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FAMU Employees Asked to Return
Money After Payroll Mistake
FLORIDA Tallahassee Florida A&M University administrators have
mailed letters to 66 employees asking them to return unapproved bonus-
es they received because of a payroll system glitch.
"About $67,000 was overpaid to the employees during the Jan. 18 pay-
roll," said Teresa Hardee, the vice president of administrative and fiscal
Hardee said the recent letter asked that the employees, who include
some graduate assistants and contract faculty, repay the money in full or
by a payment plan. They have until April 4 to respond to the letter.
If the recipients do not respond to the letter, Hardee said the money will
be taken out of their checks.
Some employees were underpaid, according to Hardee, but they have
already been compensated.
Bishop Eddie Long Finally Agrees
to Comply With Fiscal Probe
One of the remaining three televangelists who have been resisting a
senator's request to turn over financial documents relating church expen-
ditures says he'll comply.
After months of protest, Bishop Eddie Long, pastor of New Birth
Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia Ga. has said he'll give the
Senate Finance Committee the financial and corporate documents that
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) has been seeking, according to a
spokeswoman for the lawmaker.
The other resisters, the Rev. Creflo Dollar and Taffi Dollar, of World
Changers Church International, in College Park Ga., and the Revs.
Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, of Fort Worth Texas have not yet
responded, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The deadline was this week before before Grassley, the ranking mem-
ber of the Senate Finance Committee, would issue a subpoena. Long and
Dollar are the two African-American leaders of mega-churches who have
been asked to disclose all money collected by their ministries and how
they have been spent.
The other preachers include: the Rev. Benny Hinn, Randy and Paula
White of Without Walls International Church and Rev. Joyce Meyer .
Grassley said he was prompted to investigate the financial dealings of the
churches because of numerous complaints he had received about their
financial excesses, which include private jets, luxury cars and numerous
Dollar, whose church raked in $69 million last year, said recently that
he sold the Rolls-Royce that was gifted to him by his parishioners and
donated the money to his children's program. He said that his private jet
is necessary to carry out his ministry's work abroad.
Court Says Mumia Abu-Jamal
Deserves New Hearing
PHILADELPHIA An appeals court last week upheld Mumia Abu-
Jamal's conviction for murdering a police officer 27 years ago but reject-
ed prosecutors' request to reinstate the death penalty for the former Black
Panther. The three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
said that because the jury that sentenced Abu-Jamal to die was given
flawed instructions in the penalty phase, he must either get a new sen-
tencing hearing or be sentenced to life in prison.
Abu-Jamal's lead attorney, Robert R. Bryan of San Francisco, said he
was glad the judges did not reinstate the death sentence, but added that
he will continue fighting to get his client a new trial.
A Philadelphia jury convicted Abu-Jamal, who is black, of killing white
Philadelphia police Officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981 after the patrolman
pulled over Abu-Jamal's brother in an overnight traffic stop.
Prosecutors say Faulkner, 25, managed to shoot Abu-Jamal during the
confrontation. A wounded Abu-Jamal, his own gun lying nearby, was still
at the scene when police arrived, and authorities consider the evidence
against him overwhelming.
Since Abu-Jamal's 1982 conviction, activists in the United States and
Europe have rallied in support of his claims that he was the victim of a
racist justice system. Abu-Jamal, 53, has kept his case in the spotlight
through books and radio broadcasts.
$24M Walgreen Settlement Approved
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. A federal judge has signed off on Walgreen
Co.'s (NYSE:WAG) plan to pay $24 million to settle a federal lawsuit
alleging racial bias at the nation's largest drugstore chain.
Roughly 10,000 past and present black Walgreen workers will split $20
million under the consent decree given final approval Monday by U.S.
District Judge G Patrick Murphy.
Attorneys involved in the case will share about $4.5 million in fees sep-
arate from the settlement amount.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit
in March of last year, accusing the retailer of discriminating against thou-
sands of black workers in hiring and assignment decisions.
The decree also requires Walgreen to hire outside consultants to review
and make recommendations about their employment practices, including
standardized, nondiscriminatory promotion and store assignments, pro-
cedures and promotional benchmarks.
Walgreen, which still says it did nothing wrong, began putting the
decree's requirements in place last July when Murphy gave the settlement
deal tentative approval, Walgreen spokeswoman Tiffani Bruce said.
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Jaleel Crawl, Yolanda Williams, Mahali Crawl and Christopher
Rhynes, show off pictures of their dream home.
Young Brothers Know What a Dream Home is
Made of- Young brothers Jaleel and Christopher may not currently
know what it feels like to have their own home, but given a opportunity for
a little creativity, they will show you exactly what their dream home looks
like. In a contest against over one hundred kids, four crayons and a sheet
a paper paved the way the brothers to win the cash prize for their drawing.
For more on their story, see page 3
Florida Becomes Sixth State
to Apologize for Slavery
Florida has become the sixth U.S.
state to apologize for slavery.
Both chambers of the Florida leg-
islature adopted a resolution last
week expressing "profound regret
for the shameful chapter in this
The resolution notes that Florida
sanctioned and enforced "African
slavery in one of its most brutal and
dehumanizing forms" from 1822 --
a year after Florida became a U.S.
territory -- until the end of the
American Civil War in 1865.
Florida became a U.S. state in
1845. It joined other slave-holding
states in the American South in
seceding from the Union in 1861,
triggering a civil war that ended
slavery and preserved the Southern
states as part of the United States.
Five other U.S. states have apolo-
gized for slavery since last year,
including Alabama, Maryland, New
Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia.
The Florida resolution cites state
laws from the 1800s saying that any
"slave duly convicted of robbery ...
or burglary shall suffer death or
have his or her ears nailed to posts
and there stand for one hour and
receive 30 lashes on his or her bare
back at the discretion of the court."
Freed slaves "were denied the
right to vote and in later years were,
by law, so repressed, restricted and
harassed that by 1850 most had
been driven from Florida."
The resolution also "calls for heal-
ing and reconciliation among all
residents of the state." The bill was
proposed by Sen. Tony Hill, work-
ing with Republican Senate
President Ken Pruitt.
Stanton High School recently held their annual Heritage Luncheon
inviting all classes to participate in the school's rich history. Shown
above at the noon day event is (left) Miss Stanton 1965 Anest Schell
McCarthy and Miss Stanton 2008, Monya Sharp. For more photo
highlights, see see back page. FMPPhoto
B.R.A.T.S. Spend Spring Break
Logging Community Service Hours
The Gamma Rho Omega
B.R.A.T.S helped to build a
Habijax during their Spring break.
The novice home builders ham-
mered nails and set windows in a
new home on Wakefield Ave. The
B.R.A.T.S (Brilliant, Responsible,
Alert, Talented, Scholars) is a group
sponsored by the Education
Committee of Gamma Rho Omega
Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority. The entire Sorority sup-
ports the group with tutoring
In mathematics, reading, and & %M
scheduled sessions in FCAT skills HOUS \lD
and leadership workshops. This :.
group of teens (grades 9-12) came
together as volunteers at the Annual
AKA Sumer Camp. Since forming,
the group has logged over 5000
hours of community service, at var-
ious community events. They were
also joined by their advisors Sandra
Thompson and Tanya Austin.
BRATS members attend various BRATS Kiristen Booker and Hilary Standifer during their Spring
High Schools in the area, Kiristen Break building a HabiJax House.
Booker (Raines), Cody Floyd White), Malerie Redmond Hilary Standifer and Sha'Tique
(Ribault), Amine Smith (Ed (Wolfson) and Geornesia Moses Martin of Paxon.
PL ae 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press.April.3-9-I2008
by Harry Alford
The subject of Race is all over
the media headlines. Reverend
Jeremiah Wright told it like it is
and conservative America could
not take the strong medicine. Sen.
Barack Obama had to prepare his
greatest speech to address the fren-
zy that was and is taking place
about it. Imagine, Black people
having to explain to White
America that there is a racial prob-
lem in this nation. That alone sig-
nifies the degree of importance this
issue is. Denial can be the worst
enemy and biggest problem.
Most recently Secretary of State
Condoleeza Rice had to weigh in
on the issue. She endorsed Senator
Obama's speech and confirmed
that indeed Race is still a major
problem in the nation. She referred
to the matter as a "Birth Defect"
that our nation must deal with. It
was there at the formation of this
great nation and it lingers today -
big time. Yes, racism in the United
States is institutional and somehow
and someway we must all come to
terms with it if we are to truly
become a most perfect Christian
One of the biggest indicators that
racism is still alive and well in
America is the experience of the
subprime mortgage fiasco.
President Bush proclaimed with all
sincerity that he would like to see a
major increase in home ownership
amongst minorities in this nation.
That was a noble goal. However,
the racist minds listening to that
announcement began to construct a
very sinister plot. With the logic of
the Ku Klux Klan, many mortgage
houses began to set up a process
targeted for Black perspective
homeowners. Not just those look-
ing for home ownership but those
The first digital collection of doc-
uments and materials chronicling
the founding of America's histori-
cally black colleges and universi-
ties is now available online at con-
"A Digital Collection Celebrating
the Founding of the Historically
Black College and University"
includes more than 1,000 scanned
photographs, manuscripts, letters
and publications from 10 institu-
tions designated as Historically
Black Colleges and Universities
The project, which was funded by
The Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation, represents the first col-
laborative effort by HBCU libraries
to make a historical collection dig-
itally available. The online collec-
tion, is the product of a partnership
between the HBCU Library
Alliance, HBCU institutions, the
Southeastern Library Network
(SOLINET) and Cornell
The contents of the collection
date back to the early 1800s and
include campus charters, student
yearbooks, early campus architec-
tural drawings, and a rich assort-
ment of photographs featuring first
presidents, graduating classes,
famous alumni and churches,
which often served as the first
classrooms at many institutions.
The online collection features
materials from Alabama State
University, Atlanta University
Center, Bennett College for
Women, Fisk University,
Grambling State University,
Hampton University, Southern
University, Tuskegee University,
Tennessee State University and
Virginia State University.
To view materials from the collec-
tion, go to contentdm.auctr.edu.
For more information about the
partnership and the HBCU Library
Alliance digital library initiative,
who were already comfortable
with it. They came up with the plan
of "Reverse Redlining".
The conventional "Redlining"
has long been used against Black
neighborhoods victimizing home-
owners, renters and businesses.
Insurance companies, banks,
investors, etc. would take a red pen
and encircle a geographical territo-
ry. Nothing within that red circle
would receive investment, cover-
age or business interaction. It was
cold hard racism usually intended
for Blacks and based solely on the
color of their skin. It made no busi-
ness sense as it is based solely on
"Reverse Redlining" is some-
what different. You encircle that
same geographical territory but
instead of starving the community
from business interaction you
flood it with activity detrimental,
fleecing activity. This activity will
certainly not be economically
enhancing. It actually will be
predatory and designed to cheat the
residents of those communities
from fair financial practices. The
activity is designed to economical-
ly destroy the people and the very
land they live on. It is based solely
on the color of the victims' skin
and the goal of quick, fast money.
The subprime mortgage hustle is
indeed Reverse Redlining and the
economic impact it is having on
African- Americans is historical
and extremely devastating. It is the
biggest negative shift in assets and
wealth ever put on a group of peo-
ple in this nation. It is setting back
the wealth of Black America by
two generations. Is it racist?
Certainly! Is it evil? Yes indeed.
The big question is: Is it illegal?
Former Federal Reserve Chairman
Alan Greenspan thinks so. He says,
"It was an accident waiting to hap-
pen. Irrational robust exuberance
over a scheme that was, in fact,
serious criminal fraud."
Serious criminal fraud is a crime.
What we have here is a crime
directed to a certain group of peo-
ple based on their race. That meets
the parameters of a racial hate
crime which attaches harsher pun-
ishment at the end of the prosecu-
tion of such. So, when is the U.S.
Attorney General going to start
prosecuting the culprits for this
historical hate crime?
What has happened so far is that
the perpetrators of this very larger
conspiracy have gotten away with
it. CEO's have all received "golden
parachutes" in retirement packages
that will set them for life. $40 mil-
lion, $50 million packages and
more is what they are receiving for
destroying the futures of hard-
working Black families. You can
go down to the individual mort-
gage brokers who pursued people
in these redlined zones and started
them down to the road to ruin.
Most of them are getting off the
hook. Why even the CEO of
Ameriquest, one of the biggest per-
petrators, subsequently served as
US Ambassador to the Netherlands
for two years. It's as if he received
meritorious distinction for his sin-
ister work against Black neighbor-
In essence, a major hate crime
has just been committed against
Black America and the question
"What is the US Attorney
General, state attorney generals
and local prosecutors going to do?"
If the answer is nothing, then the
"Birth Defect" that America has
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j Release Them
Now, what's the number one rule for ending rela-
tionships? Never burn bridges. One day you may need to return back
over that bridge. But if it's charred and crumbling from your first cross-
ing, you'll never be able to connect with the person on the other side.
How can you prune your relationships without burning bridges?
Gracefully walk over that bridge, out of that person's life, without ever
telling them that you're bidding them adieu. Adios.
How? Always exit a relationship on a high note. I typically express a
good-bye by doing something for the person. It may be the last thing 1
do for them, but I end it with a smile and pleasant words. I never tell
people, "This is the end of the relationship." Nor do I say, "Don't call me
anymore, you crazy person. I never want to hear from you again." It's
never that abrupt or abusive. If I end a relationship with you, you'll
know it happened when you never hear from me again.
Now what if someone bums you? What if their presence in your life
turns toxic and they infect your personal and professional endeavors?
Your first obligation is to confront them in a way that's honest, direct,
and tactful. You have to let them know what they did wrong and how it
hurt you; they may not even be aware of it. Whether they agree or dis-
agree, at least they know how you feel.
Bottom Line: You must deliver yourself from evil. Get away from
anybody who kills your vitality. Once you do the hard work ofpruning
the toxic branches from your relationship tree, new relationships will
yield golden apples to nourish your life with happiness, ffidllment, and
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Subprime Scandal The
Largest Hate Crime in History
by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
Most of us are wrapping up our
2007 tax returns and the last thing
on our mind is planning our 2008
taxes. "Help yourself and your tax
accountant by keeping all of your
tax related receipts and documents
in one place. Also, think ahead
about how you can reduce your tax
burden during the year through use
of retirement plans, tax deductible
contributions, etc.," states Kevin
Penn, CPA and tax advisor in
Cleveland, Ohio. Ask your tax
professional to help you lay out a
plan for 2008.
First, setup a tax filing system
and as you receive tax related
receipts or information during the
year, put it in the folder. When you
make tax related payments or con-
tributions, write a check or get a
receipt, so that you have written
documentation of the payment. If
you have a business, setup a sepa-
rate checking account and credit
card for business use only.
Make a copy of your 2007 Form
1040 and pencil in estimates of
your 2008 income. If you have a
business or own rental real estate,
estimate your full year income and
expenses for 2008. Do you antici-
pate that your income will increase
or decrease in 2008?
Estimate your itemized deduc-
tions for 2008. Will they increase
or decrease for this tax year?
Pencil in your total deductions on
your Form 1040 and subtract it
from your adjusted gross income
(AGI) to determine your Taxable
Use the tax tables to determine
your estimated tax. Subtract any
applicable credits from your total
tax. Using your pay stubs, estimate
your withholding for the year and
add quarterly tax payments.
Subtract your payments from the
total tax to determine the amount
of your overpayment or tax due.
This is your first pass estimate for
your 2008 taxes. Is this where you
want to be or are there opportuni-
ties to make some changes that can
reduce your tax burden?
The first place to look to lower
your tax burden is in the section,
"adjustments to gross income."
These adjustments can lower total
income. Some of the more com-
mon adjustments are:
- Health Savings Accounts
- Qualified retirement plans and
- Student Loan interest
- Alimony payments
Taking advantage of many of the
"adjustments to gross income,"
requires advance planning.
The next area to look to lower
your tax burden is in Schedule A,
Itemized Deduction, which can
reduce taxable income on a dollar
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for dollar basis.
Medical and dental expenses-
Expenses must exceed 7.5% of
Taxes you paid- State and local
income taxes, real estate and per-
Interest Expenses- Home mort-
gage interest, points and invest-
ment expense interest.
Charitable contributions- Both
cash and non-cash contributions.
Non-cash contributions such as
clothing, household goods and
appreciated securities can be
deducted at their fair market value.
Miscellaneous Deduction must
exceed 2% of AGI.
The final area to look at is the tax
credit section. Tax credits are more
valuable than deductions, since
credits reduce taxes owed on a dol-
lar for dollar basis. Some of the
more commonly used tax credits
Child and dependent care credit
Education Tax Credits
Residential Energy Credits.
Child tax credit of up to $1,000
for each qualifying child.
Many of the tax credits have
income limitations and phase-out
rules and require additional tax
forms to qualify.
Managing your tax liability is
perfectly legal and the money you
save can help build wealth for you
and your family in the future. The
information provided here is a
basic guideline to get you started.
It is recommended that you consult
a qualified tax professional to
assess your personal situation.
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Continued from page 1
The contest was a part of the
activities at First Coast New Home
Buying Expo sponsored by the
Northeast Florida Builders
Association. The drawings were
divided into four age groups and a
winner was chosen in each group.
Coincidentally, two of the winners
are brothers, and their address is the
Salvation Army's Red Shield
Lodge. They are residents of the
lodge because they have nowhere
else to live. They are homeless.
Jaleel, 7, and his brother
Christopher, 13, live with their
mother, Yolanda Williams, 32, at
the Lodge with their younger broth-
er, 2-year-old Mahali.
The dream of owning a home is
real for Williams.
"I like looking at houses because
that is one of my dreams," Williams
said. "I would like a career in real
estate, real estate investing or some-
thing of that nature. That is my
dream, to own a new home."
The boys often spend time draw-
"It is one of their favorite things to
do," she said.
Williams and her family are with-
in walking distance to the Prime
Osborn, so they walked to the
event. When they arrived at the
expo, the boys were given crayons
and paper and they sat down to
draw their dream homes.
"They didn't think they would
win, but I told them to just go ahead
and try," Williams said.
The family has lived at the
Salvation Army since the end of
Before that they lived in their own
home in Brevard County with the
The relationship did not work, so
Williams moved into her own
home. Then things began to go well
and Williams tried to reconcile with
the boys' father.
"But, he ended up abusing drugs
and alcohol and our only choice
was to go to a shelter for a place of
refuge," Williams said. "I have
three younger brothers and one
brother lives here. Unfortunately
there is no space for us to stay at his
Williams has experience in cus-
tomer service and is looking for a
position in that field or office sup-
"We don't have a car," Williams
said. "That is one of the things we
are saving for."
How did the kids react when they
found out they had each won $50 in
the coloring contest?
"They were so excited," Williams
said. "They were so happy and
excited when they heard they won."
Christopher and Jaleel both want
to buy Play Station II games with
"I was actually really surprised
because nothing good has really
happened for us," Williams said.
"To me it was a blessing. It makes
me feel like we're not alone in the
world anymore. I am just seeking
God and getting wisdom and
strength and receiving direction to
accomplish my purpose: To let go
of the past and move on."
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Buchanan's Sincere Comments Validate the
Need for More Conversations About Race
Sometimes I read comments
made by people like Pat Buchanan
and can only say, "Wow!" The sad
part is, he really meant them, it was-
n't a joke.
People have the nerve to be up in
arms about Rev. Jeremiah Wright's
comments, which I totally disagreed
with, but at the same time his com-
ments were also taken out of con-
We all know that it's hard to look
in the mirror and see the truth
because we generally want to be a
better person than we actually are.
The same holds true when it comes
to our great country. While many
whites don't understand or want to
understand the plight of black folk
in America, the realities speak for
Most of these "conservatives" like
Pat Buchanan can no longer be
brushed off as being silly and not
speaking for the majority. And I cer-
tainly don't think that he speaks for
a vast number of white people or
even the majority of conservative
America, but he certainly has an
audience that follows him.
Buchanan's comments were
spawned from Obamas's speech on
race a couple of weeks ago.
In the speech Obama said, "The
white community must acknowl-
edge that what ails the African-
American community does not just
exist in the minds of black people;
that the legacy of discrimination --
and current incidents of discrimina-
tion, while less overt than in the past
-- are real and must be addressed.
Not just with words, but with deeds
Most blacks would agree with
those comments. There seems to be
an air of disbelief that a lot of whites
have when it comes to racism and
discrimination. Blacks seem to be
looked at like the little boy who
Maybe because there have been
cases in the past when blacks have
misused the proverbial "race card"
that have left a lasting affect on
many white Americans. But you
certainly can't judge the entire black
race by the actions of a few.
That would be as bad as blacks
saying or thinking that all whites are
racist based on the actions of a few.
But Buchanan's disregard for the
legitimacy of racism and discrimi-
nation is obvious when you read his
comments regarding Obama's
speech. He said, "First, America has
been the best country on earth for
black folks. It was here that 600,000
black people, brought from Africa
in slave ships, grew into a commu-
nity of 40 million, were introduced
to Christian salvation, and reached
the greatest levels of freedom and
prosperity blacks have ever
Again, "Wow!" America is the
greatest country on earth, but histor-
ically it certainly has not been the
greatest country for black folk.
Buchanan simplifies slavery and the
legacy and evilness of enslaving a
race by plainly stating that 600,000
black people were brought from
Africa as if we were on the Love
Boat or some Carnival Cruise.
He also obviously feels that we
should be thanking the slave mas-
ters for our Christian salvation. It is
definitely true that black slaves
were introduced to Christianity dur-
ing slavery, but let's be real about it.
Slave owners were more interest-
ed in using religion as a control
mechanism versus trying to save
souls. Blacks easily took to religion
because we were a spiritual people
in Africa already.
The more I write the more I can't
believe that I am devoting so much
time and effort to dealing with Pat
Buchanan's buffoonery, but again
this type of rhetoric can not go
Buchanan went on to say,
"Second, no people anywhere has
done more to lift up blacks than
white Americans." He adds,"
Untold trillions have been spent
since the '60s on welfare, food
stamps, rent supplements, Section 8
housing, Pell grants, student loans,
legal services, Medicaid, Earned
Income Tax Credits and poverty
programs designed to bring the
African-American community into
It's interesting that he actually
acts as if those programs were creat-
ed solely for black folk. I guess no
whites ever got welfare, food
stamps, Section 8 vouchers or
Medicaid. All of the government
programs or services he mentioned
were and are made available to all
Americans who are below a certain-
ty income level.
In his article, Buchanan contin-
ues with his rhetoric saying. "'We
hear the grievances. Where is the
gratitude?" Well Pat, blacks are cer-
tainly grateful to be Americans, but
does that mean we should ignore the
flaws of this country. Should we
simply forget about slave. the
necessity of the Civil Rights
Movement and the discrimination
many of us face still today?
There is a reason why black folks
have a love/hate relationship with
America. We love the country and
the opportunities that it has provid-
ed, but we resent the struggles to
simply reach equality not to have
an advantage over anyone, but just
40th Anniversary Reminds How
Tragedy Confronts Big Dreamers
And when his brothers saw him
they said one to another, "behold
the dreamer cometh," come now
and slay him...and we shall see
what will become of his dreams.
I have given lip service to the
unprecedented saga of Sen. Barack
Obama to become president of the
United States, but not my heart-felt
support. I wonder is it because I
have seen so much tragedy con-
front our big dreamers, especially
African-Americans, that like a
mother to a son I have to curb my
This week, we commemorate not
only the assassination of Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. at the Lorraine
Motel in Memphis, but also the
mysterious death and possible
assassination of the first black
Commerce Secretary Ron Brown.
On April 3, 1996, on the eve of Dr.
King's murder-- some 28 years
before-- Brown's plane went down,
along with 34 others, on a moun-
taintop in Croatia.
Not only have these two great
men been taken from us, but also
the historic memory of why they
died, how their dreams have been
twisted and what does all of this
portend for the next Big Dreamer.
If Dr. King and Brown were only
dreamers, they would have been
alive today. Dr. King was one of the
20th century's greatest prophets, a
man who had the skills to analyze,
organize and activate. The King
movement showed first the victims
and then the victimizers that the
way U.S. blacks were forced to live
under a reign of terror, without dig-
nity nor democracy, was a sin and a
King and the movement
reordered traditional social rela-
tionships. That meant no longer
would Blacks, browns, women, the
handicapped or any other group
accept the status of a valueless
nobody without a fight. And this
vision of equality was translated
into a world-view that challenges
this nation's concept of a global
superiority that permits it to invade
other countries to steal their
resources and subjugate their peo-
King, the activist, is not the King
that the media serves up ever King
holiday that has him sleepwalking
through history. The King the
media has created could be used in
ads for mattresses: "Come buy the
King mattress and you too could
have a dream."
King in his prophetic mission did
not always use somnambulistic lan-
guage, but fiery challenges, not
much different from the spirited
sermons of Pastor Jeremiah Wright.
King often quoted the Negro fight
song that "before I be a slave, I'll
be buried in my grave and go home
to my Lord and be free."
King's militant non-violent con-
text resulted in his death.
Unfortunately as we commemorate
his death, the nagging questions
surrounding it, as well as that of
Brown, remain. For example:
Why were the two Black fire-
men who watched over Dr. King
when he was in Memphis trans-
ferred from their post the evening
before the killing?
Why has the sworn testimony
of Lloyd Jowers been ignored?
Jowers, who owned Jim's Grill
across from the Lorraine Motel,'
said he was offered $100,000 from
a Mafia businessman to set up the
killing of King in which a patsy
(James Earl Ray) would be provid-
ed. Jowers said after the shooting,
he took the "smoking rifle," from
the hit man, who was not Ray.
Why has Rev. Walter Fauntroy,
the former delegate from the
District of Columbia, who was on
the sub-committee of the King
assassination panel, maintained:
"The assassination was a conspira-
cy involving operatives in our intel-
ligence agency, including the mili-
tary, along with the Mafia and cor-
In the case of Brown, two weeks
before his plane crashed, he called
me to his office to observe a new
plan of action, which he felt would
drastically change the plight of
Africa, by launching a new pro-
gram based on trade not aid.
Brown, too, was a big dreamer
whose dreams would have benefit-
ed people of color globally. Few
people these days mention him nor
is there any action to investigate
why forensic pathologists stepped
forward and put their careers on the
line to say that Brown's skull had a
hole that resembled a bullet wound.
Yet, to my knowledge there has
been no independent autopsy and
neither are the media or civil rights
groups clamoring for it.
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No credible explanations were
ever given to why there were no
cockpit recorders aboard the gov-
ernment aircraft, why an experi-
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the maintenance chief at the airport
where Brown's plane crashed, was
found dead before U.S. investiga-
tors reached him, reportedly from a
If Obama becomes the first Black
president, this would mean a Black
man would be commander-in-chief
of the most lethal superpower on
the globe. In addition under his
administration, he could influence
world trade, the global financial
markets, the course of the Middle
East and shape the direction of the
U.S. Supreme Court.
Even more important, Obama
would possibly be privy to all or
most of the United States dirty
At least two other African-
Americans who stepped on or into
the power stream of the United
States were taken out.
As the nation commemorates Dr.
King, I can't help but worry if the
rulers of a nation built on the foun-
dation of White supremacy will
once again see the dreamer coming.
And then would they slay him?
Dr. Barbara A. Reynolds, an
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to reach equilibrium.
We resent being looked at as an
inferior race for so long. We resent
the fact that many white Americans
refuse to acknowledge that there are
some lingering affects from slavery
on the black community.
"Is white America really respon-
sible for the fact that the crime and
incarceration rates for African-
Americans are seven times those of
white America?" Buchanan asked.
Well Mr. Buchanan, I wouldn't say
that white America is directly
responsible, but there are some indi-
rect responsibilities that fall on the
African Americans have slowly
been achieving the equality that
Frederick Douglas and hundreds of
others started fighting for in the
1800s. It's been a slow process, but
I feel that this country is headed in
the right direction. But again, we
still have a long way to go.
Here is what is scary about what
Buchanan is saying he's not some
isolated nut. There are probably
thousands of people who think the
same way, but I give him credit at
least he's honest about.
And honesty is the first step to
addressing the racial issues that our
country faces. Of course the
Buchanan's of the world would say
that this country doesn't have any
racial problems. You Negros need to
just shut up and be thankful we
imported you over to the greatest
country in the world.
"Well boss we is sholl' happy to
be here withs yall good Christian
James Baldwin once said, "Color
is not a human or a personal reality;
it is political reality." It is that same
political reality that Barack Obama
is dealing with. It's the same politi-
cal reality that Pat Buchanan is talk-
ing about. We can't ignore race. We
must embrace our differences and
recognize that those differences are
what make us such a great nation.
I can't believe that I wasted so
much ink on Pat Buchanan, but
sometimes you simply cannot disre-
Signing off as a black man happy
to be in America,
and the Hoodwink
by William Reed
In our flailing attempts to be accepted in this
society, African Americans will fall for anything.
The current trickery stars Black Americans' first
successful "crossover candidate," Barack Obama,
and the need for him to label Reverend Jeremiah
Wright's pulpit remarks "appalling".
Most African Americans want so badly to be a part of "Mainstream
Society" that they acquiesce to white-controlled media when it calls
Wright's rhetoric "inflammatory" and "hate-filled". Black Americans
would do well to recognize trickery when they see it. For example: What's
the problem when Wright says "America is run by rich white men"?
If you think there's no truth to Rev. Wright's comment, try to take an
objective look at what's currently occurring in across America. The actions
being taken by the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States (The Fed)
toward "rich white men that own and control America" is worthy of notice.
Wright's remarks may be in the headlines, but mainstream media's busi-
ness pages are filled with news of rich white guys using tax dollars to bail
out other rich white guys and bankrupt Wall Street institutions. The Fed is
providing hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars to the same commercial
banks, investment houses and hedge funds that brought about the current
financial crisis. America's "pundits" raise no attention or challenge to The
Fed's outrageous activities that currently being employed to re-rig the
nation's financial system.
The Fed has been the central bank of the US the bank of banks since
1913. When it was created the nation had over 30,000 different currencies
floating around. Currency could be issued by almost anyone. There were
many problems with this, including that some currencies were worth more
than others some were backed by silver or gold, and others by govern-
ment bonds. Now, The Fed regulates financial institutions, manages the
nation's money and influences the economy. By raising and lowering
interest rates, creating money and other tricks, the Fed can either stimulate
or slow down the economy. This manipulation is supposed to help main-
tain low inflation, high employment rates, and manufacturing output.
As it tries to manage the nation out of recession, attention should be paid
to who and what "The Fed" is. The quasi-public (part private and govern-
ment) banking system is comprised of (1) the presidential-appointed Board
of Governors African Americans Andrew Brimmer and Roger W.
Ferguson, Jr. have served as a member and Vice Chairman; (2) the Federal
Open Market Committee; (3) 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks located in
major cities throughout the nation acting as fiscal agents for the U.S.
Treasury, each with its own nine-member board of directors; (4) numerous
private U.S. member banks, which subscribe to required amounts of non-
transferable stock in regional Federal Reserve Banks; and (5) various advi-
The rich helping the rich, is being played out for all to see. The Fed is
bailing out the U.S. financial industry from exposure triggered by the col-
lapse of the housing bubble. The bailouts now extend beyond the tradi-
tional regulated banking system to investment banks such as Bear Steams
and involve hundreds of billions of dollars. And, Bear Steams' implosion
and rescue shows just how far Blacks are outside America's circles of
financial power. Rich white men control the nation's credit. Blacks are
denied credit more often than whites and typically pay higher interest rates
for it. In the housing debacle, blacks' rates of denials and sub prime rates
jumped more than that of whites. Only 2 percent of Wall Street retail bro-
kers and 3 percent of securities firms' sales force is African American and
just two hold executive positions.
If Black Americans persist in the notion that our lives in America can't
improve unless there is political movement, and readily accept the fact that
a "crossover candidate" such as Barack Obama has to assuage the fears of
white folks at the expense of Wright's truisms to get them to vote for him,
then we are destined for more tricks and continuing economic dearth.
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Housing Crisis and Criminal Investigation
Prompts HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson Quits
HUD Secretary Alphonso
Jackson, his tenure tarnished by
allegations of political favoritism
and a criminal investigation,
resigned this week amid the wreck-
age of the national housing crisis.
He leaves behind a trail of unan-
swered questions about whether he
tilted the Department of Housing
and Urban Development toward
Republican contractors and cronies.
The move comes at a shaky time
for the economy, with soaring mort-
gage foreclosures imperiling the
nation's credit markets.
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In announcing that his last day at
HUD will be April 18, Jackson said
only, "There comes a time when
one must attend more diligently to
personal and family matters."
President Bush called Jackson "a
strong leader and a good man." Ties
between the two men go back to the
1980s when they lived in the same
Dallas neighborhood. It was
Jackson's personal ties to Bush that
brought him to Washington, where
he displayed a forceful personal
style at HUD for seven years, first
as the agency's No. 2 official and
since 2004 in the top slot.
Despite a strong commitment to
housing for those in need, Jackson
was capable of ill-advised public
Last year, after the subprime
mortgage crisis erupted, many poli-
cymakers underlined the dispropor-
tionate impact of the high-risk,
high-cost mortgages on minorities
and the elderly, who often are tar-
gets of predatory lending practices
that lure people into loans they are
incapable of repaying.
Asked about the problems with
subprime mortgages last June,
Jackson insisted that many such
borrowers were not unsophisticat-
ed, low-income people but what he
called "Yuppies, Buppies and
Guppies" -- well-educated, young,
black and gay upwardly mobile
achievers -- with expensive cars
who bought $400,000 homes with
little or no money down.
In announcing his departure,
Jackson said that in his time at
HUD, "We have helped families
keep their homes. We have trans-
formed public housing. We have
reduced chronic homelessness. And
we have preserved affordable hous-
ing and increased minority home-
Bush has been cool to the idea of
a big federal housing rescue. "The
temptation of Washington is to say
that anything short of a massive
government intervention in the
housing market amounts to inac-
tion," the president said recently. "I
strongly disagree with that senti-
In October, the National Journal
first reported on the criminal inves-
tigation of Jackson. The FBI has
been examining the ties between
Jackson and a friend who was paid
$392,000 by Jackson's department
as a construction manager in New
Orleans. Jackson's friend got the job
after Jackson asked a staff member
to pass along his name to the
Housing Authority of New Orleans.
In another instance of alleged
favoritism that came to light in
February, the Philadelphia housing
authority alleges that Jackson retal-
iated against the agency because it
refused to award a vacant lot worth
$2 million to soul-music producer-
Kenny Gamble for redevelopment
of a public housing complex.
Jackson's problems began in
2006, when he told a group of com-
mercial real estate executives that
he had revoked a contract because
the applicant who thanked him said
he did not like President Bush.
Jackson later told investigators "I
lied" when he made the remark
about taking back the contract.
The probe of Jackson's comment
by the HUD inspector general
ended with no action taken against
him, but the investigators brought
to light friction between the HUD
secretary and some contractors who
have long done business with the
agency, a number of them donors to
Democrats. On Monday, the IG's
office said it had seen Jackson's lat-
est remarks and "there is nothing
In the IG probe, some of
Jackson's own aides contradicted
his account of one incident in which
investigators found the HUD secre-
tary had blocked a contract for sev-
eral months to one heavily
Democratic donor. Jackson blamed
his aides for the delay in the award.
Jackson was the first black leader
of the housing authority in Dallas,
where his integration efforts caused
clashes with some local homeown-
ers in predominantly white neigh-
more that we can add."
a Expert to Host Cultural Diversity in Leadership Forum at EWC
Shown above is the print created by Lawrence Walden, in the inset is
.Noted artist Laurence Walden has
taken his savvy for politics and sup-
port for Senator Barack Obama to a
whole new level. Putting his cre-
ative genius to work, the multime-
dia artist has created a limited edi-
tion print to summarize the senators
candidacy in his quest for the White
The original collage encompass-
es pieces of America including the
Statue of Liberty and the Liberty
Bell infused with the State and can-
dles and other symbolism including
Mr. and Mrs. Obama. The first print
off the press was delivered to Sen.
Obama and now hangs in his home.
The campaign was so impressed
with Walden's ingenuity that they
have already requested that the
proper copyrights and other legali-
ties are in place so that they can
make the artwork an official part of
their campaign. To date, over five
hundred of the works of art have
been sold of which a portion of the
Current class leaders, faculty and
staff of Old Stanton, New Stanton
and Stanton Vocational high
schools are urged to attend a
Gala/Reunion Meeting Monday,
April 14, 2008 at 6:00 P.M. at
Bethel Baptist Church, 215 Bethel
Baptist Street (First Street
entrance) to discuss plans for the
May 3, 2008 Stanton Gala. For
more information, please call
Kenneth Reddick, Gala Chairman
at 904-764-8795 or visit the
Stanton website at www.stanton-
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society, will hold their monthly
meeting on April 19th, 2008, at
1:30 p.m. at the Webb-Wesconnett
Branch Library, 6887 103rd street,
Jacksonville, Fl. We are fortunate
to have Tom Barry present a pro-
gram titled, "The History of Guana
Peninsula; The European
Discovery of St. Augustine;
Spanish, Indian and British
Occupation. For further informa-
tion please contact Mary Chauncey
at (904) 781-9300.
proceeds go, towards the Obala'
Campaign. Walden has received'
numerous commissions for private
and public art renderings around
the world. He is a painter, mixed
media collage artist and sculpture.
For more information, contact the
artist at (904)647-5226.
Supreme Court 1
The U.S. Supreme Court won't
overrule a decision that FBI agents
violated the rights of a Democratic
congressman during a search of his
office, a decision the Bush adminis-
tration says will hamper future pub-
lic corruption investigations.
The justices declined to review a
U.S. appeals court ruling that the
FBI was wrong to confiscate leg-
islative files from the office of Rep.
William Jefferson of Louisiana,
who faces bribery charges involv-
ing $90,000 found in his freezer.
It marked the first time that feder-
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Dr. 'renida Jarmon
On Wednesday, April 9, 2008 War
on Poverty-Florida (WPF) will host
an Assets for Change Forum,
"Transformational Leadership in
Community Development -
Cultural Diversity. The free event
will take place inside the Adam
Jenkins Sports Complex at Edward
Waters College, from 9:00 a.m.
until 1:00 p.m.
The Cultural Diversity forum will
provide community leaders, stu-
dents and residents with an inform-
ative forum on moral values and
ethical activities that challenge
community leaders, knowledge cen-
ters, students and residents. How
do we balance trust and influence?
The racial disparities that impact the
quality-of-life issues facing
Jacksonville residents must be
addressed tq restore harmony in our.
, communities .,-,,,. :
This Assets for Change Forum
facilitated by Dr. Brenda Jarmon
"Br', a tenured Associate Professor
and Chairperson of the Department
of Social Work at Florida A&M
University (FAMU). She has held
undergraduate and graduate
appointments at Florida State
University and a courtesy faculty
appointment at the University of
Dr. Jarmon is an international and
nationally sought after educational
consultant, staff trainer, motivation-
al speaker, and a frequent guest on
television and radio talk shows. She
is chronicled in several major mag-
azines-Women's Day, Time, Jet,
Women in Community Service,
Style Magazine, and the Tallahassee
For more information about
attending this forum, or to RSVP,
Native Son Promoted to Colonel
Wont Intevene Against Jefferson
al law enforcement agents had ever
searched the office of a member of
Congress and prompted a clash
between Congress and the adminis-
tration over its constitutionality.
The appeals court ordered the FBI
to give Jefferson back all privileged
legislative files and copies of files
taken from his office during the 18-
hour raid in May of 2006.
The appeals court said FBI agents
should not have viewed documents
in the office without first giving
Jefferson the opportunity to say the
material involved legislative busi-
Jefferson was charged last year
with racketeering, soliciting bribes
for himself and his family, fraud,
money laundering, obstruction of
justice, conspiracy and violating the
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
He was accused of soliciting mil-
lions of dollars in bribes from near-
ly a dozen companies while using
his office to broker business deals
in Africa. Jefferson, a member of
Congress since 1991 whose district
includes New Orleans, has pleaded
(L-R) at the promotion ceremony are: Johnestine Young-Daigeau
(mother), Col. Carl S. Young, Jr., and Andrew Daigeau (stepfather).
Army Chaplain Carl S. Young, Jr., a native of Jacksonville, a member of
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, and a son in the ministry of Rev.
Rudolph McKissick, Sr., was promoted to the rank of colonel in the United
States Army. Col. Young is a graduate of Ed White High School, Virginia
Union University (Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts) and Princeton
University (Masters in Theology). The promotion ceremony was held at
Fort McPherson, GA, where he is the Post Chaplain. Col. Young is mar-
ried to Regina Young, and they have a son, Christian Young.
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One Accord Ministries Int. presents
"Taking It All Back" April 12th
One Accord Ministries International Inc., 2971 Waller Street, (at
McDuff & 1-10 West) Bishop Dr. Jan D. Goodman, Pastor; will present
"Taking it All Back" a program of "Unspoken Praise," Mime & Praise
Dance Recital featuring: AKA Mimes, Tina E. Trilox, Women of Zion,
Praise & Worship Mimes (PWM) and the Elite Mimes.
"Taking It All Back" will begin at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 12, 2008.
Musical at Faust Temple to feature
American Idol Singer & Elder Dove
Faust Temple Church of God in Christ, 3328 Moncrief Road, Elder R.
L. Dixon, Pastor; invites the community to enjoy a Musical Saturday,
April 19th at 5:30 p.m.
Elder John Dove, Carliss Smith, who appeared on American Idol;
Pamela Roberts, The Touchtone Singers, Lil Jesse and the Miracles, The
Singing Trumpets, God's Spiritual Gift, Gospel Disciples of Savannah,
GA and Minister Reginald Graham. You don't want to miss your spiritual
blessing. For directions, call (904) 353-1418.
Unified M. B. Church Invites All
"Together we stand, Divided we fall," is the Theme of the Unified
Missionary Baptist Church, 3060 Lenox Ave, where Rev. Nelson B.
Turpin is pastor, and Rev. Cornell Denson, is co-pastor.
The community is invited to join the Unified Missionary Baptist Family
for all services beginning with Sunday School at 9 a.m., followed by
Morning Worship at 11 a.m.
Bible Study begins at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday; and Noon Day Prayer
begins at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday Church Happy Hour begins at 7:30
p.m. each Friday evening. For Van Transportation call (904) 981-3080.
Gospel Singers Gospel Fest Banquet
Local Gospel Singers can showcase their talents and take their place as
the "The Best Gospel Singer" in the City, Sunday, April 6, 2008 at 4 p.m.
This showcase for Gospel Singers will be presented at the Scottish Rites
Masonic Cathedral, 29 West 6th Street, Jacksonville. There will be First,
Second and Third Place Cash Prizes.
For registration information or tickets which include a meal and the
Gospel Fest, visit "Here's to Your Health," 1440-13 Dunn Ave., or the
Gospel World, 3000-48 Dunn Avenue.
Christian Spring Break 2008
On Saturday, April 5, 2008, New Covenant Ministries located at 2360
St. Johns Bluff Road will present Spring Break 2008. Florida's biggest
Christian event ever. The free televised event will include Christian rock,
rap, worship, praise, dance, give-a-ways and a video shoot. The event
kicks off at 7 p.m. For more information call 641-7600.
133rd Florida General Baptist Convention Opens
April 8th at St. Thomas Missionary Baptist
The Jacksonville faith community,
and the community in general, is
invited to join the Florida General
Baptist Convention, Rev. Dr. James
B. Sampson, President, for a week
of praise and worship.
The convention will be held
Monday, April 7 Friday, April 11,
2008 at St. Thomas Missionary
Baptist Church, 5863 Moncreif
Road, Rev. Ernie Murray, Sr., Host
Pastor. Worship Services will be
held daily, Tuesday thru Friday, at 8
a.m., 2 p.m., and at 10 p.m. Late
Night Worship Service will be held
at the Clarion Airport Hotel, 2101
Dixie Clipper Drive with different
The public is invited to join local
and state officials, and other special
guests to experience sacred music
with traditional and contemporary
gospel, along with praise and wor-
ship music at the Opening Night
Dynamic and renown preachers,
scholars and theologians will deliv-
er some of the greatest preaching
and teaching around the nation each
day of the convention.
For more information, call
21st Annual National One Church/One Child
Conference set for April 16-18 in Jacksonville
National One church, One
Child and Florida One Church One
Child will co-host the 21st Annual
National One Church One Child
Conference in Jacksonville,
Florida, April 16-18, 2008. The
Conference Headquarters will be
the Crown Plaza Riverfront Hotel.
One Church One Child offers the
opportunity and encourages
Churches of all denominations and
their communities to work in part-
nership to help address the critical
needs of minority children in foster
Minority children in foster care
wait longer than any other children
for a permanent home and family.
Across the nation, thousands of
children wait to be adopted.
Families are experiencing trou-
bles, causing children to be placed
in foster care, some of whom will
never return home, and must be
placed for adoption. This is not the
fault of the children.
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The First Missionary Baptist Church, 810 Third Ave. South, where Rev.
Dr. Marvin A. McQueen I is senior pastor, invite all to attend First
Missionary Baptist's 2008 Women's Conference beginning Sunday, April
6th. The theme is "Women Working Faithfully in their Purpose."
Pastor Lena Thompson from New Creation Christian Ministries will be
the speaker at the 7:45 a.m. Sunday Morning Service.
Dr. Brenda Wims of The Greater Hope First Born Church, will be the
speaker for the 11 a.m. Service.
Dr. Bernadette Williams will bring the message for the 7 pm. Service on
Wednesday, April 9th.
Prophetess Ane Wright from the Kingdom Life Word and Worship
Center will bring the message for the Closing Service, 7 p.m., Friday.
This national conference is the
opportunity for churches and the
community to realize the opportuni-
ty they have to give a child a future.
Every child deserves a loving
home. Children must be a priority.
The conference will include a
Town Hall Meeting which will wel-
come all interested individuals to
come together and discuss the chil-
dren and strategies to make a differ-
ence for these children to ensure
that every child has a family. You
do not have to be a prospective
adoptive parent to attend .
Members of the religious com-
munity of all denominations, adop-
tion professionals, foster care pro-
fessionals, social workers, coun-
selors, therapists, child and family
advocates, community members, as
well as foster and adoptive parents
are invited to attend the conference.
Former One Church One Child vol-
unteers are invited to return.
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information or to register for the
conference, please contact the One
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Tallahassee at (850)414-5620, or
in Jacksonville at 764-3770.
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The church is also forming a teen church for youth ages 12 to 18. They
will be part of the history-making for the first youth community choir in
Palm Coast. The First A.M.E. Youth Community Choir will get its start
Saturday, April 5, 11 a.m. The teens need not be members to participate.
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Dr. Sirretta Williams Deals with the Family
Secret in "When Your Seasons Collide"
Z Mother of Star NFL Wide Receiver Reveals her Journey Through Family Trauma
Elijah Abel Jane M. James Green Flake
First Black Mormons
Elijah Abel, Jane Manning James
and Green Flake hold a unique, but
rather obscure place in Mormon
history. All three were members of
their church in the mid-1800s and
all three were black.
They also stayed faithful when
The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints denied blacks full
membership in the denomination.
Abel was the first black man
ordained to the church priesthood
in 1832. James worked in the home
of church founder Joseph Smith
and followed the faith's next presi-
dent, Brigham Young, across the
frontier to Utah in 1848. Flake
came to Utah as well, but as the
slave of white members. He was
freed by Young in 1854.
Now, filmmakers Darius Gray
and Margaret Young have chroni-
cled those stories and the struggles
of other black Latter-day Saints in a
new documentary "Nobody
Knows: The Untold Story of Black
"To me it's parallel with the story
of African-Americans period," said
Gray, who is black and has been a
member of the church since 1964.
Sistah for Sal
After her father was killed
mother was deported, Sien
up in Miami's prostitution
the care of her father's
partner, Chatman. Beauti
ambitious, Sienna determi
the best route to the life sh
is to become the most co
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Sienna learns th.a heri
had a role in
she turns 10 '.
Ryan for conm-
fort, beginning a
ship with the b:i '
Chatman is. groom-
ing to take o:%\er his '
Eager t.:. gain her
independence from the F
man she both admires
and loathes, Sienna takes
steps to increase her value
worker by learning her
clients' cultures and langua
her plan backfires. Chat
more determined than eve
let her go, and Sienna is
intent on finding a way t
free -- no matter what it tal
1 and her
"We talk about the black history
and contributions being either lost,
stolen or strayed generally and it's
the same within the LDS church."
Nearly six years in the making,
the film is an extension of a long-
time partnership between Gray, a
former broadcaster, and Young,
who is white and a writing teacher
at the church-owned Brigham
Young University. Together, the
pair have written three books on
Wrapped in soulful, black spiritu-
als, the 72-minute film takes view-
ers on a journey from the days of
Mormon pioneers to the 1960s civil
rights era, when some university
athletics teams refused to compete
against Brigham Young teams
because of the way blacks were
treated by the church. It ends with
current black church members shar-
ing their own stories good and
"We're not hiding anything, we're
not sugarcoating anything," Young
said. "We're telling a very difficult
history, but the people who are
telling it have come through it."
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as a sex Aisha has what every other ghet-
to girl envies: a loving man who
ages, but supplies her with all the fashion,
tman is money, and accessories that
scream "hood success." Now that
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kes. cious than her designer gear up for
sale in order to maintain her image.
By Lynn Jones
Dr. Sirretta Williams, mother of
New York Jets football star
Laveranues Coles is a beautiful,
charismatic woman whose new
book entitled "When Your Seasons
Collide, Dealing with the Family
Secret" is poignant, and a deep rec-
ollection of the memories of a
young girl who was pregnant at 16
and began a journey to heal her
mind, body and soul. Not only
was she pregnant, but she learned
valuable lessons that gave her the
strength, courage and wisdom to
become the woman she is today.
Each of the easy read's 14 chapters
begin with a proverb or psalm that
is supported by the text.
The book is inspirational and moti-
vating to women and young girls
that are waiting and looking for an
answer or a way out of bondage. I
had a chance to sit down with Dr.
Sirretta at her book signing/release
last weekend, at the University of
North Florida. The room was filled
with well-wishers, family and
friends who have come to admire a
lady that is leading the cause for a
one- stop healing facility which
willed be named The Coles Center,
a 15,000 square feet facility where
the sexually abused and/or molest-
ed victims can heal and also be
examined, receive psychiatric assis-
tance and group therapy.
The once dark family secret is the
leading motivation behind the book
and the new foundation. That
secret, which was revealed on
in the words of Marniclat
The cost may be too high even for
her expensive tastes.
Devani knows she's found her
way out of the hood when she
sleeps with Tyrik, a star pro athlete.
When Tyrik's calls get further and
further apart, Devani's mother sug-
gests the perfect scheme: become
his baby momma. Will Devani's
plans force her man to commit, or
backfire with the worst of conse-
Molly is so in love with her hus-
band, Junior, that she doesn't care
if she's the only white girl in the
hood. Blinded by her love, Molly
lets everyone walk all over her. But
Junior may cross the line, forcing
Molly to give back all the abuse
Lexi has five children and four
broke baby daddies. Now she is
married to Luther, Mr. Right in
every way but in the bedroom.
Determined to finally provide a
good man for her kids, Lexi must
struggle to fight her cravings for
sex with her ex. Will she stay faith-
ful to her husband or give in to a
passion that may very well prove
national television last year on the
Oprah Winfrey Show that her that
son, NFL running back Lavernaues
Coles was molested form the age of
10 13 by her ex-husband and with
that came shame, hate and distrust.
Not only did she feel betrayed, she
regretted that no one in the home
had any idea of the horror that was
occurring. Then to top it off,
Lavernues released the news and it
was posted in the New York Times.
What a way to find out, but at the
same time this was the way to
release and as Dr. Sirretta put it
"discuss a crime that is shameful"
and also "keeping it a secret instead
of getting help."
I asked Dr. Williams why the long
wait to write a book. She answered,
"It was awakened inside of me that
other people may have gone
through this ordeal." Even though
Dr. Siretta was an Evangelist before
she had written the book, the fami-
ly secret and her appearance on
Oprah compelled her to take it a
step further. Her foremost advice to
victims, parents and family mem-
bers of abused and molested vic-
Dr. Williams at her recent book signing held at UNF.
tims is to "first forgive the abuser,
and second help the child heal and
not get caught up in the revenge,
and third find a way to help your-
self and your child and let the abus-
er be punished by the system." Get
your copy of Dr. Sirretta's book
today or visit her websites:
or www.lottojm.com for updates
and links to the Praying Warriors
for the Game whose mission is to
lead and encourage intercessors to
pray and minister to professional
Federal Crunch Continues to Impact HBCUs
When it comes to America's
more than 100 historically black
colleges, the Bush administration is
giving with one hand and taking
back with the other.
President George W. Bush signed
a law in September adding $85 mil-
lion to the annual support of $238.1
million for Spelman College,
Grambling State University in
Louisiana and the other schools,
saying it would help low-income
Americans earn degrees and pre-
pare them to compete for U.S. jobs.
The Bush administration's new
budget cuts aid to the schools by the
same amount, angering Democrats
who helped provide the money.
North Carolina Central University
in Durham says students who are
training to become special-educa-
tion teachers may see support for
their program eliminated. Efforts to
recruit minority students to become
math and science teachers may be
slashed at dozens of the colleges.
Winston-Salem State University
in North Carolina gets about $4.2
million from the U.S. government,
partly to provide tutors for chem-
istry and computer-science pro-
grams, said Everette Witherspoon,
the university official who monitors
such funding. The money, more
than 4 percent of the budget, also
supports an honors program and
Education Department officials
defend the conflicting policy
actions, saying the cutback returns
funding to previous levels.
"We have to make tough budget
decisions in priorities with discre-
tionary spending," said Samara
Yudof, a spokeswoman for the
Education Department. "Our budg-
et reflects that."
The government defines HBCUs
as those established primarily to
educate African-Americans before
1964, when the doors to most insti-
tutions were closed to them.
Some were founded even before
the Civil War, the oldest being
Cheyney University of
Pennsylvania, which began in 1837
as the Institute for Colored Youth.
Today, they represent about 3 per-
cent of U.S. colleges and universi-
ties and account for about one-
fourth of all African-American col-
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As the baby-boomer generation
comes of age, conditions affecting
vision seem to be getting more
attention in doctor's offices around
the country. Roughly 200,000 cases
of age-related macular degeneration
(AMD) get diagnosed each year, a
disease that affects women more
frequently than men.
Age-related macular degenera-
tion is the number one cause of
vision loss in adults ages 60 and
older. It affects the macula, the sec-
tion of the eye that focuses on fine
detail. As a result, AMD causes the
loss of sharp, central vision which
is necessary for normal, daily tasks
such as reading and driving.
"Macular degeneration does
affect women more often than men,
as shown in many of our large stud-
ies," explains Larry Singerman,
M.D., of the Wills Eye Institute in
Age is the greatest risk factor for
AMD. Because women tend to live
longer than men, AMD is more
prevalent among women. Aside
from age and sex, other risk factors
include: Smoking; Obesity; Family
history and Race -Caucasian adults
are more likely to lose vision from
AMD than African Americans.
AMD can sneak up on people
because it usually doesn't hurt. It
can progress gradually. In some
cases, the patient fails to notice any
significant change before it's too
late. In other cases, the disease
course is more rapid and can result
What You Should
Know About Trans Fat
Donuts, muffins and frozen pizzas
all had their cover blown on Jan. 1,
when the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration mandated labeling
of so-called "trans fats" in foods.
These treats, and many other
commercially prepared foods,
include the dangerous fats, which
extend a product's shelf life. But,
like saturated fats, trans fats are
known to be risk factors for cardio-
vascular disease, raising LDL, or
"bad" cholesterol levels.
Until this year, food labels listed
the amount of saturated fat in prod-
ucts, but companies weren't
required to detail the amount of
trans fats, leaving diet-conscious
consumers in the dark about the
overall fat content of foods.
Now, however, any food with
more than 0.5 grams of trans fats
must reflect the amount of that fat
in the labeling.
So, are consumers paying atten-
"It's a little early to tell -- right
now it seems like I'm still hearing
more about New Year's resolutions
and weight control," said Karen
Collins, a dietician and nutrition
advisor. "But as people settle down
and focus on healthy eating they
can live with, they will be able to
focus on the big picture."
The big picture, Collins explained,
is that by checking food labels for
trans fats, consumers will be able to
make healthier food choices.
"Trans fats were the missing
part," she said. "Consumers could
see the amount of calories, sodium
or saturated fat in a food, but were
left guessing on the trans fats."
The new mandate, she noted, will
ensure that consumers have better
information about the foods they
want to eat, and can pick and
choose depending on how much
they like a particular food.
Tara Gidus, a dietician in Orlando,
Fla., and national spokesperson for
the American Dietetic Association,
said there's a balance between too
little information and too much
"For a lot of people, labels provide
too much information and they
can't handle the numbers," she said.
"But the new labeling is definitely
good for people who do want to
take the time and want as much
information as possible."
As important as it is to provide
complete information to the con-
sumer, Gidus added, another bene-
fit of the new labeling requirement
is that it has persuaded many food
manufacturers to reduce the amount
of trans fats in their foods -- to
make them more palatable to buy-
ers and to increase their marketabil-
ity in a competitive food business.
When looking at the new label-
ing, it's important to pay attention
to recommended food portion sizes
and only eat the amount suggested,
Collins pointed out.
If food has less than 0.5 grams of
trans fats, food companies don't
need to list it as an ingredient,
Collins said. In that case, you can
look for the words "hydrogenated"
or "partially hydrogenated," which
indicate the presence of trans fats.
But even tiny amounts of trans fats
can add up, she added.
If there's a negligible amount of
trans fats in, say, six crackers, that's
OK, she said, "but if you eat half a
box, it could be two and a half
grams of trans fats."
Collins said the best way to use the
new labeling is to add the saturated
fats and.trans fats together for the
total "bad" fat content. The general
recommendation for daily saturated
and trans-fat consumption is no
more than 20 grams, she said.
in visual impairment in both eyes.
That is why it is so important to get
regular eye exams.
Early detection is key because
treating AMD aggressively, early
on, can slow the loss of vision.
Treatment for AMD includes spe-
cial drugs, laser therapies, vitamins
and vision-assisting devices.
"There are many new treatments
on the horizon," says Singerman.
"We have proven the benefit of
anti-VEGF (Vascular Endothelial
Growth Factor) drugs. Newer
drugs, including small interfering
RNA, are mainly aimed at reducing
the frequency of intravitreal injec-
tion of the older drugs, which may
be used every four to six weeks, for
as much or more than a year."
Anti-VEGF drugs are designed to
hinder new blood vessel formation,
the cause of one type of AMD, and
require regular injections into the
eye. The newer drugs work by
destroying strands of messenger
RNA, which is responsible for pro-
ducing harmful proteins. They
require fewer injections.
The American Academy of
Ophthalmology recommends a
comprehensive eye exam every one
to two years for seniors over the age
of 65, and every two to four years
for adults between forty and 65.
AMD can be diagnosed at a routine
eye exam. If AMD runs in your
family, you may want to speak to an
eye specialist about appropriate
screening measures. Your doctor
can also give you a special chart
called an Amsler Grid that you can
take home with you and use to
detect early trouble.
There are also warning signs
associated with AMD. If you expe-
rience any of the following vision
symptoms, contact an eye care spe-
Lines or edges that appear wavy
Blurry faces or difficulty seeing
Dark or empty spaces that block
the center of your vision;
Difficulty reading fine print or
reading road signs from a moving
Difficulty seeing at a distance or
during twilight hours.
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Nigeria Crowns Most Beautiful The newly-crowned Most Beautiful
Nigeria, Adaeze Igwe, third from left, stands with runners-up, in Lagos, Nigeria, Friday Ma
2008. Igwe, from Anambra State, will represent Nigeria in the Miss World pageant later th
in the Ukraine.
SIERRA LEONE Some 800
women in the Sierra Leone town of
Kailahun paraded through the streets
in favor of genital mutilation and told
donors opposed to the practice to keep
Women wearing colourful beads
and adorned with seashells chanted
songs in the local dialect that warned
authorities and foreign organizations
A against "any attempt to take away our
Kailahun is a dusty town about 300
kilometres (185 miles) east of
S Freetown, in a part of the west African
country regarded by human rights
groups as the heartland of female gen-
ital mutilation (FGM).
The UN World Health Organisation
says FGM -- the partial or total
Girl in removal of the external female geni-
rch 28, talia and related injury -- is recorded
is year in 28 African nations and opposes the
practice on medical grounds.
practice on medical grounds.
A woman holds the knife she uses to
performs genital mutilation on
young girls in the Ivory Coast.
The traditional Bondo Society
organised the rally as a "show of
strength", said executive member
Mamie Banya. "Any organisation that
has accepted funds from overseas
donors to wage war against FGM is
fighting a losing battle. Let donors
keep their money, we will keep our
A group called the National
Emancipation for Progress has led
workshops and seminars to have FGM
banned in Sierra Leone, but faces
opposition from people who hold the
practice is harmless, promotes marital
fidelity and is in tune with religious
"We have inherited this culture over
100 years ago and it has made us
women be responsible housewives to
our husbands," one demonstrator said.
Asked how the Bondo Society
would respond if the Freetown gov-
ernment outlawed the practice like
several others in Africa, Banya said:
"We will become uncontrollable. Past
governments have not interfered
directly in our society. Why only
Search Continues for Missing Miners
TANZANIA A group of miners rest near the mine field in Arusha,
as the search continues for miners who went missing when a mine field
was flooded following heavy rains in Mirerani, northern Tanzania, on"
March 30. Rescuers dug through sludge and rock Tuesday in their
search for dozens of miners trapped for the fourth day as hopes
dimmed of finding any survivors.
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Neighboring African Presidents Talk
SYRIA (L-R) Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Sudan's
President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and Libya's leader Muammar
Gaddafi talk at the opening of the two-day Arab Summit in Damascus
March 29, 2008. The Arab summit opened in the Syrian capital
Damascus on Saturday in the absence of Lebanon and of conservative
Arab leaders critical of Syria's role in the Lebanese crisis.
New President Pledges No Radical Change
BOTSWANA Newly-installed Botswana president Ian Khama
inspects the guard of honour after taking the presidential at an official
ceremony in the Botswana capital Gaborone. Khama has pledged that
there would be no radical change in policy as he took the oath of office
at a ceremony in Gaborone. Tuesday, he joined the small group of
African leaders becoming presidents after their predecessors left office
without seeking to extend their rule. The smooth transition follows the
example set by, Sir Ketumile Masire, who stepped down in 1998, even
though he had 11 more years to go. After being in power 18 years, Pres.
Mogae declined to rule for another two terms, and also heeded calls
from within the party and stepped down 18 months before the end of
his final term.
Zimbabwe Opposition Declares Victory
Country to see
HARARE, Zimbabwe President
Robert Mugabe's party lost con-
trol of parliament, the latest offi-
cial results, hours after the opposi-
tion claimed it also had won the
The official results gave the
opposition Movement for
Democratic Change 105 seats to
93 for Mugabe's ZANU-PF in the
210-seat House of Assembly. One
seat went to an independent. That
means that even ifZANU-PF wins
all the remainingseats, it will not
have the seats needed for a major-
At a news conference earlier
Wednesday, the opposition said
that its leader, Morgan Tsvangirai,
had won 50.3 percent of the vote
compared to 43.8 percent for
"We maintain that we have won
the presidential election outright
without the need for a run-off,"
Movement for Democratic
Change general secretary Tendai
Biti told a news conference.
However, the figures he gave did
not back up his contention. Biti
said 2,382,243 votes were cast,
and that Tsvangirai received
1,171,079 about 49 percent -
while Mugabe got 1,043,349 -
just under 44 percent. Contacted
by The Associated Press soon
after the news conference, Biti
new government for the first time in thirty years
could not immediately explain the
The ruling ZANU-PF party
rejected' the opposition's claims,
saying that it would await the full
results from the Zimbabwe
Electoral Commission, which has
not yet published the outcome of
Saturday's presidential poll.
Deputy Information Minister,
Bright Matonga, said the opposi-
tion party was being "irresponsi-
ble" and "mischevious."
The government had previously
warned that premature announce-
ment of election results by the
Movement for Democratic
Change would be tantamount to a
Earlier Wednesday, the state
Herald newspaper predicted a
runoff in the first official admis-
sion that Zimbabwe's autocratic
leader of 28 years has failed to
win re-election. A presidential
candidate needs at least 50 percent
plus one vote to avoid a runoff. A
runoff would have to be leld with-
in 21 days of the first round.
Biti said the opposition would
take part in a runoff if one was
ordered and that it expected to
do even better in a two-way race.
Independent candidate Simba
Makoni, a former Mugabe sup-
porter, was believed to have
siphoned off votes from both the
opposition and the ruling party.
In campaigning, 84-year-old
Mugabe had likened the elections
to a boxing match, with his party
winning in a knockout. Mugabe
has been silent since the vote.
State Department spokesman
Sean McCormack on Wednesday
urged Zimbabwe "to make known
the election results immediately."
"If you look at the results of,the
parliamentary election, there is a
vote for change," he said. News
reports on the presidential elec-
tion, he said, show "there very
clearly was a competitive presi-
dential election. ... That is not
something we have seen in past
years in Zimbabwe."
Asked if the U.S. was encourag-
ing Mugabe to step! aside,
McCormack said: "Let's lave the
next step be the electoral results
be put forward."
British Foreign Secretary David
Miliband hailed Tsvangirai's
behavior as "statesmanlike," but
stopped short of backing opposi-
tion claims of victory on
At independence, Mugabe was
hailed for his policies of racial
reconciliation and development
that brought education and health
to millions who had been denied
those services under colonial rule.
Zimbabwe's economy thrived on
President Robert Mugabe
exports of food, minerals and
The unraveling began when
Mugabe ordered the often-violent
seizures of white-owned commer-
cial farms turned over to blacks,
mainly relatives, friends and
cronies who allowed cultivated
fields to be taken over by weeds.
Today, a third of the population
depends on imported food hand-
outs. Another third has fled the
country and 80 percent is jobless.
Inflation is the highest in the
world at more than 100,000 per-
cent and people suffer crippling
shortages of food, water, electrici-
ty, fuel and medicine. Life
expectancy has fallen from 60 to
Amnesty International Clims Poor
Jamicans at the
Amnesty International chided the
Jamaican government this week
for what it called its failure to pro-
tect inner-city residents trapped by
violence between armed criminal
gangs and police. ,
"Criminal gangs make up a small
proportion of the community pop-
ulation, but their actions are devas-
tating, they keep thousands of peo-
ple living in constant fear and pro-
vide an excuse for government
officials to label all community
members as criminals," said the
human rights organization's
researcher on Jamaica, Fernanda
"We call upon the Jamaican
authorities to urgently put in meas-
ures to tackle the underlying caus-
es of public security and human
rights crisis, which includes the
reduction of the homicide rate in
inner-city communities, the intro-
duction of human rights-based
policing and the reform of the judi-
cial system to improve access to
justice," Doz Costa said.
The organization released a report
that detailed incidents of police
and gang activities that endanger
"Poor inner-city Jamaicans are
paying the price of this public
security crisis with their lives,"
Doz Costa said.
"They are being held hostage in
an endless confrontation between
criminal gangs, police officers who
kill with impunity and authorities
who are failing to protect their
human rights," she said.
Amnesty said the Caribbean
nation of 2.8 million people has
one of the highest rates of violence
and police killings in the Americas.
There were more than 1,550 mur-
ders last year, while 272 citizens
were killed by police.
The Caribbean island's high crime
rate has long been recognized. An
annual murder rate of around 1,500
in a population of 2.7 million puts
Jamaica on a par with South Africa
and Colombia as among the
world's most violent countries.
Because the violence is largely
confined to slums and seldom
threatens foreigners on resorts and
beaches Jamaica has been able to
turn itself into a tourist magnet.
"Most of the citizens killed live in
deprived communities where
unemnlovment. education servic-
es, access to health care, poor san-
itation and limited supplies of
drinking water are prevalent," Doz
Two inner-city community
activists also called on Jamaigan
authorities to protect their citizens
"The police believe that nothing
good can come out of the inner-
city," said Sonia White, head of the
Trench Town Peace and Justice
Centre in the heart of the volatile
west Kingston neighborhood that
was the boyhood home of Reggae
legend Bob Marley.
"It's not all about guns in Trench
Town. There are law abiding citi-
zens who are victims of verbal and
physical abuse by police. There are
many times that I have to be the
eulogist at several needless funer-
als," White said.
The head of the Fletcher's Land
Parenting Association, Arlene
Bailey, said measures must be
instituted to protect citizens, who
have learned not to wait on politi-
cians to fix their problems.
"For example, we impose a 9
o'clock curfew at night, when we
take our children off the streets for
their own protection," Bailey said.
The 55-page report includes testi-
mony from people who claim
police killed their relatives.
Philbert Thomas, a Kingston resi-
dent, said his 19-year-old son
Andre, wounded in the leg and
hand, was taken away in a police
vehicle. "When I got to public hos-
pital, Andre was dead. The doctor
told me he had wounds all over his
body: in his leg, on his belly, in the
centre of his stomach and one in
his back. When I left him he only
had two wounds. I know they mur-
Amnesty accused the political
establishment of dividing slums
into "garrisons" where armed
gangs delivered votes in exchange
for near-impunity. Prejudice
among public officials stigmatised
people in slums as worthless and
deserving of their fate, it said.
Civic society organizations, some
set up by former criminals, have
improved security in some areas.
Former Scotland Yard detectives
who have joined the Jamaica force
claim it is becoming more profes-
sional and accountable.
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Local best selling author Brenda
Jackson will be doing a book sign-
ing of her latest book, "Her Little
Black Book" on Thursday, April 3
at 6:30 p.m. The signing will be at
Regency Park Books-A-Million,
9400 Atlantic Blvd.
The Art of Spoken
Word at the Ritz
The First Thursday of every
month at 7:00 p.m., the lobby of the
Ritz is transformed into a stage for
poets and poetry lovers of all ages.
Show off your own talent for verse,
or just come, listen and soak up the
creative atmosphere. The next open
session featuring free admission
will be held on April 3rd. Call 632-
5555 for more information.
Ritz Amateur Night
Amateur Night at the Ritz will be
held on Friday, April 4th at
7:30p.m. On the Ritz stage will be
some of the hottest talent in
Jacksonville! 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. Call 632-
5555 for tickets or more informa-
The PRIDE Book Club, North
Florida's oldest and largest African-
American book club, will be meet-
ing on Friday, April 4th at 7p.m In
the home of Priscilla Williamson
(2421 St. Leger Drive). The book
for discussion with the author will
be IT WAS NEVER ABOUT A
HOT DOG AND A COKE! A per-
sonal account of the 1960 sit-in
demonstrations in Jacksonville,
Florida and Ax Handle Saturday by
Rodney Hurst. For directions or
more information, call Felice
Franklin at 389-8417 or 703-8264.
Beaches Blues Festival
This year's Springing the Blues
Festival pays tribute to Alligator
Records and its founder, Bruce
Iglauer, on April 4-6 at the Sea
Walk Pavilion in Jacksonville
Beach. Alligator artists schedule to
appear include Tinsley Ellis,
Cephas and Wiggins, Lil' Ed & the
Blues Imperials, Michael Burks,
Eric Lindell and Smokin' Joe
Kubek & B'nois King.
Performances will take place on
two stages over the course of three
days. Events are free and open to
the public. For more information
go to www.springingtheblues.com.
Funk Fest 2008
Concert at Metro Park
Funk Fest 2008 will take place on
Saturday, April 5th at Metropolitan
park. Featured artists include
Morris Day and the Time, Big
Daddy Kane, Betty Wright and the
Gap Band. The show starts at 5 p.m.
For more info call 223-3587.
Myth vs. the Reality Women and
Islam from 6:00 8:00 pm on the
1st floor conference room, Schell-
Sweet CRC Bldg. This event is
FREE and open to the public.
For more information,please con-
tact Professor Baruti Katembo at
904-504-2069 or e-mail him at
Jax Children's Chorus
Auditions at Brentwood
The Jacksonville Children's Chorus
holding fall semester auditions for
children grades 2-12 on Monday,
April 7, 2008 at Brentwood
Elementary School from 6-7 p.m.
The school address is 3750
Springfield Blvd. To schedule an
audition, call (904) 346-1636.
The Duval County Extension
Service will have a free gardening
workshop entitled "Flying Flowers
- Planting for Butterflies". Come
learn the basics needs of the
Lepidoptera family. Do you know
the differences between butterflies
and moths? It will be held on
Tuesday, April 8th from 2-4 PM at
the Webb Wesconnett Regional
Library, 6887 103rd St. Call 387-
8850 to pre-register.
Florida Forum Lecture
Women in Islam Topic with Tiki Barber
of Wakaguzi Forum The Florida Forum Lecture series
On Monday, April 7th, Edward will continue on April 8, 2008 with
Waters College's Wakaguzi Forum broadcaster, former NFL pro and
will present Dr. Gwendolyn author Tiki Barber.
Zoharah Simmons, Assistant Tiki Barber retired in 2007 holding
Professor of Religion at the every NY Giants rushing record and
University of Florida. Dr.Simmons tied with two other NFL players for
will address the topic "Islam,the yards rushing and receiving. The
three-time Pro Bowl player was
both a scholar and an athlete at the
University of Virginia. Tiki joined
NBC in 2007 and will split his time
as a correspondent between the
Today show and NBC's Football
Night. Barber is also an award-win-
ning children's book co-author. For
ticket information call 202-2886.
On April 12th at 6:30 p.m., the
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens will
host its 13th annual
ExZOOberation gala benefiting the
Zoo. The theme is "A Night in
TUSKany" using an Italian theme,
with an animal twist. Cocktails and
hors d'oeuvres will be served in the
Zoo's new Stingray Bay interactive
exhibit and then guests will enjoy
animal encounters, entertainment, a
silent and live auction, a delicious
dinner and dancing. For tickets or
more information call 757-4463,
Bill Cosby in Concert
Veteran comedic entertainer Bill
Cosby will be returning to
Jacksonville for two performances
at the Times Union Center for
Performing Arts. The shows will be
on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 5
p.m. and 8 p.m. For tickets or for
more information call 353-3309.
The Southern Genealogist's
Exchange Society will be meeting
on Saturday, April 12th at 10:15
AM. The meeting will be held at the
Mandarin Regional Library, 3330
Kori Road.This month's topic is
Publishing Your Writings", a follow
up to our March Meeting of
"Bringing Your Ancestors to Life"
writing workshop. The meeting is a
free and open to the public. For
additional information, call (904)
"Cure by Design"
Fashion & Luncheon
The 9th annual "Cure by Design"
Fashion Show and Luncheon will
be held Wednesday April 16, 2008,
at 11:00 a.m. There will be a
Cocktail Reception, Silent Auction,
Lunch and Couture Fashion Show
featuring celebrity models and can-
cer survivors. It will be held at the
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
Arena, 300 A. Philip Randolph
Boulevard. This event is a celebra-
tion of life, survivorship, and the
fight against cancer. For ticket
information, contact the American
Cancer Society 904-391-3608.
Leadership Jacksonville will have
their 13th annual Celebration of
Leadership honoring Barbara
Drake, Noah Henderson and Teala
Milton on Thursday, April 17th
atthe Hyatt Regency. For tickets or
more information, call 396-6263.
The Florida Conference of Black
State Legislators will present their
annual gala celebration on Friday,
April 18th in Tallahassee, FL.
For tickets or more information,
Your Arms Too Short to Box with
God will be on the stages of the Ritz
Theater April 18th at 8:00 p.m.
Loosely based on the Gospel of St.
Matthew, this two-act musical
played on Broadway from 1976 to
1979. For tickets call 632-5555.
JCCI will host a free workshop on
"The Power of Networking:
Relationship Building Skills" with
Juanita Ecker. Relationships open
doors everyday- Does your rolodex
serve your needs? Are you a wall-
flower at social events?
Participants are asked to sign up
ASAP for the Wednesday April 23
workshop that will be held from
8:15 noon at the Schultz Center.
Seats are limited. Reserve your
spot by contacting Lashun@jcci.org.
Annual Fair Housing
The Jacksonville Human Rights
Commission will present a day of
workshops to educate the commu-
nity on fair housing. It will be held
Saturday, April 26th from 8:00
a.m. 2:00 p.m. at the Wyndham
Riverwalk Hotel. Workshop topics
include: Updates of Title VIII of
The Fair Housing Act; Predatory
Lending ; Getting a House/Keeping
a House; Budget Wise
Housing Resources in a Multi
Cultural Society; Mortgage
Banking/Bad Credit Bums Money.
To register by phone call 630-2489.
Tour of Homes
The Riverside Avondale
Preservation Association will have
their 34th Annual Spring Tour of
Homes on Saturday and Sunday
April 26 and 27th throughout the
historic district. The self guided
tour of neighborhood homes will be
throughout the day until 5 p.m. For
tickets or more information, call
One Jax Humanitarian
The 2008 Humanitarian Awards
Dinner presented by Onejax, will be
held on April 29th at.6 p.m. at the
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
Riverfront Hotel. The event honors
those who have demonstrated a
commitment to serving the commu-
nity. This year's honorees include
Gertrude Peele, Michael Korn,
James Burt and Deboarah Pass. For
more information, call 354-1529.
Elexia Coleman-Moss will facili-
tate the workshop "Women in
Leadership: Where are we headed?"
on Thursday, May 1st. This con-
versation to examine the recent and
current involvement of women in
leadership roles in our community.
Join us from 5:30 7:00 to explore
ways that women are engaged and
encouraged to participate and what
our future holds. The forum will be
held at JCCI headquarters located at
2434 Atlantic Blvd. Reserve your
seat by e-mailing Lashun@jcci.org.
May PRIDE Book
The PRIDE Book Club, North
Florida's oldest and largest African-
American book club, will be meet-
ing on on Friday, May 2, 2008 at
7:00 pm. at the Gateway Book
Store at the Gateway Shopping
Center. The book for discussion
with the author will be The Human
Stain by Philip Roth. For more
information, contact Felice
Franklin at 389-8417 or 703-8264;
This year's 45th Annual Isle of
Eight Flags Shrimp Festival will be
held on May 2, 3 & 4. Located in
historic Fernandina Beach, FL,
when not feasting on shellfish or
other festival fare, visitors can
enjoy the works of over 300 award-
winning artists and craftspeople and
their creations in various mediums.
The festival also boasts an excellent
showing of fine antiques and col-
lectibles, including furniture,
depression glass, jewelry, crystal
and coins. Visit www.shrimpfesti-
val.com or call 866-4-AMELIA.
Universal Sisters is a program
designed to address the unique
health concerns of women of color.
The one-day event will feature
dynamic keynote speakers, break-
out sessions, and free health screen-
ings, and will take place at the
Hyatt Hotel on Saturday, May 3
from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Seating is limited, and women are
encouraged to get their tickets early
by calling (904) 549-2938 or visit-
ing wjct.org. The ticket price
includes continental breakfast,
lunch and a gift-filled canvas bag.
Dinner with a
Difference at BCC
The Jacksonville Human Rights
Commission will present the
"Dinner with a Difference" on
Tuesday, May 6th at 6:00 p.m. The
free event will be held at the
Bethelite Conference Center, 5865
Arlington Expressway. For more
information call 630-8071.
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1 Maya Stil
Another LeVert Tragedy
The singing Levert family of Cleveland has
lost another son and brother. Sean Levert has
Levert, 39, the son of R&B legend Eddie l
Levert and brother of Gerald Levert, who F
passed away in 2006, collapsed at the Cuyahoga
County Jail late last night and was immediately
rushed to the hospital. He had reportedly been
in the Cuyahoga County Jail serving time for
failing to pay roughly $80,000 in child support.
Sean, along with Gerald and Marc Gordon was
a member of the 80s group Levert. They hit it big with "Casanova."
The Cleveland native, died of natural causes just before midnight.
Marvin Gaye's Sister Writes Tell All
O, n this 24th anniversary of the death of
Marvin Gaye, his sister Zeola Gaye has
penned a book "My Brother Marvin."
"It's a tell-all book that will basically
reveal everything that anybody has ever won-
-" dered as far as my family," she says. "I'm
Speaking of my mother, father, my sister and
my brother, and my life with [Marvin]," says
She also writes about "how he grew up; what
made Marvin become the man he was; and what made my father do what
he did. Questions to me always are 'Why?' People want to know, 'Why
would a father shoot his son?' My book will reveal all of those things."
Gabrielle Union Suing Over Fake Assistant Ads
Actress Gabrielle Union has filed an invasion of
privacy lawsuit against two Georgia men for post-
ing a fake job advertisement on Craigslist.com.
According to legal papers uncovered by "
TMZ.com, Calvin High and Steve Raymond
claimed they were acting on Union's behalf to find
her an executive assistant. But the actress says
she's never heard of either defendant and was"
unaware of their actions.
Union claims to have suffered "severe emo-
tional distress" as a result of the bogus posting.
She also says that High and Raymond subjected
her to "embarrassment and humiliation" by putting out the false ad.
Her lawsuit, filed in a Georgia district court on Friday, seeks unspeci-
fied damages and also names as defendants "John Does 1-10,' because
Union's lawyers, Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell, LLC, claim the acts were
committed "in conjunction with and/or with the help of several other indi-
viduals who are unknown... at this time."
Wilson Hospitalized for Collapsed Lung
Jazz singer Nancy Wilson was hospitalized this
week for treatment of a collapsed lung, a spokes-
woman said. The 71-year-old Grammy-winner was
expected to recover said Devra Levy, wife of
Wilson's manager, John Levy. Wilson's lung was
"-3 reinflated at Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua
Tree, California and she was in good spirits, Devra
Levy told the Associated' Press.
Jennifer Lewis Joins Hairspray Cast
Beginning April 22, actress Jenifer Lewis
will take over the role of Motormouth
Maybelle in the Broadway production of
Hairspray, reports Broadway.com. -, a,,--
Lewis replaces Darlene Love, who has 1 .
starred in the long-running musical at the Neil
Simon Theatre since July 2005.
Currently on the big screen in "Tyler Perry's
Meet the Browns," Lewis last appeared on a -
New York stage in the Public Theater's 2006
Central Park production of Mother Courage -
and Her Children. Her Broadway credits
include Comin' Uptown, Eubie! and Rock 'n'
Roll: The First 5,000 Years.
Hairspray's Broadway cast currently stars George Wendt, Shannon
Durig, Ashley Parker Angel, Tevin Campbell, Clarke Thorell, Mary
Birdsong, Susan Mosher, Scott Davidson and Niki Scalera.
I Finding Life a Challenge at 80
exactly what I've been doing.' So in San Francisco, where she shared ences." Walker's daughter, me
then he asked me to speak, and I got billing with another future star, oirist Rebecca Walker, remember
by Hillal Italie
It takes just seconds to leave
behind this muted Harlem side
street and enter the parlor of Maya
Angelou's brownstone, a step as
bright and quick as a black and
white film dissolving into
Plump sofas and armchairs in
bursts of green and blue and red and
yellow form a ring on spotless hard-
wood floors. Toward the rear, like a
shy, well-dressed prodigy, a baby
grand piano looks shined to stage
perfection. By the piano, stained
glass doors open to a red dining
area centered by a mahoganN table
as big and round as the \oice of
Still close to her youthful height of
6 feet, the author-poet-dancer-
singer-activist is ready to celebrate
her 80th birthday, feeling, she s-a s.
like she's 60, wearing a dark blouse
and slacks, sipping apple .uice.
singing hymns, reciting Latin.
whispering, laughing, cli ng.
missing lost friends or planning
to make new ones.
"I don't know how long I'm
going to live, but I still see
my life as an adventure."
says Angelou, who divides
her time between New
York and a house in
She has filled six vol-
umes of memoirs with
her wild, tragic, unstop-
pable story: growing up
with segregation as a
child and motherhood at
17; strip clubs and
brothels to nightclubs
and Broadway; the assas-
sinations of her friends
Malcolm X and the Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr.; a
classic memoir, Hallmark
cards and the adoration of
Wealthy and famous be\ ond
even her admittedly immodest
dreams, she is no closer to selling
down than she was decades ago
She is working on a new book. a
collection of nonfiction pieces.
travels the counilry giving speeches
for which she earns thousands of
dollars; and plans to spend part of
the year studying at the Missouri-
based Unity Church, which ad\o-
cates healing through prayer.
"About three years ago, I \\as in
Miami and my son (Guy) \%as ha\-
ing his 10th operation on his spine.
I felt really done in by the work 1
was doing, people who had expect-
ed things of me," says Angelou,
who then recalled a Unity church
service she attended in Miami.
"The preacher came out a young
black man, mostly a white church -
and he came out and said, 'I have
only one question to ask, and that
is, "Why have you decided to limit
God?"' And I thought, 'That's
"I had never met anybody in the
world like her," says Diller, still a
close friend. "She was brilliant, tal-
ented, tall, and she had this great
talent for dancing and singing. She
had this very special, resonant
voice. It had a certain quality. With
Sinatra, he would sing one note and
you knew who it was. It's a recog-
nizable sound, and she had that,
Renamed Maya Angelou for the
stage, she toured in the Gershwins'
"Porgy and Bess" and Jean Genet's
"The Blacks," danced with Alvin
Ailey, worked as a coordinator for
the Southern Christian Leadership
Council and lived for years in
Egypt and Ghana, where she
befriended Malcolm X and
remained close to him until his
assassination, in 1965. Three years
later, she was helping King organ-
ize the Poor People's March in
Memphis, Tennessee, where the
civil rights leader was slain on
Angelou's 40th birthday.
"Every year, on that day, Coretta
and I would send each other flow-
ers," Angelou said of King's widow,
Coretta Scott King, who died in
Little known outside the theatrical
world in her 20s and 30s, she
became a best-selling author in her
early 40s. Angelou's "I Know Why
the Caged Bird Sings," published in
1970, has sold millions of copies
and become a standard, if contro-
versial, coming-of-age story, taught
throughout the country.
The book might not have hap-
pened if James Baldwin hadn't per-
suaded Angelou, still grieving over
King's death, to attend a party at
Jules Feiffer's house.
"There were a number of writers
at the party, good talkers,"
recalls Bob Loomis, her longtime
editor at Random House and the
man who helped push her to write
"Judy Feiffer, Jules' wife, called
me and said she had met the most
remarkable woman and that she had
told wonderful stories and more
than held her own with people
known to be raconteurs and enter-
tainers. And she said, 'You ought to
get her to write a book."'
Alice Walker, the Pulitzer Prize-
winning novelist, says she found
Angelou's book "incredibly power-
ful and marvelous in its capacity to
move people to share her experi-
reading Angelou in seventh grade
and said "Caged Bird" helped her
find her voice and make her "own
way in the world, come what may."
Angelou's memoir also has been
attacked, for seemingly opposite
reasons. In a 1999 essay in
Harper's, author Francine Prose
criticized "Caged Bird" as "manip-
ulative" melodrama. Meanwhile,
Angelou's passages about her rape
and teen pregnancy have made it a
perennial on the American Library
Association's list of works
thai drav. coinplaint
, ,from parents and
that it was a
There's no profani-
ty." .Angelou sa s. It
speaks about sun i\ ng. and it
really doesn't make ogres of many
people. I was shocked to find there
were people who really wanted it
banned, and I still believe people
who are against the book have
never read the book."
She has written five other mem-
oirs and mastered several lan-
guages. She has published several
volumes of poems, advice books
and children's stories. She has writ-
ten music, plays and screenplays,
received an Emmy nomination for
her acting in "Roots," and still has
a passion for dance, the art she con-
siders closest to poetry.
"The only things I ever really
loved were writing and dancing,
and at 800 I will still be dancing. I'll
still think in terms of the long leg
and extension, releves, and still
love it," she says.
"The line of the dancer. If you
watch Baryshnikov, and you see
that line, that's what the poet tries
for. The poet tries for the line, the
She has evolved from outcast to
bohemian to celebrity to institution.
In 1993, the poem she read at for-
mer President Clinton's first inau-
guration, "On the Pulse of the
Morning," was a million-selling
sensation. She is a mentor to
Winfrey, who will throw a party for
her 80th birthday. Since 2002, she
has been composing verse for
Hallmark, calling it however
commercial part of her mission as
"the people's poet."
"My intent is to see a person read
30 pages of the book of mine, or
five poems, before he knows he's
reading. I like him to just get in
there," she says.
"So in order to do that, I have to
take these things, words...
Everybody in the world uses them,
from morning until night. Words.
You have to take some nouns and
pronouns and adjectives and
adverbs, ball them together and
throw them against the wall and let
"I've got to do it."
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up and said, 'Thank you, thank you,
thank you, thank you, thank you,
thank you.' And I said it about 50
times, until the audience began say-
ing it with me, 'Thank you,
"1 got back in the car, when I was
being driven back to the house I had
taken, and I said, 'On my 80th
birthday I will go into a kind of reli-
gious school and study.' I don't want
to become a preacher, but I want to
see if there's another way, a more
direct way into the soul's
She has \rirten
Ithai \~ en the _
road ahead .r--
i s '1 "
jnd the one
behind cut oll,
then a ne%\ path nmust
be created Angelou's life
does not follow\ a straight, flat
line, but takes detour upon detour,
an ascending circle that covers rich
and poor, city and country, art and
commerce, shock and sentiment,
Malcolm X and the good people of
Hallmark Cards, Inc.
"(When) I was about 12, I guess,
I read the statement, 'I am a human
being. Nothing human can be alien
to me.' The statement is so com-
plex, so simple," she says, quoting
the Roman playwright Terence.
"Homo sum: human nil a me
alienum puto.' I have been internal-
izing that all my life. So if
**>Kobe<** Abe of Japan thinks a
great thought, if Federico Garcia
Lorca, or Carlos Santana writes a
great line of music or a great poem,
Balzac and Wole Soyinka ...
ALL of it is mine. And I take it all!"
Angelou was born Marguerite
Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri, on
April 4, 1928. She was raised in
Stamps, Arkansas, and San
Francisco, moving back and forth
between her parents and her grand-
mother. She was smart and fresh to
the point of danger, packed off by
her family to California after sass-
ing a white store clerk in Arkansas.
Other times, she didn't speak at all:
at age 7, she was raped by her
mother's boyfriend and didn't speak
for years. She learned by reading,
"I loved the poetry that was sung
in the black church: 'Go down
Moses, way down in Egypt's land,"'
she says. "It just seemed to me the
most wonderful way of talking.
And 'Deep River.' Ooh! Even now
it can catch me. And then I started
reading, really reading, at about
seven and a half, because a woman
in my town took me to the library, a
black school library. ... And I read
every book, even if I didn't under-
At age 9, she was writing poetry.
By 17, she was a single mother. In
her early 20s, she danced at a strip
joint, ran a brothel, was married,
then divorced. By her mid-20s, she
was performing at the Purple Onion
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Heritage Luncheon C rates the Legacy of Stanton Blue Devils
Ruth Staley Wheaton, Elizabeth Guyton Hunter and Evelyn Hubbard Galvin of the class of 1938
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Ruth Staley Wheaton, Elizabeth Guyton Hunter and Evelyn Hubbard Galvin of the class of 1938
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Class 61 Godfrey Jenkins, Karen Jenkins, F.Yvonne Hicks and Phylis Bright Small.
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Former faculty, administrators
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Vocational and College Preparatory
Stanton were in attendance for the
7th Annual Cultural Heritage
Luncheon. Held on campus
grounds, the classes of 38,48', 58',
68', 78' 88' and 98' were honored.
The focus of this year's celebration
was the arts of Stanton's eras
including the Stanto-Music Cho,
the Glee Club, the Band, Drama
and Visual Arts.
The salute was thoroughly han-
dled by current students including a
"Welcome" by Miss Stanton,
Monya Sharp, a theatrical perform-
ance and the reading of the mission
of the Cultural Heritage
Committee. Following a dance per-
formance by the Lovettes, Vice
Principal Dr. Norma Hayward pre-
sented the class Roll Call. The
luncheon closed with a perform-
ance by The Counts.
Over one hundred years old,
Stanton was th first school estab-
lished in Jacksonville for the educa-
tion ofAfrican-Americans. It is still
in service today serving the stu-
dents of Duval County as a college
preparatory schools since 1980.
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