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Anyone for MadeaTV? Tyler Perry
Launches Internet TV Channel
Tyler Perry now takes on the role of TV chan-
nel owner. Perry, widely known for redefining
the traditional Hollywood model, will add a new
portal to reach his fans-an online TV channel
featuring his own content.
The 24-hour channel, TPTV, will be available
through Tyler Perry's website, tylerperry.com.
At launch, TPTV will offer fans exclusive
access to Perry's new and exclusive to the
Internet talk show The Tyler Perry Show-in
high-quality and full-screen on the pc.
"Part of being an artist is learning how to engage and empower my audi-
ence-my fans-with my art," said Perry. "My art is an extension of my life.
I knew I wanted to create, tailor and build an Internet TV channel as a
part of that extension."
Perry said his objective with TPTV is to share his story with as many
people as possible and motivate others with his extraordinary climb to the
top. Perry came from homelessness to being a mega millionaire.
Ohio Police Officer Caught on
Youtube Making Racist Remarks
A Columbus, Ohio Police Officer has been re-assigned after her boss
came across racist videos posted on YouTube, a public website where
users upload, view and share self-produced videos.
Columbus Officer Susan L. Purtee, 60, and her sister, Barbara Gordon-
Bell, 52, who call themselves "The Patriot Dames," also had a crude
website of the same name, www.patriotdames.com. On the site, they pro-
claimed they are "two American sisters who believe that the truth is not
being told about our government and other institutions." Available over
the weekend, the site has since been taken down.
S till, the shock and outrage continues.
Overall, in videos, Purtee and her sister blame African-Americans,
Jews, Cubans and illegal immigrants for problems in U.S. society. One
video, in particular, focused on African- Americans and what Purtee and
her sister call the "Ebonics Plague." They also commented that educat-
ed, influential African-Americans are disliked by other African-
Americans because they "use syllables to speak."
Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman called the videos offensive and
instructed the Department to immediately reassign Purtee to desk duty.
"Clearly, Officer Purtee is not representative of our Division's more than
1,800 fine officers," said Coleman.
When asked about doing the videos, Gordon-Bell told a CBS affiliate in
Florida: "We've had a lot of fun with it. I don't see that we've ever
harmed anybody." Purtee has refused comment and doesn't appear to be
remorseful for the remarks. Gordon-Bell said she and her sister made the
videos when Purtee recently visited her in Florida.
African Youth Poised to be
First Black Chess Grandmaster
With a trail of tournament successes, a young
man from Zambia has shaken up the world
Amon Simutowe, already an international
master, is only steps away from being the first
Black grandmaster from sub-Saharan Africa.
A decisive match is underway in Namibia.
Born in Ndola, Zambia, 25 year old Amon
learned to play chess at 10 from magazines
sent him from England by his brother. By age
14 he won Zambia's national championship.
He was an international master by age 16.
As a student at the University of Texas at Dallas, one of the few uni-
versities that offer chess scholarships, he helped the school win two col-
With his eye on a graduate degree in business, Simutowe says he also
wants to promote chess, which is wildly popular in Zambia. "Sometimes
I am the headlines for sport in my country," he said. "Any contribution I
can make, I am happy."
Hanging Noose Sparks Hate Crime
Probe at University of Maryland
Officials at the University of Maryland expressed both outrage and con-
cern that a noose hung in a tree near the campus cultural center was an
apparent attempt to intimidate minority students.
University of Maryland Police said they are investigating the matter as
a hate crime.
Ironically, the University of Maryland incident coincides with anoth-
er, more highly publicized, noose-hanging act further south. In Jena, La.,
six Black teens are on trial for a fight with a White student triggered by
the hanging of a noose on a tree at the local high school.
At the University of Maryland, both students and staff reported seeing
the noose in a tree near the Nyumburu Cultural Center, police spokesman
Paul Dillon said. It had been hanging their for at least three days, wit-
The mission of the 30-year-old Nyumburu Cultural Center where the
noose was found is home to the campus' Black newspaper, the Maryland
Gospel Choir and jazz studies, among other programs. Its' function is to
foster "Black social, cultural and intellectual interaction."
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Does the Demoractic Party Really Care About Blacks?
by H.T. Edney, Part I
Congressional Democrats, now
nine months into their ruling major-
ity, boast proudly of their key legis-
lation affecting African-Americans.
New acts of Congress include long-
awaited fetes, such as the increase
in the minimum wage, relief for
Black farmers and a recent increase
in the Pell Grant for college tuition.
Yet, some seasoned political
observers all but yawn as they point
out that mostly tepid issues are
being addressed by Democratic
presidential candidates. Their criti-
cism raises the question, Do
Democrats really love Black peo-
"Of course not," scoffs a chuck-
ling Kathie Stromile Golden, exec-
utive director of the National
Conference of Black Political
Scientists. "They love them to the
extent that [Blacks] can help them
get elected. Historically they are
better. Certainly we've been more
hopeful. But that's not because they
actually love Black folks...It's pol-
itics," says Golden, professor of
political science and director of
international programs at
Mississippi Valley State University.
Ron Walters, former strategist in
the presidential campaigns of the
Rev. Jesse Jackson, echoes Golden.
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Brandon Quaintance, Khalil Bryant, Kaila White, Kaya Bryant, Jordan Johnson, Elaine White, Gloria
Bivins, Bryame Williams, Janice Johnson, Alpha Hay, Geordi Hampton, Sheree Bryant, Iremaine Harris,
Tashawndra Solomon, Glen Shehee Sr. and Khiry Bryant all walked for St. Paul AME Church. FMPPhoto
Sickle Cell Month Kicked Off by Hundreds
Jaime Watkins was among the
hundreds of walkers in downtown
Jacksonville, along with her family
and nearly four hundred others last
Saturday morning in the Sickle Cell
Walk-A-Thon. The sea of bright red
T-Shirts worn by walkers bore her
design and theme for the year-
"There's A Cure on the Horizon".
Before the three mile "Walk"
there was preparation-t-shirt sale,
registration, meet and fellowship-
ping stretch activities.
The first to cross the finish line
was Senator Tony Hill.
September is sickle cell aware-
ness month. Throughout the month,
the Sickle Cell Disease Association
will place special emphasis on
informing the public and fundrais-
ing for the disease that stricts
African-Americans. There were 15
teams that participated in the
"Walk" with team leader-Kenneth
taking first place with $ 6,000, sec-
ond place-Beverly Smith-Shands
Jacksonville with $1,110 and third
place winner Alpha Hay/Brandon
Held for Ms.Pauline Brown
Ms. Pauline Brown
After living 100 years on this
earth, one would expect a celebra-
tion for a queen and that is exact-
ly what Ms. Pauline Brown
received in celebration of her
Joined by family and friends, the
Dinsmore Community Center was
the scene of love and respect for
the event presided over by televi-
sion personality Angela Spears.
Born September 9th in Bowman,
South Carolina, Ms. Brown mar-
ried John Brown in 1939 and was
blessed with one daughter, Betty
Jean Bernice Brown.
Currently a member of Greater
Macedonia Baptist Church, her
spiritual journey has included
Antioch Baptist Church, New Mt.
Canaan Baptist Church and
Her occupational life included
many years of service at St.
Vincent's Hospital. Her life has
been filled with a host of hobbies
and activities that she enjoyed
included singing, knitting, making
doll clothes, shopping, baseball
and playing cards. She also has
held memberships in a variety of
organizations including the
Johnson Travel Club. For more
photo highlights, see page 7.
Quaintance with $828.00. Total t-
shirt sales and donations totaled
The Thirty Eighth Annual Sickle
Cell Banquet will be held
Call the Sickle Cell Association's
office at (904) 353-5737 for addi-
tional information. The proceeds
will be used to provide services and
enrichment activities for sickle cell
patients and families which range in
everything from supportive to fun
In 2004, Black people voted 89%
for the Democratic presidential
candidate and 1% for Bush. Some
pundits argue that the Democratic
Party is the best hope for African-
Americans, given the chilling
Right Wing bent of Republicans.
But some of the nation's most
respected civil rights leaders say
the faithfulness of Black voters is
not rewarded by Democrats and
not desired by Republicans.
Believed to be in
Any given night, you may watch
Nancy Grace pleading on televi-
sion to help find a young missing
white girl. Unfortunately for the
parents of little Jewel Mahavia
Strong, their cries have fallen on
deaf ears. No response has been
given from the national media and
mainstream media has paid little
The toddler was declared dead by
the Florida Sheriffs department in
May 2006, after a raft she was
aboard entered into the open waters
of Panama City's Saint Andrew's
State Park. The raft and the tod-
dler's 18-year- old cousin were
found. The toddler was not. There
is no evidence that the toddler was
aboard the raft at the time it entered
the open waters, leading the fami-
ly to believe state authorities -
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Shown above is the Classic's benefactor, Atty. Willie Gary, EWC
President Dr. Claudette Williams and Gary's son and fellow attorney,
Willie Gary Classic Hosted by Raines
A crowd of 5000 plus packed Earl S. Kitchings Stadium on Saturday to
witness a last second victory by the EWC Tigers by a final score of 31-30
over the Shaw University Bears in the 6th Annual Willie E. Gary Football
Classic. The Tigers improve to 1-2 on the season and will have a bye week
next week. The team returns to the gridiron on Saturday September 22nd
at 5pm as they will take on the North Greenville University Crusaders in
the Ralph J. Bunche Hornets Classic in Kingsland, Georgia. 'rPI'I,,,o
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Elite Seekers Get on Board
,'-- '*' I At one point in
time I served on nine civic and
educational boards: a chamber of
commerce, a visitors and conven-
tion bureau, a university, a bicen-
tennial commission, a museum, a
state building authority, a scholar-
ship fund, a citywide leadership
group, and a small foundation.
One was a gubernatorial appoint-
ment (Republican) and one was a
mayoral appointment (Democrat).
How is that for good politics?
The question I am asked so often
is: "How do you network to be
selected to these illustrious
boards?" The secret lies in under-
standing why anyone would
select you in the first place. What
do corporations and charitable
groups and universities look for in
selecting their board members?
From my experience, the follow-
ing criteria come into play when
selecting a board member:
Public service track record.
Are you a selfless doer, who has
served with distinction on other
boards of important committees
over the years?
Influence in the community.
Do you have a successful busi-
ness or professional position or a
high-profile reputation that puts
you in a position to influence the
movers and shakers?
Wealth. While it's not what has
landed me on any boards, it is an
attribute that definitely enhances
one's profile in the community
and brings power.
Positive profile. This is the
"Mother Teresa" factor. You don't
necessarily need great wealth or
influence; if your reputation for
good works and high moral char-
acter is strong enough, this alone
can bring invitations to certain
Political savvy. Are you politi-
cally active? Do you publicly sup-
Belonging to a racial minority
and possessing any of the above
qualifications. Examples of
prominent Black people in this
category who serve on many
boards are Andrew Young, Bob
Johnson, Earl Graves, Vernon
Jordan, Quincy Jones, Dr.
Johnnetta Cole, Dr. Andrew
Brimmer, Dr. Alvin Poussaint,
and Hugh Price.
Don't be offended; being a
minority-slot selection to a board
is a foot in the door. It is your
opportunity to make a differ-
ence.You have to be comfortable
with power to sit on a board, and
you have to know when to work
for a consensus, when to pick
your battles, and when to stand up
and say, "Enough!"
Bottom Line: If you are not
serving Black interests while ful-
filling your responsibility to the
organization, you are just anoth-
er "spook who sits by the door."
Advice and Solutions to Help Avoid Foreclosure
The mortgage market in the US is
turning into bad news for many
families. The number of homes
entering foreclosure continues to
set new records and the worst has
yet to come predicts experts at the
Mortgage Bankers Association.
Over 5% of mortgages are cur-
rently past due from missed pay-
ments and homeowners are just
barely holding on to their homes.
Less than 1% have reached the
actual foreclosure stage where the
families are forced out of the home
and it is sold at auction.
Of primary concern are those
homeowners that don't take action
soon enough to research what their
options are before it is too late. I
guess a silver lining to facing the
loss of your home due to foreclo-
sure at the moment is that with so
many behind, the lenders are will-
ing to consider professional and
realistic offers, rather than just take
the home back.
This mortgage crunch has caught a
lot of people in a difficult position.
Between those in the loan industry
that are losing their jobs in record
numbers, people with good credit
and bad credit are finding it tough,
if not impossible to either purchase
new homes or refinance their way
out of escalating interest rates in
adjustable rate mortgages (ARM)
that they took out a few years ago.
In Kansas City a disproportionate
number of lower-income and non-
white borrowers are stuck in high-
er-interest subprime loans, making
them more vulnerable to foreclo-
sures, a study says. The study found
that African-American homebuy-
ers were 2.9 times more likely
than whites to receive a high-cost
loan, and Latino homebuyers were
1.5 times more likely than whites to
get a high-cost loan.
With over 30% of all loans origi-
nated in Kansas City and Lansing,
Michigan are labeled as sub-prime
loans which makes it even more
likely that those homeowners are at
a much higher risk of foreclosure.
Apparently, while the banks were
supposed to be screening sub-prime
borrowers, they were applying
flawed screening formulas which
did not adequately protect lenders
from risk. One might argue that
greed forced an override of com-
mon sense and now many that
would never have imagined the loss
of their home from foreclosure are
facing just that reality.
At times like these, consumers
need to be wary of scammers that
might take your money without
delivering results. Some desperate
homeowners have paid thousands
of dollars for foreclosure assistance
and still faced the loss of their
home. Others have signed over
their homes in hopes of avoiding
eviction, getting kicked out of their
homes, only to find these rent back
schemes can result in higher rental
payments and the eventual loss of
their home anyway.
As with any financial crisis, you
should always look for assistance
from someone you are comfortable
with, trust your gut instinct and do
your homework and research before
jumping into any solution.
Involving Kids in Family Finances Teaches the Value of a Dollar
That anguished roar you hear is
the sound of millions of students
returning to school after summer
break. As a parent, you might feel
relief that teachers are taking over
the reins, but hold on: School may
be the best place for kids to learn
the three R's, but you're probably
still the best source for the fourth R
- financial Responsibility.
Although a nationwide movement
to institute financial literacy curric-
ula in our schools is gaining
momentum, currently the vast
majority of schools either don't
offer such courses or don't require
them to graduate. Until that hap-
pens, it's up to parents to ensure
their kids have the financial man-
agement skills they'll need to face
the responsibilities of adulthood.
Charles Schwab's annual "Teens
and Money" survey confirmed that
most teens want more money
coaching from their parents. It
64 percent of teens would rather
learn money management basics
through experience than in the
However, only 30 percent believe
their parents are concerned with
ensuring they learn those basics.
Only 39 percent said their parents
discuss money issues with them at
Only 34 percent feel knowledge-
able about balancing a checkbook,
while 26 percent understand how
credit card interest and fees work.
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Visa USA recently conducted a
survey that shows not much has
changed over the years: Only 48
percent of its cardholders said
they'd learned money management
skills from their parents, while 41
percent said they learned it the hard
way or were self-taught and only 9
percent in school.
Say you're 22, earn $30,000 a year
and put aside 6 percent of pay ($150
a month) until age 65. At an 8 per-
cent average annual rate of return,
your $77,400 investment will grow
to $619,000 by then. But if you
don't begin saving until 32 and set
aside the same monthly amount,
you'll only accumulate $274,000 by
huge difference. By increasing the
percentage of pay you save and-fac-
toring in annual raises, your savings
will skyrocket even further.
Here are a few ways to give your
children a leg up:
Set a good example. Kids see
right through "Do as I say, not as I
do." If you consistently spend more
than you earn, don't set aside emer-
gency savings and don't budget,
that's the behavior they're learning
Set realistic expectations.
According to the Schwab survey,
teenagers expect to earn $145,500 a
year, on average. If only. It's easy to
see how unrealistic pay expecta-
tions might lead young adults to
take on too much student-loan or
credit-card debt in anticipation of
being able to pay them off quickly.
When your kids start discussing
career choices, help them research
what various jobs pay, what educa-
tional requirements they'll need to
meet and how much that education
will cost. The Salary Wizard at
www.salary.com contains pay data
for a broad array of jobs by geo-
Share the bills. Have your kids
help review monthly bills and bal-
ance the checkbook. They'll be
shocked to learn how much money
goes toward the mortgage, gas, util-
ities, food and clothing. Give them
a voice in the family budget by
looking for ways to save money in
some areas (turn off the lights,
fewer trips to the mall) to increase
funding for others (better vacations,
Show how savings add up. Curb
your kids' impulse spending and
encourage saving by matching a
portion of any money they save
Take the mystery out of finances
now so your kids will be able to fly
the nest when the time comes and,
so you'll be able to afford to remod-
el the nest when they do.
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The Jacksonville Jaguars may have dissapointed fans with their season opening loss to the the TenesseeTitans, but the defeat didn't hamper
the spirits of enthusiastic fans. Shown are faithful tailgaters and season ticket holders enjoying the game: Tangie Shephard, Labriaw Mosley,
Roger Ransom, Jorsca Ceveda, Michael Tyler, Richard Shephard, Sid Hardy, Jr., Mac McDowell, Bernard Haywood, Rodney Robinson, David
Moore and Deborah Phelps. Shown right are Tracey Mobley, Melvina Hill, Shannon Vassell and Bernardetle Myers. FMP Photo
Family Believes Missing Child is in Jacksonville
should have issued an
rather than declaring the tod-
dler dead. No body has ever
A grassroots search effort
was immediately launched by
the family, igniting some of
the strongest leads to date.
Store managers who have
seen the missing signs have
turned in videos of children
they believe are the missing
Recently, new videos have
emerged showing what par-
ents to believe are four-year-
old Jewel in the company of
an unknown African
American woman at an
Orlando, Fla., Wal-greens
and a Jacksonville Golden
Corral restaurant on San Jose
This month's video lead is in
Jacksonville arrived six
months after the family's first
video lead from Orlando. In
March 2007, Simona and Ray
Strong, the child's parents, received
footage showing Jewel in the com-
pany of three unknown Black
women in a Jacksonville, Fla.
One of the last known pictures of Jew
Golden Corral restaurant. One of
the women is believed to be with
Jewel in the latest video. Other
leads have flooded the parents'
e-mail and voicemail in-
boxes. Most leads report
Jewel sightings throughout
Florida. Formerly of
SJonesboro, Ga., Simona and
SRay Strong relocated to
Jacksonville and plan to stay
; there until their daughter is
Help from law enforce-
ment has been fleeting.
"While they are committed
to trying to track down the
Woman in the video in
Orlando based on her paying
With a credit card, they are
unwilling to change his posi-
tion that Jewel died. They
still think she drowned, and
no intention of changing that
position or reopening the
case," said Jewel's mother
Simon Strong. She also said
the Panama City Police said
they are too busy to pursue
much more on the case.
,--"' In late August, the National
el. Center for Missing &
(NCMEC) agreed to take on the
case. Atlanta-based "The Stop the
Violence Movement" comprised of
AE Music Group, LLC, God's Pod
Inc. & The Chestnut Brothers, is
offering a $5,000 reward for infor-
mation leading to the safe return of
Jewel Strong. An additional $1,000
BOUNTY has been established for
information leading to the arrest
and conviction of each person
responsible for kidnapping the tod-
"We have been praying for some-
one like the case worker at the
National Center," said Simona
Strong, who along with her husband
Ray left their daughter with rela-
tives while they were away on a
business trip at the time of their
daughter's disappearance. "We have
been receiving leads from people
who claim to have seen our daugh-
ter and with the support of such a
robust organization like theirs, we
know those leads will be followed.
We have to believe our daughter
will be returned to us safely. The
investigation of this case is riddled
with problems and inconsistencies."
All credible leads should be for-
warded to the Let's Find Jewel
Strong organization at www.lets-
findjewelstrong.com, or to the
National Center for Missing &
Exploited Children at 1-800-843-
5678 or (1-800-THE-LOST).
Black Woman Held and Tortured
for Six Days by White Family of 6
BIG CREEK, W.Va. For at
least a week, authorities say, a
young black woman was held cap-
tive in a mobile home, forced to eat
animal waste, stabbed, choked and
repeatedly sexually abused all
while being peppered with racial
It wasn't until deputies acting on
an anonymous tip drove to a ram-
shackle trailer deep in West
Virginia's rural hills that she was
found. Limping toward the door
with her arms outstretched, she
uttered, "Help me," the Logan
County sheriffs office said.
Six people, all white, including a
mother and son and a mother and
daughter, have been arrested and
could face federal hate crime
charges in the suspected attack on
20-year-old Megan Williams, who
remains hospitalized with injuries
that included four stab wounds in
the leg, and black and blue eyes.
Her right arm was in a cast.
A prosecutor said police are inves-
tigating the possibility that the vic-
tim was lured to the house and
attacked by a man she had met
online, but Carmen Williams insist-
ed that wasn't the case. "This wasn't
from the Internet," she said.
The woman was forced to eat rat
and dog feces and drink from a toi-
let, according to the criminal com-
plaint filed in magistrate court
based on what the suspects told
deputies. She also had been choked
with a cord, it alleges. Deputies say
the woman was also doused with
hot water while being sexually
One of those arrested, Karen
Burton, is accused of cutting the
woman's ankle with a knife. She
used the N-word in telling the
woman she was victimized because
she is black, according to the crim-
All six remained in custody
Tuesday in lieu of $100,000 bail
each, and all have asked for court-
appointed attorneys. The list of
charges include kidnapping, sexual
assault, malicious wounding and
giving false information during a
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Judge Denies Motion to
Dismiss Sean Bell Case
Groom slain night before wedding will have day in court
Judge Arthur Cooperman has denied a defense motion to dismiss the
case against three police officers indicted earlier this year in the Sean
The unarmed African American was shot and killed by plainclothes
New York Police Department detectives on Nov. 25, 2006, as he and two
other friends were leaving his bachelor party at Jamaica, Queens strip
club. Three of the five detectives involved in the shooting were indict-
ed by a grand jury.
The three officers showed no change of expression as Cooperman
ruled against the dismissal of their indictment last week.
This case will now proceed, full stride," defense attorney Philip
Karasyk told the judge, as he asked for additional discovery material
from Queens prosecutors.
In addition to the judge's rejection of the defense motion, he also
refused a request that the officers be tried individually.
On hand during the 20-minute hearing were the surviving victims,
their relatives and advocates, including Reverend Al Sharpton with
Bell?s would-be bride, Nicole Paultre Bell.
Shooting victim Joseph Guzman, who was struck with 16 police bul-
lets, no longer uses a wheelchair and arrived at the courthouse this
morning with the help of an aluminum cane.
The next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 14. The judge set a
tentative trial date for Jan.7, 2008.
JACKSONVILLE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
Thursday, September 20, 2007
5258 Norwood Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida 32208
To discuss plans to extend 44th Street from Golfair Blvd. to the
Gateway Shopping Center. This project will provide additional
access into this major retail district.
The meeting will be an open house format with
visual displays where interested citizens can review
the project information and ask questions of the staff.
Anyone requiring special accommodations should
contact Bill Milnes at (904) 598-8731 or e-mail
email@example.com no later than Monday, September 17.
JACKSONVILLE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
Regional Transportation Solutions
100 North Myrtle Avenue, Jacksonville Florida 32204
Telephone: (904) 630-3181 Fax: (904) 630-3 166
PAGUAR FAN ZONElY I
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September 13-19, 2007
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by Reggie Fullwood
It's been hard to put my arms
around the murder rate issue in
Jacksonville. Senseless violence
seems to be the norm especially in
our urban communities. Hope or
the lack there of, may be one of the
most valid explanations.
Yeah I know, it sounds too simple
right? I would challenge that notion
and say that the simplicity of hope
is what makes it so powerful.
Imagine living life and feeling that
you have nothing to live right for -
so you might as well go out in a
blaze of glory like Scarface. You
know right from wrong, but you
get caught in a cycle of self-hate,
lack of education and a glorified
Yes, it is hard to believe that
someone could live life with no
hope, no respect for others and no
fear of the consequences of their
actions. Sounds crazy, but there are
young men living that life style
Most of those men are African
American and are from low-
income households and in most
cases single parent households. At
least that's what national statistics
say about criminals and repeat
offenders that have served jail or
The numbers certainly don't lie,
but forget the numbers for a
moment, we see it every day. Just
drive down Moncrief Road or
Phoenix Avenue, you can see it for
yourself. Pants sagging way below
the butt crack, young girls pushing
baby strollers and looks enough to
make any old lady hide her purse
are the norm. Nobody is saying
these youth are up to no good, but
they certainly look the part.
I am certainly not stereotyping
young men that are simply walking
down the street or hanging out on
the corer in these areas. I am just
saying that you can get a good idea
of the inspiration that some young
men live everyday.
And typically where there's
smoke, there's fire.
There is a sense of hopelessness
that many have that must be dealt
with before our communities can
change for the better. The great
educator, Benjamin Mays, said,
"The tragedy in life doesn't lie in
not reaching your goal. The
tragedy lies in having no goal to
And that quotes gets to the heart
of the matter.
Many of these young men com-
mitting crime not only have hope-
less attitudes about life, but also
have no goals or ambitions outside
of making a fast buck. A large per-
centage of them grew up with no
positive male figure in the home,
hence they their perception of
being a man is jaded.
That's why so many African
American leaders are preaching
that we have to restore our families
if our communities are going to
prosper. The sad part is that they
are usually preaching to the choir.
Of course family values are
important no matter what race you
belong too, but as the African
American community continues to
struggle with high crime and
alarming rates of teenage pregnan-
cy, black males have to be the sta-
bilizing force of the black family.
I continue to be dumbfounded by
the chronic murders happening in
Jacksonville. There seems to be an
underground criminal war going on
that no one knows about. All we
know is that daily people are
dying in our city.
applaud all of the strategies that
our religious leaders are using, but
the people committing these crimes
are so out of touch to the church,
that it's impossible to reach through
rallies, community prayer days,
gun buy backs, etc.
Prayer is a powerful force, and
has to be a tool used to combat the
violence happening in our streets,
but there also has to be some com-
prehensive, hands on strategies put
in place by the Sheriff and State
What's that old saying?
Something like that if you keep on
doing what you're doing you are
going to keep on getting what
you're getting. And the results we
are getting from current crime pre-
vention efforts "ain't" getting the
We seem to be dealing with a
large number of young men who
have no regard for their lives any
other person's life.
At the root of this issue has to be
the lack of direction and guidance
that young men are not receiving as
they grow up in inner-city commu-
nities. You could easily argue that
if more men were involved in their
children's lives crime would be
down and more of our youth espe-
cially young men would have more
of a sense of direction.
It's not easy making it out of the
ghetto. Back in the day, you heard
people say they grew up poor and
never even knew it. These days
society let's you know it when you
can't afford the Baby Phat or the
new Jordans or even the gold teeth
that will rot your pearly whites.
Once you have survived peer
pressure to study hard, resisted the
temptations of sex and other lucra-
tive deals, you graduate to go to
college just to get an entry level
position where you have to work
five times as hard to get half as
much. City Hall and other posi-
tions of leadership are filled with
white men and women who don't
even have college degrees let a
Black man try that and see how far
the glass ceiling let's them get.
There's an old folk saying that
says, "Mothers raise their daugh-
ters and let their sons grow up."
Too many black men are heading
down the wrong path at a very
young age because they are not
being raised properly.
Statistics say that half of the black
babies born in this country are born
to single teen mothers. That's
important because of the "econom-
ic divide" that blacks face in this
country. "This economic divide
further separates the haves from the
have-nots," says Dr. Bryant
We cannot afford to continue
allowing ours sons to learn their
values in the streets because too
many of these young men have
totally lost touch what it means to
be a man. Too many young black
men don't know what it means or
have never been taught to be a
Last weekend was another painful
reminder that we have to get our
murder rate and crime under con-
trol. Not only were several people
murdered, but a 19 year old African
American man shot a police officer
in the face before fleeing to a near-
by house and eventually being cap-
tured. That ranks pretty high on the
dumb dumb scale.
I would say that enough is
enough, but we are pass that point.
I am reminded of the words of
Harriet Tubman who said, "I freed
thousands of slaves. I could have
freed thousands more, if they had
known they were slaves."
Signing off from a 21st and
Phoenix Avenue crime scene,
Jacksonville Streets are a Breeding Ground of
Hopelessness and Dysfunction for Black Males
Poverty is Still America's Katrina Shame
t waby E.
h sthe three
t o p
that want to replace him couldn't get
to New Orleans fast enough this
week. The occasion of course was
the second anniversary of the
Katrina debacle. Predictably, Bush
as he's done in his twelve previous
treks to the Gulf since Katrina pub-
licly boasted that he's done every-
thing humanly possible to get the
region back on its feet. He also
insisted that much more still must
be done and his administration will
do it. Just as predictably, his would
be replacements Barack Obama,
Hillary Clinton, and John Edwards
just as publicly lambasted Bush's
efforts as hopelessly failed and
flawed. And they insisted that
there's no reason to believe that he'll
improve on the anemic effort.
They both missed the real story
and tragedy of Katrina, and that's
that the naked face of poverty that
shocked the world two years ago
remains just as naked and shameful
two years later. And Bush and the
Democrats are to blame for it. For a
few weeks after the shocking scenes
of the black poor fleeing for their
lives from the floodwaters in New
Orleans, Bush and the Democrats
talked tough about a full court press
on poverty. In that instant, talk of
fighting poverty became almost
respectable in business, public phi-
lanthropy, Congressional and White
House circles. In a post Katrina
assessment of public opinion on
poverty, more Americans agreed
that the government should do more
to end poverty.
Civil rights leaders, the
Congressional Black Caucus, and
anti-poverty groups saw an opening
and pounded on the Bush adminis-
tration and Congress to do some-
thing about the ranks of the esti-
mated 35 to 40 million Americans
that wallow in poverty.
That was two years ago. The
national soul search about attacking
poverty has evaporated faster than a
Houdini disappearing trick. The
nearly $100 billion that Bush says
his administration has shoved out to
the states to aid the recovery effort
has either been wasted on showy
and ineffectual redevelopment, pub-
lic works reclamation and retrench-
ing projects, inflated construction
contracts, or flat out misappropriat-
ed (some say stolen). Not one of
Bush's anti-poverty proposals from
tax breaks and grants for minority
and small business to job training
and transportation subsidies have
Bush deserves to get the blame fin-
ger wagged at him for the failure to
fully follow through on his rhetoric
about aiding the poor. But the
Democrat's hands aren't clean
either. To his credit, John Edwards
has made a credible and courageous
effort to sound the warning gong
about poverty, even launching a
moder-day scaled down version of
the old Martin Luther King, Jr.-
Lyndon Johnson-Robert F. Kennedy
in -the-street and legislative anti-
poverty crusade. But he's been
about the only Democrat to speak
out consistently on poverty, and
since he holds no office, he's in the
least position among the top
Democratic presidential contenders,
to do anything about it.
Democratic contenders Obama
and Clinton are in the Senate and
can and say do much more about
poverty than the obligatory photo-
op whacks at Bush in New Orleans
on the second anniversary of
Katrina. But they, like other House
and Senate leaders, gave no sign in
the year between the first anniver-
sary of Katrina and their trek to the
Gulf this year that they were willing
to fight for the billions that it would
take to enact a comprehensive pro-
gram to combat poverty. The
Congressional Black Caucus was
the only group among Democrats
that pounded Congress and the
Bush administration to spend bil-
lions to aid the Gulf poor. But their
cry fell on deaf ears. Since then, the
Caucus hasn't shown any willing-
ness to renew the fight for the bil-
lions it demanded.
The talk about a fresh assault on
poverty was dead in the water from
the start. While Katrina momentari-
ly increased empathy for the poor, it
didn't fundamentally change public
attitudes toward the poor. Poverty is
regarded as a perplexing, intractable
and insoluble problem that govern-
ment programs can't or even
shouldn't cure. In other words, the
best cure for poverty is for the poor
to get jobs and fend for themselves.
There's not much chance that this
will change. Bush will exit the Gulf
area quickly after his speech and
head back to his Crawford, Texas
ranch to continue clearing brush,
biking and relaxing. In the weeks
and months after that he'll spend
countless, and fruitless more hours
trying to sell the Iraq war to
Congress and the public. The
Democratic contenders will just as
quickly exit the area to get back on
the campaign trail and spend count-
less hours hammering Bush and the
Republicans for the wasteful war.
The Gulfs poor, meanwhile, will
be just as numerous, scattered,
dispirited, and forgotten. The talk
about waging war on poverty will
be tossed back on the political shelf
until the third anniversary of
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1 Pardon Our Insanity
by William Reed
Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine recently par-
r~ done Gabriel Prosser, a slave who was hanged
for leading a failed slave revolt in 1800.
Gabriel's Rebellion would have involved thou-
sands, but two fellow slaves revealed the
planned uprising and Prosser and 34 supporters
were executed in Richmond.
The "pardon" may or may not please Gabriel wherever he may be; but the
sponsor of the request, King Salim Khalfani, Virginia State Conference
executive director of the NAACP, says Kaine's actions properly honors
Prosser and his followers.
It must be something in Virginia's water. To hear Democratic Delegate
A. Donald McEachin tell it, he had "to fight hard" to get the Virginia state
legislature to issue an apology for the state's past history of slavery and
become the first southern state to formally acknowledge its role through
legislative channels. McEachim's successes in this farce in Virginia has set
the stage for apologies of this kind by Delaware, Georgia, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Vermont and North Carolina.
So, what have these pardons and apologies our leaders garnered for us got
to do the legacies of slavery still being borne by blacks? What do they do
to eliminate the discrimination and racism of today's society? Even after
the success of the civil rights movement, the black American population on
average has higher infant-mortality rates, lower life expectancy, higher
rates of unemployment, lower income, and higher rates of imprisonment
than the white population.
Delegate A. Donald McEachin and other entrenched black elected offi-
cials evidently see it as politically expedient to wrestle "apologies'" from
their legislatures. But, descendants of Gabriel Prosser ma) see reparations
to African Americans as something that should be paid in hard cold finan-
cial instruments. Reparations are due not only for what happened under
enslavement, but for what has followed since. There has been massive
injustice to AfricanAmericans beginning in 1619 when Dutch traders first
brought 20 captive Africans to Jamestown, Virginia all the wa) to the
present when institutionalized racism, both blatant and hidden, is still
woven into the fabric of American life.
How can black politicians and civil rights leaders seek and simply accept
embossed pardons and apologies for the heinous crime of slavery? Whites
in today's society say slavery was in the past and no slave holders are ali\e
to pay the debt. Take an audit of the record: The salue of the investments
slaveholders held in their slaves was often used to secure loans to purchase
additional land or slaves. Slaves were also used to pa off outstanding
debts. When calculating the value of estates, the estimated value of each
slave was included. This became local and state governments' sources of
tax revenue. Taxes were also levied on slave transactions. Enslaved
Africans were commodities and legal forms of property and were fre-
quently used as collateral in all kinds of business transacnons.
It's time to stop the stupidity. There is a debt owed to blacks for centuries
of unpaid enslaved labor that built America's early economy. Also. we are
owed for discriminatory wage and employment patterns blacks have been
subjected to since emancipation. There must be restitution because the
enormous wealth that was created either directly or indirectly\ by the
forced labor of enslaved Africans did not go to them. but to whites. This
wealth has been passed down generation after generation by white
Americans, while most persons of African descent ha\ e had little to pass
down to heirs. Using money that had its origins in enslaved labor. many
European Americans are able to send our youths to good schools and uni-
versities and pro\ ide them w ith the resources to get a good starts in their
Mr. Khalfani called Gabnel's pardon "a momentous occasion". A more
momentous occasion for Gabriel's people \w ll be to be paid $100,000 each
and get 40 acres of land. Or. \e'll accept recouping Gabriel's contempo-
raries' lost wages which are calculated to be between $10 trillion and $25
trillion. An apology does not bring closure to this issue. Write \our polit-
icalrepresentative and tell him her that "only reparations are acceptable for
Once you have survived peer pressure to study
hard, resisted the temptations of sex and other
lucrative deals, you graduate to go to college just to
get an entry level position where you have to work
five times as hard to get half as much. City Hall
and other positions of leadership are filled with
white men and women who don't even have college
degrees let a Black man try that and see how far
the glass ceiling let's them get.
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Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach 2007 "Ladies Night Out' Women's
Ministry 2007 Serious Praise Service
The Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach Ministry, Rev. Mattie W.
Freeman, Pastor; at the Father's House Conference Center, 1820 Monument
Road, Bldg. 2, Jacksonville, FL 32225; invites the community to share in
2007 Serious Praise Service, at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, September 29th.
Communion will be served.
"RestoringThe Priest of the Family"
is the Theme for "Man To Man"
Dr. Gary L. Williams Sr., Pastor of First Baptist Church of Mandarin,
will host the Second Annual "Man To Man" series of Workshops, Thursday,
Friday and Saturday, September 13-15, 2007; at the Prime Osborne
Judge Greg Mathis, Jawanza Kunjufu, Dr. Tony Evans, Dr. Gary Hall,
Bishop Bruce Allen, Michael Slater, Kerwin Lee and Ernest Berrian, head
the prominent speakers list for the workshops. The opening day begins at
10 a.m. and ends with Grammy Award Winner Smokie Norful in concert.
For more information, please call First Baptist of Mandarin.
First Timothy Baptist to Celebrate
47th Church Anniversary, Sept. 23rd
First Timothy Baptist Church, 12103 Biscayne Blvd., Rev. Fred Newbill,
Pastor; invites the community to the celebration of their 47th Church
Anniversary at 11 a.m. on Sunday, September23, 2007. First Timothy
invites you to celebrate "The Harvest" with them.
Special Service Celebrates 4th
Anniversary of Rev. Alesia Scott-Ford
St. James AME Church, 535 McIntosh Avenue, Orange Park; invites the
community to join them as they celebrate the 4th Anniversary of their
Pastor, Rev..Dr..Alesia Scott-Ford. The second commemo-ration serv-
ice will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 23, 2007. Churches, their
congregations, and the community are invited.
Greater Macedonia's to Host
"Hattitudes" Saturday Sept. 22nd
The Marriage & Couples Ministry of Greater Macedonia Baptist Church,
1880 West Edgewood Avenue, Dr. Landon L. Williams, Pastor; invites the
community to join them as they present "Hattitudes" at 5 p.m., Saturday,
September 22, 2007. You do not want to miss this presentation!
Conference set for Saturday, Sept. 22
Women and young ladies of the community are preparing now to be sure
and be present for the 2007 "Ladies Night Out" Women's Conference and
Expo, is set for Saturday, September 22nd, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church, 215 Bethel Baptist Street. To register, visit
WWW.BETHELITE.ORG. or call (904) 354-1464.
The Workshop Topics include: "Retire from the Circus", "Learning to
Juggle Work, Motherhood and Spiritual Needs", "Building Confidence in
your Competence", and "Conquering the Superwoman Syndrom". All reg-
istrants will receive a gift, T-shirt, and lunch. There will also be door prizes
and surprises! The 9th Annual "Ladies Night Out", service will be Friday,
September 21st at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. For more
information, call Liane Freshwater at (904) 354- 1464
Genesis Missionary to hold "Pack the
Pews" program, on Sunday Sept. 23rd
Genesis Missionary Baptist Church, 241 South McDuff Avenue;
Rev.Calvin O. Honors, Pastor; will sponsor a "Pack the Pews" program,
Sunday, September 23, 2007, at 4 p.m.
Elder Michael Johnson, Pastor of New Community Baptist Church, of
Atlantic Beach will deliver the "Spoken Word". The New Community
Baptist Church Choir will render "service in song." The community is cor-
Rev. Leon Washington, Pastor of Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church
of Kinlaw, Georgia; will deliver the message on Sunday, September 20th,
at 5 p.m. The Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church Choir will render the
service in song. The community is invited.
First Timothy Baptist to Celebrate
47th Church Anniversary
First Timothy Baptist Church, 12103 Biscayne Blvd., Rev. Fred Newbill,
Pastor; invites the community to the celebration of their 47th Church
Anniversary at 11 a.m. on Sunday, September23, 2007. First Timothy
invites you to celebrate "The Harvest" with them.
Gregg Temple AME to Hold Come
Together Day September 29th
Greggs Temple AME Church, 1510 West 45th Street will hold
a Community-wide "Come Together Day" 11a.m.to 4 p.m. on Saturday
9, 2006;. sponsored by the ACP Youth Council "STOP Campaign Mock
N-Word Funeral. Health and Community Service Organizations are invit-
ed, for information, please call 766-1139.
Men Of Integrity-Empowered to
Impact at All People International
Join thousands of men and their families as they will be empowered to
impact the city by speakers such as Apostle R.J. Washington, Titus Harvest
Dome Spectrum Church, Pastor R.A. Vernon of the Word Church in
Cleveland, OH and Pastor A.T. Jones, Jr. of All People International
Church. Great men of integrity who have had a dynamic impact on our city
will also be honored during the event. The special services will be on
Sunday, June 16th at 10 a.m.
The church is located at 1993 W. Edgewood Ave. For more information
call (904)765-2206. All are invited to come and be blessed!
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worship with prayer, praise and power!
School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
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Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
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Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
Noon Day W'orship
Youth Church 7:00 p.m.
ASSEMBLY OF GOD
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8:15 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
Sunday, September 16th
"Thou Shalt Live & Not Die" Part II
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Join us for our Weekly Services
r Sunday Morning Worship Midweek Services
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Noon Service
Church school "Miracle at Midday"
S9:30 a.m. 12 noon-1 p.m.
The Word from the Sons
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Pastor Rudolph 3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m. at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Senior Pastor Come share in Holy Communion on st Sunday at 4:50 p.m.
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8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
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Arts4Jax Class to Begin Soon
Arts4Jax fall arts session will begin Monday, Sept. 17. The community
arts school offers afternoon and evening classes in music, dance, theatre,
filmmaking and puppetry.
Two contemporary youth choirs, Musique (ages 14-24) and Boys & Girls
Choir (ages 7-13) under the direction of Deborah McDuffie also begin
rehearsals on Sept. 17.
ARTS4JAX is located in Unity Church, 634 Lomax Street, in Riverside.
For class offerings and more information, please contact (904) 504-2763
or visit www.arts4jax.com.
ChristianProducts and Services
a $4.5 Billion Business
According to statistics released
earlier this summer, religious books
were the publishing industry's
fastest-growing category last year,
with Bible sales alone exceeding 25
And that's just the tip of the ice-
berg for the $4.5 billion Christian
products industry, which runs the
gamut from books and videos to
toys, games and even insurance.
Launched two years ago in select
test markets, GuideOne Insurance's
FaithGuard Auto and Home prod-
uct is now offered to churchgoers in
19 states. FaithGuard offers cus-
tomers a number of unique benefits
including waiving policyholders'
deductibles in crashes that happen
on the way to church (or Sunday
school) and doubling medical pay-
ments to persons injured during at-
home church activities.
The popularity of this coverage
has grown exponentially since its
introduction, with FaithGuard
included with nearly 65,000
GuideOne policies since its launch
"Interest in niche insurance prod-
ucts has really exploded in the past
year," said Joseph Annotti, senior
vice president of public affairs at
the Property Casualty Insurers
Association of America (PCI). "
Founded in 1947 and headquar-
tered in West Des Moines, Iowa,
GuideOne Insurance is one of the
nation's largest church insurers,
with approximately 43,000 church
policyholders. GuideOne also
insures faith-based private schools
and colleges as well as not-for-prof-
it senior living communities.
Female Pastors Earnings Exceed Males
The church is may be leading the way for women in the struggle for
equality in wages according to the results of a recent survey. Women who
are solo fulltime pastors make more money than men.
The majority of the respondents were male (93.7%), yet the 6.3% of
women who responded reported their compensation at 10.4 higher than
men who are solo pastors.
Benefits for women pastors were also higher such as housing
allowance/parsonage (20.4% higher) and retirement (24.8% higher). This
led to the combined 10.4% higher total compensation for female solo-pas-
tors. Women also earn more as secretary/administrative assistants.
This is a stark contrast to the general workforce wherein women have
challenged the injustice of making less money for the same work as men.
Your Church, a ministry of Christianity Today International, used a
sampling of 5,750 church workers representing 13 different positions. The
survey was based on total compensation, the sum of salary plus all bene-
fits including: housing allowance/parsonage, retirement, and insurance.
Allen and Mildren Vanburen
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"Celebrating a Century of God's Blessings "Themed Pauline Brown's 100th
Continued from front.
Her immediate family includes
her daughter, granddaughter Scarlet
Wright, grandson Clarence
Pinkney, II and son-in law Clarence
Pinkney, Sr. among a host of other
close relatives and friends.
Each guests who attended the
catered lavender themed celebra-
tion was given a color booklet
detailing Ms. Brown's life. the
booklet included congratulations
Study Reveals Racial Segregation
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from the governor and the presi-
dent. It also included color pictures
with some of her favorite scriptures
and from throughout her life.
The extensive program included
bell ringers and tributes both spo-
ken and sung. There was also a
video presentation and the after-
noon of elegance concluded with
the cutting of the cake and a toast to
the lady of the hour by Vernon
Kelly and Clarence Pinkney.
Shaw to Baptist Convention: 'Take a View That's Larger
PHILADELPHIA During a
rousing address to members of the
National Baptist Convention USA
Inc. last week, convention president
the Rev. Dr. William Shaw spoke of
the group's accomplishments, pres-
ent work and ways to approach
Shaw referenced the 14th chapter
of the book of John where Jesus'
disciples ask questions of him, their
future, and his response, "I've been
with you all this time and still you
don't know me?"
Shaw appeared to be challenge
listeners to question whether or not
they found themselves in that pas-
"If you really want to assess a sit-
uation, then you take a view that is
larger than right now," Shaw said.
"People won't understand the
National Baptist Convention unless
you see all this time."
Some of "this time" dates back to
Sept. 9, 1999, when Shaw was
elected as the convention's 16th
president. The group was still reel-
ing from scandal after its former
president, the Rev. Henry Lyons,
was convicted of racketeering and
grand theft charges.
"What was needed for us if we
were going to be able to face our
future was a culture change," Shaw
In decades past, Southern states
frequently were associated with
However, a study published in the
journal Health Affairs sheds new
light on the concept of segregation
as it relates to a modern-day arena
And this time, the South comes out
Researchers at Temple University
in Philadelphia, and Brown
University in Providence, R.I., ana-
lyzed the quality and racial makeup
of nursing homes.
What they found was distressing.
"We found that there were big dif-
ferences between quality of nursing
home care that blacks received as
opposed to whites," said David
Barton Smith, professor emeritus in
the Fox School of Business at
Temple University and lead author
of the paper.
Researchers looked at every nurs-
ing home across the United States
and they assigned each metropoli-
tan region a score reflecting the
level of segregation among its nurs-
The Midwest was found to be the
most segregated, with areas such as
Cleveland, Milwaukee, Detroit,
Chicago and Cincinnati ranking in
the Top 10.
The South was actually the least
segregated, with nursing homes
there more likely to have racially
mixed resident populations.
The nursing homes were then
ranked along quality indicators
such as patient-to-staff ratio and
inspection deficiencies. Black nurs-
ing home residents were more like-
ly to be in a facility with potential-
ly hazardous deficiencies.
Study co-author Jacqueline Zinn,
notes that the differences in the care
received by black nursing home
residents and their white counter-
parts were not "within-home" dif-
"The care provided within the
facility is consistent," she said. "It's
just differences across [regions]
with regard to the degree of segre-
A Small Piece of the Pie
The issue of segregation in nurs-
ing homes may reflect a small piece
of a larger issue, Smith said.
"Even though this is a small por-
tion of the health-care system, it
illustrates a deeper underlying
problem and a real challenging one
to try to deal with," he said.
But the need to deal with it appro-
priately may be growing.
The problem "matters to every-
body because you have an entire
generation of baby boomers that are
suddenly discovering how difficult
it is to get decent care to their par-
ents, and they are thinking, 'what's
going to happen to me?'" Smith
said. "If we can make [the health
system] work better for the minori-
ty population, we can learn how to
make it better for everybody."
Too Close to Home
As for why this pattern has
emerged, researchers say there
could be many factors to blame.
Zinn said the choices of patients
themselves may play a role in deter-
mining the racial makeup of specif-
"Most segregated institutions are
in segregated communities," she
said. "Whether or not that's self-
selection is something that needs to
be explored. When it comes to nurs-
ing homes, people want to stay
close by friends and family."
Dr. Kevin Schulman, director for
the Center for Clinical Genetics and
Economics at Duke University in
Durham, N.C., agrees. "The distri-
bution of patients in nursing homes
reflected the population of the com-
munity more generally," he said.
As for quality of care, he added,
"This suggests that people need to
pay better attention to quality met-
rics for homes and should consider
homes further away if the quality is
Zinn added that part of the reason
could also be historical. While gov-
ernment programs such as
Medicaid cracked down on admis-
sions discrimination in hospitals,
the same regulatory strategies were
never extended to nursing homes.
Who Pays Matters
The study also demonstrated that
blacks were more than twice as
likely to be in nursing homes that
housed predominantly Medicaid
residents as opposed to private-pay
According to the study, homes that
had more Medicaid patients had
more serious deficiencies.
Schulman said, "The lower level
of resources available to care for
African-American patients based
on inadequate public Medicaid pay-
ments may contribute to the quali-
ty differences between facilities."
Potential solutions proposed in the
study include higher payments to
nursing homes with more Medicaid
residents and tighter reinforcement
of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act,
which prohibits segregation in
organizations receiving federal
The study does need to be inter-
preted carefully. The researchers
mention that the data being used
only looked at nursing homes dur-
ing the year 2000 and this should be
kept in mind when looking at the
individual regions with the most
But overall, the authors believe
this study raises important aware-
ness to the issue.
"This is an aging population. This
problem is only going to get more
serious as time goes on. Now is the
time to start thinking of a remedy,"
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SThe Disturbing Health Status of the Black Male
Shown above is Star Jones before and after weight loss surgery.
Weight loss surgery
popular, but is it safe?
You've heard about it in the
media: Weight loss surgery is
sweeping the nation by leaps and :
bounds. Due to widespread cov- ,, -
erage of her rapid weight loss
through surgery, Star Jones has
become the poster child within
the black community and abroad "N V
for this option for losing weight. ,.'-
Many people are considering --
weight loss surgery as a "quickBlues diva Etta James had weight
fix" for a long standing problem. loss surgery after battling the bulge
The question we all have though: for most of her life and career.
Is it safe and is it necessary? Let's
review the facts and you be the
judge for yourself.
FACT #1 There are two main
types of weight loss surgeries:
Bariatric Surgery (Star Jones'
option, also known as gastric
bypass surgery) and Lap-Band
Surgery. The danger: Both surgeries
leave the patient nutritionally defi-
cient with a sentence of lifelong
FACT #2 Candidates for surgery
must be at least 100 lbs overweight
with a BMI over 40. Inherent risks
are even more considerable when a
patient is obese. The danger: Since
all patients are obese, it makes it
particularly dangerous when in
combination with being bed-ridden
after surgery, as blood clots can
form in the legs and lungs. If left
unchecked in the lungs, it can be
FACT #3 Weight loss surgery in
fact changes the body's biochem-
istry. The danger: Once the body's
biochemistry is altered, the body is
thrown out its state of natural bal-
ance. It then becomes the breeding
ground for the very diseases and
even more serious ones that often
result from obesity itself.
FACT #4 Star Jones is living
proof that bariatric surgery can pro-
vide lightening fast weight loss.
The danger: Just like people who
hit the lotto become overnight mil-
lionaires and in one year lose it all,
so too is the case when people lose
the weight too fast. Within two
years they regain the lost weight.
This is because they were not psy-
chologically prepared to handle the
success nor properly educated
about the underlying behavioral,
environmental, etc...causes of obe-
These are some strong facts, and
only a fraction of the dangers that
exist with this very extreme weight
loss option. Many physicians that
have a financial interest involved
will downplay or minimize these
dangers, but they are very real and
Most of us that have just an ounce
of common sense can gather that
weight loss surgery does solve one
problem, but inevitably will cause
many more just by sheer virtue of
its extreme nature.
Our desire should be to not only
get the weight off permanently,
but also to be healthier, to look
healthier, with a glow that can light
up Madison Square Garden.
If you want rapid weight loss that
is accomplished safely and natural-
ly without adverse side effects,
there is an alternative that is help-
ing the masses. More importantly,
people are being educated about the
true causes of obesity and subse-
quently are liberated! They are
indeed free and positively exude a
confidence that can only come from
knowing that they can and will
keep the weight off!
For more information on African
American Health, visit www.black-
doctor.org your most trusted
resource for healthier, happier liv-
In contrast to their white counter-
partners, black men in the United
States live sicker and die younger.
This longstanding phenomenon is
sharply reflected in the poor inter-
national health status of black
males. The past NMA president
discusses major health issues facing
black males and posits a multidi-
mensional strategy for addressing
racial disparities in men's health,
with a national focus on health pro-
motion and disease prevention,
improving healthcare quality and
access, and eliminating structual
In 1990, an article in the New
England Journal of Medicine
reported that "Black men in Harlem
were less likely to reach the age of
65 than men in Bangladesh." A
recent comparison of current feder-
al health data with the 2005 Human
Development Index published by
the United Nations shows that the
poor international health status of
black men in the United States per-
sists in the new millennium. Today,
the average American can expect to
live 5 years longer than a
Palestinian-unless that American
is a black male, in which case he
can expect to die three years sooner.
The life expectancy at birth for
black males in the U.S. (68.8) is
lower than that for males in Iran
(69.0), Colombia (69.3), and Sri
Lanka (71.5)-populations identi-
fied by the United Nations as hav-
ing "medium human development."
In fact, the average life expectancy
for black males is much closer to
that of Viet Nam, El Salvador, and
Iraq than it is to the life expectancy
of white males in the U.S. What
accounts for this strikingly poor
international health status for black
males in the U.S.? And, most
importantly, what should we do
A reflection of racial
disparities in health
The peculiar paradox of a "Third
World" health status for a group liv-
ing in the richest and most medical-
ly advanced country in the world is
deeply unsettling. Grasping this
phenomenon requires a core under-
standing of the enduring racial dif-
ferences in men's health in the
United States. Black males have
the shortest life span of all racial or
ethnic groups in the nation-a fact
that has remained unchanged for at
least the past 100 years. In fact,
black men have the highest overall
mortality rate across all geographic
regions in the U.S. and across all
age groups from birth to age 84,
with the widest racial gaps in mor-
tality occurring in the prime adult
years, ages 25-54.
Racial disparities in men's health
exist across virtually all major
chronic diseases. For example, in
comparison to their white male
counterparts, black men have a 40%
higher incidence of type 2 diabetes
and they are 20% more likely to die
from heart disease. Black males
ages 22 44 are 20 times more like-
ly to develop kidney failure due to
high blood pressure than are white
males in the same age group. Black
men also have the highest overall
cancer incidence and mortality in
the country and the highest rates of
hypertension in the world.
Healthy Teeth Not Difficult With Maintenance
What is the most often overlooked
foundation of a healthy lifestyle?
Dental health. Working out and eat-
ing a nutritious diet aren't the only
foundations of a healthy lifestyle:
proper daily dental care is essential
According to the American Dental
Association, an estimated 85 to 90
percent of Americans fail to floss
regularly. And chew on this: If you
only brush, you miss cleaning more
than 30 percent of your tooth sur-
face. Flossing helps remove the
plaque and bacteria between teeth,
where a toothbrush can't reach. The
consequences of failing to floss?
Plaque buildup can lead to gum dis-
ease and tooth loss
So, if you're part of the majority,
is iine to start taking bener care of
your teeth. Besides taking a trip to
your dentist, check out these funda-
mentals on keeping healthy pearly
You have to clean your teeth at
least tr\ice a da), preferable\ after
meals and before bed. Choose a
toothbrush with soft bristles. You
know you need a new brush when
the bristles get worn down.
Place the brush at a 45-degree
angle where the teeth meet the
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gums. Press firmly and gently rock
the brush back and forth using
small, circular movements. Do not
scrub. "Brushing too hard can cause
gum recession and can wear away
the enamel, which is the first of
three tooth layers," says Dr. Marc
Lowenberg, a cosmetic dentist in
New York City. "Brushing the sec-
ond layer, called the dentin, too vig-
orously causes tremendous sensitiv-
ity because it wears away the tooth
structure and gets closer to the third
layer, which is the nerve tissue
directly under it." Brush all sides of
the teeth, using short back-and-
forth strokes for the chewing sur-
faces. Don't forget your tongue;
plaque and bacteria collect there
Floss at least once a day, choosing
the type and flavor you like best.
For the finger-wrap method, use a
piece of floss about 18 inches long.
Wrap one end around the left mid-
dle finger and the other around the
right middle finger, until your
hands are about two inches apart.
Work the floss between the teeth
toward the gums. Curve the floss
around each tooth into a U-shape
and gently slide under the gum line.
Move the floss firmly up and down
several times to scrape off plaque.
And don't be too quick popping
the floss in and out between your
teeth without scraping will not
remove much plaque and can hurt
These days, with so many options
and differing opinions, choosing
toothpaste can be a confusing
undertaking. We asked two dentists
to give us their evaluations of the
more popular choices.
One thing they both agree on: It's
the actual brushing and flossing to
remove plaque that's most effective
in preventing decay, gum disease
and bad breath, not the type of
toothpaste. That's more about per-
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
The Jacksonville Chapter of the
FAMU Alumni Association will
host it's monthly meeting at the
Highlands Branch Library at 6 p.m.
on Thursday, September 13th For
more information call 910-7829.
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society, will hold their monthly
meeting September 15, 2007 at
1:30 p.m. at the Webb-Wesconnett
Branch Library, 6887 103rd St.,
The speaker will be Mr. James
"Craig" Morris, a native of
Jacksonville, whose topic is
"Genealogy and the War for
Southern Independence." He will
discuss the war at it relates to
Jacksonville and Northeast Florida.
For additional information please
contact Mary Chauncey at (904)
The Jacksonville Local
Organizing Committee Inc., for the
Millions More Movement will have
a 'Clothes Give-A-Way', Saturday,
September 15, 2007, from 11:00
am til 5:00 pm. The location is 916
N.Myrtle Avenue, between Kings
Road and Beaver Street.If you have
questions or just want to learn more
about the Millions More Movement
visit our website:www.jaxloc.com,
or call 904-240-9133.
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.
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.
at the River Club
Executive Circle Promotions will
present "Mixing with the Stars", a
multicultural networking and jazz
reception at The River Club on
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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 at Clemson
University and the Ritz Scholar in
The Dorothy Gaines Banks
Scholarship and Awards Banquet
will be held on Saturday,
September 22nd at the Bethelite
Conference Center. The Banquet is
an annual event sponsored by the
First Coast Black Nurses
Association. The goal of the event
is to award students who are cur-
rently enrolled in an accredited
School of Nursing with funding
toward successful completion of
their program. Participants can
look forward to an evening full of
information, entertainment, recog-
nition, and dinner. For more infor-
mation call 904-563-4645.
3rd Annual Puerto
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
1st Annual Picnic
The Jacksonville Diversity
Network will have their first
Annual Picnic on Sunday,
September 23rd from 2 p.m. until
at Boone Park, 3700 Park
Street.The family affair will be a
great time to relax and have fun in
the spirit of diversity. For mroe
information, email luciusl@bell-
From Billie to Badu
After a sold out performance in
June, the critically acclaimed pro-
duction, From Billie to Badu,
returns to the Karpeles Manscript
Museum for another performance.
The production tells the story of
women in music through the lives
of Billie Holiday and Erykah Badu
and presents their story through
spoken word poetry, music, dance
and visual artists. The event will
happen Saturday, September 29th
8:00 p.m. at the Karpeles Manscript
Museum 101 West First Street in
historic Springfield. Admission:
$15 (advance) and $20 (at the
door). For more info, please call
(904) 626-2812 or (904) 316-9727
Jax NAACP Youth
Host Mock Funeral
The Jacksonville Branch NAACP
Youth Council will have a Mock N
Word Funeral and Community
Come Together Day on Saturday,
September 29th at Greggs Temple
AME Church located at 1510 West
45th Street. Community agencies
and organizations are invited to par-
ticipate. For more information, con-
tact Ms. White at 766-1139.
Night at the Ritz
Amateur Night at the Ritz will be
held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday,
October 5tth. 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 on October 5th at
7:00 pm. The book for discussion
will be SHE AIN'T THE ONE by
Carl Weber and Mary Morrison. For
more information, email
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 info call 355-3787.
Up & Cummers
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.
Plants & More
Learn about plants that work best
for Duval County, including salt-
tolerant varieties. Get the latest on
fertilizer rules, how they affect you
the homeowner, plus current water-
ing practices. The free class will be
on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 from
1:00- 3:00 PM at the Beaches
Branch Library 600 3rd Street in
Neptune Beach. Call to pre-register
Do you want to compete in
Amateur Night? The next audition
date is 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 accompaniment
music. All ages and talents wel-
come! Your piece must be no longer
than 3 1/2 minutes. Auditions are
closed to the viewing public.For
more information call 632-5555.
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-
Ashford & Simpson
at the Ritz Theater
Grammy Award winning artists
and Motown originals, husband and
wife duo Ashford & Simpson will
be in concert for one night only at
the Ritz Theater. The concert will
be held on Saturday, October 13th
at 7 p.m. For tickets call 632-5555.
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, financial aid and college test-
ing. Students are encouraged to
bring their transcripts for on the
spot scholarships. For more info
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 sample
some of the finest cuisine from
more than 50 of the best restaurants
on the First Coast. For tickets, call
Nanette Vallejos at 493-7739.
The UNF Division of Continuing
Education will host the 6th Annual
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 professional and personal
growth. Sessions will be presented
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community-wide event called SHARING RAMADAN that has been
attracting nearly 500 people of all faith backgrounds to the Islamic
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day from dawn to dusk, your American-Muslim neighbor will fast by
refraining from any kind of food or drink.
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* * Six Years Later: Are We Safer?* *
Six years after the terrorist attacks
of Sept. 11, 2001, are Americans
safer, or are we even bigger targets
on terrorists' radars?
The answer may seem obvious,
but the question is a bit more com-
plicated and confusing.
Since Muslim extremists hijacked
U.S.jumbo jets and crashed them in
New York, Virginia and
Pennsylvania causing the deaths
of some 2,974 Americans there
haven't been any successful terror-
ist assaults on U.S. soil.
And, as Bush administration offi-
cials have been quick to point out,
the U.S. government and several
foreign allies have stopped would-
"Sex in the
Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson
has joined the cast of "Sex and the
City: The Movie," which begins
filming next week in New York.
Hudson will play the assistant to
Sarah Jessica Parker's character,
Carrie Bradshaw, in the film based
on the hit HBO comedy series.
In July, the show's four leads,
be terrorists on more than one occa-
sion. For example:
Most recently, little over a week
ago, German officials arrested three
suspects linked to al-Qaeda who
were plotting the biggest terror
attacks against Americans since
9/11. The targets were places where
Americans congregate, like
Germany's Frankfurt Airport, the
U.S. Base in Hanau and the huge
U.S. Ramstein Air Base. The
wannabe killers had purchased
1,500 pounds of explosive chemi-
cals to carry out their goal, German
intelligence officials said, noting
that their motivation was "their
intense hatred of Americans."
including Parker, Kim Cattrall,
Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon,
came aboard for the film after
New Line Cinema agreed to
finance and distribute it. Chris
Noth also joined the cast to reprise
his role as Mr. Big.
Michael Patrick King is writing
Hudson, who won an Oscar for
her supporting role in
"Dreamgirls," recently completed
production on the ensemble drama
"Winged Creatures" starring Kate
Beckinsale, Forrest Whitaker,
Jackie Earle Haley and Dakota
Fanning. Sony is distributing the
The former "American Idol" con-
testant is also in the studio work-
ing on her debut album for Arista
Records, due for release in the first
quarter of 2008.
U.S. troops pray for the victims of the 9/11 attacks during a ceremony on the
anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, at the Bagram airbase, the
major hub of U.S.-led operations in Afghanistan on September 11.
* In June, federal authorities foiled
a plot by a retired airport worker, a
former member of the Guyanese
Parliament and several religious
extremists to jam explosives into
several fuel channels at John F.
Kennedy International Airport in
New York, which would likely have
caused innumerable casualties and
economic chaos. The three men
who were arrested allegedly
bragged that the act would be worse
than 9/11 and would leave "the
whole country mourning."
In May, six men were arrested
before they could use automatic
weapons to enter Fort Dix and kill
as many soldiers as they could at
the N.J. base, according to investi-
gators. The would-be terrorists
were from Albania and Yugoslavia
but had spent many years in the
United States; they had been target-
ing other U.S. installations, such as
Dover Air base, Fort Monmouth
and several Coast Guard stations
before deciding on Fort Dix, count-
er-intelligence officials said. The
suspects allegedly put their savings
together to pay for the planned
In June 2006, FBI informants
stopped another plot to blow up the
Sears Tower in Chicago and the FBI
building in Miami.
In August 2006, British authori-
ties thwarted a terrorist plot to
simultaneously blow up 10 aircraft
heading to the United States by
using explosives smuggled in carry-
on luggage, barely averting "mass
murder on an unimaginable scale,"
as police described it. Two dozen
people were arrested, but the mas-
termind of the plot and at least three
of his henchmen were never caught.
But, as many critics of U.S. for-
eign policy note, it's a matter of
intense debate as to whether the
numerous examples of upstaged
terrorist plots exemplify the Bush
administration's prowess at intelli-
gence or its ineptitude at fostering
friends around the world.
Many lawmakers, defense experts
and others contend that U.S.
Military intervention in Iraq and
other parts of the world has only
made America more vulnerable to
foreign resentment. Resentment,
they argue, breeds terrorism, which
is why there are so many attempts
to kill Americans.
In this era of the Internet and high-
speed global communications, the
United States appears to be losing
the propaganda war, according to
scholars and counter-terrorism
experts. As examples, they cite the
numerous Islamic Web sites that
denounce "American Imperialism"
and note the rapid rise in recruit-
ment among terrorist groups like al-
Democratic presidential hopeful
Sen. Barack Obama, who has been
a consistent public opponent of the
war, warned early on that an Iraq
invasion would, "lead to an occupa-
tion of undetermined length, at
undetermined cost, with undeter-
TV One, MBC Stir Up News With Star Power
African-American Start-Ups Bring Star Power to Chicago Convention
African-American centered net-
works TV One and Major
Broadcasting Cable Network both
announced big programming devel-
opments last week at the National
The independently owned MBC
created quite the stir on the show
floor as Michael Jackson appeared
at its booth to announce a program-
ming alliance. Jackson did not com-
ment, but MBC officials said the
"King Of Pop" will create several
Liberia Ships First Post-war Diamonds
MONROVIA, Liberia Liberia
has shipped its first consignment of
diamonds since the lifting of U.N.
sanctions that blocked the export of
so-called "blood diamonds" used to
fuel years of war, officials said.
A shipment valued at about
$222,000 left Liberia last week,
government spokesman Laurence
Bropleh said. He declined to name
the exporting company or give
details on the shipment's destina-
The Liberian government received
a royalty of about $6,000 from the
shipment, said Gabriel Williams, a
deputy government spokesman.
"This amount may look small but
we have to start from somewhere,"
The precious gems were a major
force in the cross-border conflict
that ravaged Liberia and neighbor-
ing Sierra Leone for more than a
decade. Former Liberian President
Charles Taylor has been accused of
using diamond wealth to arm fight-
ers known for hacking off people's
limbs and conscripting children.
Both Taylor's forces and rebel
fighters were charged with looting
Liberia's small diamond reserves to
buy arms, along with smuggling
gems from Sierra Leone's more
expansive diamond fields for export
through Liberian ports.
The United Nations imposed sanc-
tions on Liberia's diamonds in May
2001 and, to comply with the sanc-
tions, the Liberian government
placed a moratorium on all mining.
Liberia finally emerged from its
civil strife in 2003, with Taylor's
The U.N. removed sanctions this
April, citing Liberia's efforts to pro-
vide controls and tracking of dia-
monds, and the Liberian govern-
ment lifted its moratorium in late
Liberia has identified at least three
diamond clusters along its border
with Sierra Leone that it hopes to
develop, Williams said.
Liberia remains one of the world's
poorest countries, battered by civil
wars from that left 200,000 people
dead and displaced half the coun-
try's 3 million people. Government
officials hope a restored diamond
trade will create jobs in a country
with 85 percent unemployment.
Before sanctions, the government
estimated that about $600,000
worth of the gems were smuggled
out of the country annually, with
very little going through legal
export channels. Diamonds have
historically been a very small seg-
ment of Liberia's export sector,
which is dominated by rubber and
Liberia submitted its application in
March to join the Kimberley
Process, a voluntary 71-nation
group created out of the furor over
diamond-funded wars in Angola,
Congo, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Members agree to trade only certi-
fied diamonds. In June, Liberia
attended a meeting as a full
Kimberley Process member for the
programming projects for the enter-
tainment network over the next 18
months, including a potential docu-
mentary about the Jackson family.
Jackson's brother Marlon is a part
owner of MBC, currently in 27 mil-
lion homes. Actor Chris Tucker
(Rush Hour) is also in discussions
with the network to develop a pos-
sible comedy series and other proj-
MBC also announced on June 9 a
five-year programming alliance
with four major black sports confer-
ences. The network will feature
weekly live sports programming
from the Mid-East Athletic
Conference, the Southern
Conference and the Central
Intercollegiate Athletic Conference,
Mitchell said. The deal calls for
MBC to televise basketball and
football games, as well as other
MBC will produce the games and
sell the advertising time, but return
a portion of those proceeds to the
schools. Through licensing fees, ad
sales and potential sponsorship
opportunities, Mitchell estimates
the deal could generate around $50
million over the life of the contract.
In other MBC sports news, net-
work co-owner and former heavy-
weight champion Evander
Holyfield will premiere a new box-
ing league next year.
The World Boxing League Inc.
will feature eight teams located in
several major cities, competing for
a world team title. The league finals
could be slated for PPV distribu-
tion, said network officials.
For its part, upstart TV One the
network co-owned by Radio One
Inc. and Comcast Corp. has
tapped actor and producer Tim
Reid and TV personality/restaura-
teur Barbara Smith to help develop
its programming lineup, according
to network president and CEO
Reid, who has starred in such sit-
coms as Frank's Place and WKRP
In Cincinnati, will take on the role
as senior executive supervising pro-
ducer for the TV One, advising it on
strategic programming planning
and production, Rodgers said.
In addition, Reid's New
Millennium Studios will provide
TV One with both library and orig-
Smith's nationally syndicated
lifestyle series, B. Smith With
Style, will be the centerpiece of TV
One's afternoon programming strat-
egy targeting women. The network
has acquired 144 episodes of the
30-minute series, along with 26
new installments that will air on TV
One after their broadcast syndica-
He said the network is also in dis-
cussions with actor/comedian Steve
Harvey about working with the
network, including a possible
simulcast with his radio show.
The network is having talks with
many established and up and com-
ing African-American directors and
producers in an effort to create orig-
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Celebrities to Headline Congressional Black 7
Caucus' Annual Legislative Weekend Cl t m
Quincy Jones, Louis Gossett Jr.,
Gabrielle Union, Mya, Master P.,
Victoria Rowell and Byron Cage
will join the members of the
Congressional Black Caucus as
headliners at the 37th Annual
Legislative Conference (ALC),
Sept. 26-29 at the Washington
Convention Center.This year's ALC
theme is "Unleashing Our Power."
The theme challenges legislators
and citizens to use their collective
power to level the playing field for
African Americans, and recognizes
the historic number of CBC mem-
bers leading congressional commit-
Marian Wright Edelman, Michael
Eric Dyson, George C. Fraser and
Russell Simmons are among other
notables expected at the four-day
conference featuring dozens of pol-
icy forums, general sessions,
exhibits, a job fair, book signing
and networking opportunities.
Twenty-thousand people attend the
conference each year focusing on
issues impacting African Americans
and the African diaspora.
To start ALC '07 off right, the
House Majority Whip, Rep. James
Clyburn of South Carolina, will
join the four major committee lead-
ers -- Reps. Charles Rangel of New
York (Ways and Means), John
Conyers of Michigan (Judiciary),
Bennie Thompson of Mississippi
(Homeland Security) and Stephanie
Tubbs-Jones of Ohio (Standards of
Official Conduct) -- for a Welcome
Ceremony discussion about lever-
aging power on Wednesday, Sept.
Edelman, president and founder of
the Children's Defense Fund, will
join other experts for a National
Town Hall Meeting titled,
"Disrupting the Prison Pipeline," on
Thursday, Sept. 27.
Attendees are urged to register for
ALC by visiting the Foundation's
Web site, http://www.cbcfinc.org.
The public also may attend the pol-
icy sessions at a cost of $5 per per-
son, per day, or $15 per person for
ther"conferenre.CA&C raises funds
for the Foundation's research,
scholarship, fellowship and intern-
ship programs as well as its eco-
nomic development and public
A new addition to the conference
will be the Networking Luncheon
on Sept. 27. Meant for seasoned
professionals, the event will allow
attendees with similar interests and
backgrounds to interact in a semi-
The CBCF Emerging Leaders
series is poised to offer multiple
sessions connecting the nation's
powerbrokers with emerging pro-
fessionals to discuss strategies for
personal and community develop-
ment. On Sept. 27, Victoria Rowell,
the award-winning actress, dancer
and author, will host the Instant
Apprentice Luncheon, during
which participants will sit with
executives and leaders in business,
government, education, sports and
non-profit organizations. Recording
artist/entrepreneur Percy Miller
(aka Master P.) and Michael Eric
Dyson are confirmed for panels on
Friday, Sept. 28.
With its Future Focus Series, the
Foundation's Center for Policy
Analysis and Research (CPAR) will
feature members of Congress, aca-
demics, policy practitioners and
experts who will cover topics of
education, affordable housing, eco-
nomic development and public
health on Sept. 26. A discussion on
mental health issues facing African
Americans will highlight the CPAR
CBC members will lead their own
forums on education, health care,
the environment, economic devel-
opment, criminal justice, housing,
transportation and international
affairs. Braintrusts, extended panel
discussions resulting in legislative
action plans, are also planned.
Rep. Butterfield said: "African
Americans must address the count-
less disparities that affect our quali-
ty of life. Coming out of ALC, we
must harness our power and renew
our commitment toward strengthen-
ing our families and communities."
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High school football the staple of Friday night live in Jacksonville for decades has been kicked off and in full
swing. But no team would be complete without a squad to cheer them on. Leading the Varsity squad of Raines
High School are cheerleaders: Katroya Jones, Shanika Seymore, Cheryl Bing, Nakir Hughes, Tyra Huston, Janee
Stone, Tiffany Jordan, Junior captain Rahsheeda Hicks, Victoria Lucy Roberts, Natalia Barlow, Symoine Butler,
Breana Barr, co-captain Kristin Salter, co-captain Chelsea Wilson, Captain Kiara Brice and Francina Daniels .
The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at a church in Jena, La., last month. He
returned there over the weekend as well.
Sharpton Wants Jena 6
Probe of Prosecutor
Jena, Louisiana The Rev. Al
Sharpton called Sunday for an
investigation of the district attorney
prosecuting a group of black
teenagers on serious criminal
charges stemming from a high
school fight involving a white
In a telephone interview from New
York, Sharpton also said he would
join thousands of people in Jena on
Sept. 20 the day one of the teens
is scheduled to be sentenced on an
aggravated second-degree battery
conviction. Mychal Bell faces up to
15 years in prison.
Sharpton said he wants the state
attorney general and judicial over-
sight agencies to investigate the
actions of LaSalle Parish District
Attorney Reed Walters.
Walters' has previously said he
cannot comment because of the
The case drew protests after five
of the six teens, dubbed the "Jena
Six," were originally charged with
attempted second-degree murder
and conspiracy to commit murder,
carrying sentences of up to 80 years
in prison. The sixth was charged in
The beating victim, who is white,
was treated for injuries at a hospital
and released the same day, and a
motive for the alleged Dec. 4 attack
at Jena High School was never
The beating came amid tense race
relations in Jena, a mostly white
town of 3,000 in north-central
Louisiana. After a black student sat
under a tree on the school campus
where white students traditionally
congregated, three nooses were
hung in the tree. Students accused
of placing the nooses were sus-
pended from school for a short peri-
In Jena on Sunday, the Rev. Jesse
Jackson urged residents to come
together to demand equal justice.
"Why be fighting when we can
turn to each other and find common
ground?" Jackson said. "Jena is too
small not to move together."
- Part I: Do Democrats Really Love
Black People? Party Leaders Bristle at the Question
Continued from front '
"Basically, what they want to
do is to get in the White House.
They want to win," says Walters, a
political scientist at the University
of Maryland. "And that means if
they have to overthrow the civil
rights agenda, they'll do it. And that
is essentially what they've been try-
ing to do. So, no, they don't love
Black people. It's just that they love
The danger is that the party shifts
with political winds, Walters
In 1984, after Jackson's first pres-
idential run and second term
Republican President Ronald
Reagan defeated Democratic nomi-
nee former Vice President Walter
Mondale, there were a series of
meetings among the Democratic
Party leadership, Walters recalls.
"One of those meetings was very
hot because some of the younger
leaders of the Party were arguing
that they had to reconfigure the role
of the civil rights movement in the
party's profile, in the party's image.
In other words, the Democratic
Party was getting to be too
Black...It meant that they had.to be
less aggressive in their support of
civil rights issues, and they began
systematically to do that."
So, despite President Clinton's
reputation for an affinity toward
Black people, he was head of the
Southern Governor's Association,
which was opposed to affirmative
action, says Walters.
"And that's where the leadership
of the party came from for eight
years. And so, the only reason they
didn't do away with affirmative
action was because of the protests
on the part of Blacks. Otherwise,
they tried to tinker with that civil
rights legacy every way that they
As Democratic presidential con-
tenders fight to succeed George W.
Bush, could the Party return to pol-
itics as usual? Democratic Party
leaders bristle at the question.
"We've got to stop this stuff in
the community saying the
Democrats are taking everybody for
granted," says Democratic National
Committee Chairman Howard
"There's been more done in six
months [by Congress] for the
African-American community than
the Republicans did in six years.
This is not a matter of giving up
your values. If you do that, you
can't win elections."
The record speaks for itself, says
"This is not a matter of who likes
Black people. This is a matter of
this system and the Democratic
Party has really worked incredibly
well for African-Americans," Dean
says. "The first thing we did after
the Democrats took over was raise
the minimum wage. That dispropor-
tionately affects African-
Americans. Sixteen percent of all
African-American workers were
affected by that minimum wage
All 43 Black members of
Congress are Democrats, he adds.
And with a record four Black
committee chairs, 16 subcommittee
chairs, and Black Majority Whip
Jim Clybum (D-S.C.), those Blacks
finally have historic power, Dean
"So, I completely disagree with
the notion that this is about whether
Democrats love Black people or
not. This is about Democrats creat-
ing a system where African-
Americans could succeed."
That system is working says U. S.
Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.),
chairman of the House Judiciary
Committee and reputed dean of the
Congressional Black Caucus.
Ticking off a list of House suc-
cesses. including the Hate Crimes
There are 43 members of the
CBC, but there are 48 Blue Dogs,
the conservative Democrats. "Our
majority is quite frankly a very thin
one," Conyers resolves.
Convers raises Sneaker of the
In a gleeful moment, National Democratic Party Chairman Howard
Dean (Center) laughs with civil rights icons former Congressman
Walter Fauntroy, the Revs. Jesse Jackson, Joseph Lowery and Al
Sharpton. Still some Black leaders wonder, Do Democrats really love
Black people and take their best interests to heart?
Act, the Emmett Till Act to solve
unsolved civil rights crimes, the D.
C. Voting Rights Act and the Anti-
Voter Intimidation Act, Conyers
says the drawback for even more
aggressive legislation may be in the
With 233 Democrats and 202
Republicans in the House, there's
only a margin of 31 votes, he says.
Therefore, if 16 Democrats don't
agree with the CBC and the leader-
ship position and the Republicans
stay organized, the Democrats lose.
Even the Democrats are divided,
he points out.
House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
"She's been cooperating with me
fully," he says. But, that coopera-
tion with African-Americans has
not transferred into the presidential
race, civil rights leaders say.
"I am not supporting anybody,"
says the Rev. Al Sharpton during a
recent airing of his nationally syn-
dicated radio talk show. "Until I
know, whoever I support. where
they are on issues like the Supreme
Court and they talk about specific
cases, I am not N-O-T," he spells
the word for emphasis. "I am per-
fectly willing to be the one to force
all of them to deal with these issues
if I have to."
Democrats received 89 percent of
the Black vote in the 2004 presiden-
tial election and Black voters are
largely credited with the current
Democratic majority in Congress.
Despite the allegiance, Hilary
Shelton, director of the NAACP
Washington Bureau and Capitol
Hill lobbyist says less than 1 per-
cent of the NAACP's legislative
agenda has come to a positive reso-
lution and only about 10 percent
has begun to move through the
Shelton stresses that this is only
the first session of the 110th
Congress and he fully expects more
progress on issues such as the drop
out rate, high stakes testing in "No
Child Left Behind", school con-
struction, help for Hurricane
Katrina victims, mandatory mini-
mum sentences and the death penal-
ty, which the NAACP opposes.
The NAACP is a non-partisan
organization, but Shelton says he
has noticed a difference since the
Democrats took over.
"We're seeing more movement
on our bills, more substantive
movement," he says. "There was
very little movement on these
Still he dreads a possible change
in political climate with pending
House, Senate and presidential
"I will say that we are very con-
cerned about what happens when
we get into 2008, an election year
when the approach to politics
begins to change significantly with
the elections in mind," he says.
"You'll have an awful lot of postur-
ing going on. The real question is,
in that posturing, will we see the
kinds of commitment to actually
implement programs that are
important to our community?"
The answer is already clear, says
Jesselyn McCurdy, legislative
counsel for the American Civil
Liberties Union, another non-parti-
san organization that has discov-
ered a bottle neck with civil rights
legislation even with the
Describing the movement on key
civil rights and criminal justice
issues so far as "baby steps",
McCurdy agrees that hope wanes as
the elections near.
"The closer we come to the pres-
idential election, there will be less
willingness to address the issues
that the civil rights community and
African-Americans are concerned
about in this country," she says.
"Maybe some of these issues will
be just put on the back burner
because they give the [impression]
of being soft on crime."
Dean says he will push for the
presidential candidates to address
more issues as the election nears.
"They've got to make their own
decisions about what they're going
to say, but I'm certainly going to
add things to the agenda like public
education, like workforce training
like supporting parents," he says.
Walters concedes that Black peo-
ple loved or not really don't
have much of a choice between the
two parties, considering the Right
Wing associations of the
"They have scared the hell out of
Black people," says Walters. "So
that kind of keeps you at home. It
doesn't give you much room to
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Another DeBarge in Lock Up
For the second time in less than a week, a
member of the DeBarge family has been taken W
Four days after El DeBarge was arrested on
suspicion of domestic violence, his younger
brother Chico was nabbed on suspicion of hav-
ing illegal drugs and cash in his car.
On Aug. 30, Chico, born Jonathan Arthur .
DeBarge, was spotted in his Toyota vehicle
switching seats with a female companion while -
driving on a Los Angeles highway. When an officer pulled them over, ille-
gal drugs and cash were reportedly discovered.
The 41-year-old former artist, who attempted a solo career outside of the
famous group formed by his siblings, is being held on $30,000 bail.
Meanwhile, Eldra, 46, is being detained without bail because he had two
previous warrants for his arrest in narcotics cases.
Sherri Shepherd $2M Demand Caused "View" Delay
Did Sherri Shepherd demand more money than "The
View" wanted to give her to become the fifth and final
According to TV Guide's Michael Ausiello, llth
S hour salary negotiations caused the week-long delay in
S- the official unveiling of Shepherd?s permanent place
-", on the show, which apparently was supposed to be
announced along with the addition of Whoopi
Rumor has it that Shepherd was asking for a salary of $2 million.
According to Ausiello, Shepherd told producers she wants to make at least
what co-hosts Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck are earning.
During the standoff, ABC reportedly considered other celebs, including
Kathy Griffin and former BET news maven Jacquie Reid. But according
to Ausiello's mole at ABC, Griffin also balked at the network's initial offer.
One-time consideration Roseanne Barr also reportedly had an asking price
that was too high for ABC suits, Ausiello says.
Ike Turner Planning Reality TV Route
In a project to rival Bravo's "Being Bobby
Brown", veteran musician Ike Turner is hoping to ..
launch a reality series based on his volatile rela- '.
tionship with ex-wife Audrey Madison, the woman
he claims tried to kill him with an overdose of pre- -- '
According to WENN, the 75-year-old divorced
artist is now back together with Madison, his back-
ground singer, and looking to make some money
off of their quirky relationship.
Friends insist the couple will be together forever, because she's the only
woman who is "wilder than he is."
One source says: "He's been used to marrying groupies he could con-
In addition to working on their relationship and pitching a new reality
TV show, the duo is currently planning a tour of Europe.
Juanita Bynum Files for Divorce
The marriage of Prophetess Juanita Bynum and
Bishop Weeks is over. Bynum told an Atlanta's
Fox 5 that last month's alleged attack wasn't the
first time the couple has had problems.
Bynum said she loves her husband but she is fin-
ished with what she called an abusive marriage.
She confessed she thought the routine heated
arguments in their marriage were normal initially.
She said she gave her attorney the go-ahead for
divorce proceedings last week. Bishop Weeks is accused of beating
Bynum in an Atlanta hotel parking lot on August 21.
Bynum told the station that this wasn't the first time they had a physical
altercation but it had never been to this degree only pushing and shoving.
She said he had never physically drawn a fist back and hit her.
Bynum said she will assist prosecutors with the aggravated assault case
but she could not pass judgment on whether Weeks should go to jail. She
believes he still has redeeming qualities.
She said she doesn't believe her love for her husband will ever die and
she thinks she could marry him twice -- but this one is over. She said he's
a brilliant man and she believes God will get that purpose out of his life.
Bynum said maybe he wasn't meant to be with her and she wishes him
Master P, Romeo Proving Thatilean
Lyrics Can Have
With no significant radio play, a choice in the marketplace.
video, or expensive marketing "This is not about me, this is a
schemes, the Miller Boyz (Master P movement" said Master P. "If God
and his son Romeo) are starting a is for you, who dares be against
new trend, and changing the rap you? This is hip-hop history and I'm
game. glad to be a part of such a big proj-
Their latest album, Hip-Hop ect. I want to thank the people that
History, is already outselling many want something positive for them-
other urban artists who have major selves and their kids. Hopefully
label money and expensive ad cam- other artists will see what's going
paigns behind them. In addition to on and do what's right for them-
being available at all digital music selves rather than get caught up in
retailers, the CD is available exclu- the media's pressure to be someone
sively at Wal-Mart. they're not. Like it says in the Bible
Via their Take A Stand Records, 'a life without change is a wasted
the Miller Boyz are making it cool life,' and that's why I knew it was so
to release clean rap music. "This is important for me and my son,
the first rap album banned by the Romeo, to be a part of this project."
system for being clean!" Master P With the music industry's sales
joked. "Wow, I never knew it would being at an all-time low, Master P
be so hard to do something posi- proves that clean lyrics and direct
tive." distribution are a win-win for both
With all the hype surrounding 50 the artist and the consumer.
Cent and Kanye West's battle for "The overhead of producing and
sales, Master P is determined to set releasing a modem album is so high
a different kind of goal -- establish- and all these other labels out there
ing balance by offering consumers are still trying to put out traditional
Former Miss USA Kenya Moore
Writes "How to" Book for Gents
Actress/Model Kenya Moore has
got game and she's sharing it in her
new book "Game, Get Some: What
Women Really Want."
The former Miss USA, who has
no problem in social situations,
hopes the book will make it a bit
easier for the male species to get a
clue when dealing with women.
The book, which hits shelves in
late November, is a compilation of
advice and situations from Moore
herself and from interviews of other
women. (You can pre-order and
more info from Barnes & Noble.)
"I'm so happy about this book. It's
my way of explaining women from
A to Z for the fellas out there that
want to polish their game. It is
impossible for one single man to
know everything there is to know
about women. It's not possible and
that's why I wrote this book," she
said. "It's my personal experience.
I interviewed women. We did polls
on line. We talk about everything."
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Moore wrote the book in a lan-
guage she thinks most men will
understand and that is sports terms.
With chapter titles like locker room
motivation lines, she hopes the
clever and straightforward words of
wisdom will be a benefit for men
and a fun read for women.
"We're just inherently different -
men and women," she said. "We're
raised differently; we think differ-
ently, we communicate differently.
That's why sometimes there are a
lot of problems when we try to
fonn relationships with the oppo-
site sex. This book just kind of puts
everything in perspective. It's in
sports terms so the guys will like it.
Like, we talk about the players -
your point guard, your franchise
players. We talk about the tryouts -
how to win the affections of a
woman. It is a play off the title -
And Moore continued that even
the veteran player needs a little
coaching now and then, so the book
is for everyone.
"What can't they learn?" she said
of men "For instance, how to
approach us. No, we don't like 'Ay
bay-bay.' Different techniques in
the book [include] how to approach
us, how to communicate with us,
and even how to break-up with us
properly. So many men don't know
how to break up with us and that's
why they get a woman slashing
their tires or busting their windows.
But if you're honest in a relation-
ship, you'll always have a friend at
the end of the day."
Master P. "There's
just not the same
demand for it any-
more. Also, par-
ents are involved
with what their
kids are listening
to and they are
All of these together
show the reason why
Hip-Hop History is so suc-
Master P said that this record isn't
about him or his son; it's an exam-
ple for others to follow. "I'm not
doing this to be a superstar rapper,
I'm just doing this to show the
world that it works. Now I'm going
to go behind the scenes and work
on my business ventures and help
my son take his career to the next
level. I also pledge to teach others
how to build wealth through invest-
ing in real estate and how to
achieve their goals by using my
book Guaranteed Success."
Additionally, Master P's new book,
Guaranteed Success, is also in
stores now. The book is a self-help
guide to financial success. In the
a Master P
shares the wisdom
and experience that he has gained in
his journey from rags to riches. It is
designed to help African American
people build generational wealth.
He is currently on tour across the
country for book signing at Barnes
& Noble stores, as well as conduct-
ing "Guaranteed Success" financial
seminars, where he plans to help
those in need of financial help.
The price of Master P's seminars
are under $50 -- the admission price
includes the price of the book.
The closest the seminars come to
the Jacksonville area is Savannah,
Ga on September 34th and 25th.
MONTECITO, Calif. -- Oprah
Winfrey rolled out the red carpet
for Barack Obama at a gala
fundraiser attended by high-
wattage stars that was expected to
raise $3 million for the Democratic
The most powerful woman in
show business celebrated her
favourite candidate with 1,500
guests at her palatial estate in this
coastal enclave south of Santa
Barbara. Tickets to the sold-out pri-
vate event went for $2,300 apiece,
keeping them within campaign
Stevie Wonder performed for
guests, who included Sidney
Poitier, Forest Whitaker, Chris
Rock, Cindy Crawford, Dennis
Haysbert and many others. Will
Smith, Jamie Foxx and Halle Berry
also were expected, though it was
unclear if they were in attendance.
The media were barred from the
Visitors were bused to Winfrey's
secluded home from an equestrian
centre about 15 km away. A solid
line of limousines, BMWs,
Bentleys and a few hybrid Priuses
disgorged well-dressed guests.
Obama has raised more than $58
million for his White House bid.
Oprah Raises Millions for Obama
Talk show host Oprah Winfrey (R) talks with US Senator Barack
Obama (C) and his wife Michelle Obama at an Obama' 08 fund-rais-
er for Barack Obama's presidential campaign, hMted 4hytNVinfreysat
her home in Montecito, California.
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