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African-American Enlistment

Rates Continue to Decline
Increasingly, Black folks are not seeing the military as an option for
their lives, Defense Department statistics show. In fact, since the United
States invaded Iraq and Afghanistan four years ago, the number of
African Americans enlisting in the military has declined by more than 30
percent. The U.S. Army alone, usually a haven for African Americans
seeking a life in the service, has seen its Black recruitment fall off by 45
percent since the invasions. "Overwhelming opposition to the war by
young African Americans is the primary factor influencing their decision
to decline to enlist," says retired Navy diver Gregory Black, who runs
www.blackmilitaryworld. com. Speaking to the online publication
Newsblaze.com, he said that Black youths are often steered away from
"war by influencers, such as family, religious, and community leaders,
who also oppose the war."

Atlanta High Steps into the

Guinness Book of World Records
Question: What's a surefire way to get a toe crushed? Fall out of step
when you are one of 17,000 people line-dancing to the "Cupid Shuffle."
Well, there were no reports of such a fiasco, but 17,000 Atlantans did
slide their way into the Guinness Book of Records as part of the world's
largest line dance Tuesday at the 2007 Black Family Reunion Tour. The
participants stepped for eight minutes to the "Cupid Shuffle," led by the
song's creator Cupid, at Cascade Field in Southwest Atlanta. In doing so,
they trounced the record held by Hong Kong since December 2002,
according to Guinness. Five years ago, 12,168 line dancers held out for
seven minutes and 40 seconds -to "Baby Likes to Rock It" at the Happy
Valley Recreation Ground in Hong Kong.

72 Year Old Klansman Sentenced to

Life for 1964 Murder of Two
It took more than four decades for the family for two murdered
Mississippi teens to see justice, but a federal judge decided Friday that
former Klansman James Ford Seale would spend the rest of his life in
prison for his part in kidnapping and drowning Charles Moore and Henry
Hezekiah Dee. The two 19-year-olds vanished in Franklin County on
May 2, 1964, but were later found in a Mississippi River backwater.
"I don't have no hate in my heart but I'm happy for justice," said Dee's
sister, Thelma Collins, who lives in Springfield, La. But Charles Moore's
brother, Thomas, could not conceal his anger as he read from prepared
statement: "I hope you perhaps spend the rest of your natural life in
prison thinking of what you did to Charles Moore and Henry Dee and
how you ran for a long time but you got caught ... I hope the spirit of
Charles and Henry come to your cell every night and visit with you to
teach you what it meant by love of your fellow man."
As U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate announced Seale's sentence in
court, the 72-year-old Seale stood emotionless. He described the crime as
"horrific" and said that "justice is ageless." Seale's public defender,
Kathy Nester, filed a notice of appeal, but the judge denied her request to
allow the defendant to go free pending that appeal. "Mr. Seale maintains
his innocence to this crime," Nester said.
One in Three Americans Overweight
As if you needed more evidence that Americans are getting fatter, a new
report by the Trust for America's Health says that obesity rates have
grown to the point that now 31 percent of Americans can be considered
overweight. The report also found that the rate of overweight children,
ages 10 to 17, has grown, with Washington, D.C. ranking first in the
highest number of obese children and Utah with the least. The report says
school lunches and inactivity are the main culprits.
In 22 states, the number of overweight people has grown for a second
year in a row; in no state has the number of obese people declined.
Mississippi is at the top of the list of states with the most overweight peo-
ple, and Colorado has the leanest folks. That follows since, 10 of the 15
states with the highest rates of adult obesity are in the South. A survey
that accompanies the report also says that 85 percent of Americans
believe that there's an obesity epidemic. The trust suggests that the best
approach to helping individuals slim down is if they get support from
their families, communities, schools, employers, co workers and the food
and beverage industries, as well as health professionals and the govern-
ment.
African Diaspora Joins Reparations Bid
European and American countries that enslaved African people and
scattered them in the African Diaspora should pay reparations for their
slave crimes. This came out at the historic African Union (AU) confer-
ence in the Caribbean Island of Barbados, set to tackle the integration of
the African Diaspora and the continent.
Leading scholars, ambassadors and government ministers from Africa
and beyond are examining economic relations and the responsibility of
the slave masters in undoing the slave trade damage they inflicted on
Africa and her Diaspora.
With song and the beating of drums, the African people in the Diaspora
of the Caribbean Islands, set a stage for the critical discussions on what
the European and American slave masters should do for their crimes of
transporting millions of Africans across the Atlantic in the infamous
Transatlantic slave trade which ended 200 years ago.
Addressing the conference, South Africa's Social Development Minister
Zola Skweyiya argued that the Caribbean nations are correct to demand


reparations for the slave trade. Skweyiya says the countries who are
responsible for slave trade must take responsibility of their actions.


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Volume 21 No. 24 Jacksonville, Florida August 30 September 5, 2007,


SBrown Promises Court


Fight if Florida is Denied


Nation Grieves Gulf Destruction on Hurricane
Anniversary US President George W. Bush(2ndR) and First
Lady Laura Bush(C) bow their heads in a moment of silence with stu-
dents at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School for Science
and Technology in New Orleans, Louisiana. Bush visited New Orleans
on the storm anniversary as the devastated city marked two years
since hurricane-driven waters washed out entire neighborhoods,
killing some 1,100 people.
For more on the state of the city, see page 12.


Congresswoman Brown, out-
raged by the Democratic National
Committee's (DNC) vote last week-
end to strip Florida of accreditation
for its 210 delegates to the National
Convention next year in Denver,
has vowed a court battle if the deci-
sion is not reversed.
"Florida is the fourth most pop-
ulous state in the nation and we will
not be disenfranchised again as we
were in the 2000 election." Brown
participated today on a conference
call with party leaders where they
talked about future strategies, to
include a possible lawsuit against
the DNC. "Moving the Florida pri-
mary to January 29, 2007 was a
move placed in to law by a
Republican controlled Legislature,
and the people of Florida will not
stand by and just roll-over, we will


Family Builds New Home on Faith


When Brondrick and Idella
Linnear decided to build a home in
the Blue Lake Estates community,
they made sure that their home was
personalized and special.
In passing conversation with their
pastor, the Linnear's learned of a
unique idea that would bring God a
little closer to them in their home.
They decided that they would
approach the builder, Mercedes
Homes about placing Bibles in the
foundation of their home as it was
being built.
Prior to the pouring of the con-
crete, the Linnear's, Elder Keith
Williams from The Potters House
Christian Fellowship, Mary Spears
and David Christian met to pray for


Home Owner Brondrick Linnear, Mercedes Homes' David Christian,
Mercedes Homes' Mary Spears, Elder Keith Williams from The Potters House
Christian Fellowship and Home Owner Idella Linnear join together to bless
the Linnear's home.


be at the con-
vention, we
will be seated,
we will be
counted, all
210 dele-
gates." The
Brown cam-
paign is con-
templating a
grass-root
Cong. Brown
campaign to
stop any further contributors from
donating to the DNC and to direct
those resources to the Florida
Democratic Party (FDP), so that the
FDP can carry out and execute the
necessary campaign to support the
democratic nominee, who could
benefit from the 4 million demo-
cratic votes from Florida in the
November, General Election.


Literally
the home and lay the Bibles. The
first Bible, laid just across the
home's threshold, was opened to the
closing verse of Joshua 24:15,
which reads "But as for me and my
house, we will serve the Lord."
The second Bible, placed in the
family room, was opened to Psalms
127:1, which reads "Except the
Lord build the house, they labor in
vain that build it."
"These verses help us to under-
stand that is was only by God, and
His love for us, that we are able to
build our house," said Brondrick
Linnear. "This whole experience
was made even more special
because our builders were there
with us to share in our joy."


Snitching... Selling Out or Standing Up?


by E.R. Shipp
Natasha Aeriel, a college student
shot in the head in Newark earlier
this month, is talking -- and what
she has told criminal justice investi-
gators already has led to the arrests
of several men and boys who not
just shot her but executed lined
them up against a wall and shot
them in the head!-three other
young Black college kids, including
her brother.
She proves the benefit of going
against the "I don't want to be a
snitch" mode that we've seen from
rappers to our very own neighbors.
"Snitch" is a word that many street-
wise people, especially in urban
America, fear. One does not want to
be a snitch or accused, even sus-
pected of, snitching. They think,
perhaps, of the little girl in Chicago
who was killed some years ago
because of what she knew and
might tell. If you witnessed or knew
something about a crime, would
you willing to tell authorities?
But like not wanting the stigma of
seeming "too White" by doing well
in school, not wanting to be a snitch
is more often than not detrimental
to Black folks in these United
States.
There are reasons not to be too
cozy with law enforcement and
that's where the snitching issue usu-
ally comes up but there are many
more reasons to be cooperative.
Black-on-Black crime is a serious


issue in our communities; so if
those who see something or hear
something say nothing, then Black
people are being victimized at least
triplefold. By the perpetrator. By
the criminal justice system that
doesn't take the crime as seriously
as it might had the incident
occurred elsewhere and among
other people. And by the person or
people who say nothing. Consider
this news from The Associated
Press:
"Nearly half of the nation's mur-
der victims in 2005 were Black, and
the number of Black men who were
slain is on the rise.
"A majority of the Black murder
victims were relatively young -
between 17 and 29, the Justice
Department said in a study released
recently.
"The department's Bureau of
Justice Statistics report offers a
snapshot of racial disparities among
violent crime victims. Black people
represented an estimated 13 percent
of the U.S. population in 2005, the
latest data available, but were the
victims of 49 percent of all murders
and 15 percent of rapes, assaults
and other nonfatal violent crimes
nationwide."
Is speaking out about a crime
"snitching" or taking responsibili-
ty?
For evidence of how saying some-
thing makes a difference, let's go
back to Newark. After years of vio-


lent crime that has gone unsolved
because of the very loud sound of
silence, people have come forth
with leads that have led to the
arrests of at least four people who,
for reasons not yet clear, targeted
those young people four good
kids who were hanging out on a
Saturday night in a neighborhood
school playground, talking and lis-
tening to music.
Not only has the survivor, Natasha
Aeriel, talked to investigators
from her hospital bed.
but leads have come
in from other
sources. In
m a n y
instances
across the
country
even vic-
tims of
crimes
h a v e
clammed \ a 'mm
shut. That's in
part why so man)
suspected murderers
and child predators have
been released in New Orleans
post-Katrina: no witnesses willing
to talk. For a bit of context, consid-
er this from The Christian Science
Monitor earlier this month:
"The picture from the 'Sliver on
the River' still looks grim. This year
the city's murder rate is on track to
top 100 for every 100,000 residents,


more than 11 times the national
average. The latest crime wave mir-
rors the dark days of the late 1980s'
crack epidemic and marks New
Orleans as the city with the sharpest
spike in violent crimes in the U.S.
over the past year. A murder suspect
in nearby Houston is five times
more likely to get caught and be put
on trial than one in New Orleans."
That's all the more reason to
praise Natasha
Aeriel,


enforcement

whose 18-
year-old brother, Terrance an
ordained minister and two friends,
Dashon Harvey, 20, and lofemi
Hightower, 20, were slain. She
could easily have said that she
remembers nothing. What would
you have done?
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quest begins for the common
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the conversational group can par-
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If you've been on a topic for five
minutes and you see that not
everyone is comfortable with it,
switch to something new, or move
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Follow up on the answer to your
opening question. As the person
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carefully for clues to expand the
topic. Don't be afraid to jump
around or change the topic.
Ask questions to get more infor-


mation and dig deeper, but don't
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nicely.
Remember, people are normally
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for "Own Your First Home" Contest


In continuing to uphold its com-
mitment to educate and encourage
African Americans about the
importance of wealth building,
black enterprise (be) continues to
seek entries for its third annual
Own Your First Home Contest.
Scheduled to run through Sept.14,
2007, the contest will award
$10,000 to a qualified individual or
family to use toward the down pay-
ment on their first home.
Since it's inception in 2005, the
Own Your First Home Contest has
attracted thousands of hopeful
applicants seeking financial inde-
pendence. With the contest's suc-
cess over the past two years, be has
reaffirmed its position as the pre-
mier source of information about
wealth building for the African


American community. An offshoot
of the Declaration of Financial
Empowerment, be's highly regard-
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Contest will create a new legacy of
homeownership for one more suc-
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While African Americans are buy-
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dream of homeownership still
eludes many who are unable to
raise the initial funds required, such
as down payments and closing
costs. "Today, more than ever,
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It used to be that only the wealthy
consulted financial planners for
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Choosing the right financial plan-
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you may ultimately decide your sit-
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Find out what factors they used to
choose their financial planner and
whether they're satisfied with his or
her performance.
Interview at least three candi-
dates. Often, they'll provide a free


consultation and ask you to fill out
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an advisor who will listen to your
needs, look out for your best inter-
ests and not try to sell you unneed-
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be afraid to ask for references.
Research their qualifications.
Many different types of profession-
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vary.
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Association (www.fpanet.org), the
National Association of Personal
Financial Advisors
(www.napfa.org), and the Certified
Financial Planner Board of
Standards (www.cfp.net) are good
resources to learn more about the
different kinds of financial plan-
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of these. Some people think there's
a potential conflict of interest if


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Many will deduct other fees from
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Is Snitching Standing Up or Selling Out?


Continued from page 1
Natasha is hardly a Huggy Bear,
that character from the Starsky and
Hutch television series and the
movie who regularly sang for his
supper, so to speak. In his own way,
however, Huggy Bear helped clear


S Even though James Harvey
his son's kilers have ties to
': the notorious MS13 Latin
gang, he is glad his daughter
told what she knew.
Sthe streets of the badderr"
guys. Back in the 1980s, Al
Sharpton was accused of
being a snitch because he was
an informant for the FBI in an
effort to snag drug dealers -
even as his public face was
one of agitating Blacks to be suspi-
cious of cops. Hypocrisy and
naivete may have been issues, but
he, in his own way, was helping
clear the neighborhood of the bad
guys. More recently we have seen


rappers who were on site when
shootings and other violence went
down refuse to talk. They are cow-
ardly capitalists.
There are dangers involved in
becoming a witness for the prosecu-
tion, but there is so much more to
be gained by accepting responsibil-
ity for making our streets and our
homes safer. In Newark, a city
numbed by the violence that has
taken so many lives in recent years,
the violence in that school play-
ground led quite a few people to
join with Mayor Cory Booker is
declaring, "Enough is enough!" So
far six suspects are in custody.
James Harvey, the father of the
slain Dashon, noted that "every-


one" from Natasha to the mayor to
the investigative officers "played
their part in the capture of these
fugitives, even the society, even the
city opened their eyes up to say
enough is enough, something like
this, as needless as this, has to stop
and we've got to come together to
make this stop."
Adopting the persona of one who
"sees no evil, hears no evil, speaks
no evil" is not a viable option; the
way to go is calling, even anony-
mously, the cops or a member of the
press or a trustworthy public figure
with your information. That's not
snitching. That's taking responsibil-
ity in this extended village.


Retired Educators Invited to Monthly Meeting


The Duval
CPo u n t y
County
Ret ired
Educators will
hold its first


Thursday,
September 6,
Norma White2007 at the
President Mary Singleton
Center, 150
East First Street at 10:15 a.m.
Refreshments and fellowship will
begin at 9:30 a.m. Speaker for the
occasion is Mrs. Myra Pattishal.
The topic is "Hobbies for Fun and
Fellowship .... Quilting. Door
prizes will be given to lucky mem-
bers and books will be on sale to
support the Scholarship Program.
President Norma White has
announced that the theme for this
year is "The Melody Lingers On."
In her message she states that
"although the children and the
songs in the lessons we have taught
have moved on, the Melody still
Lingers On." She further stated that
"our days of teaching, supervising,
guiding, and administrating have
ended, but the Melody Lingers On."
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Atlanta Lawmaker Tired of Sagging Pants
Atlanta has declared war on baggy pants. Under a proposed amend-
ment to Atlanta's indecency laws, sponsored by city councilman C.T.
Martin, who is Black, it would be against the law for men and women
to sport trousers that show boxers or thongs. And another no-no will be
women who wear jogging bras in public or clothes that reveal their bra
strap. The amendment states that pant sagging is an "epidemic" that is
becoming a "major concern" around the country, according to The
Associated Press. If the law passes, the penalty for would be a fine in an
amount that has not yet been determined. Earlier this year, the town
council in Delcambre, LA, passed a similar law. Exposing your wear
there will either cost you $500 or six months in jail.


Bloggers Put Jena Six Case on Blast


BALTIMORE (NNPA) The case
of six Black youth, who face life-
time jail sentences for an alleged
assault on a White peer in Jena, La.,
is slowly drawing the public's atten-
tion.
The alleged incident was the cul-
mination of racial tensions trig-
gered by a group of White Jena
High School students who hung
three nooses from a tree when a
Black student asked for permission
to sit under the traditionally exclu-
sively-White hangout. Black stu-
dents gathered under the tree in
nonviolent protest. The White teens
were given a slap on the wrist over
what school officials called a
"harmless prank" and the situation
spiraled from there.
The first youth to be on trial,
Mychal Bell, is slated for sentenc-
ing on Sept. 20. The blogosphere
has been teeming with opinions,
petitions and updates on this case.
Here is some of what is being said:
-Traycee's World; http://traycee-
jackson.blogspot.com said:
"OK, where is the media attention
on this? You know, thank GOD for


black websites, because if we leave
ALL of the news up to the "regular"
media, we would never know about
anything in OUR communities. On
one side, we keep hearing that
racism no longer exists. BUT, on
the other side, WE ALL KNOW
that racism is alive and well. Case
in point: Jena, Louisiana...Racism
and segregation did not end with
the Civil Rights Movement. We
know that it's alive and well, some
more evident than others.."
~ nascent21 said on
blogspot.myspace.com:
"It's a story that reads like one
from the Jim Crow era, when
judges, lawyers and all-White juries
used the justice system to keep
Blacks in "their place." But it's hap-
pening today. The families of these
young men are fighting back, but
the story has gotten minimal press.
Together, we can make sure their
story is told and that the governor of
Louisiana intervenes and provides
justice for the Jena 6.
We need to band together and
show America that we do give a
damn about ourselves... u all need


to get mad and get offended
because this is offensive. First
Genarlow, now this; we need to
start taking this personal."
-Kevin Covin on "Facing South,"
a blog published on the Institute for
Southern Studies website
http://southernstudies.org said:
' 'I really feel for the black stu-
dents. The justice system is clearly
defined in black and white. Dr.
King said it best. "Unjust laws are
no laws at all." It['s] a prime exam-
ple how far we still have to go in
order to have justice in this country.
When my daughter brought this
case to my attention it really
drained my heart but it should bring
good people together whether black
or white to stand together against
such bigotry. Here in America we
see so many ills, I am glad that peo-
ple are coming together to fight
against this clear cut case of racism.
I myself will be following this case
and hope to spread the word about
what is going on with Jena 6 as the
editor and chief of Unheard-voices
an online minority magazine
www.unheard-voices.com. The


The White students who confessed to hanging the nooses never
received any meaningful punishment. Nor did the White students who
months later beat up a Black student at a school party, nor did the White
former student who threatened two Black students with a shotgun. But,
after these incidents, when Black students got into a fight with a White
student, six Black youths were charged with attempted murder, and now
face a lifetime in prison.
The Black students may not have been involved in the fight, but they
were known to be organizers of the protest under the tree. The White stu-
dent was briefly hospitalized, but had no major injuries and was social-
izing with friends at a school ring ceremony the evening of the fight.


magazine tackles these sort of ugly
behaviors by whites. Blacks should
put their trust in the Lord because it
is through God that has brought us
this far. Justice will prevail.
The Black students were arrested
December of last year. School offi-
cials and police officials took state-
ments from at least 44 witnesses to
the fight. The statements do not
paint a clear picture of who was
involved. Statements from white
students refer to 'Black boys', but
many testimonies are unclear as to
the identities of who was involved.
Some of the arrested youths are not
implicated in the fight by any of the
witnesses.


Despite this, when Mychal Bell,
the first youth to go to trial, refused
to take a deal in exchange for testi-
fying against his friends, he was
quickly convicted by an all-white
jury. Bell's public defender Blane
Williams, visibly angry at Bell and
his parents because the youth did
not take the deal, called no witness-
es and gave no meaningful defense.
This attorney's behavior gives a
vivid example of our nation's bro-
ken and underfunded public
defender system. Some have called
Jena a throwback to the past, but in
fact Jena presents a clear vision of
the current state of our criminal jus-
tice system.


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It's summer and in Florida, sum-
mertime means a lot of crab boils
and cookouts. Not that I am biased,
but black folk, especially those of
us in Florida, take crab cooking to a
level that many can't compete with
or even understand.
We will put almost any meat or
vegetable you can imagine in a crab
pot. I have seen everything from
neck bones (pork), chicken legs,
oysters and turkey necks to the tra-
ditional ingredients like potatoes,
corn, celery, sausage and shrimp in
the crab pot.
You can cook crabs garlic style,
fried or most prefer the traditional
outdoor boiling method. We take
crab boiling seriously. There's
always a cousin, uncle or aunt who
is the designated crab cooker
because of his or her years of crab
wisdom and expertise.
So this week, I am going to pre-
pare my own crab boil of sorts and
throw a bunch of stuff or topics into
this one column. Most of us veter-
an crab cookers and eaters know
that the last thing to go into a crab
boil is the main ingredient the
actual crabs.
They cook the quickest, so they
need to go in last. However, I am
going to switch that around a bit. I
am going to put my featured topic
in first.
I have tried and tried to stay
away from the whole Michael Vick
issue. Most of us know that this
week, Vick cut a deal with federal
prosecutors and pled guilty to ille-
gal dog fighting. The issue is in
federal court because the dog fight-
ing involved moving dogs across
state lines.
Let me start by saying that I think
that dog fighting is terrible. It's a
horrific act and I don't understand
the culture behind it and how any-
one could sit and watch it. I also
don't understand how ancient
Romans could watch gladiators
battle to the death or how Spanish
people can watch a matador aggra-
vate and spear a bull.
I guess I am a softy or something.
I also don't quite understand how
and why so many people enjoy
hunting deer. Come on... it's
Bambi! It doesn't get more inno-
cent than that. Go hunt something
that can actually defend itself like a
giant anaconda and then you will
impress me.
Anyway, I am getting off the sub-


ject a bit, but my point is this -
while Vick bankrolling and partici-
pating in illegal dog fighting is ter-
rible and he should receive some
punishment for it his life and
career shouldn't end because of it.
That's the issue that bothers me
about this Vick case. Many
Americans want to see Vick's
career as an NFL player ended. He
will most likely receive a 12 to 18
month sentence at his sentencing
hearing in December, but that's not
enough for many of the people who
are speaking out against Vick.
It's interesting the way this coun-
try works. A person can get arrest-
ed and serve time and then run for
political office and service his or
her city, state or country. Just look
at the United States Congress.
You would be surprised the num-
ber of Congress members who have
records. If Vick was a Doctor and
was convicted of dog fighting he
would serve his time get out and
guess what he would be practicing
medicine again.
If Vick was a civil engineer he
would serve his time and go back to
his profession. There are school-
teachers who have records that are
teaching our children.
So why is it that some people
don't want Vick to be able to return
to the NFL? I am willing to bet any


amount of money that people get
arrested and convicted of dog fight-
ing every day in America and most
of those people don't even serve a
month in jail.
Again, what Vick did was wrong
and the crime was heinous, but let's
just keep this issue in perspective.
Let's not promote the ending of the
man's career.
Lets spice things up even more.
Most have heard that the Mayor's
Office is proposing several new
fees as a solution to the budget
shortfalls left by property tax
reform. The mayor presented City
Council with a balanced, but com-
plicated budget to review for even-
tual passage in late September.
But like every year, the budget is
always chopped up and amended
more times than Michael Jackson's
nose. Word on the street is that a
couple of the proposed new fees
like garbage, storm water may be
amended out of this year's budget.
Stay tuned, with about a month to
go, City Council has a lot of work
to do.
Unfortunately, every gumbo or
crab boil has to have some ingredi-
ents that don't taste good by them-
selves, but they add to overall fla-
vor. And the crime rate in
Jacksonville is one of those ingre-
dients.


Almost every other day someone
is being murdered in this city. The
overall total from last year was 137
murders. If you divide that into the
number of days in the year it aver-
ages out to basically a murder
every other day. The crime and
murder in our city is and has been
out of control.
It is black on black crime at its
worse. Two more young black men
were killed Monday night in a
shoot out in a north side apartment
complex. Things seem to be getting
worse versus getting better, it's time
to look at some new strategies to
combat this issue.
My last ingredient for this week's
crab boil is a little bit of jaguar -
well, more like a lot of jaguar -
Jacksonville Jaguars that is.
With its last preseason game this
week, the Jags are getting ready for
a new NFL season. Some fans are
still criticizing starting quarterback
Byron Leftwich, but I think that the
Jags will be fine this year.
Yet another one of those situation
where time will certainly tell. All I
know is that if the Jags don't make
the playoffs this year head coach
Jack Del Rio may as well start
looking for another job.
Signing off from my back yard in
front of the crab pot,
Reggie Fullwood


Summer Crab Boil: Mike


Vick, City Budget & Jaguars


By. George E Curry
NNPA Columnist
We can stop playing the song,
"Who Let the Dogs Out?" Now, we
know the answer: Michael Vick let
the dogs out. Not just the dogs, but
those who love dogs more than they
like certain people.
He also let out but not off the
people who claim to be perturbed by
what goes on in the secretive, ille-
gal, violent underworld of dog
fighting; yet see nothing wrong with
providing a state-sanctioned license


Michael Vick Let The Dogs Out


to kill deer and other innocent ani-
mals. The so-called animal rights
advocates are just as hypocritical,
claiming to be opposed to killing
animals while eating meat and
wearing leather shoes. Or, is it okay
to slaughter animals if the purpose
is to feed and clothe the higher order
of species?
Vick, who pleaded guilty to dog
fighting-related charges on Monday,
also let out conspiracy buffs in our
community who like to blame
White folks for everything.
Why are we so quick to jump to
the defense of troubled Black ath-
letes and entertainers who have had
little, if any, ties to our community?
When they act foolishly, why can't
we describe their behavior as just
that without pretending that White
people stay up all night plotting to
bring down Vick? You bring the
Atlanta Falcons quarterback down


by tackling him. In this instance, he
tackled himself. By the way, the
person about to tackle Vick on state
charges is an African-American, a
Black man apparently just doing the
job he swore to do in Virginia.
When you push aside the
hypocrisy and conspiracy theories,
Michael Vick has no one to blame
but himself. With his football con-
tract and off-field endorsements,
Vick was making more than $1 mil-
lion a month. Why risk that fortune
by operating a dog fighting ring
with three of your homes? Like
Vick, the homeboys knew when to
scramble; each lined up to cut a deal
with the prosecutor and agreed to
testify against their former benefac-
tor, if necessary.
According to the indictment, most
of the money bet on the fights was
chicken change (maybe we should
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Even to me, a person whose
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abuse of the animals in the Vick
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the summer of 2002, shooting one
and executing the other.
The indictment says Vick's group
killed approximately eight dogs on
the property that had not done well
in test fights. The various methods
included "hanging, drowning and
slamming at least one dog's body to
the ground."
As for Vick's direct involvement,
the indictment alleges that he paid
approximately $34,000 for a proper-
ty at his home in Smithfield, Va. to
train and house pit bulls for dog
fighting. According to the indict-
ment, Vick also provided the money
to place bets on his dogs. On
Monday, Vick did not admit to gam-
bling, a charge that would carry a
lifetime ban from the NFL.
The indictment charges that Vick
and two of his co-defendants began
the operation in 2001 when they
purchased dogs from owners in


Virginia, North Carolina, and New
York. In one dog fight in which each
side put up $13,000, Vick's female
pit bull lost the fight in March 2003.
"In or about March of 2003,
Peace, after consulting with Vick
about the losing female pit bull's
condition, executed the dog by wet-
ting the dog down with water and
electrocuting the animal," the
indictment said.
It also said after losing two fights
that month against one competitor,
"Vick retrieved a book bag from a
vehicle containing approximately
$23,000 in cash," which was given
to the winning owner.
According to the indictment,
there was a "rape stand," which it
described as "a device in which a
female dog who is too aggressive to
submit to males for breeding is
strapped down with her head held in
place by a restraint."
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pretty picture. And one of the NFL's
picture-perfect passers could have
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Dems Election Puzzle:

\1,-, byExperience or Change
1 ,, "!?'_ i pby Ron Walters
The fight for the Democratic nomination for
v B ~ President has stabilized into the choice of that
J" person who represents either experience or
change. The confusing thing to me is that
although the general, in public opinion polls, say
that they are alienated by the drift of the country, the Congress and the Bush
administration, the Democratic Party that ostensibly stands for change -
has Hilary Clinton in front.
My view of the candidates is that Hilary Clinton is not the candidate of
change. She has stood for a moderate course and both she and her husband
have been allied with the conservative wing of the Democratic Party. the
Democratic Leadership Council. From this posture, she has not moved
quickly. but been drawn slow I> into the position ofespousing change in her
former position of votingg to give George Bush the authoritN to pursue this
war. And since she has not disaowed that vote, I do not know whether she
genuine> regrets it or is holding to a moderate course in the process of
resolving it if she becomes president
Some indication of the former position is that in the dispute between
Hilan Clinton and Barack Obama over whether they would meet with
leaders current American politicians consider objectionable. Hilary says
that she would not meet \\nh them without preconditions, and Barack
Obama says that is the politics of the past. a moderate politics that has pre-
vented the change in the American position on both foreign and domestic
policy that Americans need so urgently
This dispute boils down to one of process over principle. HilarN elevates
the process of holding out carrots for meeting \ ith objectionable leaders to
give then incentive to follow the US position in negotiations; Obama ele-
vates the desire to meet on the basis that somethmg can be accomplished in
this process of engagement.
Here. we seem to have Hilar attempting to show\ that she has more expe-
rience than Obama. because of her pre% ious statement that his position was
"na'ie" and that has contributed to her front-runner status. Obama. howev-
er, nosed-out Clinton to take the top spot in the race. as reflected in a post-
debate poll after the Iowa debate, based partly on his stunning statement
that other politicians % ith experience such Dick Chancy and Don Rumsfeld
had great experience in government but had led us into this mess in Iraq. In
this case, their experience had led them to prv ilege ideology over the prac-
ticality as the basis of their actions, which led them to badly miscalculate
\what they could accomplish.
Obama. therefore. skillfully challenged Americans to match their hunger
for change in the Iraq War. uni ersal health care. fighting poverty, and other
things by voting to choose aggressive leadership. The mystery is why
Democrats. appear to shrink back from aggressive an aggressive policy
posture \when e\ers indication you see is that the American people are bet-
ting on them to lead in that direction. TheN appear to be hedging their bet
that the American people will vote against them for "over-reaching" and
challenge their elections, rather than to risk going in the direction that is
indicated. In other words. the\ appear to lack courage.
Hilar~ wants it both \wa>s. She \wants to assert her experience a posture
that calls for moderate leadership moves and at the same time. she wants
to grab the mantle of -change leader" from (bama. That is delicate politics
and it will be interesting to see if she can pull it off. The open question here
is whether if Barack Obama were perceived to be more experienced and
also wias the strongest candidate for change, he would be ahead of Hilary
in national polls. Possibly. The answer here ma\ be found in the compari-
son to John Kerr) in the last election
He emerged as the most credible candidate among Democrats. but when
faced ,with the opportunitN to strongly advocate for a changed course. he
used his credibility to take the position that he could prosecute the war bet-
ter than Bush. E\en then. this \%as not a winning argument, because no
president has been unseated in the middle of a war on that basis.
So, Barack Obama has no choice but to continue to push for change as
aggressi\el\ as possible, but to make this work. he has to pull the covers
off of Clinton's anempt to hate to both ways If he emerges as the best --
and perhaps the only real -- change candidate, then he may have a fighting
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2nd Annual Women of Mt. Lebanon Annual Dual Day


Dr. and Mrs. Jerry Powers are shown above being congratulated by
Pastor and Mrs. Garry Wiggins.
JBTS President Celebrates Diamond Anniversary
Dr. Jerry Powers, President of the Jacksonville Baptist Theological
Seminary recently celebrated 50 years of wedded bliss to his wife Jean
at a private celebration hosted by Evangel Temple Assembly of God.
The tasteful and elegant function included a smorgasbord of food and
well wishes as the blessed couple asked that no gifts be given. R Silver

Evergreen Baptist Church Hosting
Dual Day and Women's Conference
Evergreen Baptist Church will celebrate their Annual Dual Day with cele-
brations on September 8th and 9th.
The day kicks off with a Women's Conference at 9:00 A. M. The spe-
cial guest speaker is Pastor Tanya Daniels, Victory Temple Church of God
In Christ, Springfield, Massachusetts.
Festivities will continue on Sunday with.Sunday school at 9:30 A. M. fol-
lowed by Morning Services at 11:00 A: M. where the speaker will be
Rev. Levi'White of New birth Missionary Church.
The public is invited to attend. The church is located at 1100 Logan St.,
where Rev. Elbert Moreland is the Pastor.
For More Information Please Call Sis Dorothy Cisero at 355-5430.


Purpose Retreat Jekyll Island
Love, Truth & Deliverance Outreach Ministry is hosting it's 2nd annual
Women's Retreat with a return to Jekyll Island. The cost for this event
includes 2 night accommodations and retreat materials on Friday, September
7th at 7:30 p.m. For more info call the church at 904-378-0619.

Bethel to Host Lighten the Load
Gospel CD Release Party
The Lighten the Load Gospel CD Release Party, an inspirational commu-
nity event, celebrating sickle cell patients and their loved ones and encour-
ages them to visit a physician and learn more about chronic iron overload
due to blood transfusions and its health consequences.
The CD release party features a live performance by Kingdom Ministries
Choir, winners of the 2007 Lighten the Load gospel CD contest, prizes and
fun activities for the whole family. Jacksonville church choirs competed in
the second annual Lighten the Load gospel contest for the opportunity to
showcase their talents on a professionally produced compilation CD. The
complimentary CD includes original songs by some of the finest African-
American church choirs from across the country.
The celebration will be held on Saturday, September 8th from 11 a.m. 2
p.m. at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church. For more information, call Tai
Foster at 212-704-8210.

Equal Opportunity Nominations Sought
The Jacksonville Urban League is seeking nominations for its Annual
Equal Opportunity Awards. Corporations and Individuals who have made
significant efforts in the areas of diversity and equal opportunity will be
considered. Awards will be presented during the Jacksonville Urban
League's 60th Anniversary and Equal Opportunity Awards Gala on October
20, at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Jacksonville. Nominations must be
received by September 10, 2007. Nominations must include at least a one
page typed statement of the nominee's record of efforts made to champion
the cause of equality. Categories are individual, corporate, leadership and
the Clanzel Brown Award. They may be mailed to: Jacksonville Urban
League, c/o Equal Opportunity Awards, 903 W. Union Street, Jacksonville,
FL 32204 or faxed to (904) 356-8369.


Mt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church, rev. Freddie Summer Pastor, Dr.
L.N. Yarber, Senior Pastor, will celebrate their Annual Dual Day on
Sunday, September 9th. The days activities include church school at 9:00
a.m., Morning Worship at 10:45 a.m. (guest speaker Atty. Mechelle
Herrington), and an Afternoon Service at 3:30 p.m. (guest speaker Rev.
Richard Curry). The theme for the special day is, "Let Us Rejoice in One
God, One Spirit, One Faith and One Gospel."
The church is located at 9319 Ridge Blvd and the public is invited to
attend all events.
For more information, contact 768-9623


Disciples of Christ

Christian Fellowship
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Sunday School
9 a.m. 5
Morning Worship
10 a.m.
Lord's Supper
Second Sunday
3:00 p.m.
Evening Worship
Every 3rd & 4th
Sunday
4 :00 p.m. Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr

A church that's on the move in
worship with prayer, praise and power!

School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
2061 Edgewood Avenue West
Jacksonville, Florida 32208
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Religion, Dating and You: How Important is Being "Equally Yoked"?


by Margot Lester
For some singles, there's an uneasy
balance between romance and reli-
gion. "I want to date within my
faith," says Ben, "but I've had a
hard time finding Miss Right within
my religion." Should he give up on
religious compatibility in order to
find a companion? Or should he
leave his romantic fate in the hands
of a higher power?
"Faith is core to one's identity, and
your identity is what carries you
through life," says Steve Chavis,
communications director for the
Denver-based Promise Keepers.
"Faced with any challenge or
opportunity, you will respond based
on what you think of yourself. Your
deepest spiritual beliefs will drive
your decisions and your actions.
Regardless of our religion, we'll act
on what we really believe. There
are plenty of Christians who attend
church and sleep around. There are
pagans who are celibate, so it's not
about the label or church attendance
or your group."
It's about what
you really believe.
"I love to dig around and ask
questions and learn how people see
things," Chavis says. "Many things
I see are very attractive, and I might
want to go deeper with that person.
But sooner or later, a question of
values will come up. What is


important? What is most impor-
tant?"
Tip: "Relationships are a like a
long journey of colliding and com-
peting values," he continues. "Is the
fascination (or infatuation) worth
the conflict? Or put more crassly, is
the sex worth the hassle?
Sometimes we think yes, but after a
few broken hearts myself, in the
long run, I say no."
Meeting Someone in Your Faith
"The best way to meet someone
that you will be compatible with is
to get busy doing things that you
really enjoy," says Michelle
McKinney Hammond, author of
Sassy, Single and Satisfied. "If your
personal enjoyment is the focus
over who will be there for you to
meet, it is inevitable that you will
meet someone who shares your
interest. Don't set yourself up for
the disappointment of attending
events with the hope that someone
will be there for you to meet.
Instead, have the mindset that you
are going because it is something
you truly enjoy and want to do, and
if you meet someone... well, that
would be an added pleasure!"
Tip: Find community or charita-
ble causes that pique your interest
and get involved. "The person you
want to have in your life is a caring,
sharing person," Hammond says.
"Where better to find that type of


man or woman? Meeting mutual
friends is also a great way to meet
[potential partners] because your
friends know you, love you and are
able to gauge who would be a good
match for you."
Focusing on the process of partic-
ipation as opposed to the result of
romance will keep you from falling
into a typical trap. Gilda Carle,
Ph.D., author of Don't Bet on the
Prince! How to Have the Man You
Want by Betting On Yourself, offers
this cautionary advice: "Stop writ-
ing a romance novel about each per-
son you date; it's just a date and just
enjoy it without trying to make it


more."
Dating Between Faiths
While some singles find dating
within their faith preferable, some
venture across belief systems. Lynn
is a Catholic and her fiance is a non-
practicing Christian Scientist. "I
think that for couples of different
faiths, understanding, acceptance,
and interest in your partner's reli-
gion are essential," she says.
"Ultimately it is part of who that
person is -- and if you love them,
you accept them and try and learn
about their upbringing and what
makes them who they are."
Mary, also Catholic, never dated


anyone outside her faith until she
met Rich, who's Jewish. Now
they're engaged. "As my mom said
around my 30th birthday when I
was single and desperately looking
for love: 'Prince Charming may not
come on a white horse, he may
come on a brown one.' I didn't quite
understand that. I wanted Mr. Right,
I refused to settle." Mary thought
Mr. Right would be Catholic.
"But in the end, mom's always
right. So Rich, the love of my life,
my Prince Charming, showed up on
a brown horse, bald and Jewish!"
Tip: Enroll in a class for interfaith
couples at a temple or church. "The


moderator (a psychologist) had us
speak of our faith's similarities, dif-
ferences, misconceptions, etc.,"
says Mary. "As we got to weeks 4-
6, we started delving into parents,
how to celebrate the holidays, mar-
riage and children. It was truly eye-
opening."
The class helped Mary and her
fiance get closer to their religions as
they introduced new ideas and tra-
ditions to each other. It also helped
them learn to talk about their values
and to reach agreement on impor-
tant issues. "It provoked a lot of
thought in both of us and we are a
better couple for taking it."


New Research Links Black Suicides and Religious Community


Black suicide can be lessened
through the influence of religious
communities, according to new UA
research.
The study done by UA sociology
professor Kevin Fitzpatrick intend-
ed "to focus the question on
whether or not religion was impor-
tant, particularly in a community
where religion has been, and often
still is, playing a central and unify-
ing raole across generations."
"Historically, we know that the
church has been an incredibly
important institution around which
the Black community has unified,"


Fitzpatrick said.
For examples of this, history pro-
fessor Calvin White points to the
leaders who emerge out of the
Black community such as Martin
Luther King Jr., Jesse Jackson and
Al Sharpton.
"It's no coincidence," White said,
"that these men are all ministers and
the position of the church as a
leader, although perhaps declining
slightly, is still huge among
Blacks."
White, whose research deals
specifically with Blacks and reli-
gion, said it is the "unique struggle


of Blacks in this country" which has
made religion so powerful a factor.
Facing hardships and overcoming
obstacles was central to day-to-day
existence of Blacks and, in many
cases, still is, White said.
"You may be barefoot on Earth,
but you've got shoes waiting in
heaven," and suicide is a denial of
the struggles essential to the Black
identity, White said.
Mary Margaret Hui, a UA senior
minoring in Black studies, said she
believes "the church community is
tight among African-Americans
because the church offered a new


family of welcoming, supportive
people with the similar life strug-
gles," and because faith "gives
Blacks a place to belong."
Hui notes that the long history of
discrimination and hardship gave
the church a position of prominence
in the Black community.
"Blacks are so strongly religious
as a whole because of their ties to
slavery. Most often, when people
are oppressed and mistreated, they
turn to faith to escape the physical
reality and enter into a euphoria all
their own," Hui said.


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Menstrual cramps, a heavy flow,
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normal symptoms of your men-
strual cycle. But sometimes more
intense pain can be a sign of a dis-
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Although endometriosis is most
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25, it can affect a girl as soon as
she begins puberty.
What exactly is it?
Each month, when a woman gets
her period, the lining of the uterus
(which is called the endometrium)
breaks down and is shed as men-
strual flow. When a woman has
endometriosis, the kind of tissue
that makes up the lining of the
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During her period, this tissue
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result.
Symptoms of endometriosis
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- pelvic or abdominal pain, espe-
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- painful bowel movements and
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of what causes endometriosis,
researchers believe the condition
may be somewhat hereditary. For
example, if your mother or grand-
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I have those symptoms!
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the-counter painkillers (such as
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changes in diet and exercise in
order to deal with the symptoms.
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often you experience pain during
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Can Big Really Be Beautiful?


by Lorra Garrick, BDC
A reader to one of my previous
weight loss articles made a very
intriguing point: That entertainer
Mo'nique preaches "big is beauti-
ful" and gets away with it.
Mo'nique isn't the only entertainer
who gets away with this. In fact,
there is actually a movement out
there called healthy() at every
size."
Claiming that you can be big
AND healthy is the same as claim-
ing you can be a smoker and
healthy. A person should not sit
back and "accept" his or her over-
weight body, any more than a
smoker should accept his nicotine
habit and cease efforts to quit smok-
ing. Saying, "I am comfortable with
my body" does not improve health
status, and it is not the same as say-
ing, "I am self-confident."
Feeling "comfortable" will not
alter a medically established fact:
Excess body fat is a health hazard!
No matter how "beautiful" you
think your "curves" are, you are
still at exaggerated risk for many
diseases, including type 2 diabetes,
breast and colon cancer, heart dis-
ease, worn-down joints, back pain,
gout and, as time marches on,
inevitable problems with mobility.
Heart disease doesn't care if you
have "come to terms" with your
body and have "learned to love my
body"!
Yes, you should not let extra size
impede your ability to feel ready to
take on the world and hold your
head high. But it's a whole new ball
game when you start believing that
obesity and good health belong in
the same sentence. How many peo-


ple, who are 75 pounds overweight,
can sprint? I don't mean at Olympic
speed, but rather, what I call a mad
dash across a parking lot in the
pouring rain? The human body was
designed for fast running.
Significantly overweight people
cannot do this. In fact, many mod-
erately overweight people are
unable to run hard. And I'm talking
only short distances, too.
When something prevents the
body from swiftly running, this
can't be healthy. A body that cannot
run fast is a handicapped body.
There are also non-overweight peo-
ple who cannot sprint. But this is a
poor argument, because if you take
100 slim adults under age 40, and
100 same-age adults who are 50-
100 pounds overweight, and have
them run their fastest for just 25
yards, you won't see very many, if
any at all, of the big group actually
sprinting, but many in the slim
group will. Running fast is one of
the body's must fundamental abili-
ties; it's not an athletic gift it's
what nature has programmed us to
do. But moder-day living has de-
programmed us.
Many very big people claim they
"feel" healthy. But under what cir-
cumstances? Look at how easy it is
to live in these modem, highly tech-
nological times, in which every-
thing is done for us at the click of a
button! Think about it: We have
remote controls for garage doors,
TVs, even car doors! Machines
clean our clothes and chop up our
food. And instead of walking from
point A to point B at the office to
deliver a message, we now send it
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dinner? By driving up to the fast-
food window. In other words, to get
by in modem life. one need not
physicallN exert himself.
So its eas\. then. for an obese
individual to bellete he or she is
healthy. But \ hat if that person had
to do what man once had to d(o. In
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fields, climb. or di\e in waters '
What if our modern-da.. health.
and fit" obese people had to chop
down a tree and build a canoe
out of it And then paddle lor
hours in the canoe' Before
the invention of cars. pe o-
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buckets of \oater or
carrying kids
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these circinm-
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And hen the
very hea .\ person e\ en-
tually must exert him-
self, he pays dearly for.
it, such as passing out
after % alking for
extended periods tn the
heat, or a\\akening ith
searing back pain the
day after rearranging
some furniture
(though a thin person Comedian/actress Mo'Nique has cashed in on
can also suffer these being a "PHAT" Girl.
fates; but the over- weight person is at a greater disad-
vantage).
I once saw on the TV show,
"Moral Court," a debate that
involved a representative of

TOLOGICAL NAAFA (National Association to
Advance Fat Acceptance). Again,
it's one thing to fight for protection
L. in, for instance, the workplace
against discrimination directed
towards obese people. But the rep-
resentative, who, by my visual esti-
mate, weighed in at around 400
pounds, claimed to hbe very healthy
because her blood pressure was
normal, and that she "chased" her
6-year-old grandson around all day.
First of all, low blood pressure
does NOT mean you are healthy. It
simply means that you can scratch
this risk factor off of your list of
risk factors for stroke. Period.
B. Vereen Chithriki, M.D. Secondly, there are many exaggera-
William L. Cody, M.D. tions in life, and one of them is the
claim of "chasing around" a child
N` 1 1"all day long." This particular
woman had difficulty making her
way down the aisle.
W b When Mo'nique's knees start giv-
ing out on her long before they real-
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believe that big is beautiful.
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Fathers Do You Know the Impact of a Smile?


by William Jackson
As a father, sometimes I find
myself smiling at my children.
Smiles are strange and intriguing
possessions that each one of us con-
tains. Our own personal smile
relays a multitude of emotions and
receives feedback from those that
acknowledge our nonverbal mes-
sages. Wekevia defines a smile as,
"A facial expression characterized
by an upward curving of the covers
of the mouth, indicating pleasure,
amusement, or respect". There is
much more to this than words, the
type of smile that I'm referring to, is
not followed by a laugh, but a smile
accompanied by looks of fatherly
pride and love. Men need to smile
at our children, wives and those we
love more. Maybe this and spend-
ing more time with our children
will help keep our children from
killing each other.
Children interpret 85% of com-
munication by non-verbal gestures.
Men express our emotions through
many facets, facial and physical
that are interpreted by our children.
On the web site 4Parents.gov,
"..most communication is actually
non-verbal. This means that factors
like tone of voice, posture, facial
expressions, hand movements, and
eye contact play a significant role in
communicating". We all respond
emotionally from physical mes-
sages faster as opposed to verbal
responses. African American fami-
lies have learned early that a facial
expression and body gestures are
worth a thousand words. I remem-
ber my mothers glare, and folded
arms if I acted inappropriately at the
store when I was younger, but I also
remember fondly her smiles of
love, pride, and purpose that only a
true Black mother can display to
teach her children right from
wrong, to show respect and be con-
scientious to others. Unfortunately,
I do not remember any of my
father's smiles at a younger age, but
I make sure that I communicate
with my natural and step-children.
It is widely known how impor-
tant fathers are in the lives of their
children. Research from the
University of Maryland (2000)
indicates that, "children who have
fathers or father figures in their
lives learn better, have higher self-
esteem and show fewer signs of
depression". Statistics abound with
data on how fathers affect disci-
pline, academic achievement, and
social relationships. Continued in
the research was found that,
"...children who identified a father
or father figure scored higher on
basic learning skill tests and had a
stronger sense of competence and
social acceptance compared to chil-
dren without fathers" (University of
Maryland Medical News, 2000).
The findings were equally divided
among boys and girls, blacks and
whites. Culturally both races are
equally affected by the presence
and absence of fathers in their chil-
dren's lives.
Smiles from Dad, Pop, Uncles,
Granddad, and event Step-dads are
priceless to the children in their
lives. Smiles can defuse a possible
confrontational situation or confirm
feelings of love and acceptance. In
today's world of high-tech, fast pace
and our success driven lives, we
sometimes forget that a smile can
make a day more
bearable or sustain peace and
calm, and enhance a relationship. In
the educational arena smiles are
used to reinforce learning outcomes
and redirect inappropriate behavior.
When disciplining children I often
hear there are "White" ways and a
"Black" ways to discipline children.
The White way is through verbal
redirection and the Black way is
through beating the he** out of the
kid. Although these are "stereotypi-
cal opinions" filled with unwarrant-
ed biases. Granted we are talking
about children, but what child
wants to be beaten when disciplined
and what child would rather be
loved? Discipline works better
when it is proactive, addressing
positive behaviors as opposed to
reacting to negative behaviors. The


web site for the National Education
Association (2006) states that, "tell
your children how much you
admire their good qualities, ..or
even something as simple as a hug.
Listening to your children, hugging
them, smiling or talking with them


are all rewards, the kind that you
can give hundreds of times every
day". http://www.4parents.gov/top-
ics/communication.htm
Children want the same things
we want, to be respected, so when
communicating with your child try
these strategies, "give the person
you are speaking with Nour full
attention: Try to give your child
your undivided attention
whenever possible, especial-
ly when discussing an
important issue. This
communicates respect
and shows that what he
or she has to say is
important to you.
Being distracted sug-
gests a lack of interest,
sometimes even disre-
spect, and may discour-
age your child from com-
ing to you in the future".
There should be a balance of
correction in communication.
make sure there is praise and com-
pliments as opposed to criticism.
Don't be afraid to share your
disappointment of their actions.
not them as a person. Many teens
have low self-esteem and require
consistent interaction. Even though
they may push you away sometimes
as parents and guardians we mush
push back to spend time with our
children".
There is not a book for parent-
ing, but if we watch for signs of
what our children need as well as
what they want communication can


and will over come the challenges
that age, gender, personality and
culture put in between parents and
our children.
Each child is unique and
what works for
one will


n o t
work tor the
other. Just as teachers use
differential instruction (DI) and
address the various learning styles
by using multiple
presentation methods and tools to
teach with to promote understand-
ing. Below are listed some sugges-
tions when communicating and
working with your child in their
developmental process that go
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men/fathers must stay active as
models and advisors. Often just lis-
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2. During adolescence there is a
minimal tendency to ask parents for
their opinions, it is important to ask
questions and openly communicate
not criticize. Men are prone to be
inpatient, but we should learn to
wait and guide our talks not force


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them.
3. Be direct with your decisions
and be fair, a "No" means "No".
You send contradictory signals
when you change your mind and
don't backup your words.
4. Teens speak in different lan-
guages, don't be surprised to
hear, "Everyone else is
doing it" or "There par-
ents are cool" or "I
wish you were like
such and such
parents".
We as
men should
not be angry
with our
children,
A remember
they just want
their we just
like we did at
their age.
5. Parents must
stand united. Not trying
to be their children's friend.
Don't let your child pit you and
Sour spouse to be at odds with each
other. All ways be in accord with
children's decisions. It is harder for
step-parents, but both need to work
hard to keep peace and unity.
6. Don't argue with your children.
You are the parent, the adult, not
their equal or their peer. Remember
who is in charge. Fathers must at
times be firm and unmoveable.
7. Try to imitate a discussion and
not interrogate. Fathers be patient
and discipline with love not anger.


8. A father should; Be positive,
Think positive and reinforce good
behavior.
9. Remember we all make mis-
takes. Children learn by their expe-
riences and relationships. Fathers
may at times need to "tell stories" to
relate information. Bill Cosby was
very effective in doing this. We as
men can guide and make sugges-
tions or provide solutions through
stories.
10. Family time is important.
Create family time, make it to lunch
time at school, go on field trips or
attend PTA meetings. Fathers get
involved.
11. Be informed and have fun
with your children, let them teach
you the latest sayings,dances, etc.
Keep up with the language, music
and happenings, this will keep the
shock down from music, videos,
etc.
12. Mail gifts, cards or letters of
love and appreciation to your chil-
dren at home and if possible to
school. Fathers can send sudden
surprises that can really mean a lot.
13. Physical communication is a
plus. Don't forget to hug and kiss
your kids.
14. Fathers attend school func-
tions, athletic events and other
activities, but emphasize academics
and graduation.
15. Make a "date" with your chil-
dren go shopping, out for breakfast,
to the movies.
Fathers do the things that your
father did not do with you.


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Auditions for the
Joyful Singers
Auditions for the Joyful Singers,
Sharon Scholl, director, will have
their second audition on Sunday
September 2, 12:30 p.m., at the
Unitarian Universalist Church of
Jacksonville, for a concert to take
place Sunday, October 14.
People of all ages, voices and
musical levels are invited to join in
singing interesting music from a
Native American chant to a
swingin' Swahili score. Rehearsal
tapes are provided and music read-
ing is not essential.
For further inquiries contact
Sharon Scholl at 853-6158.

Mandarin Women's
Stylish Luncheon
All area ladies are invited to attend
the Mandarin Christian Women's
Connection September Luncheon
"Stylish Impressions" on Tuesday,
September 4, 2007 at the Ramada
Inn in Mandarin. The luncheon
cost $14.00 inc. and will be held
from 12:00 1:30 p.m. Doors open
at 11:30 a.m. Reservations for
Lunch & FREE Nursery can be
made to Jennifer at 509-7538 or by
email at jperry50@marykay.com.

Artist Monthly Meeting
The Jacksonville Consortium of
African American Artist (JCAAA)
will hold their monthly meeting on
Tuesday, September 4th. If you are
interested in visual or performing
art, you are welcome to discuss
upcoming events in Jacksonville
including the upcoming exhibit on
September 28th, Images of Dignity.
The meeting will be held at the
Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 101
West 1st Street in Springfield. For
more information ca11356-2992.

Women's Artful Brunch
Atlantic Beach Women's
Connection presents An Artful
Brunch featuring Katrina Brocato
of the Cummer Museum of Art and
Gardens. Afterwards Deanna
Hansen-Doying of Port St. Joe, FL
will share with us how she is
"Finding the Balance Between
Prudence and Whimsy." the brunch
will be on Wednesday, Sept. 5
from 9:30-11:00 am at the Selva
Marina Country Club.
Complimentary child care available
with Reservations. Call Vivian at
246-2522 or 994-8850 or email
atlanticbeachwc@yahoo.com. for
more information.

Taste the
Music & Dance
On Thursday, September 6th,
from 6:30- 10:300 PM The St.
Johns River City Band will host
"Taste the Music & Dance" at the
Aetna Building. If you would like
to help in the planning of this event
please call (904) 355-4700.


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Experience Amateur
Night at the Ritz
Amateur Night at the Ritz will be
held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday,
September 7th. Like the Apollo's
show in Harlem, contestants com-
pete for cash prizes and the cheers
or jeers of the audience decide who
goes home with the cash. Tickets
are available at the Ritz Theatre &
LaVilla Museum and Ticketmaster
outlets. Call 632-5555.

PRIDE Book Club
The next PRIDE book club meet-
ing will be held at the Jacksonville
Main Library, 303 N. Laura Street,
on Saturday, September 8th at 3:00
pm in meeting room G-4. The book
for discussion will be DESTINED
TO WITNESS: GROWING UP
BLACK IN NAZI GERMANY by
Hans J. Massaquoi. Katherine
Massaquoi, wife of the author, will
be joining us. The October meeting
will be held on October 5th at 7:00
pm. The book for discussion will
be SHE AIN'T THE ONE by Carl
Weber and Mary Morrison.

JABSE Hosting
Education Summit
The Jacksonville Alliance of
Black School Educators (JABSE)
will present National Education
Association president Reg Weaver
on Saturday, September 8th at 8
a.m. for an Education Summit at
Ribault High School. All parents,
educators and interested members
are invited to participate in the sum-
mit themed, "Closing the
Achievement Gap in Literacy,
Mathematics & Science". For more
information, call Daughtrey Young
at 630-6627.

Dave Matthews
Band in Concert
The Grammy Award winning
Dave Matthews Band will be in
concert at the Gainesville
O'Connell Center on Tuesday,
September 11th at 7 p.m. The con-
cert features special guest The
Wailers. Tickets are available at
ticketmaster by calling 353-3309.

Amateur Night
Auditions
'Do you want to compete in
Amateur Night? The next audition
dates are Thursday, September
13th, and Wednesday, October


10th from 5:00-6:15 p.m.. This is
your chance to show your skills to
all of Jacksonville-right on the
Ritz stage! Please bring accompani-
ment music. All ages and talents
welcome! Your piece must be no
longer than 3 1/2 minutes.
Auditions are closed to the viewing
public.For more information call
632-5555.

Music From
the Movement
Join the Ritz Theater for a special
presentation on Sunday, September
16, 2:00pm 5:00pm for music and
a free lecture. The Montgomery
Gospel Trio in conjunction with
Ritz Voices youth chorus. Also,
Charles Cobb, former member of
SNCC and founder of the Freedom
Schools, "Notes from the Frontline:
A Movement Veteran's Story of
Defiance and Grassroots
Organizing" will be featured. Call
632-5555 for mor information.

Hospice Volunteer
Training Lunch
Would you like to make a differ-
ence in someone's last days? If you
are interested in becoming a volun-
teer at Haven Hospice, join the
Hospice Team for a lunch and learn
session on Tuesday, September
18th from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
There are many ways you can use
underutilized skills to make a dif-
ference. Call Sandra Francis at 733-
9818 for more information.

Race Revolution:
Jacksonville During
the Civil Rights Era
The Ritz Theater will continue its
special civil rights series in con-
junction with their exhibit of the
Montgomery Bus Boycott with a
lecture on. Saturday, September
22nd at 11:00AM. Featured will be
Abel Bartley, Ph. D., Associate
Professor of History, Clemson
University, Ritz Scholar in
Residence
3rd Annual Puerto
Rican Parade
The Third Puerto Rican Parade in
Jacksonville will be held Saturday,
September 22nd, at Metropolitan
Park. Their looking for Queens,
Princesses, Volunteers and Groups
to participate. For more informa-
tion call (904) 291-3101or e-mail
elconciliojax@aol.com


Angie Stone in Concert
The Florida Theatre welcomes
songstress Angie Stone on
Saturday, October 6, 2007 at 8 PM
The Grammy-nominated R&B
singer has a lot more to her resume
then just singing-add in songwriter,
keyboardist, record producer and
actress and then you've got Angie.
For ticket information call 355-
3787.

Up & Cummers
Fashion Show
The Up & Cummers, the Cummer
Museum of Art & Gardens' young
professional affinity group, will
host Fashion Forward: Big Apple
on September 21, 2007.
The theme for the Up & Cummers'
third fashion show is based on the
Joseph Jeffers Dodge: A Passion
for Art exhibition being held at the
museum October 9, 2007 to
February 2008. This exhibition will
provide insights about Dodge's
development as a painter and the
passion that inspired him jazz.
The fashion show will be held at
The Cummer and will feature two
fashion shows, each 30 minutes,
will emphasize New York inspired
fall fashions from Jacksonville area
boutiques and Love Brigade. For
more information, call 356-6857.

"It was Never About
a Hotdog and a coke"
On Tuesday, October 9th from
6:00 8:00PM, the Ritz Theater
will present an eyewitness account
of Ax Handle Saturday by Rodney
Hurst, former member of
Jacksonville's NAACP Youth pro-
gram, political activist, educator
and author. Call the Ritz at 632-
5555 for mor information.

Sinbad in Concert
The Florida Theatre will present a
return engagement of the popular
comedian and actor Sinbad on
Friday, October 12, 2007 at 8 PM.
Known for his clean, insightful
humor and compelling storytelling
ability, the veteran performer has
appeared several times in
Jacksonville to help raise money for
social service and civic organiza-
tions. Tickets are available from the
Florida Theatre Box Office at 355-
2787 or online at www.floridathe-
atre.com.


Gilbert Alumni
Reunion Meeting
Plans are being made for the
January 5, 2008 Matthew Gilbert
High School 10th Annual
Reunion Celebration. Two repre-
sentatives from each class (1952-
1970) are asked to become
involved. The meeting will be
held on Tuesdays at Matthew
Gilbert Middle School at 7 p.m.
For additional information call
Almetya Lodi at 355-7583 or
Vivian Williams at 766-2885.


National College Fair
FCCJ will host the National
College Fair of Jacksonville on
Saturday, October 13th from 9
a.m. 1 p.m. at the Prime Osborn
Convention Center. Admission is
free. The fair will include represen-
tatives of over 100 colleges and uni-
versities, sessions on college plan-
ning and financial aid. There will
also be sessions on college testing.
Students are encouraged to bring
their transcripts for on the spot
scholarships. For more info visit
www.j axcollegefair.com.

Caring Chefs
Children's Home Society's 24th
Annual Caring Chefs will be
Sunday, Oct. 21, 7-9:30 p.m. at
The Avenues Mall. Caring Chefs is
the original food-tasting event in
Northeast Florida and remains the
biggest raising more than $2 mil-
lion for Children's Home Society of
Florida (CHS) Each year sell-out
crowds of more than 2,000 flood
the mall to sample some of the
finest cuisine from more than 50 of
the best restaurants on the First
Coast. For tickets, call .Nanene
Vallejos at 493-7739.

Black Professionals
Conference
The UNF Division of Continuing
Education will host the 6th Annual
African-American Professionals
Conference at the University Center
on Thursday November 1st, 7:30
a.m. 5 p.m. The focus of this con-


ference is to provide topics impor-
tant to your professional and per-
sonal growth. Sessions will be pre-
sented by experts who not only
have the knowledge to inform you,
but also the presentation skills to
actively engage you in a dynamic
learning experience. For more info
or to register for this event,call
620-4200.
Comedian D.L.
Hughley in Concert
Comedian D.L. Hughley will be
in Jacksonville for one night only
on Friday, November 2nd at 8 PM.
The concert will be at the Florida
Theater. One of the original "Kings
of Comedy", he ranks among the
best comedians on Comedy
Central's list of the 100 Greatest
Stand-ups of All Time and has made
his name on the big and small
screen as well as the stage. For tick-
et information call 355-3787.

N. Florida's Largest
Craft Festival
Gainesville's O'Connell Center
will host North Florida's largest
indoor Craft Festival on Saturday
and Sunday, December 1 and 2nd
(10 a.m. 5 p.m. daily). This year's
show will consist of over 250 of the
East Coast's finest crafters and arti-
sans. Vendors will be selling a vari-
ety of events including Gator para-
phernalia, glass, hand carved wood,
clothes, personalized items, gifts,
soaps, candles jewelry, handbags,
pet gifts and much more. For more
information call 352-392-5500.


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refraining from any kind of food or drink.
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New Orleans Still Remains a City in Crisis




Two Years After Hurricane Katrina


Mayor Optimistic About City's Future


N E W
ORLEANS
(NNPA) Despite the wreckage that
still remains from Hurricane
Katrina's assault on New Orleans
two years ago, the city's Mayor Ray
Nagin says he is encouraged despite
the U. S. Congress' ignoring serious
mental health problems among res-
idents.
"We as a city are open, the popu-
lation continues to grow at levels
above what the experts projected.
We now have a viable economy to
support jobs and to support this
growth. The economy is really
showing good signs," Nagin says.
"I'm also really starting to feel as
though we're starting to turn a cor-
ner with the police force. We've sta-
bilized it, the attrition rate is down
and the recruitment rate is tremen-
dously up. We had the largest
recruit class in the history of the
NOPD."
The mayor continues, "Overall, in


the criminal justice system
we finally got it to the
S point where it's start-
Pi ming to work better
together. I had a
S one-on-one with
the D.A. and told
him that I
wouldn't be
able to support
him going for-
ward if he con-
tinued to
release poten-
tial murderers
without talking
to folks. He's
been talking and
we've been com-
municating very
w ell."
Nagin says his
efforts to get Congress
Mla or Nagin had a
smile for the President as
he arrived for commemora-
tion ceremonies this week. A
much different reception than
was received two years ago.

to address the city's mental health
crisis have been pushed aside as
more focus has been given the pro-
jected Road Home shortfall. He
said because he has read about the
ongoing mental health problems
children in New Orleans face as a
result of the storms of 2005, he is
committed to continuing to fight for
funds to address those needs.
Also, despite efforts to under-
mine the recovery, the city contin-
ues to slowly gain ground in the
process, he says.
"The money is bottled up right
now, but at some point it's going to
flow," an upbeat Nagin says. "We
have defied the odds by working
through all the strangulation points
that have been put in front of
us...with the Road Home, insur-
ance, Entergy rates, etc. Folks are


still coming back to this city at a
pretty high level.
He adds, "Now, we got major
work to do...Our streets are falling
apart, we still have a rental housing
crisis and the mental health of the
community concerns me the most
right now...I recognized this prob-
lem a couple of months ago, started
talking about it with the governor,
wrote her a letter and they just kind
of blew us off."
The mayor has encouraged resi-
dents to use the second-year obser-
vance of Hurricane Katrina to exert
pressure on the Bush
Administration and members of
Congress to give New Orleans and
other areas along the Gulf Coast
affected by Hurricane Katrina what
they need to fully recover.
Organizers of the "Day of
Presence" gathering that commem-
orated the second anniversary of
Hurricane Katrina this week also
called on everyone who is commit-
ted to social and economic justice
to call their congressional and state
representatives and the White
House to demand the restoration
and betterment of New Orleans,
Gulf Port, Biloxi and the entire Gulf
Coast region.
The telephone number for the
White House switchboard is (202)
456-1414; the U.S. Congressional
switchboard operators at (202) 224-
3121 connect callers directly to
their Senators' and Representatives'
offices, after asking for a state of
residence and zip code.
Regional co-conveners for the
Day of Presence include Mayor
Nagin; Councilwoman Cynthia
Willard-Lewis, who represents the
Ninth Ward; committed
activist/lawyers Tracie Washington,
president and CEO of The
Louisiana Justice Institute, and
Judith Browne, co-director of the
Advancement Project; and the Rev.
Norwood Thompson, Jr., president


Katrina's Wrath Impacting 2008 Elections


from a window
-" 'of Air Force
.-- One, became
S\ emblematic of
-. government
missteps in the
disaster.
S 1 i.. 1 Since then, the
US federal gov-
ernment has
: handed over
More than 100
S -AAA i billion dollars
S in reconstruc-
4 i: tion and recov-
---- .... -. ery funds, but
t__pJS .._ O *PI__P there have been
s h s --s------ .-- reported
'is b holdups in state
and city aid.
A hMuch of New
Orleans
remains a ghost
'. city, with
ruined homes,
rising crime in
sparsely popu-
lated badlands,
and a crippled
A homeowner shows disgust with insurance compa-healthcare sys-
nies by spray painting the payout numbers on the tem.
side of their home.
NEW ORLEANS, United States Long-shot Democratic candidate
Hurricane Katrina is emerging as a Senator Joseph Biden drew paral-
potent political metaphor for 2008 lels between Bush's stewardship of
White House hopefuls, two years the Katrina debacle to his manage-
after ravaging New Orleans and meant of the Iraq war.
blemishing President George W. "This president continues to suffer
Bush's record. from what I refer to ... as the
The plight of a city where the old Katrina complex," Biden told
and infirm were left to die in the reorer e
reporters Tuesday.
streets as murderous flood waters "The Katrina complex is ignore a
,The Katrina complex is ignore all
churned through breached levees, the warnings, bad things happen,
the warnings, bad things happen,
has been turned into a rallying point continue to follow the same bad,
by Democratic candidates.
failed policies, and things get worse
For Republicans, the botched gov- and worse."
ernment response to the disaster is a Former Democratic vice presiden-
symptom of management foul-ups tial nominee John Edwards, high-
that need to be fixed. lighting the scourge of poverty --
Bush was to take part in two year used New Orleans as a backdrop for
observance ceremonies for the his campaign launch and has
storm after flying on Tuesday into returned frequently.
New Orleans, the scene of one of "Our government's response to
his deepest humiliations as presi- Hurricane Katrina has been a
dent. national shame," Edwards said as
A famous photograph of Bush, he took part in a recovery summit
staring on August 31, 2005 at the of officials and experts in the city
desolation wreaked by the storm,


"Let New Orleans become the example of what America can
do when we come together, not a symbol of what we could-
n't do," BARACK OBAMA


Monday.
"We are not the country of the
Superdome," Edwards said, refer-
ring to the crammed sports stadium
where hurricane survivors rode out
the storm.
Edwards unveiled a new plan to
rebuild New Orleans including a
headline grabbing "Brownie's law"
-- designed to ensure senior politi-
cal appointees are qualified.
The proposal paid mocking hom-
age to former Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA)
chief Michael Brown, to whom
Bush was speaking when he said
"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a
job" even as mayhem gripped New
Orleans.
Democratic front-runner Hillary
Clinton also spoke at Monday's
summit -- and earlier this year
unveiled a 10-point plan for recov-
ery.
"Other countries have figured out
how to protect their low-lying
cities," Clinton was quoted as say-
ing by the Times Picayune newspa-
per.
"Japan has done it. Europe has
done it."
Clinton's top rival Senator Barack


Obama was in New Orleans
Sunday, and used the city's slow
rebirth as an emblem of the politics
of reaching across divides, a theme
of his campaign.
"Let New Orleans become the
example of what America can do
when we come together, not a sym-
bol of what we couldn't do," Obama
told worshippers at the First
Emanuel Baptist Church.
The enduring image of govern-
mental incompetence has also over-
shadowed the Republican race.
"We came to believe FEMA stood
for Forget Expecting Meaningful
Answers," Republican long-shot
candidate Mike Huckabee said on
Monday, the Times Picayune said.
Republican national front-runner
Rudolph Giuliani is touting his
leadership prowess after the
September 11 attacks in 2001, as
proof of his capacity to lead
America through another Katrina-
type disaster.
And Mitt Romney, the former
Massachusetts governor leading
polls in key states Iowa and New
Hampshire, has also criticized the
government response to Katrina.


Young boys participate in the Valley of the Silent Men Social Aid and
Pleasure Club second line parade 26 August 2007 in New Orleans,
Louisiana. The second line parade is a New Orleans African-American
tradition whose numbers have dwindled following Hurricane Katrina.


Three of the new exhaust pipes at the US Army Corp's of Engineers
17th St. Outfall Canal in New Orleans blast water out of the lower
areas of New Orleans and back into Lake Pontchartrain during a hur-
ricane drill. Hurricane Katrina is becoming a potent political symbol
for 2008 White House hopefuls, two years after ravaging New Orleans
and blemishing President George W. Bush's record.


of the New Orleans chapter of
SCLC. The Louisiana Justice
Institute is the lead organization
and is forming a broad coalition of
regional and community-based
groups to plan the day's program
and work on the regional turnout.
"This anniversary is an opportu-
nity for us to change the dialogue a
little bit," Nagin said last week.
"And if we can, I would like for us
to not come across as whining. We
want to state our problems and the
fact that we still have needs, but I
would like to present more exam-
ples of how New Orleanians are
overcoming in spite of the odds...It
still important to point out that
America still hasn't done right by
us, but look at the resiliency of the
people of New Orleans and what
we are doing.
Among those expected to be in
New Orleans to mark the two years
that have passed since Hurricane
Katrina and the Great Flood of
2005 are the Rev. Al Sharpton, the
Rev. Jesse Jackson, Essence execu-
tive Susan Taylor and actresses
Lynn Whitfield and Victoria
Rowell.
A groundbreaking ceremony for
the Katrina Memorial was set for
August 29, followed by a Bell-
Ringing Ceremony for Katrina's
Victims.
Elected officials and celebrities
are expected to flood the city as it
prepares to mark the second
anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
and its aftermath. The city has
reached out to all of the presidential
candidates and invited them to
attend various events commemorat-
ing the tragedy, according to plan-
ners.
Says Nagin, "There [has been] a
growing movement for people to
come to New Orleans from around
the country that day. Some people
want to come and help and stand
with us."


A chair rests on the slab of a home in the lower Ninth Award.


Annise Watson, 7, of New Orleans protects her candle from the wind
as she and her mother, Mary Watson, take part in a candlelight vigil
on the levee of Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans Monday.















An empty casket honoring children killed by Hurricane Katrina is
taken by horse-drawn carriage after a service at St. Paul's Church of
God in Christ in the Lower Ninth Ward.


A woman looks at homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina in a marina
on Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans, Louisiana, August 25, 2007.
New Orleans continues to recover from the damage incurred when the
hurricane struck the city almost two years ago on August 29, 2005.


August 30 September 5, 2007


Page 12 Ms. Perry's Free Press


A destroyed house and car are seen in the Lower Ninth Ward of New
Orleans. The picture was taken THIS WEEK.













.. ... I Move Over Flay, Salt N Pepa Headed to VH1


ONLINE ORDERS FOR OJ BOOK HIGH
Pre-orders for the O.J. Simpson book ?IfI Did It? on the Barnes & Noble
Web site are higher than the chain expected, but its decision not to carry
the book in its stores still stands.
"We still have no plans to stock it in our stores," spokeswoman Mary
Ellen Keating told The Associated Press on Sunday.
Last week, Barnes & Noble said it did not expect the book to sell well and
would only offer it through their Web site, Barnes & Noble.com, or by spe-
cial order at a Barnes & Noble store. Since then, the book has jumped into
the top 50 on the Web site and ranked No. 48 as of Sunday night.
Due in the fall via Beaufort Books, the tome features Simpson's hypo-
thetical account of killing Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
LIEN PLACED ON TWO MIJAC PROPERTIES
Fox411 columnist Roger Friedman is reporting that Michael Jackson had
another lien placed on his two primary residences, Neverland Valley
Ranch in Los Olivos, Calif., and his parents home in Encino, Calif.
The action is reportedly part of a $559,305.25 judgment against the
singer won two weeks ago by F. Marc Schaffel, who sued Jackson in
November 2004 for $4 million. According to Friedman, Schaffel's lawyer,
Howard King, convinced a judge to issue a lien on both properties until
the judgement is paid plus hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees.
MILLER SAYS NO TO COMEBACK WITH CELTICS
Looks like Boston Celtics fans will have to hang their hopes on the Big
Three to make a run for the NBA Finals next season.
Analyst Reggie Miller has rejected the team's request to come out of
retirement and join Paul Pierce alongside newly-acquired Kevin Garnett
and Ray Allen in a bid to become a contender in the Eastern Conference.
Miller told the Celtics his decision after having several conversations
with team officials. Miller, the NBA's career leader in 3-pointers turned 42
on Friday and has spent the last two seasons out of the NBA after retiring
from an 18-year pro career, entirely with the Indiana Pacers. He never won
an NBA championship.

Bishop Addresses Church

After Publicly Beating Bynum


Bishop Thomas Weeks
While Michael Vick was in
Virginia finding Jesus in the wake
of his dogfighting charges, Bishop
Thomas Weeks was blaming the
devil for accusations that he
viciously beat his wife, evangelist
and gospel singer Juanita Bynum,
in a parking lot of an Atlanta hotel.
According to the Atlanta Journal-
Constitution, Bishop Weeks drew
cheers and applause as he was
introduced during service Sunday
at Global Destiny Ministries, the
Atlanta church he founded.
Addressing the congregation just
two days after turning himself in to
authorities on the charges, Weeks
said the devil was behind his cur-
rent situation. He also expressed
appreciation for the prayers and
support he and his wife have
received.
"We've got certain things going on
right now, but I refuse to stop com-


ing to the house God built," he said
during his brief appearance before
introducing a guest minister and
leaving the room.
As previously reported, police said
Weeks choked Bynum, pushed her
to the ground and started to kick
and stomp on her during an argu-
ment on Aug. 21 outside a hotel. A
hotel employee stepped in and
pulled Weeks off her, police said.
Currently free on bond, Weeks
was charged with aggravated
assault and terroristic threats fol-
lowing the confrontation, which
police say left his estranged wife
badly bruised. He is due in Fulton
County Superior Court on Sept. 7.
Meanwhile, members of his con-
gregation at Global Destiny
Ministries have decided to wait for
all the facts before passing judg-
ment or taking sides in the matter.
"There are three sides to every
story," said frequent visitor
Shannon Mayers, according to the
Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
"Nobody has the right to judge any-
body. God is in the midst of that
and will work it out."
Maurice Adams, 26, said he was
disappointed to hear the news but
still considers Weeks his bishop.
"We all make mistakes. He
deserves another opportunity,"
Adams told the newspaper. "I'm
hurt, but I do respect him for being
man enough to show his face
today."


Back in 1987 Hip-Hop's most suc-
cessful female duo was like 'Salt
and Pepa's here!'
Fast forward to 2007 and we are
like 'Salt and Pepa's where?' But
that will soon change. That's right!
As was the case with reality vehi-
cles for Flava Flay and Run of Run
DMC, old is new again. Get ready
for the "Salt-N-Pepa Show."
"I think this was definitely a way
to explore new ways to work
together and also tap into some of
those reasons for even breaking up
in the first place," said Pepa at a
recent press conference.
"Temporary insanity on my part,"
added Salt. "I left the group and it
was kind of abrupt and for a while
we've been trying to figure out how
I can still live my life and we could
still work together without compro-
mising the new person I am."
After almost five years the ladies
finally came to a consensus about
how they could move forward
together.
"Pep came to me about this sitcom
idea and I said: 'OK, I could still do
that and it'll be like a 9 to 5 and I
could come home and still be with
my kids,' Salt explained. "And we


went to the William Morris Agency
with the sitcom idea that was loose-
ly based on our lives and they sug-
gested reality TV. At first I was
like, 'No, I don't think I can do this.'
Because I'm a very private person.
We went to VH 1 and they loved the
idea. So, here we are a year later."
Yes, VHI does love the idea, but
the love doesn't stop there. VH1
has supported Salt-N-Pepa through-
out their careers and that love is
definitely mutual.
"I love VH1. I feel like they have
just supported us through out our
careers, for so many years," said
Pepa. "I do watch the other (reality)
shows. With our show it's a whole
different kind of reality show. It's
based around our personalities and
our friendship. And it deals with a
lot of venting."
But the question remains. Why
disembark from a career that was
still proving to be very lucrative in
2002? Pepa explains what went
down.
"In 2002 we were just in the
process of changing management
and from my perspective, I had all
my eggs in the basket with Salt and
I thought we were just going to take


PHO









All grown up, Pepa, Salt and Spinderella are ready to try Reality TV.


the world by storm. We were get-
ting rid of some people on our team
that were just not good from a busi-
ness perspective. Once we put that
in order, I'm in Spin's salon getting
a pedicure and my phone rings and
it's Salt. She was like 'basically, I
don't wanna be joined at the hips no
more. I'm leaving the group.' I was
shocked, but I didn't believe her. I
was just devastated."
From the tone of the press confer-
ence it seemed as though Salt was
willing to place the burden of the
group's breakup all on herself. But
she says she really needed that time
to get her personal life in order.
"Over the years Salt-N-Pepa had


a lot of success and I felt like it was
a lot of fun for her," explained Salt.
"But I felt like I was compromising
myself on a lot of things. I was just
tired. It's hard being in a group year
after year after year. I needed to do
some soul searching. Since then I
got married, I married my baby's
father, and we had another child. I
just needed that time to clean up my
personal life."
For those fans of Salt-N-Pepa
that wish to catch up with their for-
mer favorite girl group, and for all
those guys that had killer crushes
on them, "The Salt-N-Pepa Show"
is slated to premiere October 18 on
VH1.


Theater Play "Gossip Lies & Secrets"


All Star Cast Coming to Jacksonville


How often have you waited to
hear what your favorite celebrity is
up to, who they're dating, who they
got caught with or what they got
caught doing? Now, America's
favorite guilty pleasure gets its
chance in the spotlight via the stage
in the new play, Angela Dunlap's
Gossip, Lies & Secrets.
Audiences across the country will
get a chance to indulge themselves
head first in stories of betrayal, jeal-
ousy and intrigue in an up close,
very intimate setting of "Gossip,
Lies & Secrets".
The play comes from writer,
director and producer Angela
Dunlap who also brought you, "If
These Hips Could Talk." and "Why
Good Girls Like Bad Boyz?"
The musical brings together some
of the film, television and music
world's hottest stars on one stage
for one unforgettable production.
Leading the cadre of characters is
LisaRaye McCoy-Misick, who
gained critical acclaim as
"Diamond" in the hit movie,
Player's Club and just finished up a
four year run on the hit CW show,
"All of Us," award-winning actor
Clifton Powell from the Oscar win-
ning movie, Ray and Next Friday,
platinum-selling R&B singer, Blu
Cantrell and former Miss USA and
actress Kenya Moore and R&B
singer Christopher Williams.
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