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Schools respond to community pressure
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Schools respond to community pressure
By MARGARITA SWEETING
Special to South Florida Times
FMU/8A
Dr. Clark-Artis
Inauguration
district, but also for the mature, legitimate, and respectable manner
in which our community addressed
Miami-Dade County Public issues of equity, fairness, and acSchools Superintendent Alberto cess.”
The presentation came after the
Carvalho promised the implementation of what he called “poli- Committee for Fair Access and Equitable Distribution
cies, procedures, and
of Public Contracts,
practices,” that would
a committee estabaddress recommendations made by com- DISPARITY STUDY lished by the Urban
League, the NAACP,
munity leaders after
and the BAC Funding
an audit of a recent
Corporation,
made
disparity study.
T. Willard Fair, president and a list of 15 recommendations after
CEO of the Urban League of Great- reviewing the results of the disparer Miami was optimistic that Carv- ity study. Carvalho agreed to 12 of
alho’s commitment would move the them looking for most to come to
school board in a positive direction. fruition within a four month period.
“It’s a viable time frame if he’s
“We have a reason to celebrate,”
said Fair. “Not only are we elated serious,” said Ron Frazier, CEO of
over the recommendations that are
being implemented by the school
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T. Willard Fair
FILE PHOTO
Alberto Carvalho
Oprah Winfrey salutes the mission of Estella Pyfrom
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By DAPHNE TAYLOR
Special to South Florida Times
PALM BEACH
Diaspora
Weekly
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY M. JURY
It's not everyday that Oprah Winfrey comes calling! But when she
does, most people are sure to answer
the call! Recently, the Oprah Winfrey
Network (OWN), called on West Palm
Beach's own, Estella Pyfrom, founder
and creator of Estella's Brilliant Bus!
PHOTO COURTESY OF ESTELLA PYFROM
In the past year and a half, Estella's
MOBILE
LEARNING:
Bus
travels to needy neighBrilliant Bus, an elaborate computer
borhoods to teach children.
lab on wheels which travels to impoverished areas teaching kids computher various philanthropic work. Pyfrom
ers, has been acknowledged worldwide,
including at the White House, for its inno- will be featured as part of "Oprah's The
vative mobile computer. And clearly, Py- Life You Want Weekend" tour, which
from was ecstatic to meet President Barack comes to Miami, October 24 and 25 to
Obama and former President George H.W. the American Airlines Arena. On that
Bush and their two First Ladies. No doubt, Friday evening, “Lady O” will take to the
it was an undeniable honor. But when stage in a solo act for two hours. But on
Oprah's company called a few weeks ago, that Saturday, Oprah's hand-picked exPyfrom couldn't believe it. “How could perts and motivational speakers will enyou not get excited about Oprah?” she gage and delight the crowd with ways to
quipped from her living room just days change their lives. It is also on Saturday that
after OWN and Harpo Studios wrapped
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filming her at home and about town for
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Estella Pyfrom
STATE
Former lieutenant governor
says Scott and staff bullied her
BROWARD
By MICHELLE HOLLINGER
Special to South Florida Times
at New Birth Faith Cathedral in Miami
on Tuesday. Speaking to the audience of
about 100 bible study attendees, Carroll
Weeks before Gov. Rick Scott’s bid for made clear her disdain for Scott, implying
re-election is decided, his former lieu- that he thought he was God because of the
tenant governor has released a book that way that he treated her.
“I stood here during the campaign in
explains why he shouldn’t prevail. The
174-page, “When You Get There,” is Jen- 2010 to ask you for your vote,” she said. “I
nifer Carroll’s autobiography and the two also took a lot of heat for supporting the
years of her life as the first black woman to positions in our campaign, but I was willserve as the state’s second-in command is ing to come into a territory where you
probably will never see another Republia part of her story.
Carroll, a retired U.S. Navy lieuten- can coming to ask you for your vote. But
this one I did because I value you
ant commander, signed copies of
as a person.”
her book
Carroll wrote in her book that
she worked with black political consultant Clarence McKee in the 2010
campaign, to devise a plan to reach
out to black voters with local newspapers, radio and phone calls and
despite the Scott campaign’s objections, she attended a forum in
Miami hosted by Curry, who also
hosts a popular radio show and is
a former president of the MiamiDade branch of the N.A.A.C.P.
“The campaign didn’t want it,
but I did it anyway,” writes Carroll, who now works as a political consultant for WJXT, Channel 4 in Jacksonville.
In thanking Bishop Victor
Curry for inviting her to speak
and to sign books, Carroll saluted Curry for being “smart
enough to know not to be
threatened by powerful women,” she said regarding the
women on Curry’s staff.
“Some men, think they’re
God, they act like they’re
God, they control your life,
they manipulate you, they
do all these things, they’re in
control and have the power
over you. That happened
to me when I was in office,”
said Carroll “For a woman
PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHELLE HOLLINGER in politics, in a non-traditional
AUTOBIOGRAPHY: Former Lieutenant Governor Jennifer
Carroll tells all about why Governor Scott is wrong for Florida.
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PHOTO COURTESY OF BROWARD SCHOOL BOARD
Robert Runcie
For Runcie equal
opportunity is
schools’ priority
By ALLISON HORTON
Special to South Florida Times
Superintendent of Broward County
Public Schools, Robert W. Runcie seeks to
provide the leadership needed to ensure
that black businesses will share in the
contracts and other benefits from the $800
million school bond, if approved by voters
in November, 2014.
Broward County Public Schools have
placed a referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot
seeking a 30-year, $800 million bond to
make critical repairs to its 300 buildings,
school officials said.
The referendum is expected to create
8,800 jobs and have a $1.2 billion impact on
the local economy, according to an independent study school officials commissioned.
But what is being done to ensure
black business owners get a share of the
economic pie? If the referendum is approved, Broward County public schools
will seek contractors in construction,
technology and professional services such as legal and accounting. The
South Florida Times spoke with Broward
County Public School Supt. Robert W.
Runcie about how the school system
plans to assist minorities in gaining contract opportunities.
“That is a huge priority for me,” Runcie said. “We are making sure companies are getting prepared for the scale
of the project, obtaining sufficient bonding capacity and partnering where appropriate.”
Some of the school system’s efforts
include restructuring the purchasing
department, hiring a new purchasing
director and creating a new office of
supplier diversity and outreach, Runcie
said. School officials have also begun
speaking with minority suppliers such
as construction companies about building to capacity to take advantage of the
major projects.
“I want to make sure the community
is ready to competitively bid and deliver high quality services as opportunities
emerge,” Runcie said. “On our end, we
will try to make sure the size of the bids
we send out are structured to create maximum opportunities for local businesses.”
Black business owners should make
sure they are a part of the planning process before contract bidding begins, said
Adora Obie Nweze, president of the Miami Dade branch of the NAACP and president of the Florida State Conference of
the NAACP. She encouraged black business owners to submit recommendations
on how to address issues facing the black
business community and to monitor the
process.
“Get something in writing in case
leadership changes,” Obie Nweze said.
“Black professionals should identify issues and work on the front end to address
them.”
If the referendum is passed, Broward
County public schools plan to make several critical repairs to roofs, air conditioning systems, windows and doors, Runcie
said. The funds will also be used to replace outdated fire alarm and video camera systems.
Computers in the schools will also be
updated, Runcie said.
“More than 60 percent of computers are over five years old,” Runcie said.
“There is a 5 to 1 student to computer ratio, which is very high.”
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Brilliant bus yields brilliant tributes for WPB women
ESTELLA, FROM 1A
Pyfrom's story will be featured on the big
screens at the arena, as part of an acknowledgment and a "thank you" for do-gooders from the local area. According to Chelsea Hettrick, Director of Communications
for OWN, there is a call for online submissions in each market that “Oprah’s The Life
You Want Weekend” is visiting this fall for
people who deserve a “Standing Ovation.”
Pyfrom has been selected as one of those
individuals. "Throughout the event, we will
be referencing various local community
members who are making a difference,"
said Hettrick. Limited tickets are still available at www.oprahweekend.com.
There are others who will be honored
in Miami, but Hettrick said she is not at
liberty to provide their names or information at this time. She would also not
reveal whether the honorees will personally be greeted by Oprah, but it is a fact
that Oprah’s team is giving Pyfrom star
treatment - sending a chauffer-driven car
to pick her up from her West Palm Beach
home, driving her to the arena in Miami!
A producer from Harpo Studios in Chicago, and four other crew members spent
two full days with Pyfrom, interviewing her,
her family, staff, and those impacted by her
high tech mobile computer lab. The crew
filmed her at Village Academy in Delray
Beach, a very unique model school which
PHOTO COURTESY OF ESTELLA PYFROM
COMPUTER TRAINING: Estella teaches community children computer lessons on Estella’s Brilliant Bus.
goes from Head Start through 12th grade.
It's been a whirlwind for the 77-year
old Pyfrom, who, for the past year and a
half has been non-stop with the "Brilliant
Bus," even taking it on the road in August
to New Orleans for the Essence Festival's
first ever #YESWECODE Tech Village.
She took nearly 100 kids with her, and
both the boys and girls groups from Estella's Brilliant Bus won first place in a coding
contest - building mobile apps, and competing with kids from around the world.
Ironically, Pyfrom didn't learn the computer until the age of 70, and it was at age 71
that she took her retirement pension and
savings, bought a tour bus, and outfitted it
with 18 high tech computers, thus starting
her "computer bus," hoping to bridge the
technology gap between the privileged
and those from underserved communities. “We go to places where there’s a great
need. We’re not looking to glide on ‘Easy
Street.’We want to know how we could help
them improve and overcome some of their
greatest challenges,” said Pyfrom, regarding those whom she serves. She says she is
committed to bridging the digital divide.
It was in 2012 that she actually got the
bus off the ground and running, as she
initially put the project on hold during
an illness suffered by her husband. Since
then, however, she's taken her bus from
stadiums to schools and underprivileged
neighborhoods teaching computers to
those in need. The accolades, awards and
honors have poured in ever since. In addition to the White House visit last year,
where she was named a National Point of
Light, she was also recognized as a CNN
Top 10 Hero, hosted by CNN's Anderson
Cooper, and she was featured on NBC's
Nightly News with Brian Williams. She's
been featured in numerous articles in both
newspapers and magazines and has won
countless awards, including being named a
2014 African American Achiever in Broward
County. The Disney Corporation is doing a
documentary on her life, and on October 1316, she will fly to San Francisco for Dreamforce 2014, one of the largest technology
and motivational events in the world. She’ll
be a featured speaker, along with the likes
of Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Anthony Robbins, will.i.am, and many other celebrities,
technology and world leaders. She has also
been contacted by the Steve Harvey show as
well as the Queen Latifah Show. "I'm appreciative of all of the local as well as the national media," said Pyfrom, who maintains she
is still shy, despite all the publicity. But, she
says, she has come out of her shell a lot, since
beginning the project. "I'm getting better at
it (speaking in front of cameras)" she said.
But despite all the fanfare from around
the globe, Pyfrom says it amazes and
disappoints her that she gets more interest, and even more financial support for
her “Brilliant Bus” from far away places
like Africa and United Kingdom, and all
throughout the United States, rather than
from right here at home. "I'm not sure why
that is, but it makes me a bit sad. I need
more local support." she said. She also
indicated that if she could have any wish
for her project, it would be for funding
to pay her staff, which are all volunteers.
Estella's Brilliant Bus is a non-profit business, where volunteers and donations
are greatly appreciated, she said.
For more information or to help out
Estella’s Brilliant Bus in any way, please
reach her at 561-985-1889 or at [email protected]
Betrayal by Scott devastating Runcie promotes contractor access
CARROLL, FROM 1A
role, you will get jabs, you
will get stabbed,”
She said that on March
12, 2013, she was “ambushed” by Scott's chief of
staff, Adam Hollingsworth
and general counsel Pete
Antonacci, who forced her
to resign because of her
past public relations work
for a veterans' group linked
in an internet cafe fraud investigation. Carroll was not
accused of wrongdoing.
“God has a way of shaking us up sometimes, to
either let us know we’re
on the wrong path and we
need to just step off that
path or to get some fools
out of our way,” said Carroll, who explained that
she remained silent about
being bullied and manipulated by Scott’s staff out of
loyalty to him and the Republican party.
“My personal experience with sticking it out
and not listening to my
God at the time when I
should have was sticking
it out with Gov. Scott as his
lieutenant governor, for the
wrong reasons,” she said.
The Republican Party
should have embraced her
historical position as the
first black lieutenant governor and leveraged it to
recruit blacks to the party,
Carroll explained. Instead,
she said, she was “asked to
leave office for something I
had nothing to do with.”
Carroll said the “betrayal” devastated her and
ruined her reputation.
“I was crushed. I was
depressed. I didn’t want to
see the light of day. I really
felt that this was the end
for me,” said Carroll, who
credits God, her family
and “prayer warriors,” with
helping her to recover.
Scott's campaign declined to address Carroll's
specific allegations. A statement issued by spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said
Carroll "made the right
decision for her family by
resigning."
Carroll’s book was published by Advantage, a
South Carolina company on
August 27, her 55th birthday,
and is available at Amazon.
Michelle Hollinger can
be reached at [email protected]
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The $800 million bond is expected to cost the average homeowner in the county
about $50 a year, Runcie said.
If the referendum is approved, he expects open bidding for contracts to begin in
early summer.
Runcie anticipates completing the critical repairs in seven years with $250 million of the $800 million being used for HVAC repairs. He expects the total $800 million to be raised in five years.
A six-month independent needs assessment study determined the 300 buildings
in the Broward County school system has a $3 billion need over the next five years
but Runcie said it is “not a foregone conclusion” to turn to taxpayers for more help.
He expects decreases in the maintenance and energy costs due to repairs to air conditioning systems and roof leakages.
“As we continue to reduce our operating costs, it is going to allow us to have more
dollars available through our millage rate,” Runcie said. “Then we can chip away at
the rest of the work that needs to be done.”
Broward County public schools still maintains $30-$35 million in its annual budgets
for capital projects, Runcie said. On Oct. 30, the school system is holding a contractor
fair at its office at 7770 W. Oakland Park Blvd. to prequalify workers for current construction opportunities to perform repairs at the schools. For more information, contact Broward County public schools office of supplier diversity and outreach at (754) 321-0550.
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Disparity Committee yields results with School Board spending
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board as early as November with final approval as early as December.
Meanwhile, “We’re going to have a
hybrid M/WBE program which shall observe racial and gender goals specific to
contracts,” said Carvalho.
Other recommendations included
implementation of an anti-discrimination
policy and program related to contracting,
procurement, bonding, and financial assistance; a diversity and inclusion policy for
procurement; open channels to community dialogue; and community partnerships.
Everyone present at the meeting saw open
lines of communication as an integral part
to forging change.
“The superintendent was receptive
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and encouraged positive dialogue without
a hint of hostility. As a result, community
issues have been brought to the forefront
and we have worked cooperatively to develop the right and fair approach to positive change,” said Fair.
Working together, Carvalho added,
“is especially important to me because
we cannot do this alone. We must rely on
community partners to position the members of our community with the right skill
set to enter or re-enter the workforce.”
At Tuesday night’s school board meeting, a commercial anti-discrimination diversity and inclusion training resolution
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what could take 60 to 90 days because it
has to go before the board for a vote.”
Carvalho assured committee members that he is moving forward with his
role in these initiatives and expressed a
willingness to work together.
“We presented valid concerns to Superintendent Carvalho, and he responded
in a way that was respectful, and demonstrated his willingness to work together
toward a mutual and fair resolution,” said
Fair.
Carvalho said he’s “actually embraced
the robust conversation in the community
about historic inequities perhaps not created by us but up to us to solve.”
One of the key ways he said this could
be done was through verification of sub
payment information. According to Carvalho, there needs to be inspection, monitoring and compliance. So, the Office of
Economic Opportunity has already crafted a compliance and monitoring system
that will provide real-time data reporting
on workforce compliance.
Additionally, M-DCPS has agreed to
reinstate the Minority/Women Business
Enterprise (M/WBE) program. The plan
is to bring the policy before the school
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Opinion
Will Florida’s black voters
make a difference?
WHAT WE THINK
Conspiracy?
One has to wonder whether the primary threat to
the life of President Obama and the First Family comes
from outside of the United States; from extremists in
the Middle East, from those within the United Statesextremists from red states or from the Secret Service
tasked with guarding them. Never in the history of
America has this question found legitimacy. Today, unfortunately, it does.
It seems to have started when the mere prospect of
Obama’s victory began to spread throughout the nation. Early in the discrediting effort was the attack on his
birth certificate, alleging that he certainly is not a “real”
American. Then, Obama was cast a Marxist, a Socialist,
an Islamic sympathizer and more. Former House Speaker
Newt Gingrich said Obama displays “Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior” and numerous other derogatory comments
from members of Congress, the Senate and throughout
spheres of influence in the United States were heard.
Throughout Obama’s tenure as president, patriot
groups have grown from approximately 150 to nearly
1100 and the numbers continue to grow.
While political support for the president was sufficient
to elect him in 2008 and again in 2012, the hate growing
in America that is directed at the first black president
continues to swell. Threats to kill the president began in
2008 with skinhead members, and then grew to neo-Nazi
groups and other extremists on America’s shores. A national conspiracy to cause the demise of the president is
alive and well among these groups and many more.
The mission of the Secret Service is first to protect the
President of the United States and the first family. The institution of the presidency must, at all costs be guaranteed.
After all, he is the most powerful person in the world.
But one must ask, with the rising-tide of hate throughout our nation, should protection of the president require
more or less vigilance than ever before particularly
since threats to Obama are three times more than to any
other president?
Is allowing a man with a gun onto the president’s
elevator fulfilling the Secret Service’s mission? When
bullets hit the White House and days pass before any
investigation occurs, demonstrate a lack of protection
for the most powerful man in the world? Is allowing a
man to run into the White House, run past the stairway
to the first family’s residence and be allowed to live, reflect the phenominal skills of the Secret Service or does
this resemble a willingness to watch, or engineer the
demise of a president?
Will Rick Scott remain Florida’s governor or will Charlie Crist beat him in the November 4th election? Unfortunately for many black people, whether “under the tree”
or downtown sipping lattes, neither candidate Crist nor
incumbent Scott registers excitement.
However, precisely because most black voters are
Democrats, they will, more than likely, hold their noses
and vote a democratic slate right down the line. Charlie
Crist, now running as a Democrat after badly losing the
2010 U. S. Senate race as an Independent to ultra-conservative Republican Marko Rubio, is keenly aware of black
voting habits.
(Unless you were under a rock or are pained to remember the debacle, then black Democratic Congressman Kendrick Meek, who could not win the 2010 Senate
race, assisted Rubio by splitting the black vote with Crist.
So Rubio won the race by one percentage point. Selfish,
stupid stuff flushed the black vote right down the drain.
Rubio doesn’t owe black people a thing!)
Charlie Crist was the Republican governor of Florida
from 2007 to 2011. In 2010 he became an Independent
and in 2012 he switched to the Democratic Party and supported Barack Obama’s successful reelection bid. Scott
squeaked by in 2010 and became governor with the help
of his black female running mate Jennifer Carroll and
some 60 thousand black Republican votes. Under very
suspicious circumstances, Scott sidelined, then got rid of,
Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll.
A chagrined Alcee Hastings, the very popular black
Democratic Congressman from Miramar is on record
for going-off on Charlie Crist for not naming a black to
his hoped to be cabinet. Early on there was speculation
that Crist would name a black as his lieutenant governor
running mate, but he didn’t. Instead he chose Annette
Taddeo, the female Hispanic Democratic Party leader of
Miami-Dade County.
Taddeo is a 47-year-old successful businesswoman
whose full name is Annette J. Taddeo-Goldstein. Her
father, Anthony Taddeo was an Italian-American from
New Jersey and her mother is Colombian. Annette
came to America as a 17 year-old and lived in Huntsville, Ala. She converted to Judaism and married Eric
Goldstein, but does not use her married name on the
ballot.
After being named Charlie Crist’s running mate, it was
learned that candidate Taddeo’s voter registration says
she is “non-Hispanic white.” Her staff denied that she was
aware of that. So with Taddeo-Goldstein for lieutenant
governor, Crist has the first Hispanic female candidate for
that position who is a popular party leader and prodigious
fundraiser. And, she can deliver coveted Jewish and Hispanic votes.
Apparently, Charlie Crist figures he knows how to woo
black voters. His office in the heart of Fort Lauderdale’s
black community is filled with young, white political people and a few black community workers. Crist will be very
visible at important black affairs during this final month of
campaigning. He will especially make the rounds of key
black churches throughout the state.
Now here’s a candidate who wants black votes, but refuses to name a black person to his cabinet! Here's a man
that wants to be governor, again, but he offers no discernable quid pro quo for black votes. Charlie may make it
happen because he knows black voting habits. Blacks will
either vote for him or stay home. The end game is to keep
black votes from going to Scott.
Since Charlie Crist nixed a black person as his lieutenant governor running mate and, thus far, no black person has been named to anything, Congressman Hastings
suggests Gertrude Walker of Fort Pierce for Secretary of
State. Walker is the longtime black Supervisor of Elections
for St. Lucie County.
Gertrude Walker has been with the Supervisor of Elections office for 32 years and has acquired an encyclopedic
knowledge of election laws and processes. The Secretary of
State has become a pivotal position nationally in interpreting election laws and implementing rules and procedures.
As Elections Supervisor, Walker is not free from controversy having won wars against the Tea Party, former
black conservative Congressman Allen West and others.
West and the Tea Party sued Walker’s office charging voter fraud in his 2012 reelection loss to Democrat Patrick
Murphy.
Al Calloway is a longtime journalist who began his career with the Atlanta Inquirer during the early 1960s civil
rights struggle. He is writing a book of essays. He may be
reached at [email protected]
Reaching out, reaching back, reaching down
Are we simply victims of
time and place? Or are we
really Captains of our fate?
I just spent a lovely four
days on the False River, actually an ‘ox bow’ lake that was
once part of the Mississippi River. The False River has made
a significant impression on the land surrounding it- it is very
fertile: sugar cane, cotton, pecans, and other vegetables are
grown there. And, ‘naked ladies’, beautiful red wild flowers,
pop up all around.
The nearest town, New Roads, is in the heart of one
of the oldest Parishes in Louisiana - settled in the 1700s
by the French. All things French still dominates the area,
and is well preserved: the culture, the names on the street
signs and on storefronts, as well as the surnames of the
folk - both Cajun and Creole (I admit that at first glance, I
find it difficult to always tell the difference between those
two groups). Whites and blacks round out the populationseemingly totally integrated, or at least, de-segregated.
Things look beautiful around the False River. The land
is abundant with plantings, and the surface appears to be
one of prosperity and growth: a Walmart had just opened
in town. A young black Mayor is credited for bringing
much of the new-found prosperity to the town.
Despite appearances, the friend I was visiting regaled
me with how the region is rife with un/underemployment,
dismal education achievement, and a growing resignation to being ‘on the dole’ amongst too many blacks who
live there.
My friend expressed her concern how acceptable it
was for generations of folk to no longer try to get
education, training, and subsequently employment
at a living wage. That in fact, many folks accept receipt
of subsidies over their lifetime as a normal way of life.
Years ago, during a program I hosted on Cable television, I interviewed a professor of Anthropology/Sociology (FIU) who explained that during slavery, and
immediately after emancipation, blacks had little or no
incentive to work (at subsistence wages) and that legacy has had a lingering effect. It’s hard to argue against
that theory.
Barring the exceptions of a few entrepreneurs, intellectuals, inventors, and those spurred on by their internal
drive for greatness (teachers, artists, nurses, scientists,
and other candidates for semi-sainthood) I tend to agree
with the professor. Why work?
One hundred fifty years after the ‘emancipation’, I
often still hear one reason that many blacks don’t want
to work- or have few incentives to ‘labor’ is that we were
forced to work in America as chattel slaves, and if only we
were left in Africa……we would not be forced to work. At
least that is the wistful sentiment often heard.
Yet, I wonder. If we were still in Africa, what would we
be doing?
Now we know that not all of us were Princes, Princesses, Chiefs or other noble-born who were captured and
traded into enslavement. There had to have been some
goat herders in the group! I suspect there was dignity in
that role, in Africa.
I suspect there must also have been dignity in tending
fires, raising children, hunting and gathering, and all the
other ‘jobs’ required to keep the African society intact.
In fact, there was probably dignity in any work not
done under the whip or under threat of death for not
working.
Therein lies the rub.
We are not in Africa. Haven’t been for so long. This is
the only system we know. And what do we know?
We know that people don’t have to remain trapped in
a cycle of hopelessness, or fantasy.
While we are no longer chattel slaves, too many black
minds are still wrapped in the chains of the legacy of
whips and chains, and the hanging ropes. What needs to
be done to loosen that grip?
It will be nearly impossible as long as black boys remain targets for murder; as long as black girls’ lives are
not equally valued as white girls; as long as black men are
incarcerated instead of educated; as long as black women continue to earn less than all other working groups; as
long as we are not free in Africa but discounted in America.
I just hope that if you are one of the ones who has
‘escaped’; have pulled yourself up by your bootstraps;
have developed your brain muscle and studied or
thought your way out of the ghetto; have moved on up;
have ‘made it’ in any other way; I hope you keep one
hand reaching out, reaching back, reaching down, in
order to pull some one or more of your fellows along
with you.
What’s the alternative?
Antonia Williams-Gary may be reached at [email protected]
gmail.com
Amendment 2-Florida Smoking Gun - NO
Pot, weed, reefer, grass—whatever you
call it, it is still marijuana!
Florida voters will soon vote on whether
to legalize marijuana for “medical” use
under Amendment 2.
This dangerous Amendment must be
viewed in the context of its impact on the
quality of life for Floridians-especially
children. It signals a potential turning
point in our state’s history.
Under the pretense of helping the sick,
Amendment 2 would label marijuana
“medicine” resulting in it being dispensed, not just to the so-called sick, but
to children of all ages as well—without parental consent!
I support efforts to help those suffering from real debilitating illnesses, but
Amendment 2 goes far beyond that worthy cause. It is nothing more than “smoking gun” evidence of a back door attempt
to legalize recreational use of marijuana
in Florida.
We cannot afford to make this wrong
turn!
So why is it so dangerous?
After reviewing the full text of this
Amendment—and not just the deceptive
ballot summary-- I agree!
In addition to not telling us that the
Amendment does NOT require a doctor’s
prescription, just a certification; or, that it
gives a broad grant of immunity from civil
and criminal liability to those who dispense, sell or use pot , it also:
• Allows so-called “caregivers” with NO
required medical training and NO background checks to dispense medical pot—
even if they are drug dealers—as long as
they are at least 21 years of age.
• Places NO restrictions on the location
of so-called “medical marijuana treatment
centers” (“pot shops”)—that could locate
near a store or school in your neighborhood; and,
• Imposes NO age limit on users;
• Allows teens to get marijuana WITHOUT parental consent; and,
• Permits marijuana to be put into food
such as brownies and snacks which can
be accidently ingested by children.
How many “caregivers” and “pot shops”
are we talking about?
The Florida Department of Health estimates that there will be nearly 24,000
“caregivers” in Broward; 34,000 in MiamiDade; and 15,000 in Palm Beach counties
alone and over 400,000 statewide. As to
pot shops, the estimate for Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties are
168, 239, and126, respectively and nearly
2,000 statewide!
As one can see, underneath Amendment
2’s “covers of compassion, ” lies a viperous threat to the health, safety and quality
of life of our neighborhoods, families and
children. It takes an illegal drug--whose
potency has tripled over the past twenty
years--calls it medicine--and unleashes it
on an uninformed and unsuspecting public—and children.
Parents and grandparents should be
concerned about Amendment 2’s potential negative impact on children?
According to the National Institute on
Drug Abuse, in 2012, nearly 25 percent of
10th graders admitted to smoking marijuana. As to the drug itself, it said that
marijuana’s negative effects include impairing memory, learning skills; attention
and judgment.
That’s why Amendment 2 is smoking
gun evidence of an all-out cultural and
secular war on our children and families.
In no way, even under the pretense of
medicine, should we make marijuana legal in Florida.
It would pose a real and present danger
to all communities, but especially those in
low income neighborhoods many of which
are already suffering from the ravages of
drug violence, addiction and poor schools.
At a time when African-American high
school graduation rates are below all
other ethnic groups in the our state, this is
no time to give pot respectability to our
youth by opening the “medi-pot” flood
gates and making things even worse.
This is a call to arms, Florida!
I am not alone in opposing this dangerous Amendment. The Florida Medical Association, the Florida Chamber of
Commerce, and seven former Members
of the Florida Supreme Court have all announced their opposition.
Amendment 2 must be shot down!
Let them know that we are not willing to
risk the future of our children!
As South Florida Times columnist Al
Calloway wrote a few months ago:
“I have rarely met a dope fiend that didn’t
start out smoking weed. I’m talking pill poppers to heroin addicts, coke sorters to crack
and opium smokers. People who smoke
marijuana sooner or later tend to dabble
with other drugs and many get caught-up.”
And, so it will be with medical pot.
I urge everyone to Vote No on Amendment 2.
Reverend O’Neal Dozier is Senior Pastor, The Worldwide Christian Center Church,
Pompano Beach, Florida; Former Board
Member, One Church, One Child; and, former
Member of the 17th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission serving Broward County.
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Caribbean
Caribbean Exceptionalism
Broward
County
Commissioner Dale
Holness, Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Crist, Attorney
Marlon Hill, and Host
Pam Watson at the
“Islanders for Crist”
fundraiser and get
out the vote effort in
Davie, Florida on Sunday, October 5, 2014.
PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID I. MUIR
Calibe Thompson
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By CALIBE THOMPSON
Special to South Florida Times
You can imagine my surprise when in response to my first SFLTimes Op Ed on being Caribbean American rather than African
American, a reader informed me that I should be grateful for all
that African Americans have done to pave the way for us “aliens”
to be here. I never meant to start a war with anyone. I did mean to
start a conversation about celebrating our uniqueness and differences. I personally believe everyone from every culture should
celebrate the things that make them exceptional.
That said, I recently discovered that the word “exceptionalism” does not, by definition, imply superiority. But conservative
American writers have promoted its use in that way and that’s how
I want to use it to start another conversation. I want to talk about
Caribbean Exceptionalism - that something about our people that
makes us extraordinary.
It’s funny that as proud and exceptional as we Caribbean folks
often are individually, we don’t generally talk about ourselves that
way as a community. But we should. As a region, even as individual countries, I’m not sure what I can point to us doing that’s super
spectacular. But our sons and daughters individually, at home and
abroad, certainly are doing exceptional things, and have been for
generations.
From sportsmen like the now omnipresent Jamaican Usain
Bolt, and Trinidadian Olympic champion Ato Boldon, who was
the featured interview on the premier episode of The Caribbean Diaspora Weekly, to political powerhouses like Barbadian
Attorney General Eric Holder and world class entertainers like
Beyoncé Knowles of Bahamian heritage, Caribbean blood runs in
every echelon of popular culture and societal influence. The list
of names I referred to in the perspective is pretty extensive. I’d
say for a few tiny islands that are still referred to as “third world
countries”, we’re pretty amazing.
Watch the premier episode of The Caribbean Diaspora Weekly on our website, to explore some of the reasons I think we excel
wherever we go. Set your DVR or go to early church service and be
home by 11:30AM so you don’t miss each Sunday's episode on SFL
/ The CW Network (Ch 39 / Comcast 11).Calibe can be reached at
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Caribbean Bar Association has
its’ annual gala for scholarships
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Caribbean Bar Association past presidents Alison Smith, Schuyler Smith, Carol Green von Kaul, Cherine Smith
Valbrun, Lisa Colon Heron, Sherylle Francis, Pamela Gordon, Sheldon Philp, Robert Vaughn, Marlon Hill, Neil DeLeon and Jerry Hamilton in attendance at the Caribbean Bar Association’s 18th Annual Scholarship Banquet,
Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Hotel on Saturday, October 4, 2014
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FOR THE WOMEN: Flanked by Pink Strydes CEO Cynthia Holloman, left, and Secretary Pascale Bonnegue, right, is designer Latara King. “We’ve incorporated some professional models
with our breast cancer survivors,” said Holloman, “to make our survivors feel comfortable
about what they’re doing as they walk down the runway.”
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Pink
Strydes
celebrating
founder
Robinson’s
legacy
Know About The Free
Cancer Help Line
By the National Cancer Institute
By C.B. HANIF
Special to South Florida Times
willing to share that with the public. So I wasn’t sure that we
would be able to pull it off.
“But Vanessa was tenacious,” said Holloman. “She had
WEST PALM BEACH — As Breast Cancer Awareness a boldness about her and a way about her that people
Month moves into high gear, the organizers of one of the most warmed up to, and they were willing to come aboard when
fashionable nights in Palm Beach County have prepared a they knew that she headed this project.” When the crowds
special tribute to the pink event’s late founder.
streamed into that first show, Holloman said, “I knew that this
Cancer
took
cosmetologist,
was something we had to continue
entrepreneur and educator Vanessa
because they believed in what we
IF YOU GO
Robinson from this world on April 23.
were doing. “
More than 400 people packed her May WHAT: Pink Strydes Affair
That early dream is reality thanks to
3 memorial service at Inlet Grove High
her friend of 27 years, who Holloman
WHEN:
Saturday,
Oct.
11,
7
p.m.
School in Riviera Beach.
said “started her own business very
Now her friends and supporters WHERE: Palm Beach County Convenyoung, maintained it up until her
say they’re determined to preserve tion Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd.
death, and was well known as one of
Robinson’s legacy as founder of the Pink
the best hairdressers, cosmetologists
Strydes organization and its signature West Palm Beach
and platform artists in Palm Beach
fundraising event.
County. To lose her at such a young
COST: $35 in advance; $40 at door
The third annual Pink Strydes Affair,
age, at 42, I’m still having a hard time
celebrating the lives of breast cancer INFO: Visit pinkstrydes.org
coming to grips with that.”
survivors, is set for Saturday, Oct. 11 at the
But Pink Strydes is “everything
Palm Beach County Convention Center,
that she envisioned this organization
650 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Doors open at 7 to be,” Holloman said. “We recognized that women of color
p.m.; the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 advance, $40 at needed an outlet and a resource to come to, other than the
the door and can be purchased at pinkstrydes.org
major ones that are looking at research for breast cancer, but
The benefit event, part of the 501(c)3 nonprofit didn’t touch their daily needs.
organization’s $250,000 campaign, showcases cutting-edge
“That’s how we came about. And we realized that we
designers and fashions strutted on the catwalk by women of needed to be known for more than just the fashion show. We
all ages, sizes and ethnicities. This year’s host is comedian needed to be there as a support to women. And the way we
and actress Cocoa Brown (star of Tyler Perry’s “For Better or can do that is by our initiatives.”
Worse”), with the event preceded by a tailgate party, music,
Pink Strydes increasingly is offering full service support
free food and a chance to get mammograms.
for women going through breast cancer, she said, such as early
Pink Strydes CEO Cynthia Holloman said the organization detection education, and help with medication co-pays, with
was conceived after Robinson was diagnosed with breast assisted living, with children, and with daily activities they can’t
cancer on Jan. 18, 2012, and needed something to help her handle when going through the challenges on their own.
through a mastectomy and related therapies.
“To make the burden a lesser one” is the organization’s
“Every week I went with her to her chemotherapy tagline, Holloman said.
treatments when she had it, and she had pen and paper
“That’s what we’re all about. We want people to
in hand, and we planned the very first Pink Strydes Affair understand how much Vanessa meant to this organization —
fashion show,” Holloman said. They sought women who and how we feel about carrying forth the vision that she had
wanted to tell their stories, “but didn’t find many who were for Pink Strydes.”
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MAMMOPALOOZA
BETHESDA, Md., Sept. 24, 2014 — An African American man in his 60's
has read about a new targeted therapy for lung cancer. His friend, a pack
a day smoker for over 30 years, was recently diagnosed with lung cancer.
He wants to know more about this treatment option and what side effects his
friend might experience.
Every day, people in the African-American community have questions
about cancer, whether about their own fight with the disease, or about a
family member, a friend or a co-worker. The National Cancer Institute (NCI)
can help you get the answers to your questions over the telephone at no
cost to you. When you call 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237), a free and
confidential service of the NCI, a cancer information specialist is ready and
willing to assist you on the line, taking as much time as you need to answer
the questions that you have about cancer.
The Cancer Information Service (CIS) is available to everyone. But
given how cancer health disparities are affecting African Americans and
other minority communities, the NCI is encouraging more members of
communities of color to learn about and use the service. One way to address
cancer health disparities is to make sure all communities have access to the
same information. Statistics show that African Americans have the nation's
highest cancer rates and number of deaths.
When you call 1-800-4-CANCER, a highly trained information specialist
will provide you with information that is right for you based on your unique
situation. While information specialists can provide answers to many
questions and help you understand more about cancer, they do not take
the place of a doctor and cannot provide medical advice. What they can do,
however, is direct you to sources of reliable and accurate cancer information.
In fact, that is what the CIS was created to do – to connect the calling public
with accurate and useful cancer education information. This includes
helping people use our website, which contains cancer information tailored
specifically to African Americans, including articles, videos, and even audio
files (www.cancer.gov/lifelines).
"When a person contacts the CIS, their personal information is kept
confidential and they receive tailored responses to their questions about
cancer," said Mary Anne Bright, who heads the CIS. "Often, a patient or
their loved ones contact CIS for information about cancer prevention, early
detection, symptoms, questions to ask their doctor, cancer treatment and/
or palliative care. Our Cancer Information Specialists are highly trained,
caring individuals, who take time to fully address the person's cancer
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Anyone can call 1-800-4-CANCER. A doctor does not need to place the
call for you and you do not have to provide any private information about
insurance or anything else. As a member of the public, you are free to call
and ask questions during the business hours that are Monday through
Friday from 8 a.m. until 8 pm. Eastern Time. Service is offered in English and
Spanish. You can also access Live Help online or even send e-mail. For more
information about the CIS and how you can use the service, go to: http://
www.cancer.gov/aboutnci/cis/page1.
Editor's Note: The preceding article is part of the monthly Lifelines
education and awareness print series that the National Cancer Institute tailors
to African American news and information outlets.
Mammograms
save families.
October 1–31
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EBOLA: Unknown man under the care of healtlh service providers.
1. What is Ebola virus disease?
• Ebola virus disease (formerly known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever) is a severe, often fatal illness, with a death rate of up to 90%. The illness affects humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys,
gorillas, and chimpanzees).
Ebola first appeared in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks, one in a village near the Ebola
River in the Democratic Republic of Congo and
the other in a remote area of Sudan.
The origin of the virus is unknown but fruit
bats (Pteropodidae) are considered the likely
host of the Ebola virus, based on available evidence.
2. How do people become infected with the
virus?
• Human to human transmission. Infection
occurs from direct contact through broken skin
or mucous membranes with the blood, or other
bodily fluids or secretions (stool, urine, saliva, semen) of infected people. Infection can also occur
if broken skin or mucous membranes of a healthy
person come into contact with environments that
have become contaminated with an Ebola patient’s infectious fluids such as soiled clothing,
bed linen, or used needles.
3. What are typical signs and symptoms of
infection?
• Sudden onset of fever, intense weakness,
muscle pain, headache and sore throat are typical signs and symptoms. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, impaired kidney and liver
function, and in some cases, both internal and
external bleeding.
4. When should someone seek medical
care?
• When symptoms occur, seek medical care
immediately.
5. What is the treatment?
• Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. They are frequently dehydrated and
3 cols x 10.5”
need intravenous fluids or oral rehydration with
solutions that contain electrolytes. There is currently no specific treatment to cure the disease.
6. What can I do? Can it be prevented? Is
there a vaccine?
• Currently, there is no licensed medicine or
vaccine for Ebola virus disease, but several products are
under development.
• Listen to and follow directives issued by
your country’s respective Ministry of Health.
• If you suspect someone close to you or in your
community of having Ebola virus disease, immediately encourage and support them in seeking
medical treatment in a healthcare facility.
• If you choose to care for an ill person in your
home, notify public health officials of your intentions so they can train you and provide appropriate personal protective equipment.
• When visiting patients in the hospital or caring for someone at home, hand washing with
soap and water or alcohol based hand rubs is
recommended after touching a patient, being in
contact with their bodily fluids, or touching his/
her surroundings.
• People who have died from Ebola should
only be handled by public health professionals
who are trained in safe burial procedures.
Is it safe to travel with persons who have
Ebola?
• If the individual has not developed symptoms they cannot transmit Ebola to those around
them.
• Is it safe to travel to West Africa on business
or to visit family and friends?
The risk of a tourist or businessman/woman
becoming infected with Ebola virus during a
visit to the affected areas and developing disease
after returning is extremely low, even if the visit
included travel to the local areas from which primary cases have been reported.
• Travelers should avoid all contact with infected patients.
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2014
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Florida Memorial University extends a heartfelt thank you to all of the Presidential
Inauguration Sponsors and the community at-large for supporting the inauguration
of Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, 13th President of Florida Memorial University and the
first woman appointed to the position.
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WPB tackles youth violence with new program
Staff Report
WEST PALM BEACH — City leaders
hope a new program backed by federal
dollars will curb youth violence and improve the health and well-being of children and teenagers in less affluent areas.
West Palm Beach is one of only nine
cities nationwide chosen by the federal
Department of Health & Human Services
and the federal Department of Justice to
receive funding for the program.
The grant, in the amount of $340,000
per year for three years will be used to target 60 at-risk children between the ages of
10 and 18. The program will be part of the
city’s Youth Empowerment Center.
The children will participate in programs that will cover everything from
preventing youth violence to how to become more aware of good nutrition. Gang
prevention and teaching the participants
about what services are available to help
them are also part of the program.
The program will also provide for a
West Palm Beach police officer to be stationed at the youth center in order to help
build positive relationships with police officers.
“We’ve always had a security guard,
but it is just not the same as having a police
officer. Having a police officer really helps
build relationships and it also helps the officers get to know the kids at a better level,” said Christine Thrower, director of the
city’s Parks and Recreation Department.
The grant funding is through the Minority Youth Violence Prevention: Integrating
Public Health and Community Policing Approaches (MYVP) program. The collaboration is a joint effort by the HHS Office of
Minority Health and the DOJ Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS
Office) to support interventions aimed
at addressing youth violence, improving
academic outcomes, increasing access to
public health and social services, reducing
disparities, reducing negative encounters
with law enforcement and reducing violent
crimes against minority youth.
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Program is based at the Gloria Y. Williams Youth Empowerment Center 501 21st St.
MIAMI-DADE
FMU President strolls for breast cancer awareness
FMU President Rosyln Artis leads a stroll
along the campus breezeway to call
attention to breast cancer awareness.
The stroll was part of inauguration
activities. The campus was decorated in
pink and orange to signal the university’s
advocacy for the cause.
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BROWARD
Stingy Brim: Old Dillard pays tribute to black social life
FORT LAUDERDALE — Old Dillard Museum explores the history of juke joints
and other places of importance in the socialization of people of African descent
that were predominant in previous eras in
a new exhibit that opens today.
“Stingy Brim: Juke, Jive and Jazz”
features the artwork by Bayunga Kialeuka, a Miami artist who was born in
Annie-Mae’s
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the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Through paintings, Kialeuka explores
the roots and cultural significance of informal social establishments (juke joints,
honkytonks, backrooms and nightclubs)
that offered food, liquor, dancing and gambling to the African American community.
“No matter where we came from,
there’s an aspect of our ancestry that will
PHOTO COURTESY OF BAYUNGA KIALEUKA
PHOTO COURTESY OF BAYUNGA KIALEUKA
reveal itself,” Kialeuka said.
A reception to launch the exhibit begins at 6 p.m. at Old Dillard, 1009 NW
Fourth Street in Fort Lauderdale.
Title comes from the name of a style of
hat that has seen resurgence in the 2000s
among pop celebrities such as Justin Tiimberlake and Brad Pitt. Kialeuka said the
hat predates that crop of celebrities with
one from another era. The fedora was a favorite of legendary saxophonist Thelonious Monk, a FAMU alumnus.
In the exhibit, Kialeuka depicts the
emotions of working class people in their
environments. Much of these works are
drawings and paintings on canvas. They
exhibit as a sequence of frames organized
much like a storyboard.
Kialeuka said the title "Stingy Brim,"
symbolizes the shared ancestry and experiences of the subjects. Each piece
depicts everyday people celebrating the
company of one another, with circumstances that wouldn't change wether, they
were in Kinshasa (Congo), Liberty City,
Treme (New Orleans) or Bangu (Rio de
Janeiro).
“Many gather to satisfy the human
need to be among others. This, too, is
symbolized by the stingy brim,” he said.
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Around South Florida
Buck and Mary’s has been in his family for
decades and became one of the hottest
black hangouts in Broward County. He is
survived by his wife Cora and a host of
children. He was 76.
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TRIBAL BANK
Chairman James Billie and
the Seminole Tribe of Florida
are in negotiations to acquire
Mackinac Savings Bank in
Boynton Beach. The Tribe
previously attempted to buy
Fort Lauderdale-based ValBILLIE
ley Bank, but withdrew its
offer and that bank ultimately failed. If the
deals go through, it would be the first tribalowned bank in Florida.
DISGUSTING ABUSE
Siguens Silencieux, 29, of
Lake Worth has been arrested over allegations he beat
his girlfriend, who is sixmonths pregnant. According
the police report, Silencieux
came home seeking to have
SILENCIEUX
sex. When his girlfriend refused, he allegedly attacked her.
Broward County
Freddie Beasley, owner of Buck & Mary’s Owl
Nest restaurant and nightclub, has passed
away. Mr. Beasley was a South Florida giant.
Livingwith
GONE FOR GOOD
Tater Town, the iconic meat and vegetable
market located in unincorporated Broward
County, just west of Fort Lauderdale, is
closed. For decades locals, as well as Georgia and South Carolina transplants, converged on the market to buy staples used in
traditional southern soul food dishes. It’s the
end of an era. Now where will I find smoked
mule ankles and crowder peas?
NEW COMPETITION
Warren Buffett's Berkshire
Hathaway is buying the Van
Tuyl Group, the largest privately owned auto group in
the country. The company
owns dealerships around the
country and three in South
BUFFET
Florida, including Scion and
Toyota of Deerfield Beach.
GOOD COMPANY
What do Thaddeus Hamilton,
President Barack Obama,
former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll and former state Sen.
Darryl Jones all have in
common? They are the only
black nominees for the two
HAMILTON
major parties for statewide
office in Florida. Like the others, all are
highly qualified, but Hamilton is the most
etiquette
qualified of them all for the office he seeks.
He is the Democratic nominee for Florida
Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. This is a historic candidate,
whose success will depend largely how well
Democratic nominee Charlie Crist does in
the governor’s race. Hamilton, 64, of Sunrise,
is running against incumbent Commissioner
Adam Putnam.
Miami-Dade County
STATION SHAKE UP
CBS has taken over country
radio station WKIS-FM, Top
40 station WPOW-FM and
sports-talk station WQAM
from Beasley Broadcast
Group. CBS traded 14 stations in Tampa, Charlotte and
MASON
Philadelphia for five Beasley
Broadcast Group stations. CBS Radio CEO
Dan Mason says the radio stations will compliment the company’s television stations
in the South Florida market. There is no indication if there will be format or personnel
changes, but you can expect duplicate operations to be consolidated.
FOR SALE
Former Miami Heat LeBron
James has put his Coconut
Grove mansion on the market for $17 million. James,
who purchased the home in
2010 for $9 million, has relocated back to his native Ohio
JAMES
where he once again plays
for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Monroe County
OOPS!
Producer Christian Lader
proposed developing a
television show about global
warming that would have a
segment about Key West for a
cost of $14,900 to the city. The
media kit provided to city
BRANSON
officials seemed to indicate
billionaire Richard Branson, NBC and Virgin
Media were involved with the project. It
was scheduled to go before commissioners
for vote this week, but after checking, staff
confirmed Branson, Virgin Media and NBC
were not involved or affiliated with Lader’s
program.
CONVICTED CLAN
Former Monroe County
Technical Services Department director Lisa Druckemiller will be released is from
prison in November. In 2013
she was convicted of stealing
county electronics and sellB. DRUCKEMILLER ing them. Druckemiller had
worked for the county for 30
years and earned $78,489
a year. She lost her job for
selling the stolen iPads and
iPhones for less than $5,000.
She also lost her state pension. Her son, Brandon
Druckemiller was released
L. DRUCKEMILLER from prison this week. He
was in prison on theft, burglary, cocaine possession and robbery convictions.
Networking with Class –
Don’t Be A Business Card Bully
By ROSE HEDGEMOND
Special to South Florida Times
Alright! I know we have heard so many how-to’s, do’s and don’ts on
networking that I believe we all should be experts at it by now. However,
there are still some very important details to be mindful of that can be
over looked.
During any networking event it is customary to carry and present your
business cards, if for nothing else the standard raffle or give-away prize
that most events would have. However, during the actual networking
event instead of making a mad dash to quickly collect business cards,
take a moment to introduce yourself and your business, then leave
room for the person who you’re speaking with to reciprocate his or her
information to you.
Once you have established some insight ask for the business
card and in turn present yours. Why would you go through speaking
to a person to get conversational information prior to asking for the
business card up front?
Well, for starters, it is quite unappealing to ask for someone’s
business card and you haven’t taken time to find out about them. Most
people, who have influence, will not provide their business cards unless
it is a possibility to do, or have, a meaningful business connection. So
the next time you’re at a popular networking event be a little mindful
about the following:
Introduce yourself and business prior to diving in and asking for a
business card.
Establish a brief conversation; open up the lines to communications.
If someone asks for your business card without giving any thought
to who you are, respond with “why?” This will cause the other person to
respond in an engaging conversation or they may just walk away – in
which case if the person walks away would you have really wanted them
to have your business card?
Send a follow-up email or even better – pick up the phone within 48
hours of meeting the person to say “nice meeting you”. Hint: Sometimes
picking up the phone is a nice thing to do.
Rose Hedgemond is CEO of Avenues of Excellence and an etiquette and social protocol professional. Do you have an etiquette or social protocol
question? Email her at [email protected] or follow her on Facebook at Rose Hedgemond and Twitter @AOE_IN.
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Obituaries
Ousted Haitian dictator, Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier dies
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Jean-Claude-Duvalier,
the self-proclaimed “president for life” of Haiti whose
corrupt and brutal regime sparked a popular uprising
that sent him into a 25-year exile, died Saturday of a heart
attack, his attorney said.
The 63-year-old ex-leader died at a private residence in
Port-au-Prince where he had been staying, attorney Reynold Georges said.
Duvalier, looking somewhat frail, made a surprise
return to Haiti in 2011, allowing victims of his regime to
pursue legal claims against him and prompting some old
allies to rally around him. In the end, the once-feared dictator known as “Baby Doc” spent his final years quietly in
the leafy hills above the Haitian capital.
Haitian President Michel Martelly expressed his condolences to the ex-dictator's family, making no mention of
the widespread human rights abuses that occurred during the Duvalier era.
“On behalf of the entire government and people of
Haiti, I take this sad occasion to extend my sincere sympathies to his family, his relatives and his supporters
across the country,” Martelly said.
Duvalier was the son of Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier,
a medical doctor-turned-dictator who promoted Noirisme, a movement that sought to highlight Haiti's African
roots over its European ones while uniting the black majority against a mulatto elite in a country divided by class
and color.
The regimes of both leaders tortured and killed political
opponents and relied on a dreaded civilian militia known as
the Tonton Macoutes.
In 1971, Francois Duvalier suddenly died of an illness
after naming his son to succeed him. At 19, Jean-Claude
Duvalier became the world's youngest president.
The son was regarded as a lackluster student at a
prestigious private Catholic school in the capital but his
teachers gave him passing grades anyway to avoid fury
from the National Palace, according to Written in Blood,
a history of the country by Robert Debs Heinl and Nancy
Gordon Heinl.
Jean-Claude Duvalier ruled for 15 years, his administration seen as less violent and repressive than
his father's. Echoes of press freedom and personal
criticism, never tolerated under his father, emerged
because of international pressure. Still, human rights
groups documented abuses and political persecution. A trio of prisons known as the “Triangle of
Death,” which included the much-feared Fort Dimanche for long-term inmates, symbolized the brutality
of his regime.
Since his return, victims of the regime have testified
in a criminal investigation of human rights abuses during his 15-year reign but the case has moved fitfully and
there had been few signs of progress in recent months.
His death brings an end to that effort without giving Haiti
a chance to reconcile with that past, said Amy Wilentz, author of The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier, and other
works about the country.
``What this means is that there will never be a trial
against him and there won't be a chance for the Haitian
people to have justice and to purge from its soul the true
horrors of the Duvalier era,'' Wilentz said. ``It's an end but
there is no closure that comes with it.''
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Prayerful Living
Religion and Politics do Mix
THE REV. DR.
WALTER T. RICHARDSON
Be a good citizen. All governments are
under God. Insofar as there is peace and
order, it's God's order. So live responsibly as a citizen. If you're irresponsible to
the state, then you're irresponsible with
God, and God will hold you responsible.
– Romans 13:1, 2 (The Message Bible)
Evidence reveals that voter turnout
in 2010 was up in Florida over 2008,
except for youth and Blacks. Youth and
Blacks returned to the polls in 2012
and voted in record numbers, but many
predict that with this November 2014
election being non-presidential, the
response from youth and Blacks may
wane again. Even more alarming is the
news that of all eligible voters only 25
percent of Christians vote. Some of the
75 percent may be apathetic but many
subscribe to the notion that religion (a
system of faith) and politics don’t mix.
Therefore, they contend that Christians
shouldn’t be involved in politics.
Religion deals primarily with eternal things “not of this world,” or at least
things hidden “in, with, and under” the
things of this world. Politics deals with
temporal matters: roads, taxes, welfare,
marriage, safety, protection, and so on.
So on the surface religion and politics
don’t seem to have anything to do with
each other, and therefore don’t mix.
Well, if religion and politics don’t mix,
was David wrong when he killed Goliath?
Remember, Goliath was the champion of
the Philistine government and the confrontation between David and Goliath
was, in fact, a political challenge. Or, was
Daniel wrong when he disobeyed the law
that ordered him to bow down and worship a pagan king? That king was head
of the government of Babylon at the time
and Daniel disobeyed a legitimate law. In
the Christian Scriptures do you think John
the Baptist was wrong to speak against
Herod and Herodias? Herod was the governor of Galilee at the time.
Religion and politics mix necessarily.
So it is the duty and burden of the Christian, the Jew, and any person of faith to
vote for those who represent their values. When they fail to do so in a country
like ours, the results are predictable. Religious values are then not represented
Nun credited with curing
boy poised for Sainthood
NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) — An
American nun credited with curing a boy's
eye disease moved a step closer to sainthood Saturday in what church officials said
was the first beatification Mass held in the
United States.
A beatification Mass for Sister Miriam
Teresa Demjanovich, who died in 1927,
was led by Cardinal Angelo Amato at the
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in
Newark, New Jersey. Beatification is the
third in a four-step process toward sainthood.
Demjanovich is credited with curing a
boy's macular degeneration in the 1960s,
the Archdiocese of Newark says. The boy,
Michael Mencer, was given a lock of the
nun's hair and prayed to her. The effects
of the eye disease soon began to fade,
Roman Catholic Church officials say.
“Within a period of six weeks, it was totally reversed,” said Sister Mary Canavan
of the Sisters of Charity, the order to which
Demjanovich belonged.
Mencer, who is now 58 and lives in Nebraska, and members of the Demjanovich
family were among the hundreds of clergy
members, nuns and worshippers who attended the beatification Mass. Mencer
said he was happy that the New Jersey nun
was getting the recognition she deserves.
“I was dug in thinking, this was going
to take 100 years”' he said.
Mencer also reflected on the moment
when he first realized his eyesight was improving.
“I was walking and I looked up, and I
thought I was looking at the sun because
in government. If people of faith value
life, liberty, and the right to work for the
things they desire, they have to vote. Former U.S. Sen. Edmund Burke said, “All
that is necessary for the triumph of evil is
for good men to do nothing.”
Thank God, for Moses, and Samson,
Shadrach, Meshach Abednego, and Elijah, and Queen Esther, and the Apostle
Peter, and Martin L. King, and many others who knew politics and religion mixed.
Now, there are some who would like to
sweep the public square clean of all religion and create a kind of “naked, public
square” where no religious ideas are expressed. Of course, this would favor the
views of atheists, agnostics, and skeptics
who believe that religion has no place in
a rational society.
As children of God, we think that
what we believe shapes our view of the
world and of society and therefore our
beliefs and behavior can’t be left out of
our public life. We would rather have an
open public square where everyone is
free to speak their minds even if there is
disagreement, than have a “naked public
square” stripped bare of all considerations of religion. We believe this makes
for a much better political discussion and
a better representation of all the various
people who live in our country.
at first it was just the light,” he said. “Then
I was able to focus on the sphere and I
thought ‘oh, that's the sun' but it didn't hurt, I
didn't tear up or anything and then I looked
back down and there it was, the hair.”
Mencer said he returned home and
handed the hair to his mother.
“And then I just went out to play,” he
said. “I actually ran, it didn't dawn on me
then. I just ran to my friend's house.”
Mencer's younger brother, Mark, said
he was thrilled to attend the Mass.
“This is something that's been in the
making for decades,” Mark Mencer said.
“My mother has been in contact with
Rome for a long time. I'm glad to see such
great success come from this.”
Mark Mencer, who now lives in Las Vegas, said he was about 4 years old when
his brother's vision began to improve.
“I heard the stories including the one
of him walking into a tree because he
couldn't see so well,” he said. “It's amazing
because he had no medical intervention.
It's a true miracle of God.”
The beatification comes less than a
year after Pope Francis certified Mencer's
improved eyesight as a miracle, though
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No, the church should not tell people
how to vote. Nor should the state tell people how to pray or worship. Each needs to
be busy with its own vocation. The church
needs to proclaim the kingdom of Christ,
baptize, preach, teach, celebrate, forgive
and retain sin. The state needs to protect
its citizens and enforce the rule of law.
But the individual Christian, who lives in
church, state, and home, is always mixing
religion and politics.
Rev. William Cwirla, pastor of the Holy
Trinity Lutheran Church in Hacienda
Heights, Calif., says, “The mix of politics
and religion is really a one-way mixture.
Our faith shapes our political thinking,
but our politics should never influence
our faith. Faith relies solely on the Word
of God, while politics involves the use of
reason. Reason is always a minister to the
Word, never its master.”
As believers, we are citizens of
two worlds, one temporal, the other
eternal, and we have the right and the
responsibility to participate in both.
Dr.Walter T. Richardson is pastor-emeritus
of Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church in
South Miami-Dade County and chairman of
the Miami-Dade Community Relations Board.
He may be contacted at [email protected]:WTRMinistries.com
church officials started the process in
1945 when the bishop of Paterson began
studying Demjanovich's life and virtues,
according to the Sisters of Charity.
Demjanovich was born in Bayonne,
New Jersey, southeast of Newark, and was
a Sister of Charity for only two years before succumbing to complications of appendicitis at age 26. During her short time
in the order, she was best known for her
virtue and her mature writings. At the time,
students also noted that whatever was said
in confidence to her was not spoken to
anyone else, Sister Diane Collesano said.
“The sisters saw in her that a person
who had insights far beyond the average
20-some-year-old person,” Collesano said.
Beatification requires evidence of one
miracle that happened after the candidate
has died and as a result of a specific plea
to the candidate. Sainthood requires a second miracle, though candidates deemed
martyrs need only one for canonization.
Traditionally, beatifications have taken
place in Rome. Several years ago, Pope
Benedict XVI said beatifications could
take place in the country and diocese from
which the blessed person came.
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Pay by phone or just
keep using plastic?
NEW YORK (AP) — PayPal, Apple and others Having millions of iPhones capable of making
are betting on billions in mobile payments.
such transactions will give smaller merchants
But so far, trying to use my phone to pay at an incentive to upgrade their equipment, too.
restaurants and retailers has been frustrating. But ...
It’s easier just to pull out my plastic credit card
* Figure out how to make every card
than to figure out which card works with which work.
app and which app works with which store.
Most places take Visa and MasterCard, and
In theory, mobile-payment
many take American Express, too. Not so with
services such as Google Wallet are
mobile services. Where you
easy to use. You simply download
can shop depends
an app and enter your card
on which card you
information. With Apple Pay, you
have.
can even snap a picture of the
If you plan to
card or use the one you already
use Softcard to
use with Apple’s iTunes. Then,
buy a sandwich at
when you’re ready to pay, you
Subway, you better
typically hold your phone near
have an Amex or a
the store’s payment terminal.
bank card issued by
The transaction is authorized
Chase or Wells Fargo.
through a special wireless
Otherwise, you need to
chip embedded in many
get a prepaid account
Android phones and — in the
through
American
case of Apple Pay — the new
Express and keep filling
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. PayPal
it with cash. Apple Pay will
and Square use a different
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in place with most major
the right card in your wallet or purse.
banks.
In practice, the process isn’t so smooth. I
Here PayPal seems to be the winner so far,
have several payment apps taking up space as it works with just about any card, as well
on my phone. I open them only when I need a as direct withdrawals from your checking or
reminder of why they are so frustrating. After savings account. I was excited when PayPal’s
all, whipping out a credit or debit card isn’t app told me I could use it at an Indian
so time-consuming, though it is a pain when restaurant I frequent for lunch.
I lose a card or leave it at home. It would be
OK. Let’s say it’s a perfect world and every
nice not to have to carry them around.
card works everywhere. There will still be two
So what do PayPal, Apple, Google and challenges ...
others need to do to get me to leave my wallet
* Typing in a PIN code takes time.
at home?
Once again, it’s easier just to pull out
* Get more stores and restaurants to plastic, especially as many transactions don’t
install the equipment to let me pay by phone. even require signatures. The fingerprint ID
I once considered spending a week try- sensors in iPhones and Samsung’s Galaxy
ing to pay for all my meals with my phone. I’d phones will help. I’m more willing to tap a
starve. I could get a burger at McDonald’s or finger on a home button.
a reheated hot dog at 7-Eleven. Mom-and-pop
* People will need to be comfortable
shops typically don’t have the right equip- with digitally storing multiple credit card
ment. It’s convenient to have these apps on numbers and flashing them all around town.
my phone only if
The truth is, these apps are often more
I have some- secure than plastic cards. Apple Pay, for
where to use instance, doesn’t actually store your credit
them.
card number, but rather a substitute one that
With the works only with that phone. If a merchant’s
launch
of network gets hacked, as seen with recent
Apple Pay this breaches at Target and Home Depot, the
month, several hacker would need to have physical possession
retail chains of your phone to use that substitute number.
plan to start And if you lose your device, no one can take
a c c e p t i n g it on a shopping spree because it won’t work
such payments without your PIN code or fingerprint ID. You
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Windows 10 tries
blending new with old
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft is trying
“This is what Windows 8 should have
to soften an unpopular redesign of Windows been,” said Carolina Milanesi, a veteran
by reviving features from older versions while tech analyst at the research firm Kantar
still attempting to nudge desktop users into a Worldpanel. “Here they are doing the right
world of touch screens and mobile devices.
thing.”
The company on Sept. 30 gave an
Microsoft executives signaled they got that
early preview of the new
message. They stressed
Windows 10 software,
repeatedly that using the
which it aims to begin
next version of Windows
selling by the middle of
won't be a challenge for
next year. Although the
businesses or consumers
current version is called
who have continued to
Windows 8, Microsoft
use Windows 7 or even
says it's skipping ahead to
earlier versions.
Windows 10 to emphasize
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“Windows
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familiarity of Windows
represents the first step in a whole new 7 with some of the benefits that exist in
generation of Windows,” said Terry Myerson, Windows 8,” said Joe Belfiore, a Microsoft
executive vice president of Microsoft's executive who oversees Windows design and
operating systems group.
evolution.
Windows 8 was introduced two years
He compared it to buying a new car with
ago as an answer to the growing demand a more powerful engine and a better audio
for mobile devices. But many users hated it system, without having to “learn a new way
because its tablet-like design and controls to drive.”
weren't a good fit for many devices using
Windows 10, for instance, will suggest
keyboards and mice. Sales of personal new ways to use or navigate through files,
computers continued to fall.
without forcing users to abandon the old way,
With Windows 10, Microsoft is trying to Belfiore said.
regain the loyalty of longtime PC users, while
“We're designing the experience so that
reaching out to consumers and businesses as you use it, the things you already know
that are increasingly adopting touch-screen are familiar and present, but new value is
smartphones and tablets.
presented to you at a rate that's easier for you
Analysts consider the success of the to ingest,” he said.
new Windows crucial for Microsoft and
Milanesi said that while many businesses
new CEO Satya Nadella, who must show resisted upgrading to Windows 8, they can't
that Microsoft can embrace mobile devices avoid touch screens as younger workers are
without sacrificing the traditional computing accustomed to using phones or tablets as
experience.
their primary computing device.
The new system will be a blend of the old
Windows 10 will also be designed to work
and the new. For instance, it will have various on a wider range of computing devices.
controls that are familiar to users of older
Microsoft currently has three main systems
Windows systems, such as a start menu to — Windows 8 for traditional computers and
quickly access apps. But this start button tablets, Windows Phone 8 for cellphones and
will also open a series of tiles that resemble Xbox for its gaming console. By unifying the
what's found in Windows 8.
underlying systems in Windows 10, software
Analysts said that more gradual transition developers will be able to create apps for the
is important if Microsoft wants to persuade various devices more easily. Consumers will
users to upgrade.
also be able to switch devices more
easily and avoid having to buy the
same apps multiple times.
That doesn't mean the apps will
always look the same. Developers
will still be able to adapt apps for the
various screen sizes, but won't have
to start from the beginning for each
version.
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‘Gone Girl’ delicious
suburban noir
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herself wed to a videogame-playing frat boy
who, after a loveless afternoon tryst, suggests
the Outback for dinner. She seethes: “I drank
canned beer and watched Adam Sandler
movies,” and an ocean of empathy washes
from Nick to her.
This is the mischievous game of the movie,
which hopes to sway your sympathies with
each twist in the story.
Their bland suburban house becomes
a prison to Nick. The manipulation of
image, both in public opinion and in private
relationships, shapes the story, with Tyler
Perry (in a spectacular performance that
ought to, by its own strength, incinerate his
Madea costume) swooping in as the narrativecontrolling defense attorney Tanner Bolt. When
Nick pledges the truth will be his defense, Bolt
grins with cynical perfection.
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The predominant image throughout David
Fincher's films, from the uncovered horrors of
Se7en to the Machiavellian maneuverings of
House of Cards, has been a flashlight beam
cutting through the dark.
In his latest, the Gillian Flynn adaptation
Gone Girl, he shines it into the deepest
depths of not a serial killer's mind or a
schizophrenic's madness, but on a far more
terrifying psychological minefield: Marriage. In
Gone Girl, Fincher has crafted a portrait of a
couple rivaled in toxicity only by Who's Afraid
of Virginia Woolf? and one with just as much
— if more subtle — roleplaying.
The results are a mixed bag of matrimony
mayhem, but an engrossing, wonderfully
wicked
one.
Despite
its
perspective-shifting, Gone Girl
may be too male in its viewpoint.
And the schematic setup of Flynn's
screenplay does sap some of its
force. But in good times and bad,
in sickness and in health, Gone
Girl is delicious suburban noir.
It begins with Nick Dunne
(Ben Affleck) caressing the head
of his wife, Amy (Rosamund
Pike), and wondering to himself,
“What are you thinking?” It's the
film's unsolvable mystery: the
unknowingness of another, even
one who shares your bed.
On a regular morning in North
Carthage, Missouri, albeit one
begun with an early drink of whiskey
at Nick's bar with his bartender
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twin sister, Margo (an excellent
Carrie Coon as the movie's voice of THRILLER: Expectations are high for Gone Girl.
reason), Nick returns home to find Amy missing
Pike, in the fullest performance of her
and scenes of a struggle. Even as she cheerfully career, struggles to make Amy more than an
pledges help, Detective Rhonda Boney (Kim opaque femme fatale. But — and it's a big
Dickens) sticks post-it notes around the house, one — she does lead the film to its staggering
marking areas of suspicion.
climax, a blood-curdling sex scene: the movie's
As the investigation turns toward Nick, and piece de resistance, the consummation of its
the high-wattage glare of the TV media finds noir nuptials.
his concern unconvincing, we get an autopsy
Fincher's sinister slickness and dimly-lit
on the Dunnes' marriage. In flashbacks precision has sometimes been considered a
narrated by Amy's journal, she recalls their double-edged sword, a complaint that strikes me
fairy tale beginnings and — despite earnest as missing the point. Mastery isn't a negative.
intentions to avoid becoming “that couple”—
Gone Girl doesn't give the director the
their gradual dissolution.
material that the propulsive The Social Network
Nick is laid off from his magazine writing did. But you can feel him — aided by the
job. They move from New York to Missouri shadowy cinematography of Jeff Cronenweth
to be near his family. Amy, the cool New and the creepy score by Trent Reznor and
York daughter of a publicity-savvy literary Atticus Ross — moving closer to the disturbed
couple who based their bestselling children's intimacies of Roman Polanski.
book series Amazing Amy on her, recoils at
So, despite its imperfections, let us clink
her Midwest McMansion nightmare, finding our glasses and throw rice on Gone Girl.
helps
launch
Washington ‘Scandal’ collection
Kerry
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Andre 3000 as Hendrix
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ANDRE 3000:
‘Hey Ya’! Uh, no!
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sometimes Andre 3000 wonders:
“Will I be the Hey Ya! guy forever?”
The Grammy-winning rapper says he hasn’t figured out
what to do next in music. His last album with his best-selling
group Outkast was released in 2006. Their hits include Ms.
Jackson and Hey Ya!
Andre 3000 said in a recent interview that he feels “selfdoubt” and wonders at times if he already had his last shot at
musical success. He says pondering the next career move is
“really scary and really exciting at the same time.”
The performer is the star of the Jimi Hendrix biopic, Jimi:
All Is by My Side, released last month.
The 39-year-old says his next move in music will be solo
instead of working with Big Boi as Outkast.
In an interview with Vogue, the rapper talked about how
the film triggered memories of his start with Outkast.
“Just relating to starting off and trying to
make it in an industry, to try to build yourself
to be an entertainer. Early Outkast
shows weren’t as free-looking as
now—when you first start, you’re
not as free. You’re kind of selfconscious. I didn’t move a lot
onstage at first. You’re doing your
little lyrics and then getting off stage,”
he said. “But as time goes on,
you build confidence, build
a certain freedom, build
as a performer. You see in
this movie, Hendrix starts
off and didn’t even like his
voice. And I can relate to that.
The first time I heard my voice
on the radio, it just sounded
weird. I can relate to the trajectory
of starting from nothing and
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CHIEF GLADIATOR: Kerry Washington
NEW YORK (AP) — Kerry Washington wants
women to look as powerful and put together as her
TV persona.
Fashion retailer The Limited has teamed up
with the Scandal star and the show’s costume
designer, Lyn Paolo, for a collection inspired by the
ABC drama, which is now in its fourth season.
Washington appeared at a recent launch party
for the line, where she said it was important for
clothing to be accessible.
“There are women who can literally afford
to dress like Olivia Pope, and I don’t know how,
because those clothes are very, very, very expensive,” she said with a laugh.
“There are other people who can’t, and there
is no reason why only the people who make a certain amount of money should have access to this
feminine power in fashion, you know? This line is
created so that everybody can find their own inner
gladiator. That every woman can be powerful and
sexy, brilliant and smart and gorgeous, fashionforward. You know, it’s just there’s no limit to who
you can be.”
There are 42 looks in the Scandal Collection,
including tops, jackets, outerwear and, of course,
pants, because, as Washington says: “Olivia Pope
wears the pants both literally and figuratively.”
In a release to announce the collection,
Washington explains, “By creating a line
inspired by the show, we are introducing
a collection that embodies the elegance and
power of the Scandal aesthetic for reallife gladiators and everyday fashionistas.”
Last year, Paolo, with Washington’s input, created
window displays for Saks Fifth Avenue by dressing
its mannequins like Scandal characters. The
displays featured clothing by high-end designers
such as Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Michael
Kors, Donna Karan and Carolina Herrera.
The 37-year-old actress wasn’t as keen to
talk about a New York Times article by TV critic
Alessandra Stanley, where the writer referred to
Scandal producer Shonda Rhimes as an “angry
black woman.” The newspaper’s public editor
called the article “astonishingly tone-deaf and out
of touch.”
“I really think it’s important to focus on all
the good things that are going on,” she said. “It’s
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such an honor to be a part of an historic Thursdaynight lineup and to be in one of her three shows,
to be part of her magical (production company),
Shondaland.”
Rhimes is also the producer of How to Get Away
With Murder and Grey’s Anatomy.
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‘Orange is the New Black’ author talks Season 3
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — The woman
whose best-selling prison memoir has
been adapted into the Orange is the
New Black Netflix series is sharing
her insight into the upcoming Season
3, saying it “holds some really amazing stories and twists and turns.”
Piper Kerman said the upcoming season will feature backstories
for some of the characters and the
emergence of very intriguing new
characters.
The show, created by Jenji Kohan,
is about a woman serving time in a
federal prison for carrying a suitcase
stuffed with drug money to her exgirlfriend. Kerman said shooting for
its third season is more than halfway
through but she can’t offer spoilers or
a release date.
Kerman is a consultant on the
show, reading scripts and offering
her advice on how to make it realistic. But she has no inside scoop on
when Season 3 will be available and
laughed Sept. 30 when asked if V,
one of the show’s main antagonists
last season, is still alive.
“One of the things that Jenji Kohan
has said about Season 3 already on
record is that an exploration of faith
New season will explore back stories of some characters.
is a big part of what she is planning and what they have
scripted so far,” Kerman said before addressing more than
400 students, faculty members and fans at the University of
Massachusetts in Lowell.
Kerman also commented on a book deal signed by her
former lover and friend Cleary Wolters, whose involvement
in drug trafficking led to her
Kerman spent 13 months in a federal minimum-security
imprisonment.
prison in Danbury, Connecticut, just over a decade ago for
“I expect that my ex-lover’s her role in a money laundering and drug trafficking ring.
book will be a fascinating read,”
“The truth is that I caused my family and the people
Kerman said. “She’s had a very that love me most a great deal of pain and worry,” she said.
different life, and her story is “And the other fundamental truth is my actions caused
very different from mine. For other harm in terms of other people’s substance abuse and
one thing, she was much more addiction.”
involved in narcotics
trafficking, and for the
other thing she served
a lot more time in prison than I did.”
Although Kerman
has done very well for
herself thanks to her
memoir and its adaptation into a hit Netflix
series, she said she
would change her story
in a heartbeat if she
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could go back to when
it all began, in 1993,
when she was 22 years
old.
“I absolutely regret
my crime,” said Kerman, an advocate for reforms of
the criminal justice system. “I think that while I’m so
grateful to have found readers and I’m thrilled with
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the Netflix show, the truth of the matter is that prison
is a deeply traumatic experience.”
The cast of Orange is the New Black.
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Halloween attractions up the scare factor
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NEW YORK (AP)—Halloween seems to be getting scarier,
with attractions going ever-more interactive and in-your-face.
At Knott’s Scary Farm in Buena Park, California, guests
are outfitted with neon-green laser guns and ordered to
shoot actors portraying zombies by aiming at their heads.
At the Dent Schoolhouse in Cincinnati, a butcher appears to
demonstrate how to slaughter a pig. And at The Basement,
part of the ScareHouse near Pittsburgh, hoods are placed
over visitors’ faces.
“We put a hood over the customer and it’s remarkable
how much a difference that makes,” said Scott Simmons,
ScareHouse creative director. “You’re taking away sight, a
core thing, and it’s such a nerve-racking experience. You see
these terrible, horrifying demons and clowns, and they put
a hood on you, and you don’t know what’s going to happen
next. You feel terrible things touching you and whispering in
your ear. But as extreme as it is, it’s still fun. People come out
shaking, but they’re smiling.”
Visitors to The Basement sign a waiver and must be
18, and are given a “safe word” that they can say to stop
activities if it’s too much.
But why have Halloween attractions become so intense?
“After 20 years of haunted houses with people stepping
out and saying ‘boo,’ these days if you’re really trying to scare
people you’ve got to be edgy and out of their comfort zone,”
said Simmons. “What scared people in the `70s and the
`80s isn’t what’s going to scare them now.”
“There’s no doubt Halloween attractions are getting
scarier and more extreme,” said Larry Kirchner of
HauntWorld.com, a website devoted to haunted
attractions. With high-tech special effects, including
video, animation and Hollywood-quality sets, “they are
more sophisticated. They have gone to another level.”
When done well, Kirchner says, a great haunted house
is “100 times better than a Broadway show because it’s
interactive entertainment that puts you right in the middle
of the action and makes you the star.” But Kirchner thinks
some attractions cross a line into poor taste — he’s not a
fan of story lines based on real serial killers for example,
or activities where participants are humiliated in some way.
Here are a few Halloween events and attractions taking
place around the country this season — most of them offering
experiences way less intense than being hooded. Expect long
lines and check schedules. Some events are weekends only,
some run through early November, some sell out.
UNIVERSAL HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS
The horror film The Purge: Anarchy, which is the sequel
to a movie about an annual night of unfettered crime
and violence, is just one of the inspirations for Halloween
Horror Nights at Universal theme parks in Orlando and in
Los Angeles. The events feature hundreds of elaborately
costumed actors and Hollywood-quality sets, special effects
and mazes inspired by pop culture influences ranging from
El Rey Network’s From Dusk Till Dawn, to AMC’s The Walking
Dead.
ATTRACTIONS BY REGION
New York City’s annual Village Halloween Parade kicks
off Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. with thousands of participants in
costume and hundreds of enormous puppets.
Pennsylvania offers Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern
State Penitentiary in Philadelphia and Shocktoberfest in
Reading. In the Northeast, there’s Nightmare New England
in Litchfield, New Hampshire, while Salem, Massachusetts,
hosts parades, ghost tours, performances and more in the
town where real witch trials took place in the 1600s.
In the Midwest, check out Wisconsin FearGrounds in
Waukesha, Wisconsin, and Fear Fest, Flint, Michigan.
In Florida, Tampa’s Busch Gardens offers Howl-O-Scream.
New Orleans, has The House of Shock; Houston has the
Terror Dome.
FAMILY-FRIENDLY
By night, attractions at Six Flags Over Georgia in Austell,
Georgia, include ZX-1, a haunted zone where a “deadly
infection” is “wiping out mankind.” But by day the park offers
family activities like a corn maze, harvest festival, pumpkin
painting and spooky stories, with children 12 and under
invited to dress up for a costume contest.
Elsewhere for kids, SeaWorld San Diego has a Halloweenthemed sea lion and otter show called “Clyde & Seamore’s
Spooky Adventure.” And of course, Disney World’s Magic
Kingdom offers Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and
trick-or-treating.
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Oct. 9
The Charlie Daniels Band: This award winning band that has produced both gospel
and country music albums performs their
greatest hits. 8 p.m. Kravis Center for the
Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd.,
West Palm Beach. $15-$95. 561-8327469 or www.kravis.org.
October 11
Ivan Moshchuk: The award winning young
American pianist, performs the music of Chopin. Chopin for All is a concert series presented
by Friends of the Library. 3 to 5 p.m. at Broward
Main Library Audiotorium, 100 S. Andrews
Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Free. 954-357-7443.
Oct. 11
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Amen and Alleluia: The FIU Master Chorale, Women’s Choir and Concert Choir perform
a selection of choral works by Mozart. All three choirs will perform James Whitbourn’s All
Shall be Amen and Alleluia as the finale performance. 7:30 p.m. at the FIU Herbert and
Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center, 10910 SW 17th St., Miami. $10. 305-348-0496
or music.fiu.edu.
October 9
Out and About With Bob Carr: Archeologist
Bob Carr, executive director of the Archeological and Historical Conservancy, leads a discussion. 7 to 9 p.m. at the Deering Estate, 16701
SW 72nd Ave., Miami. Free. 305-235-1668.
Garden to Glass: Learn and practice creating fun recipes, get a few presentation tips
and methods for making memorable cocktails. Bertina Barnoczki of Blackbird Ordinary,
leads the class on using herbs in drinks. 6 to
8 p.m. at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden,
2000 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach.
$30, $25 Botanical Garden members. 305673-7256 or www.mbgarden.org.
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October 13
Yoga in the Park: Bring your yoga mat, water,
and a towel to relax and unwind with a yoga
session by the bay. A certified instructor will
lead you through the movements and the
atmosphere is perfect to reduce your stress
before returning to the weekday grind. 6 p.m.
at Bayfront Park Amphitheater, 301 Biscayne
Blvd., Miami. Free. 305-358-7550.
October 14
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WaveMaker Grants Information Session:
Learn about the WaveMaker Grants, a program that provides funding for experimental,
artist-centric projects and activities that operate
without traditional funding sources. Individual
grants for up to $5,000 are available in three
different categories. 2 p.m. at Cannonball,
1035 N. Miami Ave., Ste. 300. 786-347-2360
Improve Your Relationships with Compassionate Communication: Lynn Komlenic, a
life and communication coach, will discuss
a 4-Step communication process designed
to help participants communicate in loving
ways. The workshop will offer tips and tools
for judgment-free communication. 6 p.m.
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach,
411 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Free.
561-868-7709.
Oct. 15
October 12
October 10
Friday Night Groove Karaoke: Belt out your
favorite tunes with the help of Karaoke DJ
Todd! Todd is a songwriter, composer, and
musician who is sure to make this karaoke
night one to remember 6 to 11 p.m. at Schnebly’s Redland Winery, 30205 SW 217th Ave.,
Homestead. $10. 305-242-1224 or visit
schneblywinery.com/events.
Sesame Street Live:
The show Make a New
Friend makes a stop in town. Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby explore the meaning of
friendship to celebrate the cultural similarities through singing, dancing and sharing
food! 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. today, 1 p.m. and
4 p.m. Sunday at the Ziff Ballet Opera House
at Arscht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami.
$24-$45. 305-949-6722 or arshtcenter.org.
Oct. 10
Miami Beach Hispanic
Heritage Festival:
Enjoy an evening of live music, traditional
Latin foods, games, carnival rides and more
in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
6 to 9 p.m. North Shore Park & Youth Center, 501 72nd St., Miami Beach. Free. 305861-3616.
Oct. 12
Miami Broward One
Carnival: Get ready to
dance, enjoy live music and celebrate Caribbean heritage at the 30th annual event.
More than 20 masquerade bands will parade around the fair grounds in exotic and
creative costumes. The day also includes a
live concert, food and plenty of activities for
the entire family. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. MiamiDade County Fairgrounds, 10901 SW 24th
St., Miami. $27 in advance, $30 at the gate,
free for kids 10 and under; free parking.
305-653-1877 or www.miamibrowardcarnival.com.
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Art Talk Julian Schnabel: The renowned artist Julian Schnabel joins Bonnie Clearwater,
director and chief curator of the NSU Museum
of Art, for a discussion on the Café Dolly exhibit. Comprised of works by Francis Picabia,
known for his contribution to the Dada art
movement, Danish artist J. F. Willumsen and
Schnabel, the exhibit focuses on the similarities between the three artists works. Schnabel
is a New York-based artist who began showing professionally in the 1980s. 2 p.m. at the
Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas
Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. $10. 954-262-0227
and RSVP to [email protected]fl.org.
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Earth Wind & Fire: Groove to the electrifying
sounds of this Grammy Award-winning soul,
funk, R&B band! 7 p.m. at the Hard Rock
Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. $49-$79.
954-797-5531.
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Fun Halloween Party
FAMILY FEATURES — Haunted with the thought of a ho-hum Halloween? Never fear —
trick-or-treaters will want more than just candy once they see your party table. Throw a
fabulous Halloween party fit for little goblins or grown-up monsters with some devilishly
good sweets
Masquerade
Cookies
Servings: 2 dozen cookies
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons Imitation Clear Vanilla
Extract
1/2 teaspoon Imitation Almond Extract
Royal icing
Orange, Black, Green, Lemon Yellow, Brown
and Violet Icing Colors, as desired
Orange, Yellow, Orange, Lavender and Black
Colored Sugars, as desired
Halloween Jimmies, Nonpareils and Icing
Decorations, as desired
Candy Melts candy
Cookie sticks
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In large bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt. In second large bowl, beat butter and sugar
with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Add flour mixture to butter mixture 1 cup at a time, mixing after each addition. Do not chill dough. Divide dough into 2 balls.
On floured surface, roll each ball into a circle approximately 12 inches in diameter by 1/8
inch thick. Dip eye and glasses cookie cutters in flour before each use. Arrange cookies on
ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 8–11 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Cool completely on cooling grid.
Decorate as desired using tinted royal icing, colored sugars and Halloween icing decorations.
Use melted candy to attach sticks to backs of cookies; chill until set.
Pumpkin Spice
Popcorn
Servings: 6 cups
6 cups popped kettle corn
2 cups mini pretzel twists
1 package (10 ounces)
Pumpkin Spice Candy Melts candy
1 bottle (2.5 ounces) Pumpkin Mix Sprinkles
Spread popcorn and pretzels on
parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
In disposable decorating bag,
melt candy in microwave at 50 percent power for 1 minute; remove bag
and knead. Continue melting candy
for 30-second intervals at 50 percent
power until completely melted. Snip
off end of bag and drizzle melted
candy over popcorn mixture; immediately add sprinkles. Let stand until
candy has hardened, about 20 minutes. Break into pieces to serve.