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Saturday, November 28, 2015
Sports scores 11/28

N.C. Central

Two winless teams went head to head today, and Winthrop came out on top. The host Eagles defeated the visiting Lady Eagles 62-39, for NCCU's fourth loss. Senior forward Tisha Dixon again led the team with 15 points – almost half of NCCU's total. The Eagles shot 26.7 percent from the field, 18.2 percent from 3-point range and 38.5 percent from the free throw line. They also committed 28 turnovers. NCCU travels to Charlotte Wednesday at 7 p.m. So, how many more years does coach Vanessa Taylor have on her contract?


St. Augustine's

After defeating Lander last night, the Falcons couldn't sustain the momentum, losing to Lenoir-Rhyne today 78-61 in the final day of the Finis Holiday Classic in Greenwood, South Carolina. Senior Anthony Gaskins finished with 19 points for SAU (3-3), while teammates Keith Crawford added 17 points, and sophomore Quincy January logged a double-double with 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. The Falcons host Alderson Broaddus Thursday at 7 p.m.

The Lady Falcons were held to just 34 points in an 82-34 loss to Indiana (Pa.) in the IUP-Lodestar Classic.Sycoya Dorsey scored almost half of the team's points with 16, plus eight rebounds and three steals. SAU will take on Edinboro University Sunday at noon.



The Lady Bears held off Virginia State to take a 60-57 non-conference win in the final day of the VSU Thanksgiving Classic. Shaw (5-1) outrebounded the Trojans 51-38. The Lady Bears led 33-19 at halftime and did not lose their lead in the second half. Late free throws kept the Trojans at bay. Michelle Wright was the team's high scorer with 11 points. Shaw travels to USC Aiken Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The Bears fell to Augusta University 76-59. Joell Hopkins Jr. scored 17 points, and Larry Richardson II added 10. Shaw shot better in this game, 42.6 percent, but was outrebounded 38-27. The Bears host Barry University Monday at 8 p.m. Why so late?

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Friday, November 27, 2015
Sports scores 11/27


The Lady Bears increased their record to 4-1 after an easy 90-62 win over Elizabeth City State Friday in non-conference action. Former N.C. A&T guard Eboni Ross led all scorers with 30 points and 12 rebounds. Teammate Kaula Jacks added 18 points and eight assists. Shaw held a 26-18 advantage in turnovers, 17-12 in second-chance shots and 58-24 points in the paint. The Bears play Virginia State Saturday at 3 p.m.


St. Augustine's

The Falcons (3-2) ended a two-game losing streak with a tough 60-57 win over Lander Friday in the Finis Home Holiday Classic. Senior Keith Crawford scored 10 of his game-high 17 points in the final five minutes.

N.C. Central

The Eagles (1-4) lost their third straight game in a 71-50 loss to Louisiana Tech Friday night. NCCU led at halftime, but the Bulldogs scored 11 straight points to open the second half. NCCU shot just 27.6 percent from the field and 8.3 percent from 3-point range. LA Tech also blocked 10 shots. Dante Holmes had a game-high 14 points. The Eagles host Mississippi Valley State Thursday.

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Saturday, November 21, 2015
Sports scores 11/21

St. Augustine's

The Falcons lost their first game Friday night against Belmont Abbey 61-53. SAU was trying to start 3-0 for the first time since 2007-08 season. Junior Anthony Gaskins scored 18 points. The Falcons trailed by as many as 16 in the second half but rallied to cut it to four before running out of gas. SAU travels to Chowan Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

The Lady Falcons (0-4) are still seeking their first victory after a 107-62 blowout to Lander University Saturday. Junior Sycoya Dorsey recorded another double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Teammate Ke-Ashe Lee added 17 points and eight rebounds. SAU will host Bluefield State Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.


The Lady Bears (3-1) had little trouble with Belmont Abbey Saturday afternoon, winning 114-53 at Spaulding Gymnasium. Five players scored in double figures: Eboni Ross logged a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds, Kaula Jacks added 18 points; Michelle Wright 11, and Laquisha Taylor and Bryann Guyton with 10 apiece. Shaw forced 23 turnovers and held the Crusaders to 29.7 percent shooting. The Bears travel to Virginia State next Friday for the Chik-Fil-A Classic.

The Bears weren't as fortunate in their nonconference game against Virginia Union. Shaw (0-3) lost 76-74 at Spaulding. The Bears led 55-49 with 11:12 left in the game, but the Panthers fought back to tie it at 60 with 6:40 left. The lead seesawed until Shaw went cold down the stretch. David Madol led the Bears with 24 points, including 10-for-10 from the free throw line. Joel Hopkins Jr. added 18 points. Shaw travels to Bluefield State Monday.

N.C. Central

The Lady Eagles are still winless after an 88-47 thumping to Nebraska Saturday afternoon. After trailing by just two points at the end of the first period,  Cornhuskers took control. Junior guard Monique Whaley-Briggs scored a career-high 11 points. NCCU travels to Longwood University Tuesday at 7 p.m.



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Sunday, November 15, 2015
NCAA Division II Playoffs

Bowie State can exhale now. Despite losing to Winston-Salem State in the CIAA Championship Game, the Bulldogs earned a Division II playoff berth. BSU will travel to No. 3-ranked Assumption College in Massachusetts Saturday at noon.

“Hats off to our guys and coaching staff…We’ve done a great job all year,” coach Damon Wilson said. “We lost a tough game yesterday but have the opportunity to continue playing football for the second time in school history. This is an exciting time!”

Bowie’s last playoff appearance was in 1988 at Portland State. The team lost 34-17.

Joining their CIAA comrades are the Virginia Union Panthers. VUU kept its No. 7 position and will travel to Slippery Rock Saturday at noon. The Panthers return to the playoffs after a 24-year hiatus.

In the SIAC, Tuskegee earned the conference’s only bid at No. 6. The Golden Tigers will play at No. 3 Catawba.

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Saturday, November 14, 2015
Sports scores 11/14

St. Augustine's center Shakeisha Washington scored a career-high 18 points in a losing effort to Wheeling Jesuit University 78-48 in the CIAA-Mountain East Challenge on Johnson C. Smith's campus. Guard Sycoya Dorsey added 12 points. SAU plays Glenville State Sunday at 2 p.m.

The men go 2-0 after a 60-50 victory over Slippery Rock. Sophomore forward Quincy January recorded a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. The defense also held Slippery Rock to 30 percent from the field. SAU hosts Belmont Abbey College Friday at 7 p.m.

Shaw University

The Lady Bears got their first win of the season with a 62-47 victory over Concord in the final day of the CIAA-MEC Challenge on Fayetteville State's campus. Guard Kaula Jacks scored 22 points plus four rebounds and three assists. Shaw forced 20 turnovers and held Concord to 18.8 percent shooting in the second half. The Lady Bears travel to Paine College Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The men go 0-2 after dropping to Fairmont State 95-69. The cold Bears shot just 33.3 percent in the second half. FSU scored 48 points in the paint compared to 28 for Shaw. David Madol led the team with 18 points, including a perfect 6-for-6 at the free throw line. Shaw hosts its first game Saturday against Virginia Union at 6 p.m.



St. Augustine's is still seeking its first win (0-3) after a 97-65 thumping by Glenville State College in the final day of the CIAA-Mountain East Challege.. Junior guard Sycoya Dorsey scored 28 points, and center Shakeisha Washington recorded a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. SAU travels to Barton College Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m.

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Friday, November 13, 2015
Sports scores 11/13

Posting this for College Corner since they are off somewhere not doing their job.

Joel Hopkins made his “second” coaching debut Friday afternoon at the Joe Retton Classic in Fairmont, West Virginia. Despite rallying from a 10-point deficit in the second half to briefly take the lead, Shaw fell to West Va. Wesleyan 85-82. Four Bears scored in double figures: Jamar Cooper scored a team-high 16 points and dished out six assists; David Madol added 15, Larry Richardson II 13 and Joel Hopkins Jr. 11. Shaw meets Fairmont State Saturday at 7 p.m.

The Lady Bears lost a 62-61 heartbreaker to Fairmont State Friday night. With 12 seconds left and Shaw leading by one point, a Bears turnovers gave the ball back to Fairmont which took it in for the winning layup. Bryann Guyton scored 13 points, while teammate Eboni Ross recorded a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds. Shaw plays Saturday at 6 p.m.

St. Augustine's

The Falcons earned a big season-opening win over Glenville State College 77-71 Friday in the Trojan Tip-Off Classic. Senior forward Marquis Hiness scored 17 points in the winning effort. Also in double figures were teammates Keith Crawford with 14 points, nine assists and two steals; and Quincy January with 13 points. SAU takes on Slippery Rock Saturday at 6 p.m.

N.C. Central

The Eagles were no match for Clemson, dropping their season opener 74-40. The Tigers scored 21 straight points to take a 35-9 lead and were never threatened. Dajuan Graf led NCCU with 11 points, five rebounds and four assists. NCCU plays its first home game Monday against Allen at 8 p.m.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015
Sports news & notes, 11/13

For the first time since the CIAA Football Championship was reinstated in 2000, there will be no football luncheon or banquet on Friday. As we all know, the 2013 luncheon was “disrupted” with a fight between several Winston-Salem State and Virginia State players that resulted in a cancellation of the game. Last year’s banquet was closed to the media – if you can believe that. Like it was our fault the fight happened in the first place.

This time, the conference office simply eliminated the event, which was a nice highlight leading up to the weekend game. The players – most of them – dressed up and waited to hear their name called for the all-conference teams. Now, they will be recognized during a pregame ceremony on Saturday. It’s not the same, and I don’t want to hear about money factors. A VIP reception will be held Friday night right across the street from our office at 21c Museum Hotel in downtown Durham. Funny, I thought the student-athletes were the VIPs.

G-Men are back. Grambling State (6-2) can clinch a spot in the SWAC Football Championship Game Saturday with a win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Wasn’t it just yesterday the Tigers were boycotting over unsafe field and practice conditions? Coach Broderick Fobbs has done a remarkable job in his second year and should be a shoo-in for coach of the year.

Over in the East, Alcorn State (5-3) still leads the pack despite an upset loss to Prairie View last weekend. If the Braves win two of its final three games, they will defend their title.

Bethune who? Former Bethune-Cookman coach Brian Jenkins has Alabama State on the right track in his first season. The Hornets have a three-game winning streak going as they prepare to host Prairie View Saturday. ASU has the second-best defense in the SWAC and sits in second place behind Alcorn.

Howard vs. Virginia. The Bison will battle Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Soccer Tournament Friday at 5 p.m. Howard defeated Alabama State in the SWAC championship to earn an at-large bid. Yes, teams can participate in more than one conference if their main conference doesn’t carry their sport.


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Thursday, October 29, 2015
What we are talking about, 10/30

Sunday begins open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act. The Department of Health and Human Services released a new report that says those who switched to a different plan with the same level of coverage saved $40 per month after tax credits. So don’t assume your current plan is the right one for you. Shop around.

Durham residents who need help with their heating bill can apply for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program offered by the Durham County Department of Social Services on Dec. 1. Funds are available until March 31 or until gone. Applications can be submitted at 220 E. Main St. between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Also beginning Dec. 1, North Carolina will require new packaging and label requirements on electronic cigarette products. Cigarette refill fluids must be sold in childproof packaging with labels that says if the product contains nicotine. The Carolinas Poison Center reports an increase in child poisoning due to swallowing e-cigarette nicotine liquids.


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Friday, October 9, 2015
Sports news & notes, 10/10

Next Saturday (Oct. 17), Bowie State at Virginia State will be televised. Who knew that this weekend’s game between the Bulldogs and Chowan is THE matchup that should be on TV, even with BSU quarterback Matthew Goggans on the sideline.

And speaking of TV games, the next MEAC game isn’t until Nov. 14 when Delaware State travels to N.C. A&T. Yeah, can’t wait to watch that one. Why is the Aggie/Eagles matchup never televised? The Florida Classic between rivals Bethune and Florida A&M is, but what better rivalry is there than NCCU vs. N.C. A&T? Just baffles the mind.

The SWAC on Thursday unveiled its new Hall of Fame logo. “The SWAC Hall of Fame reception has always maintained a long and storied history as an integral part of our conference,” SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharp said. “The new logo will be a tribute to anyone that has played, coached, watched or supported the conference.”

Harold Jackson may be gone from Jackson State, but the Tigers have two of the most dynamic wide receivers in the country. Dan Williams and Devin Fosselman have combined for 1,041 yards so far, which is the second-best yardage total by teammates. Only Eastern Washington’s Cooper Kupp and Kendrick Bourne have more at 1,189.


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Friday, October 2, 2015
Durham County Jail Lockback

According to Inside-Outside Alliance, Durham County Jail has ended its lockback of prisoners. Read their statement here.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015
What we are talking about, 10/2

Unemployment increased for 72 counties in North Carolina last month, while 81 counties still have more unemployed workers than before the Great Recession, according to the N.C. Justice Center. Yet legislators voted to reduce food assistance for the unemployed in the latest budget. “Ninety-one counties had more than one jobless worker per job opening in August,” said Alexandra Sirota, director of the Budget & Tax Center, a project of the N.C. Justice Center. "There are simply too few jobs for those who want to work. Without food assistance, North Carolinians will not be able to meet their nutritional needs or spend those dollars locally."

 Gov. Pat McCrory signed several bills this week, but the main one that got everyone’s attention was the bill that moves the state’s presidential primary and general primary to March 15. “There were specific concerns I had with the original version of the bill, and the General Assembly agreed to make revisions to address those concerns,” McCrory said. “This bill as signed increases the transparency for the general public and members of the media.”

High school students will be able to take driver’s education after all. Legislators restored the funding for this school year so classes will resume for Wake County schools in November.

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Friday, September 25, 2015
Tough week for CIAA players

It’s been a tough week for CIAA football players. First, Virginia Union’s Donte Gross was carted off to the hospital in last Saturday’s Gardner-Webb game. Then Winston-Salem State freshman Marquise Gaddy was injured during practice Wednesday. Gross is out of the hospital, while Gaddy was still in with a spinal injury.

He ain’t heavy…and he ain’t my brother. Just when you think you’ve heard and seen it all. In what has made national news, former Alabama State football coach Reggie Barlow and university trustee Herbert Young got into an all-out brawl during a deposition in a wrongful termination lawsuit Barlow has filed. The audio is making the rounds and it’s a doozy. Talk about a cat, uh, dogfight! You have to hear it for yourselves.

Partnership: The SIAC and NFL have entered into agreement that creates training and development opportunities for minorities seeking a career in NFL officiating. The NFL will provide the conference with technical assistance in hosting clinics, as well as feedback on SIAC games.

“Two years ago, the SIAC was very proud to become the first NCAA conference to provide four outstanding young women with the historic opportunity to officiate a college football game,” Commissioner Greg Moore said. “This agreement represents a natural extension of our league’s demonstrated commitment to increasing the number of professional opportunities in intercollegiate athletics to individuals who otherwise would not have them.”

On the SWAC end: Jackson State running back LaMontiez Ivy is 57 yards shy of 1,000 after just three games. Ivy rushed for over 300 yards in his past two games, including 357 against Southern. Southern’s Lenard Tillery and Willie Quinn are No. 1 and No. 2 in conference scoring. Jaguars WR Wille Quinn has the longest pass from scrimmage this season – an 89-yard TD bomb against Mississippi Valley State.

In the Go Figure department, Alcorn State had 14 interceptions last season. To date, ASU has zero.

HBCU TV games this week:

Fayetteville State at Virginia State: Saturday, noon, check local listings

Morgan State at Howard: Saturday, 3:30 p.m., ESPN3

Howard vs. S.C. State, Saturday, 2 p.m., Aspire



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Thursday, September 17, 2015
Sports news & notes, 9/20

Did you know: Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s loss to South Carolina State in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge is the SWAC’s fifth straight in the series? What does that say, if anything?

This year the SWAC will administer instant replay in select televised games. The MEAC has been doing it for several years now.

TV games this week:

  • Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m. – Hampton vs. Howard, ESPNU, the AT&T Nation’s Classic
  • Sept. 19, 7 p.m. – Jackson State at Southern, ESPN3
  • Sept. 19, 2 p.m. – Winston-Salem State at Tuskegee, ESPN3
  • Sept. 19, 2 p.m. – 2004 Pioneer Bowl game between Shaw and Tuskegee, Aspire

Howard has hired former HBO boxing executive Kery Davis as its athletic director. Davis, 37, spent 14 years at HBO, where he helped put together bouts for Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and more.

“I probably don’t do this job at any other place than Howard,” Davis told The New York Post. “It was an opportunity to work at a school with a rich tradition and legacy people in the arts, in civil rights and in every other industry.”

More SWAC news:

  • Southern’s Willie Quinn was named the SWAC’s and STATS FCS National Player of the Week after scoring three touchdowns on a punt return, a kickoff return and a TD pass to lead the Tigers to a 50-13 win over Mississippi Valley State.
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Lopez 'retires'

After an eight-year career marked by controversy, Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez announced his "retirement" today. Lopez will leave the Durham Police Department at the end of the year. Read Lopez's resignation letter here. (Link has been fixed.)

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Sports news & notes, 9/1

Are you ready for some football?

The HBCU TV season kicks off Thursday night with Alcorn State vs. Georgia Tech at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN 3.

The SWAC has four televised games this week. In addition to Thursday night, Grambling takes on California Sept. 5, 4 p.m. on PAC-12 Network; Alabama A&M vs. Cincinnati Sept. 5, 6 p.m. on ESPN 3; and Arkansas Pine-Bluff vs. S.C. State in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge Sept. 6, 2:30 p.m. on ESPN.

In the CIAA, Lincoln (Pa.) vs. Cheyney is Saturday, 1 p.m. on ESPN 3, and Livingstone vs. Benedict Saturday, 4:30 p.m. on Aspire Network. (YAWN!)

Game change: The Sept. 12 game between Hampton and Richmond has been changed from 6 p.m. to noon.

Let’s get it on!



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Monday, August 31, 2015
Jerry Mack at Durham Sports Club

Coach Jerry Mack does have a sense a humor. At a recent appearance at the Durham Sports Club, Mack told a joke before his speech.  I’m paraphrasing here.

A man went to the doctor and was told he had a year to live. “What am I going to do?” he asked. The doctor said “Do these three things: Give all your money to charity; move into the back woods of the country; and marry the first woman you see with nine kids.” The man asked “Will this cure me?” The doctor replied: “No, but it will be the longest year of your life.”

Of course, once the first football game hits, it’ll be hard to get some coaches to say 10 words let alone tell a joke.

Mack was a lot looser at his second club appearance. That’s what winning will do. While in the first year, all you can do is talk about what you “hope” will happen; the second year you can actually brag about your accomplishments.

Mack said one key to the Eagles success last year was developing relationships with the players, coaches and administrative staff. That’s a mistake he made as a 28-year-old defensive coordinator.

“You have to develop relationships with your players to get them to do what you want them to do,” he said. “And your employees, you have to let them know you care about them and their families.”

Mack said he lost a lot of friends when he became NCCU’s head coach. That meant he was bombarded with job applicants, but he didn’t let friendship sway him. It was all about being the right fit for the job. He recalled how he lost out on two head-coaching gigs at Louisiana Lafayette and Troy universities because he was told he wasn’t “the right fit.”

“We want people to come to our program that fit what we’re trying to do,” he said. “I think the future is bright at NCCU.”

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Thursday, August 27, 2015
What we are talking about, 8/21

Governor Pat McCrory signed more bills into legislation this week. Among them is Senate Bill 675, which lengthens the time between parole hearings for sex offenders. Inmates previously could receive a hearing annually. Now, they’ll have to wait at least two years.

Novo Nordsk Pharmaceutical Industries announced Wednesday that it will create almost 700 jobs at a new manufacturing facility in Johnston Count. The company says it will invest from $1.2 billion to $1.7 billion over the next five years. Novo currently employs over 700 people at its insulin production plant in Clayton.


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Friday, August 7, 2015
Sports news & notes, 8/7

As of Aug. 7, 15 former SWAC players were vying for a job in NFL camps. They are:

Alabama A&M: Frank Kearse, Redskins; and Robert Mathis, Colts

Alabama State: Isaiah Crowell, Browns; Tarvaris Jackson, Seahawks; Greg Jenkins, Jaguars; and Terren Jones, Bills

Jackson State: Rico Richardson, Titans

Grambling: Larry Donnell, Giants; and Jason Hatcher, Redskins

Southern: RaShaun Allen, Seahawks; and Arthur Miley, Panthers

Texas Southern: Tray Walker, Ravens

Arkansas-Pine Bluff: Terron Armstead, Saints; and Isiah Ferguson, Rams

For women only. Fayetteville State football will host its inaugural “Football 101: Women’s Clinic” Aug. 8 at 1 p.m. While I applaud coaches who want to involve more women, especially the casual observer, into its program, it’s still just a little condescending. Yes, PROBABLY more men know a little bit more about football than women, but that doesn’t make them experts. Besides, who cares whether a coach runs a 4-3 or a 3-4 defense? When the clock strikes 0:00, the home team better have more points than the visitor.


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Thursday, August 6, 2015
What we are talking about, 8/6

Gov. Pat McCrory wasted little time in naming a replacement for Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos. Rick Brajer was presented Wednesday in a press conference. Brajer is chief executive officer and director of Pronerve. He starts Aug. 17. McCrory was seen leaving Wos’ press conference with tears in his eyes. So were a lot of other folks – tears of joy!

Bills. Bills. Bills. McCrory on Friday signed several bills into law, including:

– HB 134: exempting minors from prosecution for solicitation of prostitution

– HB 562: amends several firearm laws

– HB 774: authorizes a medical professional that is not a doctor to monitor lethal injections

– HB 678: keeps debt collectors more in line with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

Read them all at govpress@nc.gov.

Where do you live? Livability.com has named Durham the second-best college town in the country. “With its economy once rooted in agriculture, Durham now has a thriving science and technology sector due to Duke University and other area colleges,” it says. “A citywide transportation system helps students and residents connect to major attractions and entertainment destinations…and with more than 20 galleries and studios, Durham’s art scene rivals those found in larger cities.” Take that Raleigh! Manhattan, Kansas, is No. 1.

Better and better. The Durham Performing Arts Center just keeps moving up in rankings. The DPAC is now No. 2 in attendance rankings (2,712) behind Fox Theatre in Atlanta. The top five shows of last fiscal season (July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015): Wicket, The Phantom of the Opera, Kinky Boots, Newsies and Motown: The Musical. Five of its top 15 concerts were by black artists with the Boss Lady Diana Ross coming in at No. 1. Others were Erykah Badu (No. 3), Maxwell (No. 5), The Temptations & The Four Tops (No. 12) and the Isley Brothers (No. 14).

Facebook: Well, this is embarrassing. Our Facebook page is currently down. We are working on the problem, so don't start any rumors of our demise – AGAIN!



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Thursday, July 23, 2015
Guest blogger

Voter frauds

By Thomas Mills

If the North Carolina Republican Party is attacking William Barber, then Barber is winning. Barber’s not on the ballot and he’s not an officer of the North Carolina Democratic Party. He’s head of the North Carolina NAACP, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that advocates for the interests of African-Americans.

The GOP’s pathetic broadside against Barber fell flat. They tried to discredit Barber and the Moral Monday movement that he leads by accusing him of taking money from labor organizations. The accusation, even if it was true, is weak. But the fact that it’s not makes the GOP look foolish and petty.

WRAL debunked their claims in a fact check that said N.C. GOP Chair Hasan Harnett and spokesman Ricky Diaz “both made statements that aren’t fully backed by the evidence at hand.” In other words, they lied.

It’s not just the party that’s going after Barber, and he’s not the only target. Sham news organizations are trying influence public support in the voting rights trial being held in Winston-Salem.

A new front group called “Jones and Blount” tries to pass itself off as a legitimate news outlet, but it’s little more than a Fox News-like organization that puts a Republican spin on current events. They characterize the trial and the more than 3,000 protesters as being inflated by “out-of-state protesters” with the lawsuit being funded by George Soros.

Most ridiculous, though, is their characterization of the voter suppression laws as being passed to prevent voter fraud. No, they weren’t. They were passed to make it more difficult for people who disagree with Republicans to vote.

Voter fraud is just a Republican dog whistle to rally the racist wing of their base behind the bill. Republicans never mentioned voter fraud until Barack Obama was elected president.  Republicans strategists came up with the idea to limit access to the ballot box, but they used racism to build popular support for suppression laws. The implication is that Obama is not a legitimate president because only through stealing an election could a black man have been elected president of the United States. Hence, voter fraud becomes the code term.

Regardless of whether the bills are found constitutional or not, the evidence of intentional voter suppression is overwhelming. Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly said the measures were necessary because “early voting plays a major role in Obama’s ground game.” Pennsylvania House Majority Leader told Republicans that voter ID laws would allow (Mitt) Romney to win the state.

And now, N.C. Board of Elections member Paul Foley is caught working with GOP leaders to eliminate an early voting site that historically voted heavily Democratic. That’s fraud. And all of these people claiming they’re trying to protect the integrity of elections? They’re frauds.


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CIAA Media Day

Shaw coach Robert Massey must be feeling the heat. Massey didn’t mince words at Thursday’s CIAA Media Day. “We’ve got a lot to prove. We plan to be competitive and we’re trying to make sure that when you come to Durham, you’re coming to our home stadium. And to our players, if you can’t ride, you can’t play. And that’s all I have to say.” That was plenty. Looks like the heat will be on the players as well.

St. Augustine’s coach Michael Morand was a bit more diplomatic. “We’re looking to improve and score more than the 19 points we did last year. Offensively and defensively, we have some guys coming back that’s going to help us learn how to win some football games.” Morand said more but those darn free ads kept popping up on the video stream right in the middle of the coaches’ conversations. Then when they came back, their speech was over. Typical.

But enough of Elizabeth City State coach Waverly Tillar’s speech was heard, and he didn’t disappoint. Take it away coach:

“We’ve been down the last couple of years. 4-6 don’t sit too well with me and we’re going to do something about it. Things are about to change this year as we chase Virginia State. Our slogan is ‘Our Backs Against the Wall.’

“The walls of Jericho, they came tumbling down. All of you who think that you’re in the land of milk and honey and unconquerable, got news for you, the mighty Vikings won’t take seven days to bring the walls down. By the power and hands of the mighty Vikings, those walls will come tumbling down.

“The great walls of China came tumbling down. …Behind the wall was a legendary Chinese coach. Every year he told people what he was going to do and how many games he was going to win, but every year he lost every game. His name? WinOneSoon is the legendary coach.”

Thank you coach, as always.

Predicted order and preseason team:

Winston-Salem State

Virginia State

Virginia Union

Fayetteville State

Bowie State

Elizabeth City State 




Johnson C. Smith

Saint Augustine's

The Lincoln

2015 Preseason All-CIAA Football Team


TE AJ Mundle, ECSU

OL Addison Hayes, VUU

OL Jhamil Haley, VSU

OL Jac’que Polite, WSSU

OL Justin Nester, BSU

OL Kristjan Brown, FSU

WR Jalen Hendricks, LC

WR Jaivon Smallwood, VSU

QB Drew Powell, LC

RB Roderick Davenport, SAU

RB Kavon Bellamy, VSU

PK William Johnson, WSSU

KR Antonio Huff, ECSU


DL Anthony McDaniel

DL Michael Bloomfield

DL Ray Prosise, VSU

DL Kemaree Alcorn, CU

LB Austin Jacques, JCSU

LB Joseph Blanks, VUU

LV Brandon Lynch, VSU

DB Curtis Pumphrey, VSU

DB Darion Thomas, VSU

DB Brion Robinson, TLU

DB Rodeshawn Joseph, VUU

P Christopher Palmer, BSU

PR Antonio Huff, ECSU


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Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Sports news & notes, 7/8

The SIAC will soon have another full-time member. Central State, which had a partial membership with football, will be granted full status in the fall. CSU had competed in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference in its other sports, but ended its affiliation with the conference last month.

“Joining the SIAC is a great opportunity for CSU. The SIAC provides additional exposure for Central State and enhances the collegiate and academic experience,” President Cynthia Jackson-Hammond said.

Sometimes you just need for the dominoes to fall your way. Lynn University released head women’s basketball coach Niki Washington, who was hired as associate head coach at Bethune-Cookman. Meanwhile, Furman assistant coach Julia Huddleston takes the job at Lynn, opening up a spot on staff. Ergo, Lincoln (Pa.) head coach Jessica Kern gets the call. Bye. Bye.

The CIAA office has a position for assistant director of communications and media relations. The job description is three pages long and has more duties than a gopher. I don’t know how much it pays, but whatever it is, IT’S NOT ENOUGH! See for yourself, here

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Thursday, June 25, 2015
What we are talking about, 6/24

Governor Pat McCrory signed two bills Wednesday to support veterans and military families. Bill 478 waives the 12-month residency requirement for non-resident veterans and others to receive education benefits for in-state tuition. And Bill 43 extends the time period from 90 days to a year in which a retired or discharged veteran can be regularly employed and his application for a CDL.

McCrory also signed 12 bills into law. A few are:

  • SB 7 allows food stands to provide tables and chairs for customers while eating on the premises.
  • SB 621 authorizes the DMV to send renewal notices via email after receiving car owner’s consent.
  • SB 488 will help the state better collect child support payments.

Now, what about expanding Medicare now that the ACA is NOT – I repeat NOT – going away. Get over it, and let’s move on!

Ellis Hankins, former executive director of the N.C. League of Municipalities, has announced his candidacy for the District 16 seat in next year’s primary. D-16 includes west Raleigh, Cary, Morrisville and surrounding areas.

After losing a federal lawsuit, Cameron Village Library has agreed to allow religious meetings in its meeting room. After twice denying Liberty Counsel’s application for space, the nonprofit filed a lawsuit. The fact that it had to even go to court is shameful. Why would a library, of all places, try to sensor free speech?


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Friday, June 5, 2015
What we are talking about, 6/5

Get ready to become a one-sticker car owner. Instead of having two stickers on your license plate – one for the month and one for the year – DMV will now only print one sticker that includes both the month and the year. The company says the change will save money. Our renewal fees won’t go down, however.

How much bigger is North Hills going to get? Allscripts plans to build a 12-story tower and will be moving its 1,000 employees at North Hills. Evidently developer Kane Realty can do no wrong with the city council, no matter how much traffic and congestion it brings to the Six Forks Road area.

Are you one of those drivers who always push the envelope when it comes to on-street parking in Durham? Well, if caught, you’re going to have to pay double. Beginning July 1, the tickets will rise from $10 to $20.

Some bills signed by Gov. Pat McCrory this week:

• HB 113 increases the penalty for the commission of certain sex offenses committed against a student by school personnel. It also requires education institutions to obtain a list of employees who are registered sex offenders.

• HB 294 makes it a criminal offense to provide a cellphone to a delinquent juvenile in custody.

• HB 595 allows active and recently departed veterans to use their military police experience and training toward a N.C. Law Enforcement Officer Certification.

But the biggest McCrory signature was giving pardons to former death row inmates Henry NcCollom and Leon Brown. Now, show them the money!


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