />

area while putting more maternal and<br />

gynecological care providers on the ground<br />

locally so women can access prenatal care.<br />

<strong>The</strong> organizations also held a media<br />

roundtable during Black Maternal Week,<br />

emphasizing the importance of addressing<br />

disparities in maternal care, particularly<br />

within the Black community. Participating<br />

in the roundtable were Katina Brown-<br />

Burgess, D.O., obstetrics/gynecology, Broward<br />

HealthPoint; Miguel Venereo, M.D., senior<br />

vice president and chief medical officer,<br />

Community Care Plan; Amy Pont, director<br />

of community health, Community Care Plan;<br />

Rose McKelvie, RN, associate vice president<br />

of women and children’s service line, Broward<br />

Health; Dawn Liberta, executive director,<br />

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Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of<br />

Broward County; and Monica Figueroa King,<br />

chief executive officer, Broward Healthy Start<br />

Coalition, Inc.<br />

“We are excited about this center and what<br />

it means to the women in this community, but<br />

it’s so much more,” said McKelvie. “This center<br />

is also about the entire family. We will have<br />

programs in place not only to address<br />

moms, but also the entire family and<br />

seniors as well. We will be providing<br />

training for the whole family unit.”<br />

Wraparound services available at<br />

the center include nutrition, exercise,<br />

financial and health literacy classes,<br />

job training programs, public Wi-Fi<br />

and more services aimed at assisting<br />

members of the community in all<br />

aspects of their lives. <strong>The</strong> center also<br />

offers a playroom where children whose<br />

parents participate in the programs offered<br />

are supervised.<br />

“We actually rented this space several<br />

years ago with the idea of putting in a<br />

community resource center to really address<br />

social determinants of health or healthrelated<br />

social needs because we recognize that<br />

while we can provide health services through<br />

our health plan, 80% of healthcare is really<br />

about where you live, work, play and pray,”<br />

Pont said. “It doesn’t stop with going to the<br />

doctor. We recognized that there are other<br />

social needs and we have addressed that with<br />

the transformational programs we are offering<br />

here.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> United States has one of the highest<br />

maternal mortality rates compared to other<br />

industrialized nations. According to the<br />

National Library of Medicine, Black women<br />

in the U.S. disproportionately experience<br />

adverse pregnancy outcomes, including<br />

maternal mortality, compared to women of<br />

other racial and ethnic groups. Research<br />

indicates that quality healthcare, from<br />

preconception through postpartum care, may<br />

be a critical lever for improving outcomes for<br />

minority women.<br />

<strong>The</strong> maternity care center, located at 3736<br />

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Trump’s A Political Pimp<br />

“Political pimps and those who fall prey shall not<br />

escape the wrath of voters or the rule of law.”<br />

John Johnson II 05/15/24<br />

By Jonn Johnson II<br />

Trump as America’s 45 th president won<br />

this election despite having revealed<br />

compromised integrity, immorality,<br />

and explicit racism. Regardless of his<br />

character flaws, Trump realized that just<br />

as in business there are millions of voters<br />

available for exploitation and gullible<br />

enough to fulfill his selfish ambitions.<br />

Thus, began Trump’s consummate role<br />

as America’s presidential political pimp.<br />

For the novice, American Heritage<br />

Dictionary describes a pimp as an individual skilled at getting<br />

“others to compromise one’s principles, especially in promoting<br />

the interests of another, for personal gains.” This version<br />

offers a clearer understanding of what constitutes a political<br />

pimp. Heritage’s more salacious definition describes a pimp as<br />

“a man who manages and often, controls prostitutes and their<br />

earnings.”<br />

One of Trump’s narcissistic pimping tactics evolved with his<br />

launching of the “birther movement” against Obama. He used<br />

this tactic to ignite the racism and bigotry sentiments that<br />

exist throughout the core of America’s society and government.<br />

He rode this strategy, along with his stench of immorality,<br />

straight to the White House.<br />

Becoming president highlighted Trump’s self-aggrandizement<br />

for achieving this milestone. This could’ve been a chapter in<br />

his book, “<strong>The</strong> Art of <strong>The</strong> Deal.” Unfortunately, Trump with<br />

the attention span of a ten-year old, and the political IQ of the<br />

Wizard of Oz, reigned as the Commander-In-Chief with access<br />

to nuclear codes. This analogy says more about the intellect<br />

and integrity of Republican Congresspersons and their voters.<br />

Sadly, he’s their presumptive presidential candidate for 2024.<br />

This brings us to another crucial factor. How does Trump<br />

lure his victims to become political complicit servants? What<br />

are the defining character flaws or social needs that cause<br />

individuals to become prime candidates for a political pimp<br />

such as Trump?<br />

Trump as a political pimp lured his prey by boasting about<br />

having wealth, power, and powerful/rich friends. He also used<br />

threats of retribution to coerce submission. As president, he<br />

exploited his presidential powers to appoint judges, SCOTUS<br />

justices, and Cabinet Members. Executive Orders and Pardons<br />

were issued as well for political gains.<br />

Trump is known to have procured prostitutes primarily for<br />

his own sexual pleasures, such as Stormy Daniels. He then<br />

pimped/exploited Michael Cohen for the purpose of paying<br />

hush money to Stormy Daniels to squelch their sexual interlude.<br />

Here, Trump acting as pimp, exploited both his call girl and his<br />

attorney for his personal gains.<br />

However, Trump appears to have preferred acting as a<br />

political pimp. This role allowed him to advance his political<br />

career, increase his wealth, and shield himself from facing<br />

accountability for violating US government laws regarding<br />

Top Secret Documents and state election finance laws.<br />

If you’ve noticed, Trump bragged about surrounding himself<br />

with loyal talented men and beautiful women. He’s proven<br />

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Cluster Bombs<br />

vs. Open Hearts<br />

By Robert C. Koehler<br />

Mine! Mine! Mine! Praise God . . .<br />

This is perhaps the worst thing human<br />

beings do: <strong>The</strong>y take their deepest values —<br />

connection, love, empathy — simplify them<br />

down to a religion, a name (Christianity,<br />

let us say, or Judaism, or whatever) and<br />

suddenly they have a flag to wave and a<br />

“cause” to go to war for. And the blood flows.<br />

Kill the savages! Kill the non-believers! Kill the enemy! (Take<br />

their land.)<br />

Here’s the question of the day, as Israel continues to inflict<br />

hell and starvation on Gaza, as brutal conflict and murder rage<br />

across the planet: How do we reclaim — and maintain — the<br />

integrity of our deepest values? Acting in love and connection<br />

with an “Other” is, or can be, remarkably complex; declaring<br />

the Other to be an evil being who doesn’t deserve to live not<br />

only simplifies things enormously, but allows part of humanity<br />

to connect with itself, in fear of that enemy.<br />

And when it comes to war, the mainstream American media<br />

basically shrugs and says, well, that’s the way it is — at least<br />

when the U.S. is supplying the weaponry, if not perpetrating<br />

the actual “shock and awe” on the declared enemy. Oh God, this<br />

is insane. How do we live our values in all their complexity?<br />

How do we swaddle and caress the vulnerable future rather<br />

than hold it hostage?<br />

Naomi Klein, speaking recently at a public seder held in<br />

opposition to the Gaza assault — the Emergency Seder in the<br />

Streets in New York City — talked of “the human tendency<br />

to worship the profane and shiny, to look to the small and<br />

material rather than the large and transcendent.<br />

“. . . too many of our people,” she said, “are worshipping a false<br />

idol once again. . . . That false idol is called Zionism. . . . It is a<br />

false idol that equates Jewish freedom with cluster bombs that<br />

kill and maim Palestinian children.”<br />

And war does nothing but beget war. It keeps everyone<br />

afraid. As Eran Zelnik, a history professor who grew up in<br />

Israel, who served as a young man in both the West Bank and<br />

the Gaza Strip, wrote:<br />

“I believe that as Jews we must embrace the universal<br />

lessons of the Holocaust and declare the ongoing events in Gaza<br />

a genocide and resist an out-of-control right-wing government<br />

that is increasingly drawing the whole region into a war.”<br />

He adds, ironically, that “the Zionist interpretation of<br />

the Holocaust that has turned out to be not only morally<br />

compromised, but also ineffective—it has not provided protection<br />

for Jews. In fact, in no place in the world are Jews more likely to<br />

be harmed en masse than in Israel today. . .”<br />

Zelnik acknowledges that paradox and contradiction are<br />

part of the human condition — and certainly part of the division<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Cost of College Education is<br />

Bankrupting Families in 2024<br />

An Anti-liberal Supreme Court<br />

Poised to Subvert Justice<br />

By Bob Topper<br />

One could understand the Dobb’s decision.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Supreme Court was wrong to ignore<br />

precedence, reason, and evidence when it took<br />

away a woman’s constitutional right to choose.<br />

But when one recognized that the majority<br />

of the justices were devout Catholics who<br />

had been indoctrinated with the belief that<br />

abortion was wrong and against their Gods<br />

law, the decision was at least consistent.<br />

But how does one understand the oral arguments concerning<br />

Trump’s claim of total immunity from prosecution? At its core,<br />

this case is about a president being above the law and having the<br />

absolute immunity of a king. <strong>The</strong> justices are fellow Americans<br />

who, we would hope, value our basic principles, in particular<br />

that here the law is king and not the other way around.<br />

<strong>The</strong> charges brought against Trump, his complicity in the<br />

attack on American democracy and subverting the transfer of<br />

power, are supported by his words, and must be adjudicated.<br />

Judge Chutkin and the appeals court rejected his claim for<br />

total immunity with the simple reasoning that, unlike Russian,<br />

American presidents cannot assassinate their opponents with<br />

impunity. That should have been obvious to the Supreme Court<br />

as well.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Supreme Court is obligated to evaluate the lower<br />

court’s findings, nothing more. But conservatives on the court<br />

decided that it is more important to consider hypothetical cases<br />

rather than judge the one that is in front of them. In Justice<br />

Gorsuch’s words, “I’m not concerned about this case, but I<br />

am concerned about future uses of the criminal law to target<br />

political opponents based on accusations about their motives,”<br />

and added, “We’re writing a rule for the ages” ... hubristic<br />

nonsense.<br />

He and others on the court must know that delaying this trial<br />

may well prevent justice from being served. If Trump is found<br />

guilty it will most certainly influence the coming election. And<br />

they also know that if the trial is delayed beyond the election,<br />

and Trump should win, he will appoint an attorney general<br />

who will quash the case. This is of course Trump’s strategy to<br />

stay out of federal prison.<br />

Supreme court justices take two oaths of office. <strong>The</strong> first:<br />

“[to] support and defend the Constitution of the United States<br />

against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true<br />

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For an Antidote to Climate Despair, Look to<br />

the Impact of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring<br />

By Ben Jealous<br />

Did you hear the birds singing outside this<br />

morning? A lot of us take that common sound of<br />

nature for granted. Most people these days do<br />

not realize how close we came to living in a much<br />

quieter world; to the widespread destruction of<br />

entire ecosystems and some of our most iconic<br />

species.<br />

That our springtime is not silent today is thanks<br />

to one of the original victories of the modern environmental<br />

movement – and the book that many credit for starting that<br />

movement. It is a story of hope. One that should inspire faith<br />

in those of us who care deeply about stopping the climate crisis<br />

and saving our planet.<br />

<strong>The</strong> synthetic pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane –<br />

commonly known as DDT – came into heavy use in the 1940s.<br />

It was used in crop and livestock production, in people’s home<br />

gardens, and to combat some insect-borne illnesses. Within<br />

a couple decades, it became clear that DDT made people and<br />

animals sick. It also sent certain species, like North America’s<br />

great birds of prey, spiraling toward extinction.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n in 1962, the book Silent Spring by author and marine<br />

biologist Rachel Carson used science to expose the “shadow<br />

of death” cast by DDT. More than 40 years before former vice<br />

president Al Gore sounded the alarm about global warming<br />

with his film An Inconvenient Truth, Rachel Carson focused<br />

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Mutual Backtracking in<br />

US-China Student Exchanges<br />

By Mel Gurtov<br />

In recent talks between US and Chinese<br />

leaders, they have found common ground in<br />

support for more people-to-people exchanges,<br />

particularly in education. Presidents Biden<br />

and Xi both mentioned the importance<br />

of these exchanges at their last summit<br />

meeting, and Secretary of State Antony<br />

Blinken, during his April trip to China,<br />

gave a talk to American students there on how critical study<br />

in China is for cross-cultural understanding and prevention of<br />

misperceptions between governments. But the positive rhetoric<br />

is being overtaken by political realities.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Department of Defense has suddenly announced<br />

termination of all but one West Coast “flagship” language<br />

program in Chinese, citing cuts by Congress in funding. (<strong>The</strong><br />

University of Oregon and the University of Washington are<br />

among the affected schools.) <strong>The</strong> decision caught language<br />

teachers by surprise; they had every reason to think Chineselanguage<br />

programs would be strongly supported in the national<br />

interest.<br />

Flagship programs offer substantial financial support for<br />

rigorous training in neglected languages that are considered<br />

of national security import, including Arabic and Persian as<br />

well as Chinese. Now, of 30 universities that hosted flagship<br />

programs, only 19 remain. <strong>The</strong>re has been a significant falloff<br />

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By Roger<br />

Caldwell<br />

”U.S.<br />

student loan<br />

debt has<br />

ballooned<br />

in recent years, outpacing<br />

most other forms of consumer<br />

borrowing. In 2022 almost<br />

two-third of recent high school<br />

graduates took out student<br />

loans. Students are borrowing<br />

more, because college tuitions<br />

have grown many times faster<br />

than income.” says Council<br />

Foreign Relations.<br />

If two-thirds of student<br />

who graduate from high<br />

school need to borrow money<br />

for college, many will be<br />

paying back their loans for decades.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y are putting them<br />

and their families in debt,<br />

and many who go to college,<br />

a large percentage of students<br />

will not graduate.<br />

<strong>The</strong> reason that students<br />

go to college is to get a higher<br />

paying job, and be in a better<br />

financial shape to pay back<br />

the loan. Since forty to fifty<br />

percent of students don’t<br />

graduate, they struggle to pay<br />

their bills.<br />

College is definitely not for<br />

everyone who gets accepted,<br />

and some families are taking<br />

out a second mortgage for<br />

their children. Making<br />

good sound decisions about<br />

finances is important, based<br />

on what individuals and<br />

families can afford. At certain<br />

universities the tuition, and<br />

room and board will cost<br />

$40,000 for one year.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is also a racial disparity<br />

in student borrowing,<br />

where Black, Hispanics,<br />

and people of color take on<br />

more debt than they can<br />

handle financially. Many of<br />

these students and families<br />

are likely to default, and<br />

depending on the amount of<br />

the loans, bankruptcy is a<br />

solution.<br />

As of 2023, forty-three<br />

million U.S. borrowers collectively<br />

owed $1.7 trillion<br />

to the federal student loan,<br />

and private loans. In the last<br />

two decades cost has doubled<br />

and nothing is slowing down.<br />

Student debt has exceeded<br />

debt from auto loans,<br />

credit cards, and only home<br />

mortgages are larger.<br />

In response to the<br />

COVID-19 pandemic, the<br />

Donald Trump administration<br />

provided tens of millions<br />

of student borrowers with<br />

temporary relief from paying<br />

their loans. President Biden<br />

extended a moratorium on<br />

paying their student loans,<br />

until October 2023. Since<br />

October 2023, only half of<br />

the borrowers’have resumed<br />

paying back their loan.<br />

Based on the high cost<br />

of tuition, and the many<br />

loans in default, the federal<br />

government is starting to step<br />

in and forgive some borrowers.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Biden administration<br />

has forgiven $153 billion to<br />

4.3 million borrowers’ relief,<br />

and the president wants to do<br />

more.<br />

Some experts say in the<br />

last two years the price of<br />

college education has leveled<br />

off and gone down. But when<br />

you address the families and<br />

students paying the bill, the<br />

loans are getting larger.<br />

Making college affordable<br />

for all Americans should<br />

be the goal and plan for<br />

education. Community<br />

college should be free in the<br />

country, and after two years,<br />

there should be jobs available<br />

for students who complete<br />

their studies. After every<br />

level of studies, there should<br />

be a higher amount of pay and<br />

responsibility. ROTC should<br />

be a way many lower income<br />

young men and women can<br />

move forward with a lack of<br />

money.<br />

Legislators, Governors<br />

and the President must<br />

make education a priority in<br />

schools in America. Families<br />

and students should have<br />

information and not go broke<br />

getting an education, because<br />

there is money available.<br />

Making every level of<br />

education affordable will keep<br />

families and student from<br />

filing bankruptcy.

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It is unrealistic to try to abolish social media during paid<br />

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uses social media platforms for internal use. If companies<br />

block it, employees may perceive a challenge, goading them to<br />

circumvent restrictions or to spend more time on their personal<br />

devices. Now that the train has long since left the station,<br />

managers need to figure out the smartest ways to use social<br />

media to their advantage.<br />

Plethora of platforms<br />

<strong>The</strong> variety of platforms run the gamut through work and<br />

social life. It all began with social networks, like Facebook,<br />

X and LinkedIn. Next, media sharing networks took off for<br />

distributing photos, videos and graphics. Favorite destinations<br />

have been Instagram, YouTube, TikTok and Snapchat.<br />

Meanwhile, discussion forums such as Reddit, Quora and<br />

Digg emerged. Users could also save and bookmark selected<br />

content from many sources on Flipboard and Pinterest. Need<br />

advice for choosing a hotel, a restaurant or a doctor? Yelp and<br />

Tripadvisor are ready to make the case. Want to blog? Tumblr<br />

and WordPress will enable you to spread the story.<br />

Employees have embraced these platforms. Pew Research<br />

Center shows many workers use them as a break from workday<br />

routines. Equally important are:<br />

• Staying in touch with family and friends.<br />

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“Commissioner McGhee Drives<br />

Economic Growth with Costco<br />

Project in Miami-Dade”<br />

Submitted by Jessica Garrett Drives<br />

MIAMI, FL.– Miami-Dade County Commissioner Kionne<br />

McGhee is proud to announce a major economic development<br />

initiative that will significantly benefit the South-Dade<br />

community. In response to recent inquiries regarding the<br />

economic viability of the proposed Costco development on a<br />

County-owned site held by the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer<br />

Department (WASD), Commissioner McGhee outlined the<br />

substantial positive impact and economic benefits this project<br />

will bring to District 9.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> site in question, acquired by the County for<br />

approximately $2.7 million in 2003, has remained unused<br />

by WASD, providing no value to the community for over two<br />

decades. In a strategic move to revitalize the area and boost<br />

economic growth, a leading South Florida developer has<br />

proposed to purchase the site and build a Costco store. This<br />

development will not only add the site to the County tax roll but<br />

also create local jobs and deliver lasting economic benefits to<br />

residents in the West Perrine Community Redevelopment Area<br />

(CRA) and surrounding neighborhoods,” said Commissioner<br />

McGhee.<br />

An independent economic impact study conducted by Miami<br />

Economic Associates, a firm with over 40 years of experience in<br />

Miami-Dade County, estimates that the ten-year cumulative<br />

economic benefit from the project will exceed $217 million. This<br />

includes benefits from sales tax, real estate taxes, employment,<br />

and gasoline savings.<br />

Furthermore, the developer has agreed to purchase the<br />

site for $8.1 million, which is higher than the assessed value<br />

established by the county property appraiser. Contrary to thirdparty<br />

comparisons, the developer’s purchase price is based on<br />

the actual value of the property and not on comparables near<br />

the airport or within transit-oriented developments.<br />

In addition to the economic benefits, the developer has<br />

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First Baptist Church Piney Grove, Inc.<br />

4699 West Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33313<br />

(954) 735-1500 - Fax (954) 735-1999<br />


Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM<br />

Church Website: www.fbcpineygrove.org<br />

Dr. Ezra Tillman, Jr. Senior Pastor<br />


Sunday ..... 8:00 AM & 11:00 AM In Person Virtual<br />

Sunday School.......9:30 AM In Person<br />

Bible Study on Wednesday.......11:30 AM & 7:00 PM In Person & Virtual<br />

"Winning the World for Jesus"<br />

Harris Chapel Church, Inc.<br />

Rev. Stanley Melek, M.Div<br />

e-mail: harrischapelinc@gmail.com<br />

2351 N.W. 26th Street<br />

Oakland Park, Florida 33311<br />

Church Telephone: (954) 731-0520<br />


Sunday Worship........................10:30 AM<br />

Church School................................................9:00 AM<br />

Wednesday (Bible Study).........11:00 AM to 7:00 PM<br />

Living Waters Christian Fellowship<br />

Meeting at Central Charter School Building #5<br />

4515 N. St. Rd. 7 (US 441)<br />

(954) 295-6894<br />


Iwcf2019@gmail.com (Church)<br />

lerrub13@gamil.com (Pastor)<br />

Rev. Anthony & Virgina Burrell<br />

Jesus said, ‘‘let anyone who is thristy come to Me and drink.” (John 7:37)<br />

Mount Hermon A.M.E. Church<br />

Reverend Henry E. Green, III, Pastor<br />

401 N.W. 7th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311<br />

Phone: (954) 463-6309 Fax: (954) 522-4113<br />

Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM<br />

Email info@mthermonftl.com<br />


Worship Service....................................9:00 AM<br />

In person/www.mounthermonftl.or/YouTube Live/FaceBook<br />

Church School.............................9:30 AM<br />

BIBLE STUDY: Wednesday........................10:00 AM<br />

Bible Study Wednesday ...............7:00 PM via Zoom<br />

Meeting ID: 826 2716 8390 access code 55568988#<br />

Daily Prayer Line.............................6:00 AM<br />

(716) 427-1407 Access Code 296233#<br />

(712) 432-1500 Access Code 296233#<br />

New Mount Olive Baptist Church<br />

Dr. Marcus D. Davidson, Senior Pastor<br />

400 N.W. 9th Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311<br />

Office (954) 463-5126 - Fax: (954) 525-9454<br />


Monday- Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM<br />


Sunday In Person ..............8:00 AM<br />

Sunday Virtual..................9:00 AM<br />

Sunday School....................9:30 AM<br />

Wednesday Encountering Truth<br />

Noonday Bible Study...........12:00 PM to 12:30 PM<br />

Where the Kingdom of God is Increased through:<br />

Fellowship, Leaership, Owenership and Worship<br />

Fellowship, Ledership, Ownership and Worship<br />

As we F.L.O.W. To Greatness!<br />

Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist Church<br />

2551 N.W. 22nd St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311<br />

P.O. Box 122256, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312<br />

(954) 733-3285 - Fax: (954) 733-9231<br />

Email: mountnebobaptist@bellsouth.net<br />

Website: www.mountnebobaptist.org<br />


(In Person)<br />

Sunday..........................10:00 A.M.<br />

Sunday School ....................8:30 A.M.<br />

Tuesday Night Bible Study..............7:00 P.M.<br />

“Reaching Our Wrold One Persons At A Time”<br />

Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church<br />

Dr. James B. Darling, Jr., Pastor/Teacher<br />

1161 NW 29th Terrace; Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311<br />

P.O. Box 5545; Fort Lauderdale, FL 33310<br />

(954) 581-0455 - (FAX) 581-4350<br />

mzbc2011@gmail.com - www.mtzionmbc1161.com<br />

Sunday School...................................................9:00 A.M.<br />

Sunday Worship Service..................................10:15 A.M.<br />

Communion Service (1st Sunday)................10:15 A.M.<br />

Wednesday Night Prayer Service....................6:30 P.M.<br />

Wednesday Night Bible Study.............................7:00 P.M.<br />

New Birth Baptist Church<br />

Catheral of Faith International<br />

Bishop Victor T. Curry, M. Min., D. Div. Senior Pastor/Teacher<br />


Sunday Worship.............................9:30 AM<br />

Sunday School ..............................8:30 AM<br />

Tuesday Bible Study...................7:00 PM<br />

Wednsday Bible Study..................10:30 AM<br />

(305) 685-3700 (0) * (305) 685-0705 (f)<br />

www.nbbcmiami.org<br />

Deeply Rooted<br />

New Creation Baptist Church In Christ<br />

r.curry7me@gmail.com<br />

Drive-Up Sunday Worship - 10 AM<br />

4001 North Dixie Hwy.<br />

Deerfield Beach, FL 33064<br />

(954) 943-9116<br />

newcreationbcic@gmail.com<br />

Williams Memorial CME Church<br />

644-646 N.W. 13th Terrace<br />

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311<br />

Office: (954) 462-8222. Email: inf@wmsfl.org<br />

Reverend Errol Darville, Pastor<br />

E-mail: erroldarville@gmail.com<br />


In person, Zoom; 646-558-8636 ID: 954-462-8222, Stream: Facebook Live @ WMCMECHURCH<br />

Sunday Church School..................... 9:00 AM<br />

Sunday Worship Service ................10:00 AM<br />

Tuesday Prayer Meeting...............7:00 PM<br />

Tuesday Bibke Study................7:30 PM<br />

"Celebrating over 100 years of SERVICES"<br />

St. Ruth Missionsary Baptist Church<br />

145 NW 5th Avenue<br />

Dania Beach, FL 33004<br />

(954) 922-2529<br />


Wednesday (NOON DAY PRAYER.......................12- 1 PM<br />

Sunday Worship Service ...................................10:00 AM<br />

Website: www.struthmbc.org<br />

"Celebrating 115 Years of Service"<br />

Victory Baptist Church Independent<br />

Pastor Keith Cunningham<br />

2241 Davie Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312<br />

Church: (954) 284-9413<br />

Sunday School .................................................9:45 AM<br />

Worship Service Sunday Morning..................................11:00 AM<br />

Sunday Evening Service.........................................6:00 PM<br />

Bible Study...................................................7:30 PM<br />

Wednesday Evening Bible Study & Prayer ........................7:00 PM<br />

Saturday Morning Soul Winning/Visitation..............10:00 AM<br />

Men’s Fellowship (Every 2nd & last Tuesdays)................6:00 PM<br />

Ladies Fellowship (the last Saturday of each month)..........................5:00 PM<br />

Youth Fellowship (Every Friday)...............6:30 PM<br />

Discover GOD Let Us Help You Find <strong>The</strong> Way To Jesus Christ<br />

We STRIVE to PROVIDER Ministries that matter Today to Whole Body of Christ,<br />

not only the Believers, but also for those stranded on the “Jericho Road”!<br />

“Celebrating over 85 Years of FAITH and FAVOR!<br />

Come to the WILL.....We’ll show You the WAY: Jesus the Christ”<br />

Shaw Temple A.M.E. Zion Church<br />

Rev. Dr. William Calvin Haralson, Pastor<br />

522 N.W. 9th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311<br />

Church: (954) 647-8254<br />

Email: AMEZ522@Yahoo.com<br />


Sunday School.................................................10:15 AM<br />

Sunday Morning Worship.................................11:00 AM<br />

Bible Study.....................................................7:30 PM<br />

“Reaching beyond the four walls touching lives, touching communities”.<br />

Jesus Christ Ministry Of Faith, Inc.<br />

Jesus Loves You<br />

Join Us Sundays<br />

at 9 AM<br />

477 NW 27 Avenue<br />

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312<br />

JCMOFINC@gmail.com<br />

<strong>The</strong> New Beginning<br />

Embassy of Praise<br />

<strong>The</strong> Most Reverend<br />

John H. Taylor, Bishop, Sr. Pastor<br />

Dr. ML Taylor, Executive Pastor<br />

4035 SW 18th Street, West Park, FL 33023<br />

Sunday Worship Service - 11:00 a.m.<br />

Conference Line - 848-220-3300 ID: 33023<br />

Bible Study - Tuesdays - 7:30 p.m.<br />

Noonday Prayer - Wednesdays- 12:00 noon<br />

Come Worship With Us For Your New Begnning!<br />

Romans 10:13<br />

www.thewestsidegazette.com<br />

Every Christian's Church<br />

SUNDAY @11:00 am<br />

Phone (313) 209-8800 Conference ID 1948-1949<br />

Bible Trivia<br />

‘Test Your Bible Knowledge'<br />

1. What did Jesus say would cry out as He rode into Jerusalem<br />

on Palm Sunday?<br />

2. What did the people say when Jesus entered Jerusalem on<br />

Palm Sunday?<br />

3. Who dressed Jesus with an elegant robe before sending Him<br />

back to Pilate?<br />

4. What was written on the cross of Jesus?<br />

5. What kind of crown was placed on the head of Jesus?<br />

6. When Jesus the disciples after His resurrection, what did He<br />

ask them to bring at the Sea of Tiberias?<br />

7. During Jesus last week on earth what day did He clear the<br />

Temple?<br />

8. What was the name of the prisoner the people wanted released<br />

instead of Jesus?<br />

**Biblical Fact** <strong>The</strong> reason why death by crucifixion was so<br />

painful that the crucified victim was forced to move up and<br />

down the cross, a distance of about 12 inches, in order to<br />

breathe. This caused excruciating pain, exhaustion, and the<br />

pure terror of asphyxiation.<br />

Answers: 1) Luke 19:40; 2) Zechariah 9:9 & John 12:13; 3) Luke<br />

23:11; 4) Mark 15:26 & Matthew 27:37; 5) John 19:2; 6) John<br />

21:10; 7) Monday, Mark 11:15-18 & Luke 19:45-48; 8) Matthew<br />

27:17-21;<br />

Mrs. Eva Marie Mosby-Hill from FP<br />

and friendly place in which to visit, work and live while<br />

raising their three children: Eva Hill-Taylor Ph.D., James<br />

O. Hill Jr., D.O. and Dudley J. Hill.<br />

Mrs. Hill, 85, served her community as an elementary<br />

school educator for 48 years in her native state of Texas,<br />

as well as New Jersey and Florida before retiring in 1999.<br />

Her devotion to the Catholic Church was exhibited most<br />

noticeably in her efforts to address the needs of the poor<br />

and disadvantaged people in the community and around<br />

the world.<br />

Tri-state educator, devout Catholic Christian and<br />

philanthropist, Eva Marie Mosby-Hill, passed on to glory<br />

on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at Holy Cross Hospital in<br />

Fort Lauderdale, Florida.<br />

<strong>The</strong> family will host services<br />

as noted below:<br />

Wake<br />

Tuesday, May 21, 2024<br />

4:00 -7:00 pm<br />

St. George Community Park (Social Hall)<br />

3501 NW 8 th Street Lauderhill, FL 33311<br />

Viewing<br />

Wednesday, May 22, 2024<br />

9:00-10:00 am<br />

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church<br />

1701 East Oakland Park Blvd, Oakland Park, FL 33334<br />

Celebration of Life Service:<br />

Wednesday, May 22, 2024<br />

10:00-11:30 am<br />

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church<br />

1701 East Oakland Park Blvd, Oakland Park, FL 33334<br />

Interment<br />

Wednesday, May 22, 2024<br />

12:00-12:30 pm<br />

Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery<br />

1500 State Road 7, North Lauderdale, FL 33068<br />

In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted via the<br />

Hill Family Foundation at the Community Foundation<br />

of Broward, 910 E. Las Olas Boulevard, Suite 200, Fort<br />

Lauderdale, Florida 33311 Broward Foundation.

www.thewestsidegazette.com<br />

Mary McLeod Bethune, known as the<br />

‘First Lady of Negro America,’ also<br />

sought to unify the African diaspora<br />

By Ashley Robertson Preston,<br />

Howard University<br />

(Source Yahoo!news):<br />

When I first landed an internship<br />

as an archives technician<br />

at the Mary McLeod<br />

Bethune Council House-National<br />

Historic Site – the<br />

D.C. home of the woman who<br />

founded Bethune-Cookman<br />

University – I didn’t see a<br />

strong connection between<br />

the college founder’s life and<br />

the rest of the African diaspora.<br />

Many of the requests I got<br />

from researchers were for records<br />

of Bethune’s work within<br />

what is known as FDR’s<br />

“Black Cabinet,” an unofficial<br />

Black advisory group that<br />

helped raise awareness of issues<br />

affecting Black America.<br />

Or her role as the founder of<br />

the National Council of Negro<br />

Women. Or her overall<br />

involvement in Washington,<br />

D.C., as a resident of Logan<br />

Circle, where she welcomed<br />

people from around the world<br />

to the NCNW headquarters.<br />

But in the process of preserving<br />

the records and retrieving<br />

them for scholars, I<br />

soon came to see Bethune in a<br />

different light.<br />

By reading her letters, diary<br />

entries and notes from various<br />

meetings, I noticed that<br />

Bethune was awarded honors<br />

in Haiti and Liberia. I decided<br />

to take a closer look at her<br />

work abroad for my dissertation,<br />

and I found that she was<br />

more connected to the diaspora<br />

than I and many others<br />

had thought.<br />

That experience ultimately<br />

laid the foundation for my<br />

2023 book, “Mary McLeod<br />

Bethune <strong>The</strong> Pan-Africanist.”<br />

Pan-Africanism, according to<br />

Nigerian historian P. Olisanwuche<br />

Esedebe, is a “political<br />

and cultural phenomenon<br />

which regards Africa, Africans<br />

and African descendants<br />

abroad as a unit.”<br />

“It seeks to regenerate and<br />

unify Africa and promote a<br />

feeling of oneness among the<br />

people of the African world,”<br />

Esedebe wrote. “It glorifies<br />

the African past and inculcates<br />

pride in African values.”<br />

Bethune embodied ideals of<br />

Pan-Africanism throughout<br />

the course of her life.<br />

A global view<br />

This much is evident from<br />

a 1926 speech she gave as<br />

president of the National Association<br />

of Colored Women’s<br />

Clubs at the organization’s<br />

annual convention. In that<br />

speech, she challenged Black<br />

women to unify with people<br />

of African descent throughout<br />

the world.<br />

Specifically, she stated:<br />

We must make this national<br />

body of colored women not<br />

merely a national influence,<br />

but a significant link between<br />

peoples of color throughout<br />

the world.<br />

African identity<br />

Bethune’s story begins in<br />

Mayesville, South Carolina,<br />

where she was born to formerly<br />

enslaved parents.<br />

She was taught by her family<br />

that her roots were in Africa.<br />

Throughout her life she<br />

spoke about how her mother<br />

descended from a royal matriarchy.<br />

She lived in South Carolina<br />

until she went to Scotia Seminary<br />

– now known as Barber-Scotia<br />

College – and graduated<br />

in 1893. <strong>The</strong>reafter she<br />

attended Moody Bible Institute<br />

and graduated in 1895.<br />

Her training prepared her to<br />

become a missionary.<br />

Mary McLeod Bethune rose<br />

to become one of the most influential<br />

Black women of the<br />

20th century. In 1904, she<br />

founded a small school for<br />

girls in Daytona Beach, Florida.<br />

That school later became<br />

Bethune-Cookman University.<br />

While living in Washington,<br />

D.C., where she moved<br />

to work with the Roosevelt<br />

administration and National<br />

Council of Negro Women, she<br />

Continue reading online at:<br />

thewestsidegazette.com<br />

Educator Mary McLeod Bethune regularly wrote of her<br />

travels abroad. Robert Abbott Sengstacke via Getty Images.<br />

American educator and activist Mary McLeod Bethune,<br />

right, speaks with two members of the Women’s Auxiliary<br />

Army Corps in 1942. Bettmann via Getty Images<br />

Gospel Artist<br />

Darin Woods Sr.<br />

Visitation: 5 p.m - 8 p.m.<br />

Friday, May 17, 2024 at<br />

Koinonia Worship Center,<br />

4900 W. Hallandale<br />

Beach Blvd. Hollywood,<br />

FL 33023.<br />

Celebration Of Life:<br />

10:00 a.m.<br />

Saturday, May 18, 2024<br />

at Koinonia Worship Center,<br />

4900 W. Hallandale Beach<br />

Blvd. Hollywood, FL. 33023.<br />

James C. Boyd Funeral Home, Inc.<br />

2324 Sistrunk Boulevard<br />

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311<br />

(954) 584-3940<br />

Contact – Mrs. Avis Boyd-Gaines, Owner<br />

President, Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer<br />

James C. Boyd Funeral<br />

Home, Inc.<br />

2324 Sistrunk Boulevard<br />

Fort Lauderdale, Florida<br />

33311<br />

(954) 584-3940<br />

Mrs. Avis Boyd-Gaines,<br />

Owner<br />

Funeral Director and<br />

Embalmer<br />

Mrs. Alexis Gainer-Sullivan,<br />

Funeral Director<br />

and Embalmer - Intern<br />

Position<br />

Full-Time Operations Administrative Assistant – Apply within<br />

Salary<br />

$12.00 - $15.00/hour (salary can be increased base upon performance)<br />

– one week paid vacation<br />

Schedule<br />

Hours per week (40) - 10:00 am – 5:00 pm<br />

Job Description<br />

This full-time position will provide administrative and operational<br />

support to the Funeral Service Team. Primary responsibilities<br />

include, preparation of funeral service administration documents,<br />

production of funeral service printed materials and additional administrative,<br />

clerical and customer service duties.<br />

Primary Responsibilities:<br />

- Prepare, monitor and maintain family case files<br />

- Type funeral service documents to include obituaries,<br />

death certificates, veterans cemetery requests and social security<br />

notification<br />

- Design printed memorial tribute materials for funeral services<br />

and ceremonies<br />

- Scan and process photographs<br />

- Prepare letters, certificates and other written correspondence<br />

- Answer telephones and greet guests Requirements:<br />

- <strong>The</strong> ideal candidate must possess; excellent verbal and<br />

written communications skills; strong time management skills and<br />

multi-tasking abilities; exceptional computer literacy: Microsoft<br />

Office and data-entry, (additional Microsoft Publisher, Adobe Photoshop<br />

and graphic design experience preferred) and typing skills<br />

of 50 Words Per Minute.<br />

- In addition, the ideal candidate need to encompass and<br />

value the following personal and professional attributes: Confidentiality,<br />

Accuracy, Adaptability, Flexibility, Teamwork, Professionalism,<br />

Initiative, Dependability, and Honesty.<br />

Deeply Rooted<br />

A Good Sheperd<br />

Funeral Home Services<br />

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Acknowledgments/ Announcements:<br />

In Memoriam * Death Notices * Happy Birthdays<br />

Card of Thanks* Remembrances<br />

*******************************************************************<br />


Bradley B.<br />

Bowen<br />

Funeral<br />

Service<br />

was held May<br />

11th at Bethel<br />

United Church<br />

of Jesus Christ.<br />

Anthony<br />

Brown, Sr.<br />

Funeral<br />

Service was<br />

held April 27th<br />

at Lighthouse<br />

Worship<br />

Center<br />

Church.<br />

Gregory<br />

Campbell, III<br />

Funeral<br />

Service will be<br />

held May 18th<br />

at Fire Baptism<br />

& Truth.<br />

Francesca<br />

Forges<br />

Funeral Service<br />

will be held May<br />

18th at Fire<br />

Baptist Church<br />

Of<br />

Sunrise.<br />

Arrie Glover<br />

- 76<br />

Funeral<br />

Service<br />

was held<br />

May 11th at<br />

Memorial<br />

Temple MBC<br />

Miami Gardens.<br />

Virgus<br />

Glover<br />

- 76<br />

Memorial<br />

Service<br />

was held<br />

at<br />

ASG Chapel<br />

May 11th<br />

Elaine<br />

Hopper – 63<br />

Funeral<br />

Service<br />

will be held<br />

May 18 at<br />

Covenant<br />

Baptist<br />

Church.<br />

Vandrene<br />

Jennings<br />

Memorial<br />

Service<br />

was held<br />

May 4th at<br />

AGS Annex<br />

Building.<br />

Ezra<br />

Mobley<br />

Memorial<br />

Service was<br />

held April<br />

13th at<br />

Annie Laura<br />

Sheppard-<br />

Smith<br />

Memorial<br />

Chapel.<br />

Obituaries<br />

Death and Funeral Notices<br />

Leonard Carrol<br />

Porter, Jr.<br />

Funeral<br />

Service will be<br />

held May 18th<br />

at Holy Ghost<br />

Powerhouse<br />

Pentecostal<br />

Church of God.<br />

Vanessa<br />

Rasado<br />

Funeral Service<br />

will be held May<br />

18th at<br />

Redeeming<br />

Word Christian<br />

Center<br />

International<br />

Church.<br />

Tru Amora<br />

Thompson<br />

Funeral<br />

Service was<br />

held April<br />

20th at AGS<br />

Multipurpose<br />

Center.<br />

James C. Boyd<br />

Funeral Home Services<br />

Mary Frances<br />

“Bay” Brown -<br />

67 Funeral<br />

Service<br />

was held<br />

May 11th at<br />

True Pentecostal<br />

Church of God<br />

with Overseever<br />

J. Marcellas<br />

Williams<br />

officiating.<br />

Isolyn Eugenie - 71<br />

Baby Girl Emi Ruth Maddie<br />

Grant.<br />

Harvey Horace<br />

”Danny”<br />

Harpaul – 69<br />

Funeral<br />

Service<br />

was held<br />

May 11th at<br />

James C. Boy’s<br />

Memorial<br />

Chapel with<br />

Bishop Tony<br />

Mitchell officiating.<br />

Ralph Lewis, Jr.<br />

– 79<br />

Funeral Service<br />

was held May<br />

11th at James C.<br />

Boyd’s Memorial<br />

Chapel with Rev.<br />

Michael Davis<br />

officiating.<br />

Eula L. Williams<br />

– 91<br />

Funeral Service<br />

was held May 11th<br />

at Greater Mount<br />

Pleasant Primitive<br />

Baptist Church with<br />

Elder Charles L.<br />

Hendley officiating.<br />

Roy Mizell & Kurtz<br />

Funeral Home Services<br />

Carrie Lee<br />

Dennis Bell –<br />

97<br />

Funeral<br />

Service was<br />

held May 11th<br />

at New Mount<br />

Olive Baptist Church with Dr.<br />

Marcus D. Davidson officiating.<br />

Shenetra<br />

“Netra” Renee<br />

Carter - 31<br />

Funeral<br />

Service was<br />

held May<br />

11th at Roy<br />

Mizell & Kurtz<br />

Worship<br />

Yvonne<br />

McFadden-<br />

Johnson - 64<br />

Funeral<br />

Service was<br />

held May 11th<br />

at House Of<br />

God Complex<br />

with Bishop<br />

Clary K. Butler,<br />

Sr. officiating.<br />

Alphnson<br />

Williams –<br />

75<br />

Funeral<br />

Service<br />

was held<br />

May 11 at<br />

Williams<br />

Memorial<br />

CME Church<br />

with Pastor Errol Darville,<br />


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Deeply Rooted<br />

www.thewestsidegazette.com<br />

123rd Annual Session of Florida State Primitive Baptist Convention ends on high note<br />

Queen Elaine Diaz and King Verdree Patterson<br />

<strong>The</strong> 123rd Annual<br />

Session of the Florida<br />

State Primitive Baptist<br />

Convention, Inc. was held<br />

April 22-26 at the Old<br />

West Enrichment Center,<br />

Tallahassee, under the<br />

leadership of Eighth<br />

President Elder Dr. Chris<br />

A. Burney. Delegates<br />

from Miami to Pensacola<br />

attended the Session with<br />

the theme “Preparing for<br />

Greater” – Jeremiah 29:11.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Mount Zion<br />

West Florida/Alabama/<br />

Louisiana, under the<br />

leadership of Moderator<br />

Submitted by Zenobia<br />

Reed<br />

(Source DrumBeats )<br />

Southern University<br />

alumna and former LSU<br />

chair Ruth Ray Jackson,<br />

Ph.D., has been named the<br />

17th President of Langston<br />

University, Oklahoma’s only<br />

HBCU.<br />

Louisiana native and former<br />

LSU chair Ruth Ray Jackson,<br />

Ph.D., has been named<br />

the seventeenth President<br />

of Langston University,<br />

Oklahoma’s only historically<br />

Black university.<br />

Jackson’s selection comes<br />

after a comprehensive eightmonth<br />

national search that<br />

attracted numerous qualified<br />

candidates. A graduate of<br />

Southern University and<br />

A&M College, Jackson has<br />

a strong background in<br />

academia. At Langston, she<br />

served as vice president for<br />

Ernest Williams, was the<br />

host for the Session and<br />

began the week with a<br />

lavish Welcome Reception<br />

for all delegates.<br />

In addition to<br />

sermons and discussions<br />

elaborating on the<br />

Session’s theme, other<br />

events included: Pastors,<br />

Elders,<br />

Ministers<br />

Summit—“Translating<br />

Visions Into Reality;” “<strong>The</strong><br />

Deacons and the Church<br />

Preparing for Greater;”<br />

“Being an Effective New<br />

Pastor and Minister in the<br />

Primitive Baptist Church”;<br />

Ruth Ray Jackson to lead Langston University<br />

academic affairs, interim<br />

president, associate vice<br />

president for student success,<br />

and dean and professor for<br />

the School of Education and<br />

Behavioral Sciences.<br />

Before Langston, she spent<br />

11 years at Louisiana State<br />

University in Shreveport as<br />

a faculty member, graduate<br />

program director, and<br />

department chair. Before<br />

transitioning to higher<br />

education, Jackson worked as<br />

a high school English teacher,<br />

assistant principal, and<br />


President Burney and President Likely accompanied by their vice presidents present<br />

the Convention’s PB&J donation to Julie Montenaro, WCTV evening news anchor<br />

and PB&J founder.<br />

President Burney and President Likely present award<br />

to Sister Esther Withers.<br />

Women of the Church – Miracle Hill Nursing and<br />

“Joy in the Journey to Rehabilitation Center,<br />

Greater” and “<strong>The</strong> Greater Miracle Village Senior<br />

In Me.” <strong>The</strong> State of the Independent Living<br />

Convention included Facility, and Miracles in<br />

updates on its properties: Me Day Care Center.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Women’s Congress<br />

“King and Queen Contest”<br />

to support scholarships<br />

yielded a total of $17,000<br />

principal in public education.<br />

“I am honored to lead<br />

Langston University into its<br />

next chapter,” said Jackson.<br />

“I love this university and<br />

believe in its faculty, staff,<br />

students, and alumni. Our<br />

mission must be focused<br />

on empowering students,<br />

celebrating student success,<br />

and contributing to the<br />

betterment of Oklahoma and<br />

beyond. Together, we will<br />

build upon Langston’s legacy<br />

and create a future where<br />

excellence knows no bounds.”<br />

Her appointment has<br />

garnered positive feedback<br />

from the Langston University<br />

community, including<br />

alumni and members of<br />

the Presidential Search<br />

Committee, who said they<br />

believe Jackson will continue<br />

to elevate the university<br />

to new heights. Let the<br />

DrumRoll.<br />

Commissioner Hazelle Rogers Reigns as “Queen of<br />

Cricket” for Her Tireless Support of World Cup Games<br />

BROWARD, FL - Broward<br />

County Commissioner<br />

Hazelle Rogers was bestowed<br />

the honorary title of “Queen of<br />

Cricket” by Mayor Nan Rich<br />

and hailed as “a True Cricket<br />

Ambassador” by Brett Jones,<br />

CEO of T20 Cricket USA,<br />

for her unwavering support<br />

of the 2024 ICC Men’s T20<br />

World Cup. This prestigious<br />

international cricket<br />

tournament is set to take<br />

place at the Broward County<br />

Stadium in Lauderhill this<br />

June, marking the first time<br />

the T20 World Cup will be<br />

held in the United States.<br />

Cricket, a beloved sport with<br />

a massive global following, is<br />

a symbol of unity, teamwork,<br />

and skill. Its popularity<br />

transcends borders, and<br />

the upcoming World Cup<br />

is expected to draw fans<br />

from around the world.<br />

Commissioner Rogers, a proud<br />

Jamaican-American and<br />

integrity, and loyalty to the principles<br />

upon which our democracy stands. We<br />

cannot afford to be passive observers,<br />

content with merely casting our votes<br />

and hoping for the best. We must<br />

actively be engage in our communities,<br />

standing up for the voices least heard,<br />

long-time cricket enthusiast,<br />

was the visionary behind a<br />

Cricket facility coming to<br />

Central Broward Park &<br />

Broward County Stadium,<br />

but she couldn’t advance the<br />

vision alone, instrumental in<br />

helping the dream become a<br />

reality, was former Broward<br />

County Mayor Josephus<br />

Eggelletion, former Broward<br />

County Mayor, Dale Holness,<br />

former Lauderhill Mayor<br />

Richard Kaplan, and a<br />

dedicated group of community<br />

activists, including the likes of<br />

Dennis Hardial, who worked<br />

tirelessly behind the scenes to<br />

demanding change, and standing up<br />

against injustice wherever it may<br />

intrude.<br />

<strong>The</strong> continuation of democracy<br />

depends on us and rest squarely<br />

on our shoulders. It is a collective<br />

endeavor, requiring the participation<br />

make this vision a reality.<br />

“I am thrilled to welcome<br />

the ICC Men’s Cricket T20<br />

World Cup 2024 to Broward<br />

County,” said Commissioner<br />

Hazelle Rogers. “Cricket has<br />

a special place in my heart,<br />

and I am honored to carry the<br />

baton, and be a part of this<br />

momentous occasion. I look<br />

forward to seeing the world’s<br />

best teams compete on our<br />

shores.”<br />

As a dedicated lawmaker,<br />

Commissioner Rogers has<br />

consistently demonstrated<br />

her commitment to promoting<br />

cultural exchange, tourism<br />

and sports development,<br />

community engagement, and<br />

economic growth. Her tireless<br />

efforts to secure the World<br />

Cup for Broward County align<br />

with her mission to foster<br />

international connections and<br />

celebrate diversity.<br />

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Submitted by FAMU<br />

Public Relatiions<br />

Power was restored to<br />

the Florida A&M University<br />

Tallahassee campus Friday<br />

evening as employees and<br />

contractors continue to assess<br />

damage and begin repairs<br />

after a violent storm ripped<br />

through the Big Bend region.<br />

<strong>The</strong> main traffic arteries<br />

in and around the campus<br />

are clear. <strong>The</strong> University’s<br />

Central Plant is back on line,<br />

and the air conditioning in<br />

stable in most buildings,<br />

according to Kendall Jones,<br />

associate vice president<br />

Facilities, Planning,<br />

Construction, and Safety.<br />

Due to the continuing<br />

clean-up and damage<br />

with Deacon Verdee<br />

Patterson (West Palm<br />

Beach), Laymen’s Council<br />

President being crowned<br />

King and Sister Elaine<br />

Diaz (Miami) representing<br />

the Women of the Church<br />

Auxiliary was crowned<br />

Queen. Mother Twanna<br />

Jackson (Tallahassee)<br />

representing the Choir<br />

was the 2nd runner up.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Women’s Congress’<br />

Annual Outreach of $1,500<br />

was given to the Delta<br />

Academy in Pensacola—<br />

the hosting district.<br />

In his address to the<br />

Convention, President<br />

Burney encouraged the<br />

delegates to “Hold on a<br />

little longer, Greater is<br />

coming.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> awards of the<br />

Convention<br />

were<br />

presented as follows:<br />

Moses G. Miles Award to<br />

a minister was presented<br />

to Elder Lee Harris<br />

(Jacksonville); Lillian<br />

J. Brantley Award to<br />

a Women’s Congress<br />

member was presented<br />

to Mother Sandra Ming<br />

(Fort Meade); Tommie<br />

C. Daniels Award to a<br />

Laymen was presented<br />

to Deacon Izeal Battle<br />

(Cocoa); and the James<br />

Tookes Servant Award<br />

was presented to Brother<br />

Carl Smith (Cocoa).<br />

<strong>The</strong> Women’s Congress<br />

President’s Award was<br />

presented to Sister Esther<br />

Withers (Miramar).<br />

Earlier in April,<br />

President Burney asked all<br />

delegates to bring a/some<br />

jar/s of Peanut Butter and<br />

Jelly to support WCTV’s<br />

PB&J Project to provide<br />

some food for students<br />

during the summer when<br />

school is not in session.<br />

Prior to Friday’s Closing<br />

Session, Julie Montanaro,<br />

evening news anchor for<br />

WCTV (CBS) and founder<br />

of the PB&J Project (in<br />

its 8th year) came to pick<br />

up the two large bins<br />

filled with PB&J, thanked<br />

the delegates for their<br />

support, and shared the<br />

history of the project.<br />

Elder Brandon Mason,<br />

pastor at Zion Hope<br />

Primitive Baptist Church,<br />

Pensacola, delivered the<br />

closing sermon. <strong>The</strong> 124th<br />

Session, 2025, is scheduled<br />

for Tampa being hosted by<br />

the South Florida District<br />

Association.<br />

FAMU Power Restored Late Friday; Damage<br />

Assessment, Clean-Up Continues, Repairs Begin<br />

and dedication of every citizen<br />

who is willing not to fall for<br />

the bovine excretions. We must<br />

refuse complacency and apathy,<br />

recognizing that the fight for<br />

democracy is ongoing and requires<br />

our persistent concern.<br />

Now is not the time for us to be<br />

divided or allow our lack of concern<br />

to see democratic system crumble<br />

right before our eyes.<br />

We have to know who is in<br />

the “foxhole” with us before we<br />

can conquer the foes who are<br />

attempting to destroy us by<br />

keeping us apart.<br />

It is a time for unity and<br />

action. Regardless of our political<br />

assessment, President Larry<br />

Robinson, Ph.D., reiterated<br />

that it’s still unsafe for nonessential<br />

faculty and staff<br />

to come to campus. <strong>The</strong>y are<br />

urged to continue working<br />

remotely until further<br />

notice. Other Professional<br />

Service (OPS) employees<br />

are permitted to work at<br />

the authorization of their<br />

supervisor.<br />

Monday, May 13 marks<br />

the start of Summer A and<br />

C sessions. Classes will be<br />

conducted via remote May 13-<br />

17 while the campus cleanup<br />

is underway. Students<br />

are advised to contact<br />

their course instructors for<br />

more details. <strong>The</strong> add-drop<br />

period has been extended to<br />

Monday, May 20. T h e<br />

College of Pharmacy and<br />

Pharmaceutical Sciences,<br />

Institute of Public Health P4<br />

Comprehensive Exam will<br />

be administered on Monday,<br />

May 13. Staff will send exam<br />

site details directly to test<br />

takers.<br />

FAMU Developmental<br />

Research School (DRS)<br />

administrators<br />

will<br />

announce re-opening plans<br />

on Sunday. <strong>The</strong> Educational<br />

Research Center for Child<br />

Development’s (ERCCD) roof<br />

was damaged and the facility<br />

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affiliations, we must come together<br />

in defense of our shared values<br />

and the principles that define<br />

us as a nation. Only then can we<br />

ensure that freedom, equality, and<br />

justice are not just lofty ideals, but<br />

tangible realities for all Americans.

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<strong>The</strong> Delta Education and Life Development Foundation<br />

partnered with the Broward County Alumnae Chapter of Delta<br />

Sigma <strong>The</strong>ta Sorority, Inc., Women of Color Empowerment<br />

Institute, <strong>The</strong> Links Fort Lauderdale, National Council of<br />

Negro Women Broward County Section, and National Black<br />

MBA Association South Florida Chapter to host the 2024 Next<br />

Level Wealth Conference on April 20th. An esteemed selection<br />

of speakers engaged the audience with conversations about<br />

wealth, financing education, managing credit scores, retirement<br />

planning, entrepreneurship, and debt management.<br />

<strong>The</strong> event culminated with a business pitch competition<br />

sponsored by JCIM Technology, WealthyU, and Sagehill<br />

Insights. Congratulations to the winners!!!<br />

Delta Track Winner ($1,000): Vernicca Wynter of<br />

Intentionality Wyns<br />

Community Track Winner ($1,000): Marlisa Greene of<br />

Bolstering Births and Beyond<br />

Youth Track Winner ($500): Tenny-Ann Dandy of Toothpick<br />

This was an incredible event and could not have been<br />

made possible without the support of our sponsors, partners,<br />

and the community.<br />

National Negro Business League<br />

By Don Valentine<br />

<strong>The</strong> National Negro<br />

Business League (NNBL),<br />

was the brainchild of<br />

Booker T. Washington. It<br />

was founded in 1900, with<br />

the mission statement,<br />

“Black America should<br />

improve itself from within<br />

to earn White America’s<br />

acceptance…” <strong>The</strong> NNBL<br />

promotes Black-owned<br />

businesses as the key to<br />

economic advancement.<br />

<strong>The</strong> league, which predated<br />

the United States Chamber<br />

of Commerce by 12 years,<br />

was formally incorporated<br />

in 1901 in New York, and<br />

successfully established<br />

hundreds of chapters<br />

across the United States.<br />

In 1966, the National<br />

Negro Business League<br />

was reincorporated in<br />

Washington, D.C. and<br />

renamed the National<br />

Business League.<br />

Black Past noted the<br />

influence of Booker T.<br />

Washington, “ Members in<br />

the league included small<br />

business owners, farmers,<br />

doctors, lawyers, craftsmen,<br />

and other professionals.<br />

<strong>The</strong> league maintained<br />

directories for all major<br />

US cities and incorporated<br />

African American contacts<br />

in numerous businesses.”<br />

NNBL’s biggest successes<br />

actually came in the North,<br />

such as with Julius Groves,<br />

the “Negro Potato King,”<br />

and H. C. Haynes, inventor<br />

of the Haynes Razor Strop.<br />

Prominent members of the<br />

National Negro Business<br />

League included C.C.<br />

Spaulding, John L. Webb,<br />

and Madam C.J. Walker.<br />

At the time the league<br />

was formed a national<br />

debate had been ongoing<br />

between Mr. Washington<br />

and Dr. DuBois, about<br />

how best to assimilate the<br />

millions of former slaves<br />

into mainstream America.<br />

Dr. Du Bois maintained<br />

that education and civil<br />

rights were the only way to<br />

equality. Lack of education<br />

from the “Talented Tenth,”<br />

would simply serve to<br />

reinforce the notion of<br />

Black people as secondclass<br />

citizens.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Encyclopedia<br />

of Alabama chronicled<br />

the support of White<br />

philanthropists: “<strong>The</strong><br />

NNBL relied on donations<br />

from wealthy White donors<br />

such as Andrew Carnegie<br />

and Julius Rosenwald that<br />

were used to establish<br />

businesses. NNBL was<br />

considered a failure by<br />

many in its early years<br />

because donors gave smallscale<br />

loans but did little<br />

to educate black business<br />

owners about how to<br />

run their businesses or<br />

sustain them through the<br />

acquisition of credit lines.”<br />

Because Mr. Washington’s<br />

program appeased Whites,<br />

substantial contributions<br />

from White philanthropists<br />

were given to Tuskegee.<br />

That caused other<br />

institutions to adopt the<br />

Washington philosophy.<br />

His prestige grew to the<br />

point where he was regarded<br />

as the spokesman for the<br />

entire Black community.<br />

<strong>The</strong> White support<br />

aided Mr. Washington to<br />

become an outstanding<br />

Black leader not only in<br />

the fields of education<br />

and philanthropy, but<br />

in business and labor<br />

relations, politics and all<br />

public affairs. <strong>The</strong> NNBL<br />

still exists today in Atlanta,<br />

Georgia with a second office<br />

in Washington, D.C.<br />

MAY WEEK:<br />

<strong>The</strong> Delta Education and Life Development Foundation<br />

awarded $76,000 in scholarships to deserving high school<br />

seniors heading to college during the 46th annual May Week<br />

“In Pursuit of Excellence” Academic Awards and Scholarship<br />

Ceremony. <strong>The</strong> event, graced by the presence of approximately<br />

150 diligent students with proud parents, family members,<br />

and friends, was a vibrant showcase of academic prowess<br />

and community support. Amidst the joyous atmosphere, the<br />

students were also treated to thoughtful tokens of appreciation.<br />

As they bid farewell, each scholar received graduation cups<br />

and ducks adorned with the initials “BCAC,” symbolizing<br />

both their academic accomplishments and their belonging<br />

to our cherished community. <strong>The</strong> success of the May Week<br />

Scholarship Ceremony serves as a testament to the power of<br />

education and community.<br />

Books on Mothers and<br />

Motherhood by various<br />

Authors<br />

Everybody’s had one at least once in their lives.<br />

Some people get two or more, while others don’t currently<br />

have any. Whatever your situation, this is a good time to read<br />

about mothers and being somebody’s Mom, so why not try one<br />

of these great books...<br />

<strong>The</strong>se days, science has a lot to do with being a mother and “I<br />

Cannot Control Everything Forever” by Emily C. Bloom<br />

(St. Martin’s Press, $29.00) takes things a bit farther. When<br />

Bloom wanted to become pregnant, she had to rely on science<br />

and when her daughter was born with congenital deafness and<br />

was later diagnosed with other maladies, she relied on science<br />

again. This is a beautiful book, perfect for mothers who’ve been<br />

“there.”<br />

Sometimes, just trying to be someone’s Mom isn’t easy. In<br />

“Inconceivable” by Valerie<br />

Bauman (Union Square,<br />

$27.99), you’ll read about<br />

the author’s encounters with<br />

the sperm donor market,<br />

the costs both physically<br />

and economically, and what<br />

the experts say about this<br />

unregulated industry.<br />

On the flip side,<br />

anyone who’s taking a<br />

different, alternative route<br />

to motherhood may like<br />

“Relinquished: <strong>The</strong><br />

Politics of Adoption and<br />

the Privilege of American<br />

Motherhood” by Gretchen<br />

Sisson (St. Martin’s Press,<br />

$29.00). It’s a look at the<br />

women who give birth but<br />

must let go of their children,<br />

and what it’s like from that<br />

side of the adoption.<br />

To understand motherhood<br />

in America today, read<br />

“Broken: Transforming<br />

Child Protective Services”<br />

by Jessica Pryce (Amistad,<br />

$28.99). This book is an<br />

investigation into what the<br />

author says is a biased system<br />

that “disproportionately”<br />

targets mothers of color in<br />

America and that wreaks<br />

havoc on Black families,<br />

including separation. It’s an<br />

eye-opening tale that will<br />

chill the blood of any parent,<br />

anywhere.<br />

On a totally lighter note,<br />

if you grew up reading about<br />

Evil Step-Mothers in fairy<br />

tales, then you should look<br />

for “<strong>The</strong> Book of Mothers”<br />

by Carrie Mullins (St.<br />

Martin’s Press, $29.00), This<br />

interesting book takes a<br />

look at fifteen classic novels<br />

featuring maternal figures<br />

you’ll recognize. From Austin<br />

to Alcott, Woolf to Walker<br />

and eleven other authors in<br />

between, this is a fun book but<br />

also a serious peek at what<br />

literature has had to say about<br />

mothers and how it’s shaped<br />

American motherhood.<br />

And finally, if you’ve<br />

had one of those weeks and<br />

you need to laugh, look<br />

for “Momma Cusses”<br />

by TikTok’er Gwenna<br />

Laithland (St. Martin’s<br />

Essentials, $20.00). It’s a<br />

funny, sardonic, but dead-on<br />

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ORITA:<br />

On May 4th, the Broward County Alumnae Chapter of<br />

Delta Sigma <strong>The</strong>ta Sorority, Inc. in partnership with the Delta<br />

Education and Life Development Foundation supported 11th<br />

grade young ladies enrolled in the Delta GEMS program as<br />

they participated in the “Orita: Rites of Passage” ceremony.<br />

This powerful journey allowed the young ladies to learn<br />

about their culture, traditions, personal growth, financial<br />

literacy, womanhood, family values, resilience, self-respect,<br />

and leadership. Through this immersive experience, they<br />

understood their identity, community, and societal role as they<br />

prepared for adulthood and the Orita traditional African ritual.<br />

This program allowed them to celebrate their accomplishments<br />

and show their strength with community support as they<br />

journeyed from Talibahs to Zekayas.<br />

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New Chair to Executive Committee of Miami-Dade County Democratic Party<br />

Shevrin Jones, Millie Herrera and Marco Reyes (L-R), who all emerged as elected<br />

leaders of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party, signaling a fresh start for the<br />

organization. (MiamiDadeDems)<br />

South Florida political<br />

leader, Senator Shevrin<br />

“Shev” Jones, has secured the<br />

position of Chair of the Miami-<br />

Dade County Democratic<br />

Party’s executive committee.<br />

Senator Jones, currently<br />

representing District 34 in<br />

the Florida State Senate,<br />

emerged as the front-runner<br />

following his recent candidacy<br />

announcement.<br />

Renowned for his<br />

dedication to education and<br />


community empowerment,<br />

Senator Jones brings a<br />

wealth of experience to his<br />

new role. Beginning his<br />

career as a teacher, he later<br />

founded L.E.A.D. Nation,<br />

an organization focused on<br />

fostering youth leadership<br />

and social entrepreneurship.<br />

His tenure in the Florida<br />

House, starting in 2012, saw<br />

him champion bipartisan<br />

causes, from advocating<br />

for incarcerated women to<br />

Federation Landings, Inc. is pleased to announce<br />

the re-opening of the waiting list for the following<br />

facility. <strong>The</strong> facility is currently fully occupied with<br />

a waiting list for residency.<br />

Federation Landings,5020 Nob Hill Road,Sunrise, FL<br />

33351 (954-746-1879)<br />

<strong>The</strong> facility is a federally subsidized apartment<br />

building for the low-income elderly (age 62 or older.)<br />

Pre-Applications may be requested and returned<br />

at the above facility during office hours (M-F 9AM-<br />

4PM) beginning Monday, 8/5/2024. A maximum of 100<br />

Pre-Applications will be distributed at which time the<br />

list will be closed. We reserve the right to close the list<br />

at any time. In compliance with ADA, the TDD phone<br />

number for persons with special hearing disabilities<br />

is 1-800-955-8771. Thank you for your interest.<br />

promoting youth sports safety<br />

and police body cameras.<br />

Recently, he has been a vocal<br />

advocate for the accurate<br />

teaching of Black history<br />

in Florida schools and has<br />

criticized the governor’s “Stop<br />

Woke Act.”<br />

Currently representing<br />

Florida’s 34th Senate<br />

District, encompassing parts<br />

of Broward and Miami-Dade<br />

counties, Senator Jones<br />

expressed his commitment to<br />

Florida Cops Kill a Black Airman, But FaceTime<br />

Might Tell a Deeper Story from Front Page<br />

announcement.<br />

Luckily, he had a witness: a friend on<br />

FaceTime, who also heard the knocking. While<br />

on the call, Crump said the person on the<br />

line heard Fortson call out to ask who it was.<br />

When he got no response, he decided to take<br />

measures to secure his safety.<br />

“Concerned, he did what any other lawabiding<br />

citizen would do and retrieved his<br />

legally owned gun, but as he was walking back<br />

to the living room, police burst through the<br />

door. When they saw the gun, they shot Roger<br />

six times,” Crump said in the conference.<br />

As Fortson walked back through his living<br />

room, deputies burst through the door, saw<br />

that Fortson was armed and shot him six times,<br />

according to Crump’s statement. <strong>The</strong> woman<br />

said Fortson was on the ground, saying, “I<br />

can’t breathe,” after he was shot, Crump said.<br />

Fortson died at a hospital, officials said. <strong>The</strong><br />

deputy involved in the shooting was placed on<br />

administrative leave pending an investigation.<br />

<strong>The</strong> woman said Fortson wasn’t causing<br />

a disturbance during their Facetime call and<br />

believes that the deputies must have had the<br />

wrong apartment, Crump’s statement said.<br />

Doesn’t this remind you of something? <strong>The</strong><br />

nation was in an outrage following the shooting<br />

and killing of Amir Locke, who was sleeping<br />

with his licensed firearm next to him when<br />

Minneapolis SWAT officers burst through the<br />

home, Upon seeing the firearm, one officer<br />

shot at him as he laid on the couch. Body cam<br />

footage showed he didn’t even have it in hand.<br />

Crump and Fortson’s family demand the<br />

immediate release of the body camera footage<br />

related to the incident. <strong>The</strong> police department<br />

asked for the community’s patience in the<br />

investigation into what happened.<br />

Democratic Black Caucus of Florida from Front Page<br />

Three’s Justin J. Pearson<br />

and Justin Jones, two young<br />

Democratic heroes, who are<br />

energetic powerful activists<br />

is a major attraction at this<br />

year’s conference,” concluded<br />

President Mallory, who<br />

basked in reality that many<br />

will attend the Gala to<br />

see and hear the keynote<br />

speaker and special guest.<br />

<strong>The</strong> DBCF will host two<br />

new notable events at its 41st<br />

Conference, our Faith-Based<br />

Leadership Candidate and<br />

Black Media Strategic Mini<br />

Summit Luncheon and our<br />

Candidate Extravaganza.<br />

This will be a three panel<br />

luncheon where we celebrate<br />

and give recognition to these<br />

three critical groups, who<br />

working together can change<br />

the trajectory of the 2024<br />

election. Some of those participating on<br />

the panels are: Senator Shevrin Jones,<br />

Representatives Patricia Williams<br />

and Anna Eskamani, Candidates<br />

Stanley Campbell and Rod Joseph,<br />

Founder Jasmine Burney-Clark, Black<br />

Media Owner Vernon Watson, NNPA<br />

Chairman Bobby R. Henry, Sr., Bishop<br />

James David Stockton III and Bishop<br />

Richard Williams<br />

Each group will have the opportunity to<br />

connect, share ideas, and most importantly<br />

unite purpose, process and engagement so<br />

that we can make sure “Democracy Does Not<br />

Die on Our Watch.”<br />

During the Candidate Extravaganza<br />

Democratic candidates from across the entire<br />

state of Florida will have the opportunity to<br />

Black lives.”<br />

Congresswoman Lucy McBath<br />

said, “Mental health is just as important<br />

as physical health, and we must invest in<br />

it.”<br />

“I am a psychologist by training,<br />

so this issue is a major [issue] and I’ve<br />

always maintained that we’ve never<br />

spent so much attention, and we’ve never<br />

put much resources to it,” congressman<br />

Danny Davis said in reference to mental<br />

health.<br />

Congressman Hank Johnson said<br />

to the students in the crowd, “I know<br />

that you all have a future, and you will<br />

one day make your parents proud. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

is nothing better than getting involved in<br />

things for the greater good.”<br />

Marcus Smith, former NFL Eagles<br />

Linebacker, said, “Mental Health is a<br />

journey; it is a portion of who we are, and<br />

we have to speak.”<br />

Raheem Devaughn, a<br />

Grammy Nominated Recording<br />

revitalizing the Democratic<br />

Party in Miami-Dade County.<br />

He stressed the need for robust<br />

outreach and engagement<br />

with local communities,<br />

citing past failures resulting<br />

from neglecting these crucial<br />

aspects.<br />

Senator Jones’ election<br />

marks a turning point for the<br />

party, which has encountered<br />

challenges in recent times.<br />

With support from prominent<br />

Democrats like Miami-Dade<br />

Mayor Daniella Levine Cava<br />

and Congressperson Frederica<br />

S. Wilson, Senator Jones aims<br />

to inject new energy into<br />

Florida politics.<br />

Over 100 members of<br />

the Democratic Executive<br />

Committee cast their votes on<br />

April 26, with Senator Jones<br />

emerging as the clear choice<br />

for chair. Alongside him, Millie<br />

Herrera and Marco Reyes<br />

were elected as first vice chair<br />

and secretary, respectively,<br />

forming a dynamic new<br />

leadership team.<br />

“We’ve seen what happens<br />

when we don’t invest in<br />

robust, focused outreach and<br />

take communities for granted.<br />

It’s clear this moment calls for<br />

a reset for our Miami-Dade<br />

County party,” Jones said.<br />

In his new capacity,<br />

Senator Jones pledges to<br />

collaborate with organizers<br />

countywide to rebuild voter<br />

registration efforts, engage<br />

with candidates, and boost<br />

Democratic turnout in future<br />

elections. With his vision for<br />

a more inclusive and active<br />

Democratic Party, Senator<br />

Jones aspires to lead Miami-<br />

Dade Democrats into a<br />

promising new era of success<br />

at the polls.<br />

Congresswoman Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick,<br />

Haiti Caucus Co-Chairs, Colleagues, Advocates<br />

Renew Calls for Federal Action to Stabilize<br />

Haiti, Address Growing Crisis on the Island<br />

Lawmakers Continue<br />

Calls for Extending<br />

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Haiti Caucus Co-Chairs<br />

Congresswomen Sheila<br />

Cherfilus-McCormick<br />

(FL-20), Ayanna Pressley<br />

(MA-07), and Yvette D.<br />

Clarke (NY-09), along with<br />

Congresswoman Cori Bush<br />

(MO-01), Congresswoman<br />

Frederica Wilson (FL-24),<br />

and Congresswoman Barbara<br />

Lee (CA-13), held a Capitol<br />

Hill press conference with<br />

colleagues and advocates to<br />

renew their calls for urgent<br />

federal action to address the<br />

growing crisis in Haiti. <strong>The</strong><br />

press conference comes at a<br />

time when the humanitarian,<br />

political, economic, and<br />

security crises in Haiti are<br />

becoming increasingly dire.<br />

<strong>The</strong> policies called<br />

for by the lawmakers<br />

and advocates include:<br />

extending and redesignating<br />

TPS for Haiti; halting<br />

all deportations to Haiti;<br />

disrupting arms trafficking<br />

to the island; providing<br />

urgent humanitarian relief;<br />

preventing the transfer<br />

of Haitian nationals to<br />

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba;<br />

passing a new economic<br />

assistance package that<br />

creates jobs and rebuilds<br />

Haiti’s infrastructure;<br />

facilitating the establishment<br />

of a representative<br />

transitional government led<br />

by Haitian civil society; and<br />

more.<br />

share their platform.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Democratic Black Caucus of<br />

Florida was established in 1983, to unite<br />

and increase the political power for Black<br />

Democrats who went unnoticed. <strong>The</strong> Caucus<br />

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Party’s infrastructure, which unites talent<br />

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through educational forums effecting voter<br />

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Artist, said, “Mental health doesn’t just<br />

affect the individual; it affects the family<br />

members as well. Everybody should have<br />

a therapist. Everyone should have a safe<br />

space to go to be able to talk.”<br />

“We need to help young men<br />

understand that it is okay to ask for<br />

help,” said Shawn Boynes, CEO of the<br />

American Counseling Association.<br />

Dr. Arthur Evans, CEO of the<br />

American Psychological Association,<br />

said, “We must speak up, engage, and<br />

be active in the community. When people<br />

need help, we have to innovate in terms<br />

of how we address these issues.”<br />

“As a collective, it is important for<br />

young people to know you are not alone.<br />

We are a very cosmetic society. We judge<br />

a book by its cover, and we got to get into<br />

the table of contents and the chapters of<br />

a person. We have to take a look at what<br />

we can do in terms of moving the stand<br />

of judgment when we first see someone,”<br />

said Daniel Gillison, CEO of the<br />

“In the face of the crisis in<br />

Haiti, our moral compass and<br />

international duty compel<br />

us to step forward, not just<br />

to alleviate the immediate<br />

suffering of the Haitian people,<br />

but to address the systemic<br />

problems forcing Haitians<br />

to flee their homeland. <strong>The</strong><br />

extension and re-designation<br />

of Temporary Protected<br />

Status (TPS), alongside an<br />

expedited parole program<br />

and an immediate halt to<br />

deportations, are critical first<br />

steps. But our responsibility<br />

does not end there. We must<br />

confront the root causes of<br />

migration by: (1) ensuring<br />

that Haitians can live safely<br />

and peacefully within their<br />

own borders; (2) taking a firm<br />

stand against the trafficking<br />

of firearms from places like<br />

Florida to Haiti; (3) holding<br />

those who perpetuate violence<br />

and instability accountable,”<br />

said Congresswoman Sheila<br />

Cherfilus-McCormick, Co-<br />

Chair of the House Haiti<br />

Caucus. “As a member of<br />

the House Foreign Affairs<br />

Continue reading online at:<br />

thewestsidegazette.com<br />

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson Hosts Hearing Style Briefing on the<br />

Mental Health and Suicide of Black Men and Boys from Page 3<br />

National Alliance on Mental Illness.<br />

“When someone in our community<br />

gets injured by a firearm, the whole<br />

community suffers. And we don’t<br />

recognize or acknowledge the trauma<br />

that occurs that impacts mental health<br />

of the community,” said Dr. George<br />

Benjamin, Executive Director of<br />

American Public Health Association.<br />

“When it comes to attracting Black<br />

men to the mental health workforce,<br />

particularly in social work, we must start<br />

when they are younger so that when they<br />

get to undergrad they know what they<br />

want to do,” said Dr. Anthony Estreet,<br />

CEO of National Association of Social<br />

Workers.<br />

This hearing was supported<br />

by <strong>The</strong> Sonrise Project, a 501(c)3 nonprofit<br />

organization that provides a safe<br />

space for Black families facing mental<br />

health challenges.<br />

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A Star is Born: Hip Rock Star Honored<br />

at Business Leaders Luncheon<br />

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By BOTWC Staff<br />

Tyler Perry Studios and<br />

New York Times bestselling<br />

author DeVon Franklin are<br />

teaming up to produce faithbased<br />

films for Netflix. <strong>The</strong><br />

multi-year, multi-picture deal<br />

will also include scripted and<br />

non-scripted series on the<br />

streaming service.<br />

Franklin shared how the<br />

partnership came to be in<br />

a heartfelt announcement<br />

on Instagram. “After over a<br />

year of searching for a new<br />

film deal, I had almost given<br />

up hope. <strong>The</strong>n God began<br />

to move. At the end of last<br />

summer, my agent at WME<br />

set up a breakfast for me<br />

and Scott Stuber at Netflix,<br />

who was the head of film at<br />

that time,” Franklin shared.<br />

“<strong>The</strong>n my phone rings and it’s<br />

my brother Tyler Perry, he<br />

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Miami Beach’s Jungle<br />

Island recently played host<br />

to a dazzling affair as Hip<br />

Rock Star Advertising,<br />

helmed by President Jessica<br />

Garrett Modkins and Vice-<br />

President Roy Modkins,<br />

claimed the coveted Dexter<br />

Foster Small Business of<br />

the Year Award. <strong>The</strong> event,<br />

held on May 3, 2024, was<br />

a sold-out sensation, with<br />

the Miami-Dade Chamber<br />

of Commerce recognizing<br />

Hip Rock Star’s exceptional<br />

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of Commerce Board of<br />

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prestigious award upon Hip<br />

Rock Star, a full-service<br />

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Founded in 1974 by a<br />

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<strong>The</strong> award ceremony not<br />

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world through their<br />

accomplishments. This starstudded<br />

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Grambling State 17 8 20 25<br />

Prairie View A&M 15 9 26 24<br />

Southern 15 11 22 26<br />

Arkansas-Pine Bluff 6 19 15 33<br />

Alcorn State 6 21 7 38<br />


HITTER<br />

Broedy Poppell, R-So., C, FAMU - In 2-1 series win<br />

vs. Alabama State, was 7-of-14 (.500) with a HR (2), 5<br />

RBI, and 2 runs scored.<br />


Erick Gonzalez, Jr., RHP, JSU - Pitched 6.1 innings giving<br />

up five hits and no earned runs with 4 Ks in 5-0 vs. B-CU.<br />


May 22-26 • Chandler Stadium • Atlanta, GA<br />

CONF ALL<br />

W L W L<br />

11th NC A&T 8 16 24 27<br />


Canyon Brown, Jr., C, NC A&T - In 1-2 series<br />

loss to Elon, he was 5-of-13 (.384) with 4 runs<br />

scored and 5 RBI including 3-for-4 with two runs<br />

and an RBI in 8-4 win on May 10.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Aggies end the season on a 3-game road trip<br />

to Towson on May 16-18. <strong>The</strong>y will not qualify for<br />

the CAA Tournament.<br />

.<br />


May 22-25<br />

Brooks Field<br />

Wilmington, NC<br />


Who arE thE BEst PErforMErs in BlacK collEgE sPorts<br />



MEN<br />

100 METERS<br />


9 Cole, Kai SR-4 Norfolk State 10.05<br />

12 Hammond, Solomon JR-3 Coppin State 10.07<br />

30 Jamarion Stubbs SO-2 Alabama State 10.18<br />

200 METERS<br />

6 Stubbs, Jamarion SO-2 Alabama State 20.18<br />

25 Lincoln IV, Judson SO-2 Virginia Tech 20.51<br />

29 Cole, Kai SR-4 Norfolk State 20.55<br />

29 Booth-Mitchell, Jalen SO-2 Delaware State 20.55<br />

42 Spencer, Antoine FR-1 Hampton 20.66<br />

400 METERS<br />

20 Forrest, Trellas JR-3 Alcorn State 45.89<br />

26 Brooks, Jovan SO-2 SC State 46.00<br />

29 Bond, Vincent FR-1 Norfolk State 46.09<br />

38 Stubbs, Jamarion SO-2 Alabama State 46.31<br />

800 METERS<br />

11 Blackman, Dugion JR-3 Hampton 1:46.67<br />

31 Davis, Leo FR-1 Hampton 1:48.03<br />

110 HURDLES<br />

4 Bennett, Samuel JR-3 Howard 13.39<br />

5 Holmes, Jason SO-2 N. Carolina A&T 13.43<br />

3 DeRosier, Joseph FR-1 Florida A&M 13.55<br />

21 Hawkins, Zachary SR-4 Howard 13.68<br />

22 Reid, Aveon SR-4 N. Carolina A&T 13.69<br />

24 Smith, Thomas SO-2 N. Carolina A&T 13.71<br />

29 Laing, Otto FR-1 Howard 13.79<br />

35 Langford, Noah SR-4 Howard 13.84<br />

38 Shelton, Jaden SO-2 Delaware State 13.88<br />

41 Clyburn, Darian SR-5 Howard 13.90<br />

400 HURDLES<br />

12 Reid, Aveon SR-4 N. Carolina A&T 50.27<br />

20 Langford, Noah SR-4 Howard 50.57<br />

22 Wynn, Premier FR-1 Norfolk State 50.72<br />

32 Taylor, Isaiah FR-1 N. Carolina A&T 51.30<br />

37 Bishop, Tafari JR-3 Norfolk State 51.41<br />

40 Taylor, Xzaviah FR-1 N. Carolina A&T 51.49<br />

42 DeVaughn III, Vaughn SO-2 Alabama State 51.56<br />

4 x 100<br />

24 N. Carolina A&T 39.38 Reid, Holmes, Jackson,<br />

Taylor<br />

4 x 400<br />

23 Norfolk State 3:05.57 Bishop, Wynn, Christopher,<br />

Bond<br />


31 Victoria, Lamont NC Central 2.11m<br />


23 Fisher, Kyle JR-3 Howard 7.72m<br />

25 Lambert, Lawrence SO-2 Grambling 7.67m<br />

25 Wray, Sean JR-3 Howard 7.67m<br />

31 Brown, James SR-4 Grambling 7.65m<br />

36 Robinson, Derrick SR-4 Morgan State 7.62m<br />


12 Haywood, Isaac JR-3 Norfolk State 15.85m<br />

17 Aiken, Malachi JR-3 Maryland-Eastern Shore 15.76m<br />

19 Rowell, Ledamian SO-2 Jackson State 15.72m<br />

28 Drewery, Chase JR-3 Howard 15.58m<br />

33 Johnson, Kenyon SR-4 Tenn. State 15.49m<br />

37 Fisher, Kyle JR-3 Howard 15.40m<br />

39 Gray, Javon SR-4 Jackson State 15.39m<br />

45 King, Reginald JR-3 Southern 15.30m<br />

WOMEN<br />

100 METERS<br />

9 Collins , Kailei SR-4 Howard 11.12<br />

20 Pittman, Tiffani Rae JR-3 Howard 11.29<br />

43 Scott, Pebblles JR-3 N. Carolina A&T 11.40<br />

200 METERS<br />

11 Collins , Kailei SR-4 Howard 22.73<br />

32 Penn, Quincy FR-1 Alabama State 23.08<br />

32 Pittman, Tiffani Rae JR-3 Howard 23.08<br />

38 Bush, Jaquai SR-4 Alabama State 23.16<br />

40 Blocker, Nya FR-1 Florida A&M 23.17<br />

400 METERS<br />

11 Penn, Quincy FR-1 Alabama State 51.91<br />

47 Turner, Zoe SO-2 Howard 53.36<br />

100 HURDLES<br />

16 Weaver, Lucheyona JR-3 N. Carolina A&T 13.11<br />

31 Torian, Ana-Liese FR-1 Alabama A&M 13.25<br />

47 Morris, Cathrina SR-5 Howard 13.45<br />

400 HURDLES<br />

21 Smith, Katelynn FR-1 Florida A&M 57.59<br />

24 Watkins, Simone SR-4 Howard 57.76<br />

29 Okwudibonye, Chidubem (Miriam) SO-2 Delaware State 58.43<br />

32 Woodruff, Aniya SO-2 Howard 58.75<br />

38 Grant, Dejah JR-3 Hampton 58.88<br />

42 Spencer, Kyla JR-3 Hampton 59.09<br />

47 Lewis, Camille SR-4 Southern 59.19<br />

48 Morris, Cathrina SR-5 Howard 59.23<br />


9 Brown-Marshall, Breanna JR-3 Florida A&M 1.80m<br />

13 Richardson, Jamie SO-2 Grambling 1.79m<br />

28 Shaw, Emmani SO-2 Hampton 1.76m<br />


10 Galbreath, Mylani SO-2 Jackson State 6.45m<br />

48 Ward, Nya SR-4 Norfolk State 6.15m<br />

48 Gist, Cameron FR-1 SC State 6.15m<br />


10 Irving, Faithlyn JR-3 Maryland-Eastern Shore 13.08m<br />

16 Boddie, Joidon SR-4 N.C. Central 12.99m<br />

30 Gist, Cameran SO-2 SC State 12.77m<br />

© AZEEZ Communications, Inc. Vol. XXX, No. 42<br />

BCSP Spring Round-Up<br />

69 HBCU athletes ready as NCAA Div. I Outdoor<br />

Track & Field Championships begin next week<br />

Sixty-five (65) HBCU athletes and relay teams from two programs<br />

will take to the track next week as the 2024 NCAA Div. I Outdoor Track<br />

& Field championships begin with first round regional competition.<br />

Forty (40) men and 25 women and men's relay teams from North<br />

Carolina A&T and Norfolk State (see STAT CORNER) have qualified<br />

for East and West Regional competition that will be staged from Wednesday,<br />

May 22 thru Saturday, May 25. Most of the HBCU athletes will be<br />

competing in the East Regionals.<br />

<strong>The</strong> top 48 declared student-athletes will be accepted into the first<br />

round competitions for each individual event. <strong>The</strong> top 24 declared relay<br />

teams will be accepted into the first round competitions for each relay<br />

event.<br />

<strong>The</strong> East Regionals will be held at the University of Kentucky in<br />

Lexington, Ky. <strong>The</strong> West Regionals will be held at the University of Arkansas<br />

in Fayetteville, Ark.<br />

<strong>The</strong> highest rated black college athlete going into the competition<br />

is Alabama State sprinter Jamarion Stubbs. <strong>The</strong><br />

sophomore, who won both the 100 and 200 meters<br />

at the SWAC Championships last week, is tied with<br />

the sixth best time in the 200 meters at 20.18 seconds<br />

that he clocked at the SWAC championships.<br />

Stubbs will be competing in the East Regional. His<br />

time would be fifth best in the West. He also has<br />

qualifying times in the 100 meters (30th, 10.18) and<br />

the 400 meters (46.31, 38th).<br />

<strong>The</strong> qualifiers out of these two regions will compete in the 2024<br />

NCAA Division I Men's and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships<br />

from Wednesday, June 5 through Saturday, June 8 at Hayward<br />

Field in Eugene, Oregon. It will be the 15th time the outdoor championships<br />

have been held in Oregon and the first time since 2022.<br />

Jackson State (SWAC), Morgan State (MEAC) take<br />

titles, head to NCAA Div. I Softball regionals<br />

GULFPORT, Miss. - <strong>The</strong> Jackson State never trailed on the way to<br />

a 3-1 victory over the Florida A&M to claim its first SWAC Tournament<br />

title in 13 years Friday afternoon.<br />

Jace Jackson was named SWAC Tournament MVP, while Mari<br />

Stephens, Julie Lopez, Ka'Liyah Gipson and Victoria Salazar were<br />

tabbed All-Tournament team<br />

Sofia Gonzalez got the win for Jackson State in the circle. She went<br />

seven innings, giving up one run on eight hits, allowing one walk and<br />

striking out three.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Tigers were paced by Kristina Carlson, who went 3-for-3 on<br />

the day with an RBI. Stephens compiled a noteworthy day at the dish as<br />

well, going 1-for-4 with a triple. Meah Almaraz also had two hits in four<br />

trips to the plate.<br />

With the SWAC title, JSU (33-17) earned the league's automatic<br />

berth to the NCAA Div. I Softball Championship Tournament.<br />

During Sunday's May 12 Selection Show on ESPN2, Jackson State<br />

was placed in the Baton Rouge Regional and will play at host, No. 1<br />

seed and No. 9 nationally LSU (40-15) at 6 p.m. CT Friday in the NCAA<br />

tournament.<br />

Jackson State will face either Southern Illinois or California in the<br />

second game of the regional, which uses a double-elimination format.<br />


Biviana Figueroa, PVAMU; Kohana Pousson, Jaeda Gardner, Alexia Denby, ASU;<br />

CIAA<br />

Stubbs<br />

BCSP Notes<br />

CEntral intErcollEgiatE<br />

athlEtic association<br />

NCAA DIV. II<br />



East Stroudsburg 11, Bowie State 1<br />

Shippensburg 9, Bowie State 2<br />

Nyah Morgan,Zoryana Hughes, Mia Blasingane, FAMU; Victoria Salazar, Mari Stephens,<br />

Jace Jackson, Julie Lopez, Kaliyah Gipson, JSU;<br />


Jace Jackson, JSU<br />

NORFOLK, Va. --- After running through the consolation bracket<br />

to reach Championship Saturday, the top-seeded Lady Bears of Morgan<br />

State defeated No. 3 Coppin State twice, 5-1 and 6-0, Saturday to win<br />

the 2024 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Softball Championship<br />

title.<br />

With the win, Morgan State brought home their second conference<br />

title in program history. MSU earned the MEAC's automatic bid into the<br />

2024 NCAA Softball Tournament.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Bears held the Eagles scoreless in the game two win while posting<br />

one run in the bottom of the first inning and a five-spot in the bottom<br />

of the fifth. Emil Raubuch (8-2) allowed just one hit over seven innings<br />

with four strikeouts to get the win. First basewoman Giann Ettore had a<br />

grand slam home run to pace the hitters.<br />

In the 5-1 win in game one, Victoria Fletcher (8-5) gave up just four<br />

hits and one run while striking out four and had a home run and drove in<br />

two runs while getting two hits in four at bats. Ettore had three hits in four<br />

trips with an RBI and run scored.<br />

Morgan State will be heading to Durham, N.C., for the Durham Regional<br />

for the NCAA Softball Championship, as the 64-team field was<br />

unveiled Sunday evening on ESPN2.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Bears (35-18) will face ACC champion, host and No. 10 national<br />

seed Duke (47-6) at the Duke Softball Stadium. Double-elimination regional<br />

play will begin on Friday, May 17. MSU and Duke will play at 2:30<br />

p.m. ET. <strong>The</strong> University of South Carolina and the University of Utah will<br />

also be in the Durham Regional.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Bears boast MEAC Player of the Year and MEAC Softball<br />

Championship Outstanding Performer Victoria Fletcher and Co-Coach of<br />

the Year Larry Hineline.<br />


Ameenah Ballenger, UMES; Aaliya Williams, SCSU; Haley Batista, Jaden Davis,<br />

NCCU; Vanessa Carrizosa, Aniyah Haley, Seryna Esparza, CSU; Gianna Ettore,<br />

Emily Raubuch, Melissa Paz, Victoria Fletcher, MSU;<br />

MOST OUTSTANDING COACH - Larry Hineline, Morgan State<br />

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER - Victoria Fletcher, Morgan State<br />

Savannah State at Tampa in<br />

NCAA Div. II Baseball Regional<br />

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- Savannah State has been selected to play in<br />

the Tampa Regional of the 2024 NCAA Division II Baseball Championship<br />

and will open play Thursday, May 16 against host Tampa in the South<br />

Regional at 1 p.m.<br />

Edward Waters won the SIAC baseball title over Savannah State but<br />

EWU being in the final year of its three-year transition to the NCAA from<br />

the NAIA, Savannah State earned the SIAC's automatic bid to the NCAA<br />

Tournament.<br />

SSU's roster is led by nine All-SIAC players including all-conference<br />

first team selections Kendal Spencer and D'Sean Prinkleton.<br />

Savannah State (31-15) is seeded eighth in the South Region while<br />

Tampa (41-7) is the top seed. Other teams in the South Regional include<br />

St. Leo (38-11), Embry-Riddle (31-19), Lee (37-16), Auburn-Montgomery<br />

(31-22), Delta State (32-22) and West Florida (32-21).<br />

<strong>The</strong> national championship bracket games will take place June 1-8<br />

at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.<br />

Eight teams advance to Cary and will be re-seeded before double-elimination<br />

games to decide the national champion.<br />

2 0 2 4 B L A C K C O L L E G E S O F T B A L L (Tournament Results)<br />

MEAC<br />

Tennessee State hires Dupree<br />

Tennessee State has hired former WNBA<br />

All-Star Candice Dupree as its new head women’s<br />

basketball coach.<br />

After a stellar career at Temple University,<br />

playing for Dawn Staley, Dupree was drafted<br />

sixth overall by the Chicago Sky in the 2006<br />

WNBA Draft. When she wrapped her 16-year<br />

WNBA career in 2021, Dupree was a WNBA<br />

champion in 2014 with the Phoenix Mercury.<br />

She is the third all-time leader in made field<br />

goals (2,842), fifth all-time in scoring (6,895),<br />

and seventh in total rebounds (3,149).<br />

She then participated in the NBA's Coaching<br />

Development Program and oversaw a group<br />

of prospects in the NBA Draft Combine. Her<br />

initial foray into coaching was as an assistant<br />

guest coach for the San Antonio Spurs Summer<br />

League team in 2022.<br />

She was then hired by Gregg Popovich as a<br />

player development coach.<br />

Jason Crafton out at UMES<br />

After several weeks of speculation and uncertainty,<br />

Maryland-Eastern Shore announced<br />

last week that Jason Crafton will not continue<br />

as the Hawks' head men's basketball coach.<br />

"We are officially moving forward with<br />

Mid EastErn<br />

athlEtic confErEncE<br />



Wed., May 8<br />

NCCU 1, SC State 0 CSU13, UMES 6<br />

NCCU 3, MSU 1 CSU 6, HU 4<br />

Thurs., May 9<br />

MSU 7, UMES 4 SCSU 6, HU 3<br />

CSU 4, NCCU 3<br />

Fri., May 10<br />

MSU 3, SCSU 2 MSU 5, NCCU 3<br />

Sat., May 11<br />

MSU 5, CSU 1 MSU 6, CSU 0<br />

SIAC<br />

Southern IntercollegIate<br />

athletIc conFerence<br />

NCAA DIV. II<br />



Auburn (Montgomery) 6, Spring Hill 2<br />

Saint Leo 10, Spring Hill 0<br />

(SHU Eliminated)<br />

the hiring process to identify<br />

the next head men's basketball<br />

coach at UMES," school officials<br />

told HBCU Gameday last<br />

Crafton<br />

week.<br />

In four seasons Crafton was 43-76 overall<br />

including a 9-20 finish this season. <strong>The</strong> Hawks<br />

were 4-10 in the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference<br />

in the 2023-24 season, seventh in the eightteam<br />

league and bowed out in the first round of<br />

the conference tournament to North Carolina<br />

Central, 87-81. Crafton led the UMES to an 18-<br />

13 finish in the 2022-23 season, its best winning<br />

percentage since moving to Div. I.<br />

SWAC<br />

SouthWeStern<br />

athletIc conFerence<br />



Tues., May 7<br />

TSU 6, B-CU 2 JSU 8, SU 3<br />

FAMU 2, UAPB 1 ASU 7, PVA&M 3<br />

Wed., May 8<br />

B-CU 2, UAPB 0 PVA&M 10, SU 4<br />

FAMU 4, TSU 0 JSU 6, ASU 5<br />

Thurs., May 9<br />

B-CU 3, TSU 1 ASU 3, PVA&M 2<br />

JSU 5, FAMU 3 ASU 4, B-CU 1<br />

Fri., May 10<br />


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SPORTS<br />

Deeply Rooted<br />

MAY 16 - MAY 22, 2024 • PAGE 15<br />

<strong>The</strong> WG Sports Corner<br />

Florida Panthers<br />

Nunnie on the Sideline<br />

<strong>The</strong> NBA introduced the lottery process<br />

in 1985, endeavoring to counter<br />

accusations that certain teams were<br />

purposefully losing in order to gain<br />

a chance to participate in the annual<br />

coin flip, where the worst team in<br />

each division (each conference starting<br />

in 1971) flips a coin to see who will<br />

receive the first pick in the upcoming<br />

draft. Since 2019, the first four picks<br />

have been determined by the lottery.<br />

<strong>The</strong> NBA draft lottery seems intrinsically unfair, because, as<br />

set up, it prevents the weakest team in the league from having<br />

a decided preferential advantage. <strong>The</strong> Detroit Pistons had<br />

the worst record so why shouldn’t they automatically have the<br />

number one selection. Instead, for years the League has chosen<br />

the lottery where downtrodden teams’ fortunes are placed at<br />

the whim of a coin flip/floating object. I like the way the NFL<br />

does it. <strong>The</strong> teams with the worst records should have priority.<br />

<strong>The</strong> lottery has run its course. If teams are guilty of cheating<br />

or colluding, punish them via the draft. Speaking of lottery, one<br />

clear winner appears to be the Houston Rockets, who benefited<br />

immensely from the James Harden trade to the Brooklyn Nets,<br />

receiving the Nets 2024 first round pick, originally selection 9,<br />

which became number 3 as a result of how lottery fell. <strong>The</strong> San<br />

Antonio Spurs, on the hills of the Victor Wembanyama number<br />

1 pick last year, hold picks 4 & 8 in ‘24, placing them in advantageous<br />

trade position to move even higher. Herein lies my<br />

issue with the lottery. Just take a quick glance at the draft lottery<br />

results, look at the worst teams record wise and see where<br />

they land. <strong>The</strong> only constant is second place Washington with<br />

Detroit falling to fifth in what should have been automatic first<br />

and second round picks sans the lottery. It means that without<br />

extraordinary draft luck, the bad teams will remain that way<br />

for years to come. I don’t think it’s good for the NBA to have<br />

consistent losing franchises. What do you say?<br />

Below are the draft results for the 10 picks, many of which<br />

have been bad for a long time:<br />

1. Atlanta Hawks (first time lottery winner)<br />

2. Washington Wizards<br />

3. Houston Rockets (via Brooklyn Nets)<br />

4. San Antonio Spurs<br />

5. Detroit Pistons<br />

6. Charlotte Hornets<br />

7. Portland Trail Blazers<br />

8. San Antonio Spurs (via Toronto Raptors)<br />

9. Memphis Grizzlies<br />

10. Utah Jazz<br />

FAMU football<br />

stacking the<br />

deck with<br />

FBS talent to<br />

defend HBCU<br />

National<br />

Championship<br />

James Colzie III is the head football coach of the Florida<br />

A&M University Rattlers (2024).<br />

Florida A&M looks to build its roster to help<br />

repeat as Black College Football National<br />

Champions. How? By loading the team with<br />

FBS talent through the NCAA Transfer Portal.<br />

Gerald Thomas III<br />

(Source Tallahassee Democrat):<br />

“This is a reload, not a rebuild” is a mantra Florida<br />

A&M has lived by for the last four months.<br />

As the defending Black College Football National<br />

Champions enter a new era under first-year head football<br />

coach James Colzie III, they plan to upkeep its success.<br />

How?<br />

Stacking talent ― from the Football Bowl Subdivision<br />

level, that is.<br />

Since its program’s turnaround, FAMU, a Football<br />

Championship Subdivision program, has been a landing<br />

spot for players on the higher Division I level looking for<br />

new homes for a fresh start and more playing time.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Rattlers have wholly taken advantage of the climateshifting<br />

NCAA Transfer Portal by thoroughly building its<br />

roster, which has helped them earn their first FCS playoff<br />

bid in two decades in 2021 and prevail in the program’s first<br />

Celebration Bowl appearance last December.<br />

An FBS-to-FAMU success story is current Dallas<br />

Cowboys safety Markquese Bell, who played at Maryland<br />

before spending 2019 to 2021 at FAMU. Originally a fourstar<br />

wide receiver for the Terrapins, Bell repositioned to<br />

safety at Coffeyville Community College before joining the<br />

Rattlers.<br />

Bell is now living his NFL dream and is likely in line to<br />

get a substantial contract following the 2024 season.<br />

During last February’s signing day, the FAMU announced<br />

its signing class that included FBS transfers, headlined by<br />

former five-star defensive back Demorie Tate from Florida<br />

State.<br />

Since then, the Rattlers have gotten commits from nine<br />

former FBS players, such as Under Armour All-American<br />

defensive lineman Clyde Pinder Jr., who played at North<br />

Carolina and South Florida.<br />

Another name coming to FAMU that jumps out is former<br />

Michigan reserve linebacker Jerome Nichols, who was on<br />

the Wolverines’ national championship team that won last<br />

January.<br />

West Orange Senior, Jewel<br />

Helmuth, Commits to EWU<br />

By “Nunnie” Robinson, <strong>Westside</strong> <strong>Gazette</strong> Sports Editor<br />

West Orange High School senior Jewel Helmuth, an<br />

outstanding student-athlete, has signed with Edward<br />

Waters University in Jacksonville. <strong>The</strong> Winter Garden,<br />

Florida native should make EWU an immediate SIAC<br />

championship contender in volleyball. She is competitive,<br />

driven, and highly intelligent, characteristics associated with<br />

success and winning. Jewel is a consummate team player,<br />

who leads by exemplary performance on the court. A natural,<br />

enthusiastic leader, Jewel’s impact on team chemistry and<br />

unity will be readily discerned, demonstrated, and appreciated<br />

by her coaches and teammates. A student of the game, Jewel is<br />

highly coachable and adaptable, able to seamlessly transition<br />

into new positions and master new skills. Standing 6’0” and<br />

weighing 152lbs, Jewel plays as a Middle Blocker and Opposite/<br />

Right Side for the Winter Park Volleyball Club and West<br />

Orange High School. Jewel states, “ I love to compete and<br />

win against any team, I am supportive of my teammates<br />

on and off and the court and I strive to create energy and<br />

points for my team when on the court. I am very coachable<br />

and can adapt to new positions and skills because I am a<br />

quick learner.”<br />

May your love of the game, competitive spirit, and unabashed<br />

enthusiasm lead to a tremendously successful collegiate<br />

experience athletically and academically.<br />

Lucky 13: Jackson State wins<br />

SWAC softball championship<br />

Photo: JSU Athletics/Twitter<br />

By HBCU Sports<br />

(Source HBCU Sports):<br />

Jackson State softball accomplished something the program<br />

hadn’t done in 13 years.<br />

Take home a SWAC Tournament championship.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Tigers jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 3-1<br />

win over Florida A&M on Friday afternoon.<br />

Sofia Gonzalez got the win for Jackson State in the circle<br />

(33-17). She went seven innings, giving up one run on eight<br />

hits, allowing one walk and striking out three.<br />

At the plate, the Tigers were paced by Kristina Carlson,<br />

who went 3-for-3 on the day with an RBI. Mari Stephens also<br />

compiled a noteworthy day at the dish, going 1-for-4 with a<br />

triple. Meah Almaraz also helped for Jackson State, putting<br />

together two hits in four trips to the plate.<br />

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(Source famuathletics):<br />

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –– Florida A&M golf accomplished<br />

something they have not done since the start of this century,<br />

win the HBCU National Championship.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Rattlers dominated the whole week, finishing each day<br />

in first place, and finished the championship winning by 29<br />

strokes with a score of +27, 891. This marks the second time<br />

the Rattlers have won the HBCU National Championship after<br />

winning it for the first time in 2000 with an 853. <strong>The</strong> last time<br />

the Rattlers won, head coach Mike Rice was the team’s captain<br />

and was the men’s medalist with a 208.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Rattlers were led by Marcus Taylor (+2, 218), who was<br />

this year’s medalist, giving the Rattlers nine medalists in PGA<br />

WORKS Collegiate Championship history.<br />

Continue reading online at: thewestsidegazette.com<br />

Jasen Vinove - USA TODAY Sports<br />

By “Nunnie” Robinson, <strong>Westside</strong> <strong>Gazette</strong> Sports Editor<br />

<strong>The</strong> Florida Panthers are on the verge of going to the<br />

Stanley Cup finals for the second consecutive year, having<br />

taken a commanding 3-1 series lead against the formidable<br />

Boston Bruins. Ironically, the Panthers lost 4 regular season<br />

games against the Bruins but have turned the tide on their<br />

Eastern Conference nemesis, having won 3 in a row, the most<br />

recent 2 in Boston. Now the Panthers are primed to complete<br />

the deal at home at Amerant Bank Arena in Sunrise. <strong>The</strong> odds<br />

are against the Bruins who sport an 0-25 record historically<br />

when trailing in a series 3-1. Led by Mathew Tcachuk, Bob<br />

Borbrobsky, Sam Bennett and Ivan Rodriguez, the Panthers<br />

have been playing inspired, physical hockey which bodes well<br />

in their quest for a Stanley Cup title. Keep your eyes on this<br />

exciting contingent of Panthers. <strong>The</strong>y may just surprise you.<br />

NBA Playoffs have been highly contested with several<br />

surprises: under no circumstances did I envision the Denver<br />

Nuggets losing their first 2 games at home against the<br />

Minnesota Timberwolves, but that’s precisely what happened.<br />

Many pundits, including yours truly, believed that those home<br />

losses portend the end for the Nuggets. Quite the contrary,<br />

the Nuggets returned the favor by winning both games in<br />

Minneapolis, knotting the series at 2 games apiece. This puts<br />

Denver right back in the driver’s seat so we’ll just have to see<br />

how it plays out. When Aaron Gordon plays as he has - with<br />

fire, passion, hitting his mid-range jumper, dunking in paint<br />

because too much attention is given to Jokic, Denver is a tough<br />

out.<br />

I opined that the Cavs/Celtics series would be anticlimactic;<br />

however, I didn’t see the Cleveland domination playing out in<br />

Boston, giving a hint of a possible series. Cleveland has played<br />

valiantly in losses at home, albeit close contests. Last night’s<br />

Boston victory came with Cavs star Donavan Mitchell unable to<br />

play because of a calf injury. A Celtics victory in Boston propels<br />

them to Easter Conference finals where Boston will play either<br />

the Indiana Pacers or the New York Knicks. With the Knicks‘<br />

injury list increasing, it’s hard to fathom New York winning<br />

the series.<br />

In the 2 Minute Warning Sports Brief, I predicted a Celtics/T-<br />

Wolves finals. I reserve the right to ‘Change my Mind.’<br />

<strong>The</strong> Marlins, simply stated, are the worst team in MLB based<br />

on their 11-32 record. <strong>The</strong> Luis Arreaz trade demonstrates<br />

once again that the Marlins are rebuilding for the future,<br />

especially with rising superstar pitchers Sandy Alcantara<br />

and Eury Perez still rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.<br />

Patience appears to be theme for Marlins fans heading toward<br />

the all-star break. Let’s hope the rebuild is sooner than later.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Miami Dolphins’ regular season last year closed with the<br />

Buffalo Bills at home. <strong>The</strong> AFC East rivals will meet again in<br />

prime time at Hard Rock Stadium early in the 2024 season. A<br />

Week 2 pairing between the Dolphins and Bills on Sept. 12 was<br />

announced by the NFL Tuesday morning ahead of Wednesday<br />

night’s full schedule release. Coming on the second week of the<br />

regular season, the divisional clash will be the first “Thursday<br />

Night Football” game of the season, airing exclusively on<br />

Amazon Prime Video for viewers outside of the South Florida<br />

and Buffalo markets.<br />


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By Carlos Mendez<br />

Fort Lauderdale’s city<br />

administration is making<br />

moves, shuffling deck<br />

chairs with a batch of fresh<br />

promotions, Acting City<br />

Manager Susan Grant is<br />

lighting the way for a crew<br />

of city workers stepping up<br />

the ladder, as recognized by<br />

Grant in a statement released<br />

early Thursday.<br />

Laura Reece is taking<br />

the helm as Acting Assistant<br />

City Manager, not wasting<br />

a moment to dive into<br />

overseeing some of the city’s<br />

heavy hitters such as Finance<br />

and Human Resources.<br />

Alongside Reece, Ben Rogers<br />

manages everything from<br />

Parks and Recreation to the<br />

Real Estate Office.<br />

Yvette Matthews is<br />

stepping in as Acting Director<br />

of the Office of Management<br />

and Budget. She’s the<br />

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew<br />

Hanchar, Navy Office of Community Outreach<br />

YOKOSUKA, Japan - Petty Officer 2nd Class Davion<br />

Cook, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, serves in Japan<br />

aboard a forward-deployed U.S. Navy warship.<br />

Cook graduated from North East High School in 2018.<br />

First AME Pastor Defends Bankruptcy Filing for FAME Corp<br />

Says it was “the last thing” he wanted to do.<br />

Pastor Robert Shaw, Pastor of First AME Church Los<br />

Angeles.<br />

(Photo: First AME Church, Los Angeles)<br />

By Los Angeles Wave Staff<br />

In response to the recent financial decisions, Pastor Robert<br />

Shaw from First AME Church has issued a statement in<br />

defense of the church’s choice to file for bankruptcy protection<br />

for three of its entities: Fame Assistance Corporation, Fame<br />

Housing Corporation, and FAME/Good Shepherd Center<br />

Housing Development, as of May 1.<br />

<strong>The</strong> move comes in the wake of severe financial difficulties<br />

attributed to what has been described as mismanagement and<br />

unfair business practices by the church’s leadership following<br />

Reverend Cecil Murray’s tenure. Pastor Robert Shaw disclosed<br />

that problematic transactions and the misallocation of assets by<br />

the previous administration had left the church in a precarious<br />

financial state, necessitating the filing to stave off further fiscal<br />

damage.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> last thing I wanted these entities to do was file<br />

for Bankruptcy protection, but the three involved FAME<br />

corporations had assets that were encumbered or otherwise<br />

transferred to other parties under questionable circumstances,<br />

numbers guru tasked with<br />

keeping Fort Lauderdale’s<br />

finances straight and<br />

narrow. Mopped up into<br />

the role of Acting Director<br />

of Transportation and<br />

Mobility, Milos Majstorovic<br />

is being handed the reins<br />

to steer the city’s transport<br />

into the future. Meanwhile,<br />

Anthony Fajardo has been<br />

tapped for a well-deserved<br />

promotion, taking the lead<br />

in the Development Services<br />

Department, Neighbor Support,<br />

Information Technology<br />

Services, and Agenda<br />

Coordination.<br />

“<strong>The</strong>se promotions reflect<br />

the outstanding contributions<br />

and admirable work ethic<br />

displayed by these individuals<br />

throughout their tenure with<br />

the city,” said Grant. For more<br />

details on the promotions and<br />

the future plans for these<br />

trailblazers, set your sights on<br />

the City of Fort Lauderdale’s<br />

official statement.<br />

Fort Lauderdale native serves aboard forward-deployed<br />

Navy warship in Japan<br />

“<strong>The</strong> last thing I wanted these entities to do was file for Bankruptcy<br />

protection, but the three involved FAME corporations had assets<br />

that were encumbered or otherwise transferred to other parties<br />

under questionable circumstances, creating an untenable<br />

financial situation for the church,” Pastor Robert Shaw of First<br />

AME Church said in a statement released by the church. “<strong>The</strong><br />

perceived mismanagement and unfair business practices in the<br />

administration that came after Rev Murray sparked a chain of<br />

events that led the three involved Fame entities to where they are<br />

now. That status forced us to move quickly to avoid additional<br />

damage.”<br />

creating an untenable financial situation for the church,”<br />

Shaw said in a statement released by the church. “<strong>The</strong><br />

perceived mismanagement and unfair business practices in the<br />

administration that came after Rev Murray sparked a chain<br />

of events that led the three involved Fame entities to where<br />

they are now. That status forced us to move quickly to avoid<br />

additional damage.”<br />

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Petty Officer 2nd Class Davion Cook,<br />

(Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bryan Niegel)<br />

<strong>The</strong> skills and values needed to succeed in the Navy are<br />

similar to those found in Fort Lauderdale.<br />

“Before I enlisted in the Navy I went to college and was<br />

taught great time management,” said Cook. “Being where I<br />

needed to be on time and completing tasks on time has helped<br />

me in my time in the Navy. Teamwork was also a huge skill set<br />

that also is important here in the Navy.”<br />

Cook joined the Navy three years ago. Today, Cook serves<br />

as an electronics technician.<br />

“I joined the Navy to grow outside of my comfort zone and<br />

be part of something bigger than myself,” said Cook. “<strong>The</strong> Navy<br />

provides unique experiences that are not available to everyone<br />

and that I would not have had back home.”<br />

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First Baptist Church Piney Grove Celebrates 120 Years with Mortgage Burning Event from FP<br />

one of faith, perseverance, and the<br />

unwavering support of the congregation<br />

at large.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> burning of the mortgage<br />

symbolizes not only financial freedom but<br />

also the faithfulness of our congregation<br />

and the blessings we have received over<br />

the years.” Rev. Dr. Ezra Tillman, Jr.,<br />

Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church<br />

Piney Grove. Pastor Tillman was called<br />

to Piney Grove in March 2023. “My<br />

first order of business was to put a plan<br />

in place for us to become a debt free<br />

congregation”. This would include paying<br />

off the mortgage along with other debt the<br />

church has accrued. Out of obedience to<br />

tithe and offerings, along with sacrificial<br />

giving from the membership, First<br />

Baptist Church Piney Grove was able pay<br />

off their mortgage within five months!<br />

<strong>The</strong> mortgage burning ceremony<br />

will take place on Wednesday, May 15,<br />

2024 at 7pm at 4699 W. Oakland Blvd,<br />

Lauderdale Lakes, FL. <strong>The</strong> event will<br />

feature special guest Dr. Marcus D.<br />

Davidson and New Mount Olive Baptist<br />

Church, speeches from church leaders,<br />

a symbolic burning of the mortgage<br />

documents. Members of the community,<br />

past and present, are invited to join in<br />

this momentous occasion.<br />

First Baptist Church Piney Grove.<br />

invites all to join in this celebration of<br />

faith, community, and history. For more<br />

information, please contact the church<br />

office at (954) 735-1500.<br />

About First Baptist Church Piney<br />

Grove: First Baptist Church Piney Grove<br />

is a Baptist church located in Lauderdale<br />

Lakes, FL. Founded in 1904, the church<br />

is the oldest church in South Florida,<br />

serving the community for 120 years,<br />

providing spiritual guidance, fellowship,<br />

and support to its members, community,<br />

and the world.<br />

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