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Schwarzenegger Terminates State's
Investment Dealings in Sudan
Once the world's leading bod builder, California Go'. Arnold
Schwarzenegger showed his real muscle this week by "terminating" his
state's investments in Sudan.
The actor turned governor, w ho signed a law that bars California's state
pension funds from nesting in companies with interests in Sudan -
amid international pressure oxer the Darfitr crisis believes his mole
will send the message that Califonua doesn't support the mass rapes and
killings of thousands of Africans in Sudan.
"We cannot watch from the sidelines and be content to mourn this atroc-
ity as it passes into historN," the 58-year-old Schwarzenegger said.
"We must act and that is exactly wh\ whe will ditest from the Sudan.
Divesting will show our defiance against the murderers and their inhu-
Don Cheadle nominated for an Oscar for his role in the genocide story
Hotel Rv.anda and actor George Cloone. \vho have both been outspoken
on Darfur, attended a signing ceremony with Schwarzenegger.
Since the uar in Darfitu broke out in February 2003. some 200.000 peo-
ple have died from fighting. famine and disease and turned 2.5 million
people into refugees, according to the United Nations. Some sources
believe the toll is much higher
Black Republicans Run Radio Ad
Alleging Democrats Started the KKK
ANNAPOLIS. NMd. A national black Republican group is running a
radio ad ertisement accusing Democrats of starting the Ku Klux Klan
and saying the Rev Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican, a claim
challenged b\ civ l-nghts researchers.-
The group. founded a year ago. promotes the GOP to black voters.
It %vas not nimediately clear which radio stations %were airing the 60-
second ad or how long it had been running. The group's \\eb site
announced the ad's release in a statement dated two weeks ago. The
Washington Post reported Thursday that the ad was running on Baltimore
The spot begins vx ith one \woman telling another. Dr. King w\as a real
man. You knov. he as a Republican."
The ad asserts that Democrats want to keep us poor while e voting only
Democrat" and. Democrats want us to accept same-sex marriages, teen
abortions without a parent's consent and suing the Boy Scouts for saying
'God' in their pledge "
The group running the ads describes itself on its Web site as a resource
for the black community, on Republican ideals." It does not say how
man\ members it has
Blues Pioneer Passes at 93
Blues pioneer Etta Baker died Sunday in Fairfax, \'a. of natural caus-
es. She v as 93 years old.
While her name doesn't register as
inimnediatel as B.B King or John
Lee Hooker. Baker was considered
the world's eminent Piedmont-style
blues guitarist. which combined
Appalachian bluegrass ith
Southern blues. As a professional
musician, she ~ as a late bloomer.
rshre didn't commit to being a blues
i artist until 1991 at the age of' 60.
after working 26 years at a textile
mill in MNorganton, NC. Also in
19)l. Baker %%on a Folk Heritage
Fellow ship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Prior to becomnin a full-time musician. Baker appeared on a 1956 com-
pilationr LP. Instrumental Music of Southern Appalachians \\ith her influ-
ential songs, "Railroad Bill" and "O)ne-Dimne Blues." ".Railroad Bill." u
particular, proved highly inspirational to musicians such as Bob D\ lan
and Taj Mahal, who recorded a duet disc with Baker in 2004.
Due to health problems. Baker, most recently, switched from guitar to
banjo. Slated for next year is an album focusing on her banjo playing.
She's also featured on rock guitarist Kenny \\a\ ne Shepherd's forthcom-
ing disc, 10 Days Out (Blues from the Blackroad .
Nashville Planning Private
Schools for At-Risk Males
TENNESSEE A new private school targeted at Nashville's young
African-American male population expects to begin classes next fall.
Bridges Academy will star~ \ ith 100 fifth- and sixth-graders with a goal
to add a grade each year until the school can serve grades 5 through 12.
"This isn't a lightweight endeavor," said school president Derek Young,
former director of outreach for Cracker Barrel's corporate offices. "Like
any startup, we're starting our faculty recruitment, our fundraising
process and finalizing our leadership structure. We also have to com-
pletely turn one kind of building into a completely different kind of
building." Site renovation is expected to begin next month.
The estimated price tag for starting the scholarship based Bridges
Academy from the ground up is $10,000 per student, or $1 million, based
on an enrollment of 100 students.
Nashville is already home to dozens of private schools, but Fitzgerald
said Bridges doesn't plan to openly compete.
Volume 18 No. 37 Jacksonville, Florida September 28 October 4, 2006
Murder Statistics Shows Black Women
Should Watch the Company They Keep
The statistics are startling.
As if Black women did not have
enough to contend with.
Forever the backbone of many
families and African-American
communities, the average Black
women is leading a single parent
household and surviving on a living
wage. She should also watch the
company she keeps. Statistics
released this week show that she
was most likely to be killed by
someone she knows.
According to the report, When
Men Murder women, more than 90
percent of Black females were
killed by Black males in incidents
where they knew their killers and
56 percent of those were wives,
cormmon- law wives, ex-wives or
girlfriends of the offenders.
In single female victimnsingle
male offender homicides reported
for 2004. nine percent of black
female victims were less than 18
years old and three percent \were 65
years of age or older. The average
age of black female homicide vic-
tims %was 33 years old
This information comes on ihe eve
of October, national Domestic
Violence Awareness Month. .
The' over helming majority of
homicides \were not related to any
other feloiM.crime. Most often,
they were.killed:.b) gunfire in the
course of an argument
Sadl\ enough the.-statistics o er-
whelnungly reflect turmoil among
African-Americans. Black women
- ere murdered at a rate nearly three
times higher than white women.
Many w% omen-those in abusive
relationships, those who have left
such relationships, those who fear,
in general. for their safety-have
considered bringing a gun into their
.hoite as a measure of protection.
Yet, guns in the home represent
clear risks. For Black women in
America. guns are not used to save
lives. but to take them. If we are to
recognize the facts and figures for
w hat the% are, Black women should
protect themselves by watching the
company they keep rather than the
arms they bear.
Annual Kids Day Fosters Youth/Adult Relationships
Last weekend, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida (BGCNF) celebrated their annual Day for Kids. The
event is held by the organization to foster the relationship between children and adults. Shown above are (L-R)
Shan'pelle Williams, Khrystal Whitlock, Wileshia Bryant, Chartell Deloney and Davaughn Bratcher, (all mem-
bers of the Laurence Lee Boys & Girls Club), posing with Jacksonville JAM's mascot Ziggy. Participants
enjoyed fun filled carnival games, arts and crafts activities, hamburgers, ice cream and water slides at the event.
Each child was also given a giveaway bags which included a; spiral notebook, hat, coupon, t-shirt and other good-
ies. On hand for the day long event were several Jacksonville mascots and agencies along with BGCNG mem-
bers and their families in the efforts to foster relationships between adults and children through spending quali-
ty time with youth..
Min. Louis Farrakhan
Minister Louis Farrakhan sent a
letter to his Nation of Islam follow-
ers this month admitting to a seri-
ous illness and urging the group to
continue on in his absence so that
the movement "will live long after
I': and we have gone," reports the
Associated Press. '
The 73-year-old said he began
suffering pain earlier this year sim-
ilar to 1998, when he was diag-
nosed with prostate cancer and
underwent surgery. He said doctors
discovered an ulcer in his anal area
during a visit to Cuba in March.
Since then, he has lost 35 pounds
and suffered from "serious infec-
tion and inflammation," Farrakhan
said in his letter dated Sept. 11 and
published in the Nation of Islam's
The Final Call newspaper.
Farrakhan said he will try his best
to bounce back, "because I do not
believe my earthly work is done."
He said he asked his executive
board to solve problems during his
In the letter, Farrakhan compared
news of his illness to that of Fidel
"While many rejoiced believing
and thinking that if Fidel Castro
and the Cuban Revolution expired
they could move Cuba and the
Revolution in a new direction his
absence from the helm only proved
that Cuba will not fall apart over
the absence or passing of their
illustrious leader," Farrakhan wrote
in the letter.
He also warned followers to be
"ever watchful for any smart,
crooked deceiver and hypocrite
who would create confusion over
my present condition."
Johnson Leading Black Delegation to Invest $30M in Liberia
BET Founder Bob Johnson
Over 20 years ago, Billionaire
Robert Johnson started the Black
Entertainment Television network
after taking a $15,000 bank loan; in
2001, Johnson sold the network to
Viacom for $3 billion. With a little
bit of luck, one of the richest men in
the world will be hoping to rub
some of his magic on Liberia.
Johnson, 59, will lead a group of
African-American leaders to
Liberia to facilitate at least $30 mil-
lion of direct investments in the
country's infrastructure, health,
education and agriculture, accord-
ing to a statement from the
The statement said the delegation,
which will include U.S. leaders in
education, health, law and business,
also will seek to establish a perma-
nent interest group of African-
Americans to reignite the historical
ties between African-Americans
and Liberians and advocate on
behalf of Liberia for greater support
from the United States government
and the U.S. business community.
Johnson's delegation will form the
basis of an organization whose
goals are as follows: 1. To establish
a permanent interest group of
African Americans to re-ignite the
long-term historical ties between
African Americans and the people
of Liberia; 2. To form a permanent
organization headed by African
Americans to advocate on behalf of
Liberia for greater support from the
United States government and the
US business community; and to fur-
ther awaken African American
interest in the whole of Sub-
According to the statement, among
those participating with Johnson in
the announcement were: Debra
Lee, CEO of Black Entertainment
Television; Clarence Avant, record-
ing industry executive; Ciceley
Tyson, actress; Jeffrey Wright,
actor; Rodney Slater, former
Transportation Secretary, and Chris
Speaking last week as a panelist at
the opening of the 2nd Annual
Clinton Global Initiative
Conference in New York, Sirleaf,
called on foreign investors to come
to Liberia and partner with the gov-
ernment in utilizing the country's
abundant natural resources.
Sirleaf said that with peace now
prevailing in Liberia, investors are
welcomed to invest and join in part-
nership with the country. The
Liberian leader said at the confer-
ence, attended by global leaders,
including many Heads of State and
Government, as well as heads of
major international corporations,
that Liberia was endowed with
abundant natural resources, include
ing timber, diamonds, iron ore, and
rubber. Continued on page 3
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Ways & Means: Investing in Your Child's Future
by C. Brown
Summertime fun is over. No more
vacation getaways and camps. Your
children are heading back school,
and you must get back to the basics
of investing. It is important that you
evaluate your financial situation to
make sure that you are meeting
your parental obligations and sav-
ing money for your children's
future. At the same time, you must
be able save to support yourself.
As a parent you have to perform a
balancing act. That is to develop the
discipline of setting aside discre-
tionary money in a cash reserve for
emergencies as well as an education
fund and retirement account.
The earlier you earmark money
your children's education the better.
If you started saving when your
child was a year-old and you set
aside $166 a month or $2,000 a year
until age 18, that principal amount
of $34,000 would turn out to be
worth a little more than $60,000 (at
an average rate of return of 6 per-
For some parents, college tuition
bills are just around the comer.
There are several ways for students
to finance their college education,
including scholarships, grants,
loans, work-study programs, sum-
mer jobs, and part-time jobs. You
don't want to be forced to tap into
your retirement account to send
Junior off to get his bachelor's
Consider saving funds in the
child's name. A benefit is that the
money is taxed at the child's lower
rate. For those who are closer to
college age though, this could count
against your child when applying
for financial aid. Students can be
required to contribute as much as
35 percent of their total assets
toward college costs each year
compared to 5-6 percent of parents'
A better alternative are 529 plans.
For younger children, financial
planners generally recommend 529
college savings plan. While for
children in middle school, they rec-
ommend 529 prepaid tuition plans,
especially if the parent knows the
child is more likely to go to school
Prepaid tuition plans allow parents
to lock in tuition rates at a state col-
lege or university by paying a lump
sum or making payments. You'll
have to do your homework since
some states have suspended or
closed their prepaid tuition plans.
With college savings plans, the
money grows tax-free. You can
name your child as the plan's bene-
ficiary, and if he or she doesn't go to
college, you can alter the plan.
A Coverdell education savings
account is another viable tax-
advantaged vehicle. Money with-
drawn to pay for qualified educa-
tion expenses is free from federal
income tax. Withdrawals can be
used for grammar school, high
school or college related costs. The
annual contribution is $2,000 per
beneficiary. You control the types
of investments in the account,
whereas with 529 college savings -
Continued on page 3
By Jason Alderman
Forty billion dollars. That's how
much crooked telemarketers steal
from Americans each year, accord-
ing to the National Consumers
League; and 56 percent of those
victims are over age 50, says the
American Association of Retired
What can you do to help protect
your parents or other older friends
and relatives who may be vulnera-
ble to such predators?
Common scams older people
sometimes fall for include:
- Trusting the wrong people. Many
seniors are home all day with time
on their hands. Unscrupulous tele-
marketers exploit their loneliness
by lending a sympathetic ear to earn
their trust. Tell your folks it's not
rude to hang up if they're feeling
overly- *hessured^'Seniors a'lso
sorf ifihd' Wirid up Ji'Unk mailing
lists and are bombarded with tanta-
lizing offers that seem too good to
be true. (They are.) The Federal
Trade Commission's Web site,
ts/optoutalrt.htm, contains instruc-
tions for reducing unsolicited mail,
getting off telemarketer's call lists
and cutting email spam.
"Free" prizes. If someone says
you've won a free prize and asks for
money to pay for handling, postage
or taxes, hang up. By law, you
should never have to pay for any
legitimate prize. If you suspect
fraud, contact the state's attorney
general office or file a complaint
with the Federal Trade Commission
(www.ftc.gov, click "File a com-
plaint"). The National Fraud
www.fraud.org, is another good
Get rich quick schemes. Many
seniors on a fixed income worry
about keeping up with inflation and
can be susceptible to promises of
easy money. Not only are these
schemes far-fetched, they're often
illegal. The U.S. Secret Service
says Americans lose about $1 mil-
lion a day to phone- or email-based
wealth schemes, such as the infa-
mous "Nigerian banking scam,"
where a supposed foreign officials
offer millions for helping transfer
money out of their country. AARP's
sumer/scams/, explains how these
frauds are perpetrated and how to
Unsolicited advice. Phony door-
to-door "home inspectors" some-
times pressure unsuspecting home-
owners into accepting unneeded
repairs or "case the joint" for valu-
ables while supposedly inspecting
for damage. Show them the door.
Another scam involves offering to
'"'repair'ai bad credit rating -fdr'h"a
up-front fee. Remember: No ofie''
can remove accurate, unfavorable
information from your credit file,
so work with your creditors directly
if there's a problem.
Guard personal information.
Identity theft is increasingly com-
mon. Be very careful with whom
you share your Social Security
number, credit card and bank
account numbers, address and
phone number. Whenever you fill
out a contest entry or warranty reg-
istration card, or shop by catalog,
you are providing the information
direct marketers legitimate and
non-legitimate need to generate
more mailings. Practical Money
Skills for Life (www.practical-
moneyskills.com/security ), a free
personal financial management site
sponsored by Visa USA, contains
detailed information on identity
theft and security precautions you
should take as well as helpful infor-
mation about direct marketing pri-
If you suspect an older relative or
friend may be a fraud victim, initi-
ate a frank discussion and offer to
help assemble evidence for the
proper authorities. Unscrupulous
people won't hesitate to take unfair
advantage of your loved ones, so
help level the playing field. As my
flinty father-in-law says, better to
be safe than sorry.
Information on identity theft and
other personal finance tips can be
found at www.practical-
moneyskills.com. As always, con-
sult a financial professional regard-
ing your particular situation.
New Orleans Economic Summit Planned
The Rainbow Coalition will be hosting a Gulf Coast Economic
Summit for businesses desiring to do work in the rebuilding of New
Orleans. The workshop is themed, "Connecting Business and
Communities to $100+ Billion in Reconstructing Funding". The summit
will be headquartered at the Sheraton Hotel on Canal Place November
13th and 14th. For more information call 1-866-559-4004 or visit rain-
Fraserx Netwrox-rJinag Mixrte
by George Fraser
Excellence, by my definition, is the reinvestment of one's unique gifts
or personal achievements back into the community in order to better the
human condition within the community.
I believe true excellence comes only when you use your talents and
gifts to benefit others to a greater extent than you employ those talents
for your own personal benefit. This distinction between personal
achievement and excellence is important, because it helps us to think of
our excellence in communal terms rather than in personal terms.
It also encourages Black people to create network linkages and to
work for the common good of our people. I believe that we must have
networks of: Professionals helping professionals; Businesses helping
professionals; Professionals helping businesses; Middle-class and
upper-class Blacks helping the underclass
We can begin by starting and building new businesses and more wise-
ly managing our money and enormous purchasing power.
Teen Entrepreneurs Sought for Award
The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian) has
launched it's the 2007 Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Award
Program that recognizes and rewards teen-aged girls who demonstrate
exceptional entrepreneurship. Adults are asked to nominate girls such as
their daughter, niece, neighbor or student by submitting a 750 to 1,000-
word essay on why the nominee deserves a Girls Going Places award.
Fifteen girls will be awarded a total of $30,000. A panel of judges will
review the essays and pick finalists that: Demonstrate budding entrepre-
neurship and/or financial acumen; Have taken the first steps toward finan-
cial independence; Make a difference in their school or community; Show
potential for future success by initiating a new business.
Last year's First Place winner of the $10,000 scholarship in the 2006
competition, Ionnie McNeill, 18, of Miami, FL, was nominated for her
founding of Speak 2 Share Inc., a business geared towards teaching youth
about investing and money management. Other winners include business-
es such as Astrotots, a non-profit that runs space and science camps for
young girls and Cell Phones for Soldiers, a non-profit organization that
provides free cell phones and phone cards to military men and women.
The three top prizes of $10,000, $5,000 and $3,000 and 12 finalist prizes
of $1,000 will be presented to each winner within their respective com-
munities. Nominations a will be considered through February 16, 2007.
Additional information about the program and nomination forms for the
competition can be found at www.girlsgoingplaces.com.
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14th Heart Walk Earns $800k+ to Prevent Heat Disease
Shown above at the event are part of the huge diverse crowd and walkers Elaine Tracey, Barbara Gordon, Priscilla Halstead and Katrina Wright gath-
er before the walk to discuss their team strategies. The walk has two routes. One is 3.2 miles the other is a shorter, one mile route for our survivors.
Over 7,500 walkers from the First
Coast community united to raise
awareness for heart disease and
stroke at the American Heart
Association's 2006 Heart Walk.
Cardiovascular disease is the #1
killer of ALL Americans. The Walk
also helps people take the first steps
toward a heart-healthy lifestyle by
becoming more physically active.
Physical inactivity is a major modi-
fiable risk factor for heart disease
and stroke. The walk, held in
Downtown Jacksonville has two
routes. One is 3.2 miles the other is
a mile shorter for survivors.
Heart disease and stroke survivors
participating in the event were hon-
ored with red caps to celebrate their
fight against these deadly diseases.
Walkers enjoyed live music, chil-
dren's activities, NFL Kids Zone,
and a special appearance by The
Roar of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Heart Walk is a celebration of
our survivors and their fight against
the number one killer of American
men & women... cardiovascular
disease. The Heart Walk is a nation-
al effort by the American Heart
Begin Now to Invest In Your Children
Continued from page 2
plans you are beholding to that state
plan's investment options. There are
income restrictions: for single tax
filers, the annual modified adjusted
gross income must be less than
Check out www.savingforcol-
lege.com, which rates state pro-
grams on a scale from one to five.
You can also access information
from the College Savings Network;
FinAid.org; and The College
If you are a single parent, how you
allocate assets for retirement and
your kid's education may differ. If
you are age 40, your mix may be
60-80 percent in stocks mutual
funds and 20-40 percent in fixed-
income funds. The younger your
Continued from page 1
Sirleaf said the Liberian
Government was putting into place
the necessary laws and regulations
that are "investor-friendly." The
measures the President added
would ensure that business prac-
tices meet international standards
and inspire confidence.
Sirleaf indicated that her govern-
ment, with the support of Liberia's
international partners, is instituting
plans aimed at poverty reduction
through skill development and job
The Liberian leader said her gov-
ernment's poverty reduction pro-
gram is focused on meeting the
needs of young people through
vocational training and other pro-
grams, as well as developing the
capacity of women.
The President also said that other
kids are, the more aggressive you
can be --80-90 percentin stock
mutual funds and 10-20 percent in
fixed-income securities. Moreover,
you need to faithfully stash some
cash in a contingency account (3-6
months' living expenses).
As a single parent with shared cus-
tody or sole custody, it is important
that the right documents are drawn
up. You want to make sure that
money earmarked for your child
goes directly to him or her, espe-
cially in situations where there are
multiple children from other rela-
tionships living in the same house-
Collect on any money that should
be coming your child's way. Enlist
the help of a state agency such as
the Office of Child Support
aspects of the government's poverty
reduction program take into consid-
eration the involvement of people
in the communities and villages in
identifying their development
needs so as to ensure sustainability.
Johnson's visit is the first of several
high-profile visits to Liberia,
according to National Investment
Commission (NIC) Chairman
Richard Tolbert. Mr. Tolbert told
Star Radio recently that there is a
promising investment climate for
Liberia, adding that a lot of institu-
tions have expressed interest in
investing in the country.
Mr. Tolbert said government is
currently working toward translat-
ing the interests of the institutions
into concrete results. The NIC
Chairman also dismissed allega-
tions that he resigned his position
and left the country over opinion
differences about government's pol-
icy on rice.
"7 "Alive in Our Hearts," We remember 4
Aicia flecta Siellman Evans Carlisle
Sunrise January 31, 1966 Sunset September 29, 2006
Alicia was an amazingly talented, and beautiful person.
She is truly missed by her family and friends.
God chose another beautiful rose from His Garden,
And, now she is an angel with wings.
Her angelic voice now sings all over God's Heaven.
Death is a door we must all go through
Some call it passing, for we do pass on to a new place.
Others call it traveling, and that is exactly what
* We do when we leave this village in search of a new one. ,
So instead of using the expression "she died", We will say,
"She's begun her new life, for that is what happened.
Death is an adventure, a beginning, a new life.
Love Always, The Family ,
Enforcement (New York residents)
to track a deadbeat parent Also, talk
to a tax consultant to ensure you
receive maximum write offs.
As part of an estate plan, hold life
insurance policy in a living trust to
ensure your child receives death
benefits. You'll need a will that
appoints an executor as well as a
guardian for young children; other-
wise the court will make that deci-
sion for you.
You want to save as much as you
can for your child. In order to do so,
you'll have to stick to a budget and
spending plan that allows you to
have more discretionary income.
The fewer designer clothes and
shoes stacked up in your closet, the
more money that can be piled away
for your child's future and college
Association to help fight heart dis-
ease and stroke by raising money to
support lifesaving research, pro-
grams and education.
For more information about heart
disease call 739-0197
Q. How much are student lunches at Andrew Jackson High School?
A. Lunch for a secondary (middle and high school) student is $1.45. As
a participant in the National School Lunch Program, the Duval County
Public School system provides both breakfast and lunch meals to students.
Free and reduced price meals are available to eligible students. For more
information, call ARAMARK 732-5117.
Q. How can I apply for a job as a paraprofessional with Duval
County Public Schools?
A. You can apply for all jobs within Duval County Public Schools' on
our website at https://duvaljobs.educationcentral.org
Q. When is the Christmas Break for Duval County Public Schools?
A. Winter Break for Duval County Public Schools' is December 22, 2006
through January 3, 2007. Below is the student calendar for the 2006/2007
school year: SCHOOL CALENDAR
August 7 First Day of School
September 4 Labor Day
October 16 Planning Day
October 27 Weather Day
November 10 Veteran's Day
November 22 Weather Day
November 23, 24 Thanksgiving
November 27 Weather Day
December 21 Weather Day
Dec 22-Jan 3 Winter Break
January 4 Planning Day
January 5 In-service Day
January 12 Weather Day
January 15 M.L.K. Holiday
February 19 Presidents Day
March 16 Planning Day
March 19-23 Spring Break
April 6 Spring Holiday
Toward the "Black Campaign"
for the General Elections
by Ron Walters
With a good many primary elec-
tions behind us, it is now time to
turn our attention to the general
elections taking place on November
7. In my most recent book,
"Freedom Is Not Enough," I argued
that we should construct a "Black
campaign" for our community that
would consist of three things: the
Black agenda, money and mobiliz-
ing a large turnout.
First, the items on a Black Agenda
begin with the catastrophe caused
by Hurricane Katrina. It has been
estimated that at last one in every
four Blacks have some association
with families in the Gulf region;
Blacks should support government
assistance for the right to return and
rebuild. Next, Blacks strongly
oppose the war in Iraq more than
any other group in America for
good reasons. Also, education is
critical, given the problems caused
by the testing system and under-
funding in the No Child Left
Behind program and the crushing
debt burden that college bound
youth are increasingly facing.
We should support economic
issues such as raising the minimum
wage, achieving a livable wage,
opposing the Bush tax cuts for the
rich, eliminating exorbitant loan
rates and gaining better access to
capital. Next we should support an
urban policy that creates affordable
housing, attacks poverty and
rebuilds urban communities by
fighting blight, crime and gentrifi-
cation. Finally, we should secure
our right to vote, and make our vote
Mobilizing time is here and
churches, civic organizations, com-
munity leaders and all others should
take stock of the unregistered and
urge them to register and prepare to
vote. It is end of September, a little
more than one month away from
the election, and very little mobiliz-
ing has occurred in the Black com-
munity. 'In fact, there is some evi-
dence that Black turnout is lagging.
In Baltimore, for example, turnout
four years ago was 31 percent, but
was only 23 percent in the primary.
Are Black voters turned off? It
would be a shame now that the
polls are showing that the political
system could be changed for the
better, that some of the items on a
Black Agenda might be enacted
because few showed up to vote.
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by Jacksonville District 9 City Councilman Reggie Fullwood
African Americans Families Must Overcome
the Past in Order to Build a Strong Future
"If the house is to be set in order, one cannot begin with
the present; he must begin with the past," said John
Hope Franklin. What Franklin was referring to is the
past trials and tribulations faced by blacks in America.
I am a firm believer that we should not use slavery and
past discrimination as a crutch. In fact, I truly believe
that blacks have more opportunities than ever before to
be successful in America. Wait a minute, I almost sound
like Don King "Only in America." But as Johnnetta
Cole once said, "Black America must never forget the
price paid for today's progress and promise."
Today's progress and promise is a hard measure for
most African Americans to quantify. On one hand one
could look at the status of the black community and say
that we are in disarray and lack unity. But on the other
hand to put things in perspective slavery still existed
in America some 150 years ago and segregation was
still being practiced in the South some 40 years ago.
So the progress that we have made in this country is
all a matter of perspective. But regardless of how good
or bad you feel about the black community you must
acknowledge the need for stronger families if we are to
rebuild and stabilize the future for our youth.
Stabilization has to begin with strong marriages.
According to an article in the Washington Post by
Jabari Asim, "While 62%of adult whites and 60% of
adult Hispanics are married, only 41% of adult African-
Americans are. There are 23 divorces per 1,000 black
couples per year, compared to 19 for whites.
The number of unmarried women having children is
high for whites and Hispanics as well (25 percent and
42 percent, respectively), but astronomical for African-
Americans: 69 percent."
Last week I talked about the affects of slavery on
today's African American family. Many researchers
have found a direct correlation between the nonexis-
tence of a traditional family structure during that period
and today's black family problems.
According to Betty DeRamus, the author of
"Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories From the Underground
Railroad." She studied unpublished memoirs, Civil War
records and other materials to document the efforts of
couples (some interracial, most of them black) who
risked all to be together during the days of slavery.
She found that the main force behind splitting fami-
lies up was the slav, :owners ,vho, DeRamus writes,
"justified splitting up plantation couples by claiming
that slaves felt little pain at losing a mate and cared
nothing about lasting relationships." In her book she
quotes the wife of an Alabama minister who contended,
"Not one in a thousand,of those poor creatures have any
conception whatever of the sanctity of marriage."
It is that type of logic and thinking that made it easy
for slave owners to separate black families with no
regard for the emotional ties they shared. Fast forward
to today, and one has to ask if the sanctity of marriage
what it used to be or better yet what it needs to be?
We obviously have a major problem in this country
when nearly 70 percent of all African American babies
are bom to unwed mothers. And those of us who get
married regardless of race are getting divorces at alarm-
ing rate, which is amazing to me considering the
amount of money couples spend on weddings.
Today, the average couple spends approximately
$24,000 on their weddings only to likely divorce,
according to statistics, within 15 years. Because I got
married a couple of years ago I know that that $24,000
maybe a little on the low end.
And let me just say this I am in no way advocating
that folks get married just to get married or that people
should stay in relationships that are not working. If it is
not working and you have tried every avenue possible
to make the marriage work then unfortunately divorce
is sometimes the best option.
But as we continue to talk about stabilizing the black
community, it is important that we discuss the critical
role that strong family structures play. "It is the family
that gives us a deep private sense of belonging. Here we
first begin to have our self defined for us," says Howard
Thurman, a black minister.
The structure of the black family has undergone sig-
nificant change over the past 30 year. One dramatic
change has been an apparent loosening of the marital
bonds. Well, how can you make that assumption? It's
easy when the proportion of black couples who have
divorced has increased, and the proportion of black
couples who have married has declined.
Here's an alarming statistic that brings the matter of
the decline in the black family structure home. In 1970,
68 percent of black families had both the husband and
wife present. By 1990 that number dropped to just 50
percent, a decrease of 18 percentage points over 20
years, compared with a 6-percentage-point decrease
over the same time period for white families. As I men-
tioned earlier, today the number of two parent black
households is around 41 percent.
There is an economic component to divorce as well
that has a larger affect or black families. According to a
study done by two UC Davis economists, "The first two
years following .a divorce, family income among white
children falls about 30 percent, while it falls:by 53 per-
cent among black children."
So as we ponder how to lower the murder rate, reduce
crime in our neighborhoods, decrease the number of
teen pregnancies, better educate our children and all of
the other issues plaguing the African America commu-
nity it is more important than ever that we get back to
the basics. We have to build a strong family foundation.
Signing off from a middle school football game,
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BLACK NEWSPAPERS: A HISTORY OF MAKING THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE
-+" by Bill
,' ...-, Reed
S tion for
S' who we
do is the ultimate distinction. The
Editor-in-Chief of America's Black
Press is seeking that group's proper
recognition in the media industry,
and imploring African Americans to
bypass retailers, such as Target
Stores, "until they change their
tune" regarding economic reciproci-
ty in advertising and outreach.
Black publishers are seeking a
greater share of the $200 billion
spent annually among American
newspapers. George Curry is count-
ing on African American con-
sumers' participation in resolving
Often invisible outside African
American communities, the Black
Press' history is that of a major
institution in Black American cul-
ture, economic development and
politics. Black consumers and vot-
ers have "clout" in American socie-
ty, but when it comes to vital politi-
cal, consumer, legal and educational
advertising directed to Blacks,
Black print media is "invisible".
The distinguishing legacy of Black
Newspapers is that they have made
portrayal of the realities, lives and
struggles African Americans possi-
ble. Today's African American con-
sumers should pay reverence to
Black Newspaper publishers, who
from the beginning have been pri-
mary voices for, and about, us. The
country's black newspaper,
Freedom's Journal, was published in
1827 by Samuel Cornish and John
Russwurm. Freedom's Journal was
started as an alternative to New
York's white-controlled publica-
tions' derogatory presentations of
African Americans. America's first
Black millionaire was an investor
and underwriter of Freedom's
Freedom's Journal initiated the
trend of vehicles that made African
Americans' plight visible. It was
followed by Frederick Douglass'
North Star. Black newspapers pro-
liferated between the 1850s and
1920s. Over 4,000 Black newspa-
pers have existed in America to
chronicle Black issues, achieve-
ments and concerns. The National
Business League resulted from a
national network of newspapers and
businesses created by Booker T.
During the early and mid-20th
century, the Chicago Defender was
Black's most influential newspaper.
The Defender was a major force in
the migration of millions of Blacks
from the South to the North. As
African-Americans migrated to
urban centers, every city with a sig-
nificant Black population had a
Examples include the Defender,
Detroit Tribune, Pittsburgh Courier,
and (New York) Amsterdam News,
which gave African-Americans
news through the lens of their own
eyes. Newspapers such as the
American, Philadelphia Tribune,
and Indianapolis Recorder have
been mediums for the NAACP,
Urban League and civil rights
groups to Blacks for more than 100
Today's Black publishers want to
be recognized in the marketplace for
who they are and what they do.
They have tried have tried to illus-
trate the business discrepancy
before. In 2005, Black publishers
asked readers to "wake up" and "not
spend money with Kohl's
Department Stores or T-Mobile
Wireless." Les Kimber, who organ-
ized the ads, said: "T-Mobile spent
$160 million in advertising with
white-owned newspapers and
$25,000 with Black-owned press".
He says none of the $90 million in
ads Kohl placed went to Blacks.
In Pasadena, publisher Joe
Hopkins has charged the local arts
playhouse with discrimination in
advertising, which occurs even
when Black plays and Black writers
are featured at the facility. He's
urged Black social groups to stop
pre-purchasing tickets for such
plays until his Journal gets included
in ad budget.
Known as the National Newspaper
Publishers Association (NNPA),
America's Black Press is comprised
of 200 Black newspapers. The
NNPA is officially a trade group,
but has served as Black Americans'
primary news service since World
War II. Curry is petitioning for
these publishers' increased visibility
among companies such as Target
and among advertising agencies'
To gain economic justice Black
publishers are asking readers to rec-
ognize political campaigns, local
governments' Notices and Federal
government advertising generate
millions of dollars of placements
that bypass their businesses. Curry
& the Black Press are asking Black
Americans to support their agenda
and urge them to make their con-
sumer voices heard. At minimum,
Black consumers can call 800-num-
bers, often listed on products they
buy, and ask: "How much do you
spend with black media?" and "In
what ways do you support black
Hopefully, African American con-
sumers will make that call.
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Buck O'Neil Remains Hospitalized
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Buck O'Neil has been hospi-
talized because of extreme fatigue, and friends are
becoming increasingly worried about the 94-year-old
former Negro Leagues player. 1
O'Neil spent about three days in the hospital in
August, and went back in twice this month. An official v r
of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas
City said he visited Buck on Tuesday and that he was
still very weak.
"He's very fatigued and he's lost his voice," said Bob Kendrick, the
museum's marketing director. "Buck can only talk at a whisper..
Everybody is very concerned. He's almost 95 years old, and he's been on
an exhausting schedule since last February."
O'Neil barely missed being voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in
February when a special committee considered several dozen Negro
League and pre-Negro League figures.
His many noteworthy accomplishments during an eventful lifetime of
baseball include being a star player and manager for the Kansas City
Monarchs in the 1940s and '50s and becoming the first African-American
to serve as a coach in the major leagues.
When Grandma Becomes Mama: Kinship Care is Nothing New
By. Lauretta Dawolo
Kinship caregiving has been a
regular occurrence in our commu-
nities for as long as we can remem-
ber. If you think back to your own
family or those in your neighbor-
hood, school, or church when you
were growing up, you'll recall that
grandmother with young children,
or that hardworking woman with
five-plus children following close
behind her. They may not have
been the children's biological
mothers, but they had taken the big
step of raising those children in
their extended families who were
in need of parenting.
"I refer to kinship care as families
raising families," said Elvira
Barnes-Wycough, community out-
reach coordinator at the AARP
state office. Kinship care may be
needed for a variety of reasons. A
child's parents) may suffer from
substance abuse, mental illness,
incarceration, economic hardship,
divorce, domestic violence,
teenage parenthood, or death.
Shepperd knows what kinship
care-giving is all about. She is rais-
ing three of her son Sean's six chil-
dren: Salvele (17), Seanna (seven),
and Jerilyn (six).
While her son has battled with the
criminal justice system, Shepperd
has dedicated herself to her grand-
children. The oldest, Salvele, has
been in Shepperd's care since she
was a baby.
In 1989, Salvele's mother was
planning to give her up. "Our fam-
ily never gives the kids away,"
Shepperd pleaded with her son's
girlfriend at the time. When
Salvele's memorable birth came,
Shepperd said, "[The girlfriend]
held her little body, folded her little
arms, and handed her to me."
Shepperd soon found out that tak-
ing this step would not be easy. She
was raised opposed to using public
aid, but now she needed it. Back in
1989, grandmothers were not
included in the verbiage that stated
the law for legal guardians.
"I was so set on getting my baby
that I didn't even think about prac-
tical and legal matters. I found out
that there were only grants for birth
mothers," she said. She regularly
complained to her state representa-
tive at the time about why grand-
parents are not eligible for these
funds. Although Shepperd submit-
ted recommendations to rewrite the
law to include grandparents, her
submissions were never formally
"Grandparents may not realize
they can receive resources for rais-
ing children," said Barnes-
Wycough. Children are eligible for
state and federal benefits even if
their caregivers do not have legal
guardianship or custody. These
benefits include financial assis-
tance, food stamps, health insur-
ance, child care, and even disabili-
ty benefits. Continued on page 7
Black Colleges Struggle to Keep Students
RICHMOND, Va. --When Jessica
Page visited Hampton University in
March, she considered the trip a
formality. She had already made up
her mind to attend the school, con-
sidered by many a jewel among the
nation's historically black institu-
tions. Then she saw the campus.
The dorms weren't as sleek as she
had pictured. Buildings seemed
antiquated. Was this "The Real HU"
she had heard about?
"I wasn't impressed," said Page,
who later enrolled at the University
For generations, the,
schools were valued
blacks for their uniqi
campus traditions, th
and their skill at
grooming the nation
black intellectual eli
of Virginia at Charlottesville.
"Hampton was my No. 1 choice --
until I visited."
Page is part of a steady trickle of
talented young blacks slipping
away from the nation's most presti-
Say Aging Campuses, Inferior Facilities Are Reasons for
gious black colleges. Pl cent of its students. The University
Experts say aging campuses are of the District of Columbia, which
include increasing competition 5,168 in 2004. More troubling to
from predominantly white schools some, enrollment was down at
that are trying to become more. black powerhouses like Fisk and
diverse; changes in black students' Tuskegee during the same period.
desires; and the greater opportuni- .... 1 ''0 I I (As for some other elite black
ties available to them in a society schools, enrollment was flat at
more integrated than that of their Morehouse between 1995 and
parents. 2004, and was up 11.5 percent at
The exodus has left some black | I|j| I |--_ Spelman.)
schools struggling to market them- Experts say one explanation is that
selves to youngsters who do not predominantly white -- and often
feel as duty-bound to attend | [ elite -- colleges and universities
se black colleges as their par- have been working hard to attract
by ents did. and keep black students.
"The issue for black col- At Virginia, for instance, incoming
ue leges is not, in my view, black students are paired with black
that there are not enough upperclassmen who can give them
feir students to go around," said Jessica Page, a student at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, guidance. Last year, the school
Michael Lomax, president always wanted to go to Hampton University -- until she visited, expanded a financial aid program.
ent of the United Negro But the attraction appears to be percent in 1976 to 12.9 percent in And when black students enroll,
College Fund. Instead, "stu- waning. 2001, according to the U.S. they are presented a stole of bright
dents have a lot more choic- Total U.S. college enrollment of Education Department's most African cloth in a ceremony called
's es and those students are black men and women ages 18 to 24 recent figures. the "Donning of the Kente."
being careful and more has increased from 15 percent in Twenty-six of 87 black schools Valerie Gregory, director of out-
te. selective than ever before." 1970 to roughly 25 percent in 2003. profiled by the department recorded reach at the Charlottesville school
There are 103 historically The number of black students enrollment declines between 1995 and a Hampton graduate, said she is
black colleges and universi- enrolling in historically black and 2004. seeing more students like her
ties across the nation. Clustered schools has slowly increased, too, Alabama's Talladega College daughter -- independent-minded
:i,',;tl', in 'the South, they \Mere froh 190',305'ii'1976 to more that" topped the list, losing nearly 54 per- black youths who don't feel as if
largely funded during the
Reconstruction by wealthy whites
as an alternative to universities that
had shut out blacks.
230,000 in 2001. "' "'
But the percentage of black col-
lege students choosing a black
school has been slipping, from 18.4
they must be surrounded by other
"Students are more apt to want to
be in an integrated environment and
now aren't as shy to look and see if
there's a possibility," said Gregory,
whose high schooler is weighing
mostly white James Madison
University in the Shenandoah
Valley against Spelman.
Black colleges are trying new
strategies, including stepping up
marketing and working to improve
in certain academic areas. The
United Negro College Fund is
encouraging schools to take recruit-
ment beyond bordering states and
into territory like the Midwest.
Kassie Freeman, a dean at Maine's
Bowdoin College and author of the
book "African Americans and
College Choice," said black schools
have been focusing too much on
mining black high schools for
She said those students are typi-
cally ready for a more diverse envi-
ronment. But many students who
are attending predominantly white
high schools "would much rather go
to an environment where they can
find their roots."
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Open Arms Christian Fellowship to Present Singles Conference'06
Singled Out for the Savior (SOS)
2006, sponsored by the Singles'
Ministry of Open Arms Christian
Fellowship, 2763 Dunn Avenue,
where Rev. Leofric Thomas is
Pastor, will be held, Saturday,
September 30, at the Church.
You are invited to make a wise
investment in your life and come to
be nourished by the Word of God
concerning your single life.
The Theme: For we do not have
Families of Slain Children
The Families of Slain Children Inc. holds weekly
meetings from 7 to 8 p.m. on Sundays. Meetings are
held at the First Timothy Baptist Church, 12103
Biscayne Boulevard; Rev. Frederick Newbill, Pastor.
Sword & Shield Kingdom
Serious Praise Service
Come join the Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach
Ministry in its 2006 Serious Praise Service, a Spirit
filled worship service, as we give thanks to Our Lord
and Savior, at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, October 8th.
When praises go up, Blessings come down! Join in
with the Prais-cisers, under the direction of Ms.
Kenshela Williams. Rev. Mattie W. Freeman, Sword
and Shield, Founder/Pastor; will deliver the message.
You are invited to come and bring a friend to be a part
of this great worship experience. All are welcome.
Great Old Fashion Revival
Meeting at Evergreen Baptist
The Evergreen Baptist Church, 1100 Logan Street
(off Beaver St.), Rev. Elbert Moreland, Pastor; invites
the entire community to A Great Old Fashion Revival
Meeting, at 7:30 p.m. nightly; Tuesday, Wednesday,
and Thursday, October 3-5, 2006.
a high priest who is unable to sym-
pathize with our weaknesses, but
we have one who has been tempted
in every way, just as we are, yet was
without sin. Let us then approach
the throne of grace with confidence,
Rev. H. H. Wright Jr., Pastor of New Mt. Calvary
Baptist Church, will be the Revival Evangelist. Sis.
Dorothy Cisero, chair.
Crusade Against Violence
set for Saturday, Sept 30
Families are invited to come, bring your children, to
the Crusade Against Violence, an all-day event, on
Saturday, September 30th, at the A. Philip Randolph
Park, E. First Street and A. Phillip Randolph Blvd.
All are invited to come out and support this Vision for
A highlight of the event will be the play "My Name
Is Gun". There will also be entertainment, games and
EWC Founder's Day Worship
Service at St. Stephen AME
The St. Stephen AME Church, 5th and Davis Street,
Rev. Michael Mitchell, Pastor; will host the Edward
Waters College Founder's Day Worship Service, at 10
a.m., Sunday, October 8, 2006. EWC President, Dr.
Oswald P. Bronson Sr., and the world renowned
Edward Waters College Concert Choir will participate
in the service. All are welcome.
Lil Jessie & The Miracles to Celebrate 20th Anniversary
"Lil Jessie and The Miracles" will celebrate their 20th Anniversary, at 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 1, 2006.
This concert will be presented at the Mt. Salem Baptist Church, 2335 Moncrief Road, Rev. C. E. Banks, Pastor.
This concert will also feature the Singing Trumpets, the Anointed Sisters of Praise, 'the Gospel Caravans, the
Gospel Tunes, the Touch Gospel Singers. The "Boys in Christ" and "Bishop Hollis & The Crusade Team" of
Lumber City, Georgia, will be the special guests. For ticket information, please call Sis. Essie Hollis (904) 651-
Evangel Temple Assembly of God
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Lane Ave. & 1-10
Sunday, October 1st
&i15 am. 1045 am. 6-0 p.m.
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so that we may receive mercy and
find grace to help us in our time of
The Conference begins with a
Continental Breakfast at 8:30 a.m.;
Conference Classes will begin at
LWCC to Host
The Light of The World
Christian Church, will host a two-
day Singles Enrichment Seminar,
Friday and Saturday, September 29
& 30th, at the Renaissance Resort,
World Golf Village.
Seminar speakers will be Pastor
Earnest L. Berrian of the Light of
The World Christian Church, and
Pastor Ron Walter of the Olivet
Baptist Church of Lake City, FL.
Through four sessions of spiritual
enrichment for singles' hearts and
minds. The topics include: "It's
Good To Be Alone!" which empha-
sizes the positive aspects of single
life; "Singles and Their
Relationship with God"- exploring
opportunities for a closer relation-
ship to God as a single; "Singles
and Their Relationship with
Others," addresses how to obtain a
comfort level in singleness, and
"Successful Singleness," tips for
avoiding the pitfalls that can hinder
singles in their Christian walk.
Information: (904)332-8831, 307-
The Resurrection Baptist Church
Christian Center, 6040 Moncrief
Rd., will celebrate it's 4th
Anniversary with Services at 7:30
p.m nightly, Wednesday, Thursday
and Friday, October 4-6th. Rev.
Glenn F. Foreman Sr., and First
Lady Cheryl Foreman, extend an
invitation to all for their 4th Year
Anniversary. The celebration will
culminate with Service at 4 p.m. on
Sunday, October 8th. The public is
invited. Chiquanda Feacher-
Southside Church of God in Christ
Men's Conference '06, Oct. 6 7th
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Edward Robinson Jr., Pastor; will present "Is There A Man In The
House?", Men's Conference 2006; Friday and Saturday, October 6-7th.
Workshop Topics and presenters include: "The Silence of Adam", Pastor
Cedric Johnson, Carpenter's House COGIC, Jacksonville; "Man's Identity
Crisis", Elder Donell Neal, Southside COGIC; "Bringing Home the
Bacon", Pastor Gabriel Hall, Emanuel COGIC, Jacksonville; and "Putting
God First, Getting Back to the Basics", Pastor Loverso Walker, Faith
Temple COGIC, Daytona, FL.
Rev. J. D. Sapp & The Angelic Voices
"Live Concert" on October 8th
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I-10), Rev. Calvin 0. Honors, Interim Pastor; will present the "Rev. J. D.
Sapp and the Angelic Voices" in a live recording concert at 5 p.m. on
Sunday, October 8, 2006. A spirit-filled program has been planned and
you, your family and friends are invited. Sis Eric Turner, Chair.
St. Paul Fall Festival Oct. 7th
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Festival at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2730 West Edgewood Ave., on
Saturday, October 7, 2006, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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more. There will be a "Kids Corner" with crafts, activities, and face paint-
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The issues did not stop there.
Salvele's parents were both crack
addicts who exposed her to the sub-
stance from birth. "They noticed at
the nursery that her nerves were
frayed," Shepperd said, "and I
couldn't rub her stomach or get too
close without her having a fit. I
even got family members involved
to remind me to take her to get her
She did everything she could to
prevent anyone from taking Salvele
away. Shepperd never legally
adopted her, but she was always
'her child.' "The attorney said if the
birth mother wasn't [chiding], and
we already have the same last
name, it's not necessary," said
Kinship care could involve fami-
ly arrangements, permanent legal
custody, or even adoption where all
parental rights are terminated.
"Families don't often label them-
selves 'kinship' because it is the
norm," said Barnes-Wycough. "The
community sees it as a personal
thing. They don't realize that there
is somewhere to go to get help."
Hennepin County has a kinship
unit that works on finding relatives
for placement of children. "There
are people in families who are will-
ing to take care of other family
members' children... The relation-
ship becomes strange when the sys-
tem is involved," said a Hennepin
County social worker who has
asked to remain anonymous.
"Family arrangements are constant-
ly made. In fact, the system is try-
ing to promote it more," the social
with the 8th annual Ladies Night
Out Conference at the Veterans
Arena. The power packed free
event provided each lady in atten-
dance with a rose, exposure to a
variety of vendors, nationally
known recording artists and a
power packed spiritual presentation
led by Bethel's Pastor, Rev.
Rudolph McKissick, Jr.
Festivities continued on Saturday
with the 3rd Women's Conference
"One of the major benefits is that
the child always knows that they
have family and they are not always
looked at as 'not their child,'" said
Barnes-Wycough. "They don't
think of it as unusual. There's no
real stigma attached, there's no
sense of being different... you have
family there to let you know who
you are. The trauma of looking for
parents is not as great when family
is raising family."
In Shepperd's case, her son con-
tinued in his life of crime. Three
years ago, just as she was consider-
ing retirement, she got a call about
her youngest grandchildren. "He
and his new girlfriend the moth-
er of Seanna and Jerilyn were
held on the church grounds. Under
the directives of the theme Calling
All D.I.V.A.S. (Delivered, Inspired,
Virtuous, Anointed Sisters), confer-
ence attendees had the opportunity
to attend workshops such as "What
God For You and "Unmet Needs
and Unmet Desires. All attendees
received a Pink registration bag
containing manicure kits and first
aid kits as well as Revlon hair care
products. Catered luncheon
tracked down by her fraudulent
credit card trail and phone bills,"
said Shepperd. She cashed in part
of her retirement from one of her
jobs and got a flight out to Arizona
to pick up her grandchildren.
The girls are adjusting well at
school and an Africa-centered after-
school program called Project
Spirit. Shepperd says they have had
problems anticipating their moth-
"The mother would call them
from prison and give them different
times to expect her home. I finally
explained to the girls one day [that]
I don't know when she's coming,
but you're going to stay with
Grandma, and we're going to enjoy
by Linda Bullock
Over the years, President George
W. Bush has met with several Black
ministers to garner support for his
Faith-Based and Community
Initiative program. But despite
those meetings and photo ops, very
few Black churches are actually
getting the money, says a new study
released this month.
Of the 750 Black churches sur-
veyed by the Joint Center for
Political and Economic Studies,
only 2.4% received funds from the
Faith-Based Initiative grants.
According to the study, church
size and the lack of resources are
two of the main reasons that most
churches that aren't the popular
"Mega Churches" don't apply or
"Most congregations are small,"
said Harold Dean Trulear, an advi-
sor on the study and a religion pro-
fessor at the Howard University
School of Divinity. "We kind of
have a skewed perspective of what
the African-American church looks
like because of the ones that receive
all of the coverage."
Of the 50,000 estimated Black
churches in the country, Trulear
said the average membership is
about 100 members.
Using some of Washington, D.C.'s
most powerful Black churches as an
example, Trulear said, "For every
Ebenezer AME Church, for every
Shiloh, for every Metropolitan,
there are scores of smaller congre-
gations with part-time pastors
working nine to five during the
week so that they can put food on
the table and making anywhere
from $50-$100 a week for a salary.
Where does this guy have time to
do the research necessary that's
going to put him in the position to
More than one in four black
churches had annual revenue of less
that $100,000 and half of Black
churches had revenue of less that
$250,000. Just -12 percent reported
an annual revenue of more that $1
David Bositis, the author of the
study, said large churches like the
ones Trulear mentioned already
have multiple ministers, social pro-
grams and large administrative
staffs are the ones most likely to
receive the funds.
"They have an infrastructure to do
it. It's not like you pick up and
decide one morning you want to do
this and the next day you do it,"
Bositis said. "You have to have
people who know how to write
grants, who know how to adminis-
ter money, who know how to follow
all the rules and who know how to
provide the services in a profession-
al manner, so the churches that
already did that already had those
things in place."
Another reason for the low partic-
ipation among Black churches is
the lack of government outreach to
them, said the study.
While 75 percent of the churches
surveyed had some knowledge of
faith-based initiatives, 66 percent
did not know the rules or how to
participate and 16 percent of pas-
tors had actually been contacted
about applying. Only 11 percent of
Black ministers surveyed reported
applying for grants.
But the White House Office of
Faith-Based and Community
Initiatives said they do provide out-
reach programs to help churches
gain access to the funding.
Alyssa J. McClenning, a spokes-
woman for the FBCI office did not
respond to the NNPA News
Service's specific question on out-
reach to Black churches, but
answered in general terms.
"The White House Office of Faith-
Based and Community Initiatives
has provided training to over
25,000 faith-based and community
leaders and we aim to continue to
expand this type of education out-
reach for more leaders," she said.
Reaching out to smaller churches
was something Trulear thought was
Bush's initial goal when he first
implemented the program in 2002,
to help religious groups operating
social programs ranging from job
assistance to health clinics also gain
access to federal money.
"What we discovered however,
was in moving from idea to actual
policy that we really had to start
with organizations of scale because
a lot of the opposition to the FBI
came from large scale social service
organizations that felt that the reli-
gious community was going to be
competing for a limited amount of
resources," he said.
Another major finding in the
report showed that liberal churches
in the North east with an unfavor-
able view of the program were
more likely to apply for and receive
Surprisingly to researchers, con-
servative southern churches in the
Bible Belt who are historically
strong Bush supporters did not par-
ticipate as much as the northern,
liberal churches. Bositis said the
reason for this could be linked to
the fact that the majority denomina-
tion in the south is Southern
Baptist, and statistically they are
least likely to operate major social
"Conservatives believe that peo-
ple are supposed to help them-
selves. Liberals believe a lot of
times life is unfair and the govern-
ment and other people have to step
in to help people," he explained.
But Bositis said it is important to
keep in mind that $2 billion is a
small amount of money for hun-
dreds of thousands of churches to
fight over and it's hard to say if
Black churches are being evenly
represented and getting their share.
From what I do know, I don't
have a sense that Black churches
are necessarily being left out. First
of all it's a small program. The
White House talks about it like it's
this big program that millions and
billions of people are engaged in
but actually it's only 2 billion," he
said. "The federal budget is 2.3 tril-
lion. It's a tiny, tiny, tiny part of the
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under church law for the ordination of the men at a church in Washington
The Archdiocese of Washington said Sunday that the installations were
Milingo is in a condition of "progressive, open break with communion
with the Church," the Vatican said in a statement.
The four men, who claim affiliation with the breakaway Synod of Old
Catholic Churches, also were automatically excommunicated for being
ordained, the Vatican said.
Milingo has long had a troubled relationship with the Vatican. In 2001,
he was married to a South Korean acupuncturist chosen for him by the
Rev. Sun Myung Moon of the Unification Church, in a group wedding
ceremony in New York. Upon appeal from Pope John Paul II a few
months later, he renounced that union.
Last summer, Milingo reappeared in the United States and said he was
living with his wife in the Washington, D.C. area.
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The Wonders of Walking
There are countless ways to exer-
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of the most natural activities you do
-- walking -- is one of the best
options out there.
Walking is much more than simply
getting from point A to point B.
It allows for a lot of variety: you
can walk for a few minutes at a time
or go on long scenic routes. You
can walk slowly, quickly, or com-
bine different speeds. It is an indoor
and outdoor exercise, and it can be
done on flat surfaces or hills.
Walking is also a great workout.
As an aerobic exercise, it improves
your heart and lung function. It is a
weight-bearing exercise, so it is
good for your bones and muscles.
Walking can be a workout in and of
itself or it can be part of a larger fit-
ness plan (for example, walking,
strength training, and yoga). Some
people use walking as a spring-
board to future exercise, like danc-
ing or aerobics classes.
Set the Pace
To get started, you just need a few
minutes, a pair of walking shoes,
and perhaps a friend to' chat with. In
the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for
Americans, the U.S. Department of
Agriculture recommends that you
get at least 30 minutes of moderate-
intensity physical activity on most,
preferably all, days of the week.
But everyone starts somewhere,
and many people have to build up
gradually to 30 minutes of continu-
ous exercise. If you cannot walk for
more than a few minutes -- or a few
steps -- at first, that is okay. You
will get there. Do what you can at
first and consider it a "stepping
stone" to good health.
Walking is simple, but there are a
few tips to keep in mind. Warm up
by walking at a slow pace for about
five minutes. Do the same to cool
down at the end of your walk. After
your warm up and cool down, you
should stretch your muscles. Hold
your stretches for 30 to 60 seconds.
Walking shoes are your most
important pieces of gear. They
should fit properly in the toe box
and width -- meaning no pain,
excessive wiggle room, or cramped
toes. The right amount of cushion-
ing depends on your arch: if you
have flat feet, you may need extra
stability; if you have neutral arches,
you may need firm, moderate sta-
bility; and if you have high arches,
you may need extra cushioning.
When you buy a new pair, try walk-
ing in them in the store before
bringing them home.
Staying on Track
Once you have started walking,
you might wonder if you will be
able to keep it up. Try writing down
a plan to stay motivated. Better yet,
make a pact with a friend or family
member to walk together regularly.
You will be more likely to stick
with it if you hold yourself account-
able to others. Your plan should
include goals (both short-term and
long-term) as well as rewards. You
probably do not need to be con-
vinced how important it is to add
some fun to your efforts!
You are bound to face barriers to
exercise, but do not worry. You can
deal with them by thinking of solu-
tions before they appear. For
instance, if you are short on time,,
consider going on multiple short
walks throughout the day, using
your lunch hour, or overlapping
exercise and family time by invit-
ing your family to walk with you.
You may want to track your
progress by recording your work-
outs in a journal or by using a
pedometer. Rather than simply
recording how many minutes or
steps you walked, also note how
you felt, or what barriers you faced
and how you overcame them.
The Gift of Charity
A final idea is to sign up for a
charity walk. It will give you a goal
to work on, allow you to raise
money for an important cause, and
have a fabulous time with other
walkers. A fun walk is not a race --
it is a chance to prove to yourself
how far you have come!
by A. Bronner, BV
In April 2004, music and fashion
mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs was
ordered to pay the mother of his
first child, Misa Hylton-Brim, just
under $35,000 per month in child
support -- the largest amount
awarded in New York state history.
Combs and his lawyers had the
sum reduced to $21,782 and then
again to about $19,000 a month.
But even that cut rate made him the
poster papa for men who feel child
support awards are becoming
increasingly unfair to fathers.
"A court doesn't tell me what to do
to support my child," a heated
Combs said after the verdict. "This
is not about child support, it's about
Though most men are nowhere in
the financial stratosphere of
Combs, child support today is as
volatile an issue to brothers in bar-
ber shops as it is to Bobby Brown.
Many men feel as if they are being
entrapped, stigmatized and even
criminalized, when it comes to cur-
rent child support laws. And many
black women want their children
supported. But because nearly 70 %
of black children are born out of
wedlock, there needs to be a happy
Whereas in the past, child support
was seen as more a moral issue --
men who make children should
always be responsible for them -- it
is now more about economics, even
if it's not politically correct to say
so. After President Bill Clinton's
welfare reform bill, the government
began aggressively shifting the bur-
den of support to fathers.
Yet, in a recent New York Times
article on the perilous state of black
men ('Plight Deepens for Black
Men, Studies Warn,' March 20,
2006), Georgetown University,
economist Harry J. Holzer said that
after incarceration, "the stricter
enforcement of child support" poli-
cies is the largest factor in keeping
young black men tethered to pover-
ty. By keeping young black men .
overwhelmed by debt and therefore
outside of legal employment, sup-
port obligations "amount to a tax on
Christian Wilder, a writer from
Philadelphia, PA, agrees. Wilder
currently has custody of his 10-
year-old son, and pays child support
for his two daughters (ages 3 and
7), whom he says he rarely sees. An
avid advocate of family court
reform, Wilder believes that the
ways the current laws are struc-
tured, that a man in essence can
never have another family because
he is already supporting one
through child support.
"When you're married, you're
committed to a family," says
Wilder. "When you have sex with
someone you've met in a club, you
haven't committed to a thing."
"While a woman has all of those
options of keeping the child and
raising it, a man can only just fol-
low the whim of the woman," he
continues. "And when a woman has
a child, the man becomes financial-
Wilder advocates that when a man
is married to a woman and they sep-
arate or divorce, that support obli-
gations should be at their current
rate which in some states is about
17 percent of a man's earnings.
However, as is the case in Australia,
if two people are not married, the
rate of obligation decreases to about
8 to 10 percent of the father's
"If there wasn't a guarantee of
financial support, a lot of these
babies wouldn't even be born,"
argues Wilder. "There are people
who can't afford babies, but they go
ahead. Getting him for child sup-
port, then he can't support his fami-
ly. There shouldn't be a guarantee."
In a recently filed lawsuit in a
Michigan Court, 25-year-old Matt
Dubay is fighting a court order to
pay child support to his ex-girl-
friend because he said he was clear
from the beginning that he didn't
want a child. Dubay was ordered to
pay $500 a month to a daughter
born last year, although his girl-
friend repeatedly told him she could
not get pregnant.
The National Center for Men
brought the case on behalf of
Dubay, and dubbed the case the
"Male Roe vs. Wade." NCM argues
that the present policies do not give
men equal protection under the law.
Mel Feit, founder and director of
New York-based organization, asks
why women have seemingly end-
less choices when it comes to deal-
ing with pregnancy -- from birth
control to adoption to abortion to
abandonment (which is legal in
most states), while men are limited
to condom usage or celibacy.
"I think that the whole point of
Roe is that celibacy shouldn't be the
only way to exercise birth control
and reproductive choice," says Feit.
"That's exactly what Roe means for
says. "Children are entitled to equal
protection under the law."
In terms of black men specifical-
ly, Wilder says that current system
just increases criminalization.
"Now, you're a criminal," says
Wilder, speaking of existing court
policies. "They're garnishing your
paycheck. You're embarrassed
throughout your life. Now there's a
letter coming down to your job. You
can't go to jail for any other mone-
tary debt. There's no debtors jail in
this country unless it's child sup-
port. They take your driver's license
away, it's on your credit report,
imputing income that you don't
have. This stuff happens every day."
"If you have sex without a con-
dom, the punishment shouldn't be
that you live at the poverty level for
20 years," Wilder continues. "The
bottom line is that it changes your
life too much for you to not have a
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Sean "Diddy" Combs and son Justin at the GRAMMY Awards, New
York, 2003. Combs was ordered to pay Justin's mom, Misa Hylton-
Brim, $35,000 in monthly child support.
Feit actually advocates a short
(maybe 1-2 weeks) opt-out period,
where the man can tell the woman
that he does not want responsibility
for the child. He then would have
no obligation of support for the
child but couldn't later change his
mind and be in the child's life.
Though most scholars and legal
experts don't think this case has a
snowball's chance in hell, Dubay
has said that he wants to get the dia-
logue started, and Feit, possibly
facetiously says he wouldn't have
brought the case forward if he
thought they couldn't prevail.
Leslie Sorkhe, Director of
Operations for ACES, the
Association for Children for
Enforcement of Support says the
Dubay suit has no merit, legally or
morally. "We feel that the suit is
ridiculous, and we feel like children'
deserve emotional and financial
support from both parents," she
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Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 9
150 Years After Slavery Black America Still Concerned With Skin Tone
By Hazel Trice Edney
Akia Dickson, a student at
Howard University, was headed
home from work on a Washington,
D.C. subway when a 25-year-old
brown-skin Black man slid into the
seat beside her.
Dickson, a student at Howard
University, says her light skin has
sometimes caused her to alter her
"This guy was trying to talk to me.
And he was saying, 'Oh, I bet you
have a boyfriend.' And I was like,
'Yeah.' And he was like, 'All the
pretty light-skinned girls do. All I
need in my life is a pretty red bone
I was talking to one of imr black
classmates and he
:':i was telling me
about a woman
he thought was
.F beautiful and
S ( l he kept enipha-
sising that she
(although blacA). \eit
on the other hand. I (being
white) think a good looking
black woman is (on average)
better looking than a good look-
ing white woman.
Maybe it has nothing to do with
racism but just with the fact that
some people like to differentiate
from their own skin colour?
Besides, mlved couples have the
cutest babies! James Madison
I domn under-
either...inm a high
white) with long
S hair and i actually
find some black girls
hating on me because i have
hair...i've actually had one black
girl tr' to cut of my braids i doni
think it makes a difference were
all the same just a different skin
color...and plus people have that
stereotype that lights whats in...i
doni understand... Kelisu
ANot onl' do ,'e.
as black people.
do a good job at
S example, not only
looking at the mnag-
azines, which are targeted
towards a black audience but
also our mainstream media,
Black Entertainment Television.
Turn on your Tl' set to this
channel and I can almost guar-
antee you the images of light-
skinned people, ads and prod-
acts geared towards hair-
straightening. etc, will over-
whelm the average person. IW'hat
can we do try to alleviate this
problem, in my opinion. I think
this problem is too deep-rooted.
although the EEOC is handling
the legal aspect of the problem,
the social aspect, which is up to
the black community, needs to
accept the fact that blacks can
come in all shapes, hues. and
colors. Ivory Taylor
,'" recounts Dickson, 23.
"And I said, 'Are those your only
requirements? You need to look a
little deeper than that.' I was very
nice and I explained to him, 'This
just can't be it.'"
But the interloper was not
"He said, 'I try to date brown skin
girls and it just doesn't work out.
And I brought one home one time
and my grandfather said I'd better
not do that again.'"
Dickson was dumbfounded.
"I was like, 'Are you serious? They
still make you?'"
Yes, even in 2006, African
Americans still have a color com-
plex, explains Julia Hare, a psy-
chologist and executive director of
the Black Think Tank in San
It's alive and thriving," says Hare.
"Black men, when they went to pro-
fessional schools like Meharry or
Howard, the thing that assured that
they would be successful to them-
selves was a Cadillac and a light-
skinned woman on his ann. She
was an ornament. It was to be sure
that his children would be socially
acceptable and that his children
would not look like him, to suffer
the same punishment that his dark-
skinned sisters and his mother suf-
That suffering has its roots in slav-
ery, when the White slave master
showed preference to light-skin
slaves, giving them jobs as "House
Negroes" while their dark skin
counterparts labored in the fields.
And more often than many people
would like to admit, slave owners
and their sons would take sexual
liberties with defenseless Black
women, producing near-White off-
springs that were neither acknowl-
edged nor accepted by the slave
Experts say parents can take the
following steps to mentally and
emotionally prepare children for
dealing with skin stereotypes:
- Feed children positive messages
about themselves and other people,
using opportunities to point out suc-
cesses by people of all races and
- Develop resilience in children by
teaching them that complexion
prejudice is somebody else's issue
so they'll know never to blame
- Teach children to appreciate toys
and dolls that look like them. "The
doll represents an extension of that
person," Julia Hare says. "If you g6"
to a shopping mall, how many
White children are you going to see
with a Black doll?"
Point out negative stereotypes to
children, such as how good charac-
ters, like angels, in school plays are
often the lighter children while bad
characters are portrayed by those
with darker skin. "These are subtle
messages being sent out to the chil-
dren," Hare says.
Teach children to embrace and
love themselves for who they are
from the inside out.
"You would have thought that this
thing would have ended after the
so-called free movement and slav-
ery supposedly was over," Hare
explains. "But Black people have
taken on the same patterns as the
slave master. Wherever you go, I
don't care if it's in the church, I don't
care if it's in the bar, I don't care if
it's in the corporate rooms, I don't
care if it's on a cruise, color still
comes up among Black people."
Dickson, a Chicago native with
natural blond hair and gray eyes,
argues that being light-skin does not
make her immune from insults.
"In Chicago, they'd say stuff like
"'light skinned', 'blondie', 'goldie
locks' and all that stuff," she says.
"They think it's like a compliment
almost. But it's not a compliment. It
does not flatter me at all. I think it's
And some members of the unoffi-
cial color club bring some things on
themselves, according to Dickson.
"I know girls who've tried to be
my friend because we're all light-
skin. And I'm like, 'I don't vibe with
you like that. I don't get along with
you like that, so that's not going to
be our sole connecting factor,'"
Dickson says. "I have friends who
are like every shade of the rainbow
and we vibe off of personality and
who we are."
Dickson says her complexion has
sometimes caused her to alter her
"I would kind of play myself down
and be nicer or friendlier or more
outgoing than I already was," she
explains. "So, it kind of compro-
mised my self-confidence because I
was kind of feeling like there was
something wrong with me and I had
to change it in order to be liked by
my peers. I guess that was my thing,
my little problem."
The problem is no easier for peo-
ple who identify themselves as bi-
According to the last Census, there
were 36.4 million Black or African
people in the U.S. who said they
were mixed with another race (13
percent of the total U.S. population
of 281.5 million). Marriages
between Blacks and Whites, con-
trary to popular opinion, totaled
only 784,764, less than 1 percent.
Tiffany Reynolds, 21, born to an
African American mother who
reared her and a White father whom
she has never met, knows how it
feels to be judged for something
over which she has no control.
"Some people question my identi-
ty with Black. They'll say, 'Oh,
you're not really Black. You're this,
that or the other.' But, me, I'm
Black," Reynolds says. "If they
question how Black I am, I just
wonder if they're comfortable with
Regina Romero, a Washington,
D.C. psychologist, says the Black
community has a responsibility to
end these kinds of superficial pre-
judgments and hostility.
"It is painful and it is ugly," she
explains. "I don't think we do
enough to protect, in particular, our
girls, but also our boys from that
kind of hostile assault. And the truth
of the matter is that it hurts more
when it comes from your own."
Africa Even Touched by Menacing Issue
The TV ad couldn't be clearer: A
young woman stares lovingly at her
young man in a college cafeteria.
Another pretty woman with slightly
lighter skin saunters by, and the
young man teasingly asks his girl-
friend how he can tell the woman
that she is the "most beautiful girl I
have ever seen."
His girlfriend is devastated.
In chimes a female voice, advising
her to use Fair and Lovely, a skin
cream that "has special fairness
vitamins" and is guaranteed to
lighten the complexion in just six
weeks. The young woman uses the
cream and, sure enough, keeps her
The advertisement, aired on
Kenyan television, assures women
that the skin cream will give them
"a new fairness that lights up your
The cream's manufacturers insist
that Fair and Lovely is not a bleach.
But creams, some containing
bleaching agents, that promise to
"whiten" and "brighten" the skin
and make women "more attractive"
are the rage in many African coun-
Dermatologists Cite Dangers
From the West African power-
house of Nigeria to South Africa,
women and men too are using
creams, lotions and sometimes cap-
sules to get fairer skin. Though
users insist that using bleaching
creams is simply a matter of fash-
ion, experts say there are important
medical and sociological questions
Dermatologists warn that many of
the creams and pills give false guar-
antees, and say they are dangerous
enough that they should be banned
They contain large amounts of
hydroquinone, a white crystalline
de-pigmenting agent that is safe in
small concentrations but
can be fatal in large
doses. Symptoms,' of i
from ringing in the ears
and nausea to shortness
of breath, convulsions
Psychologists argue that
the trend of trying to
lighten the complexion
points to a deep-seated
resentment of black skin
and a lack of self-esteem.
They believe that educa-
tion in the importance of
"black pride" is the
"Some women try to mal
selves lighter so that men
more attracted to them,"
Frank Njenga, a Kenyan
trist and respected social c
tator. "It's the men who h
idea that white women, c
skinned women, are more
In some African societies,
skinned person is viewed
only sexier but also wortd
more intelligent. People wit
skin are often given prefe
Njenga said this attitude i
the legacy of slavery and c
tion, which perpetuated bla
"It's a systematic thing of
ing people's minds," Njen
"When you extend the who
to the political arena and th
pecking order, at the subcc
level at least, there is a fee
the lighter your skin, the be
Mary Goretty Adhiambo
firsthand about the physic
lems that can result from c
ion lighteners. As a dark-
teenager, she was envious
sisters' lighter color and wa
Mary Goretty Adhiambo of Kenya learned first hand
the complications from skin bleaching. She is shown
above before and after her treatments.
fled when her friends and relatives
ke them- made fun of her chocolate complex- Even tf
can be ion. For almost 20 years, she allowed
said Dr. smothered her face and body with a avoid co
psychia- variety of bleaching creams and them on
ommen- lotions, trying to obtain the "per- tinue us,
have the fect" caramel tone. of the p
or light- "In the beginning, it looked good," quantities
e attrac- said Adhiambo, 34, a hairstylist and "We dc
mother of four children, ages 9 to ulations,
a fairer- 17. "I was happy with my color. My treated s
I as not friends told me I looked beautiful." orders r
hier and But gradually, her skin began to ucts. "A
h lighter thin and burn. Red patches spread what we
rence in over her cheeks and below her eyes.
Green veins began to protrude on In
s part of her forehead and arms. Black lumps
oloniza- appeared all over her stomach. She pefrs
ack self- stopped using the chemicals but wortd
broke out in a rash. Then, she began
coloniz- to sprout a thick mustache. light
ga said. "People started laughing at me and : r
)le thing telling me I looked old," Adhiambo WOrk
ie social recalled. Most of the European-
onscious manufactured products Adhiambo Man
ling that used contained hydroquinone, Nairobi,
tter." which reduces the production of catching
learned melanin, the skin protector and pig- lightening
al prob- ment that gives black people their women
omplex- dark complexion. products
-skinned Melanie Miyanji, a Nairobi con- substanti
of her sultant and dermatologist who cam- the office
is morti- paigns against the use of bleaching is less th
, creamsn, said that just as
. i, Europe. not more than
2% of hydroquinone, is
permitted in nonpre-
scription medications in
Kenya. But as in many
African countries, the
regulations are ignored
here, and many of the
brands from Europe and
Asia flooding the market
contain higher doses.
Often, they do not even
indicate the amount of
the substance they con-
tain. Neither do they warn
users of possible side
those products that carry the
dose advise users merely to
)ntact with the eyes, to use
ly externally and to discon-
e if irritation occurs. Some
products even contain small
es of mercury.
in't have very stringent reg-
," said Miyanji, who has
several patients for skin dis-
related to bleaching prod-
lot of public information is
as Adhiambo, admitted to buying as
much as $40 worth a week. ,
Officials at 'Unilever subsidiary
East Africa Industries in Nairobi,
the maker of Fair and Lovely, claim
theirs is the best-selling brand on
the market. They insist that it does
not contain hydroquinone or any
other product that would alter the
amount of melanin in the skin and
that there is no danger of side
Magazine ads for Fair and Lovely
say it contains a substance that
"works along with your skin's natu-
ral process and effectively controls
the melanin from deep within."
Stopping Process Can Backfire
But Hautencia Njambi Mwangi,
who got hooked on skin-lightening
creams, is no longer convinced that
any of them work without doing
harm. She says she would advise
women to stay away from any kind
of product that promises to change
their natural color.
For her, hives, rashes and scales
have been the result of years of
overuse of a variety of such prod-
ucts. When she tries to stop using
them, the symptoms just get worse.
some African societies, a fairer-skinned
on is viewed as not only sexier but also
hier and more intelligent. People with
er skin are often given preference in the
y beauty shops around
the capital, boast eye-
window displays of skin-
ig solutions, which entice
to step inside. Some of the
cost as much as $10--a
ial sum in a country where
:ial average monthly wage
han $100. Some users, such
"After three days, my face is
black, I have rashes, and it is no
longer smooth--it's not attractive,"
said Mwangi, a 26-year-old hair-
dresser who started to bleach her
skin in high school.
Many users gradually become
darker when they quit using the
chemicals, and they develop a scaly
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What to doom social, volunteer, political and sports activities to seWN enrichment and the civic scene
What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Jammin at JMOMA
The Jacksonville Museum of
Modem Art (JMOMA) will hold
"Jammin at JMOMA!", a Back to
School Party for Middle School
Student (grades 6 8) who enjoy
art, music, and fun. There will be
DJ's, dancing, pizza, soft drinks, art
projects, "old-school" break-
dancers and lots of fun. All stu-
dents must wear their school id for
admittance. A film will be screened
in JMOMA's theatre should parents
want to be around the festivities.
Jammin will take place on Saturday
September 30th from 7:00 pm -
10:00 p.m. Call 366.6911 x210 for
Black Nurses Asso.
The First Coast Black Nurses
Association, Inc. will host their 4th
'Annual Dorothy Gaines Banks
Scholarship and Awards Banquet,
!Saturday, September 30, 2006.
The event will begin with a vendor
fair at 6 p.m. followed by the ban-
quet at 7:30 p.m. Festivities will be
held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in
Participants can look forward to an
evening full of information, enter-
tainment, education, recognition,
dinner, and dancing. President of
the National Black Nurses
Association, Dr. Betty Davis Lewis,
will be the guest speaker. For tick-
ets or more information, call
Janneice C. Moore at (904) 563 -
Annual Black Expo
The Prime Osborne Convention
Center will be showcasing black
owned businesses and over 200
exhibitors for the annual Black
Expo the weekend of September
30th. There will be live entertain-
ment by national recording artists,
youth activities, food vendors and
more. For more info call (904)727-
7451 or 1-800-419-2417. To volun-
teers call (904)249-6561.
Reunion Planned for
A planning meeting is scheduled
for a Neighborhood Reunion of res-
idents who lived in the Roosevelt
Apartments and Mars Court areas
from 1950 thru 1975. The
"Neighborhood" for this reunion is
between Myrtle Ave. and
Boulevard, from 8th Street to 21st
Street (Martin Luther King Expwy).
The meeting will be held on
Saturday, September 30, 2006, at
3:00 p.m. at the Agape New Life
Christian Center, 2030 Phoenix
Avenue. For additional information,
call 608-6902 or 703-2751.
Does My Vote Count?
A free forum and panel discussion
on the subject "Does My Vote
Count?" will be hosted by Mary
Wilson, newly elected national
president of the League of Women
Voters. A panel of local officials and
journalists is being invited to partic-
ipate. Co-sponsored by the League
of Women Voters and the Florida
Community College Rosanne R.
Hartwell Women's Center, the free
forum will take place on
Wednesday Oct. 4th at 6:30 p.m. at
FCCJ Kent Campus, Main
Auditorium, Room D-120. For
more information call 633-8311.
The First Coast African American
Chamber of Commerce will host a a
Network Mixer and Membership
Drive on Friday, October 6th
beginning at 5 p.m. Existing and
prospective members are invited to
take this opportunity to learn how
membership with the FCAACC
helps to develop and implement
programs, partnerships and strate-
gic alliances for all businesses. The
Mixer will be held at Club Endo
Exo, 1224 King Avenue. Call 396-
7733 for more information.
Do you know an
Someone who is constantly doing for others and put-
ting someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
he or she for the Unsung Hero spotlight and they could
win a profile in the Jacksonville Free Press and a $50
gift certificate from Publix Supermarkets.
CITY STATE ZIP
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SEND INFORMATION TO:
FAX (904) 765-8611
or mail to : Unsung Hero, c/o Jacksonville Free Press
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Green Cove Springs
Soul Food Festival
The 5th Annual Soul Food Festival
will be held on Saturday, October
7th at the Vera Francis Hall Park,
located on Martin Luther King, Jr.
Avenue in Green Cove Springs, FL.
The parade of pride will begin at
12:00 noon. There will be entertain-
ment at the park Amphitheater, a
mens softball tournament, a sweet
potato pie contest, food vendors,
arts and crafts vendors, voting
booth, fashion show for children
and adults. For more information,
Dot's Fall Fashion Show
Dot's Fashions inside Gateway
Mall will be presenting it's 2006
Fashion Show on Saturday,
October 7th at 2 p.m. The show
which is free and open to the public
will feature the hottest trends,
prizes and discounts. For more
information Call 904-764-8909.
Haven Hospice offers
grief support program
A helpful way to cope with loss is
by sharing your experience with
others going through a similar loss.
Haven Hospice offers a support
program for anyone coping with the
loss of a loved one regardless of
how that loss has occurred. This
support group offers an opportunity
to express feelings and thoughts as
well as gain an understanding of
grief and how it impacts your life.
Sharing is voluntary and confiden-
tial. The group will meet on
Wednesday, October 11, 18, and
25 and November 1, 8, and 15 from
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Haven Hospice,
8301 Cypress Plaza Drive Suite
119. For ore information or to regis-
ter, call Regina Kuja\\a or Katie
Award winning vocalist Heather
Headley will be appearing at the
Florida Theatre on Thursday,
October 12, 2006 at 8 p.m. For
ticket information, call 355-2787.
The B.E.T. Gospel Comedy
Explosion featuring Chocolate,
Dexter T, World Famous Jacko, and
Willy and Woody Saturday
October 14th at the Prime F.
Osborn III Convention Center.
Contact Cory Harvey at 904-338-
4269 for more info and tickets.
National College Fair
The National College fair of
Jacksonville will be held on
Saturday, October 14th from 9
a.m. 1 p.m. at the Prime Osborne
Convention Center. Admission is
free. The Fair is an opportunity for
local students and their parents to
meet representatives from over 100
colleges and universities.
Informative sessions will be held on
scholarships, financial aid, entrance
essays, HBCU's, testing and much
more. For more information stu-
dents can contact their guidance
office or visit jaxcollegefair.com on
Art in the Park
The City of Jacksonville will have
its annual Art in the Park event at
Riverside Park from 9 a.m. 1 p.m.
on Sat., Oct. 14th. The ark is locat-
ed at 2801 Myra St. (in Five
Points). Activities and workshops
will include drawing, painting,
ceramics, photography and crafts.
Entertainment will include per-
formances by the Tribe Vestah
Belly Dancing Troupe, Jacksonville
Drum Circle, JaxParks martial arts
instructors and students, the
Jacksonville Jugglers and a special
concert by the River City Jazz Trio.
For more information call 630-
CITY or visit www.jaxparks.com.
Cultural Day at Sapelo Island, Ga.
is an annual festival celebrating
Gullah / Geechee heritage. Events
include storytelling, African dance,
cultural demonstrations, food, arts
and crafts and more. It will be held
8:30 a.m. 5 p.m., on Saturday,
October 21, 2006. Tickets must be
purchased in advance. For more
Help Clean Up Fort Mose
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will sponsor a vol-
unteer clean-up day at Fort Mose Historic State Park in observance of
National Public Lands Day. Volunteers are needed to help remove trash at
Fort Mose and around the edge of the surrounding marsh. The event will
take place Saturday September 30, 2006 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Advance registration is NOT required and trash bags and tools will be
provided. Participants are advised to bring gloves, insect repellent, rubber
boots, and to wear appropriate clothing.
Fort Mose, site of the nation's first free African American community, is
located just north of the St. Augustine city gates on U.S. 1 at the end of
Saratoga Boulevard. For Additional information go to: www.floridas-
tateparks.org or call Stephen Carter at (904) 461-2033.
information on the annual event,
call (912) 485-2197. You can also
visit Website: www.sapeloislandgeor-
32nd JUL Equal
The Jacksonville Urban League
will present their 32nd Equal
Opportunity Luncheon on
Wednesday, October 25th at 12
noon at the Hyatt Regency
Riverfront. For more information,
contact Linnie Finley at 366-3461.
The Ethics of Identity
One of America's leading public
intellectuals, Kwame Appiah will
present a free forum on "The Ethics
of Identity," on Monday, Oct. 30,
7:30 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center
Lazzara Performance Hall on the
University of North Florida
Campus. Appiah is a scholar of
African and African-American
studies. His book, "In My Father's
House," became an instant classic,
placing him in the forefront of the
study of African struggles for self-,
determination. All lectures are free
and open to the public; however,
tickets are required. Tickets can be
ordered online at www.unf.edu.
For more information, call 620-
The Jacksonville Branch NAACP
will host it's 41st Annual Freedom
Fund Dinner, Thursday, November
2, 2006, 7:00 p.m., at the Wyndham
Hotel (formerly the Radisson
Riverwalk), 1515 Prudential Drive
(Southbank), Jacksonville, Florida.
For ticket information, call (904)
353-5199 or 764-7578, FAX 764-
7572 or e-mail email@example.com.
An Evening with
An evening of elegant music hon-
oring area unsung heros and enter-
tainment pioneers will take place on
Thursday, November 2nd at the
Florida Theater. Festivities will
include Teddy Washington and the
15 piece "Point After" Band a VIP
reception and a silent auction.For
more info, visit www.jacksonville-
follies.com or call 230.2629.
Sankofa Artists Market
The Second Annual Sankofa
Artists' Market will be held the
weekend of November 4th and 5th
at the Springfield Women's Club
located at 210 West 7th Street. The
free art fair will feature works and
creations by local and nationally
renowned African-American artists
and craftsman. He juried two day
event will open with an evening
reception on Friday. Featured cre-
ations will include jewelry, cloth-
ing, fine art, dolls, table ware, furni-
ture and stationery. The times for
the event are from 11 a.m. 6 p.m.
For more information, contact Ann
Chinn at 598-1502.
Society set for Nov. 4
Crafternoon benefiting Children's
Home Society will be Saturday,
Nov. 4, 11 a.m. 4 p.m. at the
Jarboe Park in Neptune Beach.
The event is for kids ages 2-102
that features more than 10 hands-
on craft stations including tie-dye
T-shirts, tile painting, cookie deco-
rating, poster painting, candle hold-
er making and more. in addition to
food, dance groups and live music.
The event is free to attend. Call
493-7739 for more information.
Author Nora Roberts
Speaks at UNF
The University of North Florida
Women's Center, will bring New
York Times bestselling author Nora
Roberts to the UNF campus on
Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7 pm at the
Roberts will be visiting the First
Coast to promote her latest release
"Born in Death." She will be speak-
ing about her new book and partic-
ipating in a question-and-answer
session followed by a book signing
For more information contact
Brian Dunmire or Dr. Annabel
Brooks (904) 620-2528.
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Guess Whose B(l)ack
by K. Daniels
Your eyes aren't deceiving you.
And this is no joke.
"Weird Al" Yankovic -- one of the
biggest culture vultures known to
pop music-- has struck again.
This time, the 47-year-old satirist
is taking on rap music (again) in the
form of his new single "White &
Nerdy," which is a parody of
"Ridin' (Dirty)" by platinum-selling
hip-hop star Chamillionaire.
See the video here.
Yankovic has made a career of
And it's been quite a successful
In 1984, he released "Eat It," a
spoof of Michael Jackson's hit song
"Beat It." The track garnered
Yankovic a Grammy Award (for
Best Comedy Album).
Bolstered by the immense popu-
larity of his imitative music videos,
gold and platinum selling certifica-
tions befell the southern California
Another Jackson parody, "Fat"
("Bad"), netted another Grammy
. Spoofs of Madonna ("Like A
Surgeon"), James Brown ("Living
With A Hernia"), Eminem ("Couch
Potato") and Los Lobos
("Lasagna") are also a part of his
But with the good comes the bad.
"Amish Paradise," his spoof of
Coolio's 1995 Grammy Award win-
Weirlr"d"Ynrs i-.r r.
Weird Al (right) is now spoofing rap star Nelly.
ning anthem (from the film
'Dangerous Minds') was met with
controversy. While the west coast
rapper's record label gave Yankovic
their blessings to ape the song,
Coolio (who at the time was larger
than life) took offense to it. The
gospel-inflected song (which sam-
pled Stevie Wonder's classic
"Pastime Paradise") had a very
A lawsuit never materialized and
the two artists didn't make-up until
earlier this year -- more than a
decade later. "I don't remember
what we said to each other exactly,
but it was all very friendly,"
Yankovic reportedly wrote on his
website. "I doubt I'll be invited to
Coolio's next birthday party, but at
least I can stop wearing that bullet-
proof vest to the mall."
He also recently attempted to sati-
rize James Blunt's "You're
Beautiful" --with a song called
"You're Pitiful"-- but Atlantic
Records (Blunt's label) put the
kibosh on that.
Chamillionaire, on the other hand,
who was nominated for an
American Music Award in the
"Favorite New Breakthrough
Artist" category yesterday, is with
"[This] parody definitely gives
'Ridin' the mega-record status," he
told The BV Newswire. "Weird Al
has done parodies for the biggest
mega-stars in the game and to put
me in that category is crazy when
you think about the fact that less
than a year ago I was a new artist to
the mainstream. The song made his-
tory when it became the first rap
record to ever hit 3 million ring-
tones sold.... and its still hard to
believe the record has become that
Star in Wendy
Jacksonville's own Rahman
Johnson will join a noted diverse
cast of talent such as Vanessa
Williams, Carl Payne, Lil Kim,
Chico DeBarge, Dawn Robinson,
Funk Master Flex and even Judge
Mablean Ephram for an upcoming
biopic based on the life of the
"Queen of Radio" Wendy
Rahman, who has starred in a
variety of roles ranging from
"Sheena Queen of the Jungle" to
host of a Nickelodeon Show is
excited about the opportunity.
"Wendy Williams has become a
radio legend. Playing her father in
this film is a great opportunity."
Johnson will be traveling to New
York next month to begin shooting
Whoopi Goldberg "Hating Chris" Too
Oscar Winning Actress Brings Grandma
Whoopi on the set.
As the title of his show implies,
Chris of "Everybody Hates Chris"
is accustomed to every upside hav-
ing a downside. But in the season
premiere of the CW comedy, the
downside comes with an added
wallop Whoopi Goldberg. She
guest stars as Louise, the overly
protective grandmother of a cute
girl who's just moved into the
show's Brooklyn neighbourhood.
"Stay way from my granddaugh-
ter, you cock-eyed hooligan," her
Louise yells at Chris (Tyler James
Williams) the minute he works up
the courage to talk to the girl.
Repeating the scene a number of
times on Paramount Studios' New
York Street set, Goldberg threw in a
few variations, dubbing poor Chris
"a scrawny runt" and worse stuff
that clearly won't be used in the
"She doesn't have to improvise but
she can ad lib," laughs Ali LeRoi,
co-creator with comedian Chris
S; Rock of the half-
b inspired by Rock's
LeRoi, as she
waits for camera
that "happily I
this and the actor
S -. in, me comes., in
and is presented
with something I
don't have to fix. I
... just have to know
which direction you
want me to go in,
'cause in my mind I see a thousand
different things, but they may not
be the right things."
Louise, Goldberg says, is "a snob."
Having moved from Queens to the
grittier Bedford-Stuyvesant section
of Brooklyn, she thinks she's better
than her new neighbours. She's also
trying to compensate for any mis-
takes she may have made raising
her daughter by being ultra-strict
with her granddaughter.
"We had heard last season that
Whoopi was a fan of the show and
interested in doing it," says LeRoi.
So he deliberately created a role
where "it wouldn't be a necessity
for her to be here every week, just
in case she's busy. She's got things
she can do."
"That's what you all think," laughs
Goldberg. "There I am praying for
roles and you all think, 'Oh, yes,
she's got a lot of work!' "
Goldberg, 50, first became
famous for her one-woman comedy
's Tough Love to 'Everybody Hates Chris
shows. In 1991, she won an Oscar
for her supporting role as the psy-
chic in "Ghost." She's also hosted
the Oscar show three times, and has
won at the Tonys, Emmys,
Grammys and Golden Globes.
Her TV appearances include a
long stint on "Star Trek: The Next
Generation," guest appearances on
"Strong Medicine," a Lifetime
series she helped develop, and her
own short-lived NBC sitcom,
"Everybody Hates Chris" appears
to be anything but short-lived,
becoming an immediate hit its first
year on the now defunct UPN. Its
second season begins Oct. 1 at 7
p.m. EDT, kicking off the Sunday-
night lineup on the CW, the new
joint venture of Warner Bros.
Entertainment and CBS Corp. and
targeted at the young adult demo-
LeRoi said the move won't affect
the show's creative freedom.
"What we are doing is a little
unprecedented, so they've not been
very restrictive with us in terms of
how we go about realizing these
ideas.... So far so good, we are not
changing things because it's the
CW. The black will not be painted
green," he joked, referring to the
new network's bold colour scheme.
Besides Williams in the title role,
the series, set in the 1980s, stars
Tichina Arnold and Terry Crews as
Chris' mom and dad, Rochelle and
Julius. Tequan Richmond and Imani
Hakim play his siblings, Drew and
Tonya. And Vincent Martella is his
best friend, Greg.
Goldberg was attracted to the
show's realistic take on the African-
"This is a rich viable family, with
two parents who love their kids.
Everybody has their job in the
house, everyone has chores. It's a
normal American family trying to
'keep it together. For us to be able to
see a family like this, knowing the
outcome is Chris Rock, who doesn't
want that? So, you know, you say,
'My life is a struggle, but you know
what? If I persevere, I can get my
kids to where, they need to ;be.' "
PITT SPEAKS ON
In discussing his Ethiopian daughter
Zahara in the October issue of
Esquire magazine, actor Brad Pitt. A
reportedly offers white parents J
advice on how to care for the hair of
a black child, based on his experi-
ences with "Z."
"For white people who might be
having a little trouble with black hair, Carol's Daughter is a fantastic hair
product," he says, according to the product's Web site. "We got it for Z.
Now her hair has this beautiful luster. And it smells nice, too." says Pitt.
Zahara, adopted by Angelina Jolie and Pitt on July 6, 2005, was born Tena
Adam in Ethiopia on January 8, 2005. The celebrity couple picked her up
at a Wide Horizons For Children orphanage in Addis Ababa.
In other Africa-related adoption news, Madonna and her husband Guy
Ritchie are reportedly planning to adopt twins from an African orphanage
in poverty-stricken Malawi.
A source tells British newspaper The People: "Originally Madonna and
Guy planned to adopt only one child. But when they were told that might
mean breaking up a family unit they immediately said they would take sib-
lings or twins if that was the right thing to do. They want the children to
be as young as possible but are prepared to take kids up to the age of four.
And they are also willing to consider a child with special needs arising
from being abandoned in an orphanage."
SHAR JACKSON SETS RULES FOR K-FED:
Actress warned Britney's hubby against being a 'convenient'babydaddy
Actress Shar Jackson says she had a little
talk with Kevin Federline, the father of her
"' three children, to ensure that he wouldn't
unintentionally favor his kids with wife
Britney Spears over their own.
The former "Moesha" star says she
accepted K-Fed's 2004 marriage to the
'- pop star, but laments the damage it may
cause her kids if he fails to give them
S "As far as I was concerned, I was OK
that [our] relationship ended, but the fam-
., ily breaking up is something painful," she
told gossip site Scoop. "And honestly I
didn't let it happen."
"Now in the beginning it was rough,
because he was overseas, so I really didn't
f 'have much control over there. But when
he came back home, I told him, 'Kevin, I'm not going to let you be a con-
venient father, when it's convenient for you. If you are going to be part of
these kids' lives, then you're going to be a part. If not, then you're not.'"
Jackson adds that she and her kids view Spears and her two children with
Federline as "extended family," but she's yet to meet one-year-old Sean
Preston and newborn Sutton Pierce because, she says, "I keep my dis-
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