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Start Network to Rival BET
A new TV network positioning itself to rival BET
has already released its lineup of shows. It's ver-
sion of 106 & Park, "Sunset and Vine", will
S"showcase the top hip-hop and R&B acts as well
as play classic videos."
Lead by CEO and Chairman Hip Hop entrepre-
neur P. Miller (formerly Master P), the "family
friendly" TV network is also backed by actor
Denzel Washington. BBTV advisory board mem-
bers include Washington; Vault Load Films pres-
ident Jim Finkl; NAACP executive director Vicangelo Bullock; NBA
player Derek Anderson; cable industry veteran Prof. Sal Martino; hip-
hop pioneer DJ Kool Herc; entrepreneur Olatokunbo Betiku; and real
estate mogul Curtis Oakes.
"I believe that there is a market in our community for a new diverse
network that provides a new brand of superior programming that caters
to all aspects of television, from reality to original programming," said
Miller who says the station has been one of his pipe dreams.
Miller credits BET founder Bob Johnson for setting him on his path into
the TV business. "I remember him telling me back in the day that if you
wanted to know real estate, you've got to hang out with real estate
investors. If you wanted to know sports, you've got to hang out with ath-
letes. I wanted to know TV, so I hung out with Bob and learned the TV
game from one of the best in the business."
Economics Forcing Multi-Billion Dollar
Company Ariel Investments to Layoffs
For the first time in its 25-yearhistory, a Black-owned investment firm-
had to layoff employees in part because of the soft economy.
"We recently tightened our belt and laid off 18 employees," said
Mellody Hobson, president of Chicago-based Ariel Investments LLC.
"What we did is no different from what other companies are doing in
response to the weak economy."
Morgan Stanley Analyst Barry Thomas said while the soft economy
had a lot to do with the layoffs, poor returns this year on some of Ariel's
mutual funds may have also caused the downsizing.
"If your largest mutual fund (with $2.4 billion in assets) is down nearly
16 percent this year, you have no choice but to make changes," Thomas
said. "But a good thing for Ariel is that energy prices have begun to fall
a little, so many of the consumer stocks Ariel holds in its portfolio should
start to rebound."
Despite its small size ($39 million in assets) Ariel's Focus Fund is
geared toward large company holdings and remains a top performer,
Ariel Investments, founded in 1983 by John W. Rogers, is one of the
largest Black-owned mutual fund managers on Wall Street with over $16
billion in assets under management.
Study Attributes Drop in Black Fertility
Rate to High Prison Population
According to a study presented at the recent meeting of the American
Sociological Association, the astounding increase in the nation's prison
population since the 1970s is having "profound demographic conse-
quences that disproportionately affect black males."
The study found that the jump in incarceration rates represents "a mas-
sive intervention" in Black families and may be responsible for lowered
rates of fertility, increased and involuntary migration to rural areas as
well as greater exposure to infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and
According to the study, the justice system "has become more punitive"
and one. result is that 1 of every 100 Americans is currently behind bars
and nearly 60 percent of those are young, most low-income Black males.
This fact, they suggest, has led to an increased number of men not pro-
ducing children and the resulting drop in the Black fertility rate.
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First Coast Conferees Clean Up the Eastside
The city's Clean It Up, Green It
Up program in partnership with the
A Philip Randolph Institute (APRI)
during its 39th Annual National
Education Conference in
Jacksonville last weekend, paid
honor to the renowned civil rights
leader by cleaning Jessie Street, the
area where Randolph grew up.
Over 100 young attendees from
the convention participate in the
clean up. They teens arrived by
bus on Jessie Street and used trash
bags and gloves to clean the one-
mile length of roadway.
Following the cleanup, partici-
pants enjoyed a picnic at the A.
Philip Randolph Heritage Park
It was a year before the famous
Brown v. Board of Education case,
which ended legal segregation in
public schools. Racial tensions in
Jacksonville were evident but sepa-
rate and equal had it's place in
pride, education and honor. The
year was 1953 and a school built
for the city's "negroes" in the
LaVilla area bordered by Ashley,
Broad, Beaver and Clay Streets had
been the backbone of education for
Duval county and surrounding
The Stanton High School, estab-
lished in 1868 would graduate its'
last class in the building that estab-
lished a legacy still celebrated 140
Witnessing the final years in their
historic location was the class of
1953. The festive "blue devils",
who celebrate the camaraderie
established fifty-five years ago,
have evolved into a variety of con-
tributors to the world including
principals, homemakers, military
personnel, ministers, civil servants
and even models.
Guided by the theme "Celebrating
the Years of Our Lives", a steering
committee began meeting nine
months ago to bring their class-
mates home from as far away as
California, New York, Georgia and
around the state for a weekend of -
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August 21-27, 2008
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Just before his world came tumble
ner in a restaurant called The Tasl
As he faced a federal investigation
last summer into a dogfighting ken-
nel that he founded and funded,
Michael Vick also was looking for
help in a fight to preserve a finan-
cial empire he had tried to build as
one of the NFL's highest-paid play-
Banks in Toronto; South Bend,
Ind., and Charlotte, N.C., demand-
ed repayment of more than $6 mil-
lion in loans used to finance a car
rental business, a wine enterprise
and other ventures. A sports market-
ing company that he hired and fired
even before he was drafted in 2001
hounded him for another $5 million
in lost fees. And he faced breach of
contract charges on two other deals.
"Even without the dogfighting
case, Michael had been the victim
of some very flawed advice by a
number of professionals who were
supposed to know what they were
doing and were supposed to be
helping him," observed Peter
Ginsberg, the nationally renowned
bankruptcy lawyer who is trying to
preserve what little remains of
Vick's net worth.
Ginsberg might be right. A review
of bankruptcy court records and
other litigation filed against Vick
shows a remarkable series of blun-
ders and thefts that could leave Vick
insolvent even if he manages to
retain the bonuses the Falcons and
the NFL are tirinig to take back
ng down, Mlciael VicK was a part-
ting Room in East Point, Ga.
It's a sad story that begins in his
final weeks at Virginia Tech and
reaches points of crisis during the
dogfighting prosecution and even
now during his incarceration in
Leavenworth, Kan. It involves two
financial advisers who have been
charged with major frauds and a
sports marketing adviser who
charged Vick 25 percent of all mar-
keting fees earned.
With his finances deteriorating,
Vick admitted guilt in the dogfight-
ing scheme, hoping to minimize his
time in jail. But federal agents
demanded nearly $1 million in
restitution for rescuing and caring
for nearly 60 dogs they found in
Vick's kennel. If he failed to pay the
bills for the dogs, Vick faced addi-
tional prison time.
Despite earning more than $20
million in NFL bonuses, Vick could
not find the money. In desperation,
he turned to a Falcons teammate,
linebacker Demorrio Williams.
Williams recommended Mary
Wong, a 40-ish business manager in
Omaha, Neb., who had helped
Williams manage his money and his
Wong worked quickly to gather
the restitution money, cashing in a
retirement investment with Lloyd's
of London and persuading a bank to
lend Vick more money. That put
together just enough money to pay
It was a good start for Vick. But,
according to papers filed in his
bankruptcy, it did not last.
In addition to gathering the resti-
tution funds, Wong used a power of
attorney from Vick to "wrongfully
remove" at least another $900,000
from his various accounts, accord-
ing to a document filed by
Ginsberg. And, court papers also
say, Wong "caused certain business
entities owned by [Vick] to be
transferred to her."
There could be more bad news to
"We are still working on it, and it
may well be that what she has taken
from him will be well into seven
figures," Ginsberg said.
Ginsberg has obtained a court -
Continued on page 11
With DNC Convention One Week Away,
Countdown to Obama's V.P. Pick Begins
Black political analysts are spec-
ulating that Barack Obama's short
list for a vice presidential nominee
has just gotten shorter.
The smart money, some say, is on
two seasoned politicians: Virginia
Gov. Tim Kaine and Indiana Sen.
"Obama's choices are pretty nar-
row at the moment," according to
Peter C. Groff, a Colorado state
"To complement his change
mantra, the D.C.-centered choices
are real slim, which opens the
options for governors and young
senators," Groff said. "But he has
to be mindful about choosing a sea-
soned person in the number two
spot. There is also the Hillary
[Clinton] factor to stress over.
Groff said Kaine and Bayh come
from swing states or states that
Obama can make competitive in
"Both appear young and fresh,
offering Obama a moderate, plus
administrative voice and ear,"
Groff said. "Bayh was a vocal yet
respectful supporter of Sen. Clinton
during a tight primary race, and
both he and Kaine are popular
politicians who won statewide in
traditionally red states."
Groff said there has also been
much speculation about Delaware
Sen. Joe Biden.
However, Craig Kirby, a
Democratic political strategist, said
there may actually be four choices:
Biden, Evan, former Sen. Sam
Nunn, and a "wild card" -- Caroline
"Barack Obama is seeking in a
running mate someone who can
step in if he is unable to serve,"
Kirby told BlackAmericaWeb.com.
"This individual will share his
commitment to change, governing"
and a good chemistry.
Former Player Starts Pension Fund for Retired Globetrotters
Former Harlem Globetrotter and
college All-American basketball
player Dr. "Jumpin' Johnny" Kline
of Brentwood, Tenn., is spearhead-
ing a campaign to help raise funds
for retired members of the Harlem
Globetrotters, many of whom face
financial hardships and life-threat-
ening illnesses. He and his col-
leagues have inspired future
Olympic stars around the world.
Kline, who serves as president
and founder of the non-profit Black
Legends of Professional Basketball
Foundation, says his organization
has established a "Globetrotter
Good Will Fund" to help provide
$500 monthly pensions for 26
retired members of the Harlem
Globetrotters. The Globetrotters
organization does not currently pro-
vide retirement benefits for its for-
"My colleagues and I played dur-
ing World War II and the Cold War
in the 1950s, entertaining our troops
and citizens during a time of great
peril," said Kline, who moved to the
Nashville area from Detroit in
Former Globetrotter John Kline
2007. "The 26 surviving pioneers out their final days."
were once ambassadors of good Kline added that the Globetrotters
will. Now, mostly forgotten, they played an important role in the
are in need of good will.as theylive m -entoring of future Olympic ath-
letes from countries around the
world. During the 1950s, when the
U.S. government was battling the
anti-American propaganda of com-
munism, the Truman
Administration realized that the
country could benefit from the
players' worldwide popularity. The
"Trotters" were given the moniker
of "Ambassadors of Good Will" on
a government-endorsed world tour
"While the NBA was unheard of
overseas and struggling to stay
alive in America, we were interna-
tionally known and loved," Kline
The countries of Argentina,
Australia, Croatia, Iran, Lithuania,
Russia, Angola, China, Germany,
Greece, Spain, as well as the United
States the 12 countries whose
men's teams will compete in this
year's Olympics are amongst the
world's countries that have benefit-
ed from'the performances and clin-
ics of these Harlem Globetrotters of
the 1940s and 1950s.
"It would be wonderful if the U.S.
Olympic team could meet with the
26 'Trotters' to acknowledge and
show some appreciation when they
return from Beijing," he said.
The former Globetrotters, who
range in age from 76 to 93, are
Herbert Ausbie, Don Barnett, Joe
Buckhalter, Bobby Hall, Herman
Taylor, David Gaines, J.C. Gipson,
Carl Green, Chuck Holton, Charles
Hoxie, John Isaacs, Henry Kean,
Webster Kirksey, John Kline, Chico
Burrell, Al Price, Charlie Primas,
George Smith, Harry Sykes,
Herschell Turner, Frank
Washington, Ernie Wagner, Charles
Ward, Bob Williams, Johnny
Wilson, and Vertes Zeigler. A 27th
player, Bobby Knight, died earlier
this year at age 79.
For more information about Kline
or his foundation, call (615) 371-
9083, send an e-mail to john-
firstname.lastname@example.org or info@black-
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An affiliate of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce
JaxBiz would like to thank the fol-
lowing candidates for supporting
Northeast Florida Businesses.
Ken Manuel School Board District 1
Increase academic achievement for all students.
Improve the High School graduation rate.
Build and expand collaborative partnerships between
the school district, businesses and community groups.
W.C. Gentry School Board District 3
High priority on early education, Pre-K through
Make school relevant through career and
Revisit school discipline, eliminate or greatly
reduce out-of-school suspension and truancy.
Betty Burney School Board District 5
Increase proficiency levels for all students.
Equity and adequacy for neighborhood schools.
Decrease the drop-out rate.
Tommy Hazouri School Board District 7
Recruiting and retaining the best teachers.
Encourage early literacy, focus on Pre-K.
Better enforcement of Code of Conduct to make our
King Holzendorf- School Board- District 10
Soaring Crime: creating and providing jobs to keep
people off streets.
Education: better career programs, after school
and summer programs.
Economic development in blighted areas.
Dick Brown City Council At-Large Group 2
Local Economy: aggressively recruiting new business
and new jobs.
Jacksonville City Budget: cuts in expenses to phase
in public safety enhancements.
Infrastructure in support of port expansion.
Jay Plotkin State Attorney Fourth Judicial Circuit
Protection: Citizens must be protected against
Prosecution: Career criminals and crimes involving
firearms need enhanced penalties.
Prevention: Continue to promote programs that
target at-risk juveniles, keeping them in school
and out of criminal activities.
Bill White Public Defender Fourth Judicial Circuit
W. Enforce the law and ensure that it is applied
equally to all.
Ensure the constitutional right of every person to
have a fair trial with the best possible defense.
Continue to manage the Public Defender's Office
with effectiveness and efficiency.
Florida House District 12: Endorsement Pending
Mia L. Jones Florida House District 14
Top Issues and Priorities:
Rising Crime Rates: Strengthen support base for
returning ex-offenders, work to provide a first rate
Juvenile Assessment Center in Jacksonville.
Economic Expansion and Infrastructure.
Strengthen opportunities within Community
Redevelopment Areas for growth and development
of small business within underserved communities.
Mario Rubio Florida House District 17
Top Issues and Priorities:
Education: We must have a skilled workforce in
order to attract new businesses to the state.
Economic Development In order to expand Florida
businesses we must invest in infrastructure, education,
workforce housing and improvements in public safety.
Regulations: Government mandates place a
considerable financial drain on businesses and
consumers. Mandates need to be reviewed and
eliminated if they do not benefit the vast majority
Elaine Brown Florida House District 18
Top Issues and Priorities:
Florida's Economy: Become more business-friendly
and more aggressive promotion of tourism.
Education: Empower local school districts, reduce
state education bureaucracy.
Insurance: Encourage competition and reduce
Mike Weinstein Florida House District 19
Top Issues and Priorities:
Education/Workforce Development: relevant curriculum
and locally controlled education.
Good Business Environment: foster jobs, better
prepared workforce and less regulation.
Smaller Government: more local control and
responsibility over educations, taxes, and waterways.
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Rethinking Bi-racial Leadership
Continued from front
the issue of color is a complicated
From the days slave masters
forced themselves on Black
women, there have been bi-racial
children, some taking on the color
of their mother and others looking
as white as any White man. Even
today, more than nearly 400 years
later, some Blacks can still pass for
Complicating matters within the
community, however, is the mixed
signals Blacks have historically
sent on color. In many social gath-
erings, a premium was placed on
what was then called light-bright-
social clubs required potential
members to pass the paper bag test
- if you were darker than a paper
bag, you couldn't join.
But all of that changed or, at
least was challenged during the
Black Power Movement of the late
1960s. Black was in, White was
out. No more White dolls, no more
European beauty standards, no
more self-hate. We were taught to
love ourselves. Of course, the Black
Pride Movement never took full
hold in our community after try-
ing an Afro, James Brown even
went back to his scarry curl but it
represented a significant step in the
With remnants of the live-and-let
live spirit of the 1960s still in place,
color isn't any less complicated
today. Clarence Thomas, a dark-
skinned man, is more hostile to
civil rights than any of the White
conservatives on the U.S. Supreme
Court. Yet, Walter White who, by
all appearances, looked White -
was an ardent civil rights activist
with the NAACP, serving as execu-
tive secretary from 1931-1955.
Derrick Bell, a law professor at
New York University, reads nothing
special into the increasing number of
"It shows that interracial unions are
on the rise," he explained.
"Obviously a number of young
Whites, male and female, are look-
ing beyond race in choosing whom
they wish to marry."
Until the U.S. Supreme Court
struck down anti-miscegenation
laws in 1967 (Loving v. Virginia),
interracial marriages were illegal in
16 states. According to the Census
Bureau, the number of interracial
marriages increased from less than
1 percent in 1970 to slightly more
than 5 percent in 2000.
And not all products of these unions
accept others' definition of them.
Consider this exchange between
Michelle Martin, host of NPR's
"Tell Me More," and Ben Jealous.
MARTIN: One other interesting
thing about you is that you are also
biracial as is Barack Obama, as is
the lieutenant governor of
Maryland, as is the mayor of
JEALOUS: Can I, can I make a
small correction there?
MARTIN: Of course.
JEALOUS: I'm black, you know
the only thing that we have, you
know, the only definition that's out
there on the books if you will, are
state laws, and my family is from
Virginia. When I was born... the
law said if you were at least
1/32nd of African descent, you
were black, end of story. White was
an exclusive definition; black was
The real issue, says Luke Harris,
a professor at Vassar College, is not
what people call Jealous whose
father is White and mother is Black
- but how those in that group relate
to the Black community.
"Biracial folk have always played
significant leadership roles in the
Black community. We need only
think of Frederick Douglass,"
Harris said. "Whether their
increased participation in these
roles signals something good or bad
depends on the ways in which they
relate to the Black community. Do
they see themselves as full-fledged
members of our community? Do
they offer a politics that genuinely
reflect the interests of our commu-
nity? These are the sorts of ques-
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Shown above are Barbara McMurray, and Areilla Newbold of Jax Youth Works, Michael Blaylock
Executive Director of JTAand Bro. Ysryl Muhammadwith BBAC, Inc. FMPPhoto
JTA Event Builds Minority Businesses
The Jacksonville Transportation
Authority (JTA) and the
Conference of Minority
Transportation Officials (COMTO)
Jacksonville recently hosted the
Third Annual DBE/COMTO
Networking Event at the Prime
Osborne Convention Center. Over
300 business owners were brought
together by JTA with the
Jacksonville area's top prime con-
tractors and vendors with
Enterprises (DBEs) owners in an
effort to foster a better mutual busi-
The JTA has one of the most com-
prehensive DBE programs in the
state of Florida. The goal of the
DBE program is to ensure a mini-
mum of 15 percent of government
contracts are awarded to disadvan-
taged small businesses.
The Jacksonville Mass Choir, an
all-city ensemble under the direc-
tion of Deborah McDuffie, will
hold auditions Mon-Wed. August
25-27, 2008, from 5:30 -7:30 p.m.
at Unity Church in Riverside.
Vocalists ages 14-22 are eligible to
audition. Reading music is not
required. Prepare a 2-minute selec-
tion. Unity Church is located at 634
Lomax Street For more informa-
tion call 904-356-ARTS.
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The big ships at JAXPORT carry more than coffee, computers
and cars. They also bring 50,000 outstanding, well-paying
jobs and an annual $3 billion boost to our area's economy.
That's like hosting TEN Super Bowls-each and every year!
And that means those big ships deliver one other thing:
a brighter future for all of us.
BIG SHIPS. BIG JOBS.
National College Fair to be held
October 11 for students and parents
The National College Fair of Jacksonvill, a local opportunity for stu-
dents and their parents to meet representatives from colleges and uni-
versities, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the
Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center.
Sponsored by the National Association for College Admission
Counseling (NACAC), the National College Fair of Jacksonville draws
thousands of students and their parents each year. The event will be
attended by representatives from more than 100 colleges and universi-
ties spanning from Hawaii to Maine and even Bond University in
Queensland, Australia. Information sessions include Bright Futures
Scholarship Program, Federal Financial Aid, College Planning, College
Planning with FACTS.org, Writing the College Admissions Essay,
HBCU's, Scholarship Tips and Using the Web.
For more information, students and parents may contact any local high
schooll guidance office or call 632-3310.
COUNCILWOMAN E. DENISE LEE
Invite you to attend a COMMUNITY MEETING to discuss and get recommendations and
input from citizens regarding a Planned Unit Development (PUD) on Newcomb Road, west of
Lem Turner Road and north of 1-295
Representatives from the City of Jacksonville's Planning and Development Department, as well
as the developers seeking the PUD, will be in attendance to answer any questions that you may
have regarding the conversion of 317 acres from low density residential to light industrial uses.
REMEMBER YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED IN MAKING SURE
THAT YOUR NEIGHBORHOODS REMAIN VITAL!
DATE: Monday, August 25, 2008
LOCATION: FCCJ North Campus Auditorium
Room C-136 4501 Capper Road
NOTE: This relates to the recently approved Land Use Amendment for the proposed
development of warehouses referenced in RESO#2008-398-A
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3
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PagP e Ms P Frrv's Free Pres
Kilpatrick Saga Seems Never
I have deliberately been avoiding
writing about Mayor Kwame
Kilpatrick's legal, political and per-
sonal issues because the media cov-
erage has been overwhelming at
times and seems very unfair.
Not that I am defending any of the
Detroit Mayor's actions, but much
like some of our local media, the
national press can try and convict a
person before the jury even hears
opening arguments. Even though
many of the allegations against
Kilpatrick are obvi-
"we as a people
have the tendency of not
him because he's a graduate of
Florida A & M University and was
the captain of the football team.
That's right if you didn't know
Kilpatrick was a Rattler maybe
that is where his party throwing
For those of you who don't know
the rest of his story, let me give you
the nickel tour. His mother is Cong.
Carolyn Kilpatrick from Michigan
and serves as Chair of the
Congressional Black Caucus. His
father, also in politics served as
Chief of Staff to the top govern-
ment officer in Wayne County,
After leaving FAMU he went to
embracing people when Michigan State Law School,
but never actually practiced
they are going through a law. In 1996, he was elected
storm, but piling on. And on to the Michigan House of
Representatives after his
the other side of that same mother; Carolyn Cheeks-
coin sometimes when we Kilpatrick vacated the seat to
are in trouble we hold
on too long."
rect, we should
be mindful that he still deserves his
day in court.
As a young black man I refuse to
be apart of lynch mob media tac-
tics. It's Kilpatrick today, but it
could be you or I tomorrow.
I will say that the series of events
that have taken place over the past
several years have been very unfor-
tunate considering the fact that
Mayor Kilpatrick seemed to be an
up and comer in the national
Democratic Party, not just in
It's utterly unbelievable the legal
issues that Kilpatrick is facing.
Many residents of Jacksonville and
the state of Florida identify with
campaign for the current
Congressional seat she holds.
Once elected to the Michigan
Legislature he ran for Democratic
Floor Leader and later, House
Democratic Leader, making him
the first African American to lead a
Michigan Legislative body.
In 2001, he became the youngest
mayor in Detroit's history.
Most of you already know that
troubles started for Kilpatrick pret-
ty quickly after taking office.
The saga started with rumors of
martial infidelity and wild parties
being thrown at the Mayor's
Mansion. There were also investi-
gations into conspiracy charges, the
perjury and even murder.
Yes, murder it's sounds like
either an episode of The Sopranos
or anAl Pacino movie.
This is unbelievable stuff.
Conspiracy theorists are saying that
a stripper was murdered by police
officers to keep her from testifying
that she was at the party at the
Although there is no evidence
linking Kilpatrick to the murder,
the woman's family is suing the
City of Detroit for $150 million.
Of course many of you know
about the text messaging scandal
with his former Chief of Staff. In
March of this year, Kilpatrick was
charged with eight felony counts,
including perjury, misconduct in
office, and obstruction of justice.
He was arrested a couple of weeks
ago (to neighboring Canada) for
leaving the country without report-
ing the trip to the proper authorities,
and hence is now wearing a court
ordered ankle tracking braclet.
He's even been hit with two addi-
tional charges for allegedly assault-
ing two police officers that showed
up at his sister's home while he was
there. Supposedly, he pushed one
officer into another as he walked
out of the house.
So if you have lost count here's a
brief synopsis: Mayor Kilpatrick is
facing several legal and political
issues. The State Attorney's Office
is investigating the perjury charges,
which come with up to 15 years per
count if found guilty.
The Attorney General is investi-
gating the assault and other charges
charges and the Governor of
Michigan, Jennifer Granholm, will
hold a misconduct hearing next
month to determine if Kilpatrick
should be removed from office.
Talk about having a bad year!
Kilpatrick is the only mayor in the
history of Detroit to be charged
with a felony while in office. Of
course, the series of events that
have taken place or that Kilpatrick
has been charged with are simply
I remember seeing Kilpatrick at
the Superbowl here in Jacksonville
a few years back the brother had
more security than the Pope. I
shook it off as hey that's just how
Unfortunately, he's under attack
from almost every angle possible.
I'm surprised the Girl Scout aren't
looking for him for not picking up
those Thin Mints he ordered.
Arthur Ashe once said, "Being a
black man in America is like hav-
ing another job."
Obviously Kilpatrick didn't get
the memo as a young high profile
black man in a very prominent
position you have to be mindful
you are always under a microscope.
I am certainly not casting any
stones Lord knows I had my fair
share of mistakes. We all can learn
from Kilpatrick's missteps. And it
doesn't mater if he's impeached,
acquitted or found guilty at the end
of day he has still achieved much,
and should be respected for that.
Unfortunately, we as a people
have the tendency of not embracing
people when they are going
through a storm, but piling on. And
on the other side of that same coin
- sometimes when we are in trouble
we hold on too long.
Someone once said, "A real leader
faces the music, even when he
doesn't like the tune."
I don't know where this Kilpatrick
saga is headed, but a some point the
welfare of the city needs to be at
the forefront of the discussion.
Signing off from the Detroit
Lions after party, and no it is not at
the Mayor's Mansion,
Whites Fading Fast But Blacks Could Fade Too
by Earl Ofari Hutchinson
There were two eye catching
thin s buried in the new Census
Bureau projection that America
will no longer be a white man's
country in 2042. One is that blacks
also will fade in numbers or at least
their numbers won't get much big-
ger. The other is that the number of
Hispanics will soar. They will
make up about thirty percent of the
country's population then. That
means that not only will America
not be a white majority country, it
will almost certainly be a bi-lingual
nation. In many cities Spanish will
as likely be heard on the streets, in
schools and workplaces as English.
The seismic demographic revolu-
tion is already happening in many
urban neighborhoods. There been
huge growth in Latino owned busi-
nesses, media ownership, and
employment dominance in retail
and manufacturing industries. In
years to come the economic shake-
up will be colossal in entire areas of
The biggest shake-up will be in
politics. That's the one place that
can cause the greatest potential for
angst for blacks.
In 2000, the 23 million blacks eli-
gible to vote dwarfed the 13 million
eligible Latino voters, even though
Latinos had by then virtually
reached parity with blacks in the
population. More than one-third of
the Latino population was less than
18 years old. Forty percent of
Latinos who were of eligible voting
age were non-citizens. Only 5 per-
cent of blacks that were of voting
age were non-citizens.
Those numbers have radically
changed. Since the 2000 election
the number of Latinos of voting age
and who are citizens has jumped.
Beyond just eligibility, there are
now an estimated 15 million Latino
registered voters. That compares
more favorably with the 15 million
black voters in the 2004 election.
The surge in registered voters is
not the only shift that has changed
ethnic politics in America. In past
elections, the majority of the Latino
vote was concentrated in
California, Texas, Nevada, New
Mexico, Arizona and Colorado. In
the 2006 national elections, helped
by the sharp increase in the number
of legal and illegal immigrants in
the Midwest and Northeastern
states, the Latino vote will have
In the next couple of months, pre-
sumptive presidential candidates
Barack Obama and John McCain
will dump millions into Spanish
language ads, pitches, and pleas for
votes on Spanish language stations.
When, not if, Democrats and
Republicans cut an immigration
reform deal, one of its features
almost certainly will include some
form of legalization plan that with-
in a few years will turn thousands
more Latino immigrants into vote-
casting American citizens.
Democrats and Republicans will
pour even more time, money, and
personnel into courting Latino vot-
ers. The potential political gain
from a massive outreach effort to
Latinos is far greater than putting
the same resources into courting
It's sound political reasoning. That
effort worked for Republicans in
2004, when Bush got nearly 40 per-
cent of the Latino vote. The
Democrats, meanwhile, maintain a
solid lock on the black vote. In
every election since 1964, blacks
have given more than 80 to 90 per-
cent of their votes to the
Democrats. They will give even
more of their vote to Obama this
With the tantalizing prospect of a
small but nonetheless important
segment of newly enfranchised
Latino voters voting Republican,
there's no political incentive for
Republicans to try to do more to get
the black vote. That even includes
its relentless pursuit of the black
evangelicals. Hispanic evangelical
churches have an estimated 20 mil-
lion members and those numbers
are growing yearly. According to a
survey by the Hispanic Churches in
American Public Life project, the
majority of Latino evangelicals are
conservative, pro-family, anti-abor-
tion and anti-gay marriage. Latino
evangelicals are GOP-friendly and
they have political clout. They got
several mainstream evangelical
groups to back the Senate compro-
mise immigration reform bill. And
while the National Association of
Evangelicals stopped short of back-
ing the Senate bill, it still urged
"humane" immigration reform.
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Pastor Landon Williams
The community is invited to share with Emanuel Missionary Baptist
Church in celebrating 116 years of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The anniversary celebration began Tuesday, August 19, 2008, and will con-
clude on Sunday, August 24, 2008, with the dedication of a new Fellowship
Hall following the 11:00 a.m. morning service.
Nightly services will begin at 7:15 p.m. continuing on Thursday, August
21, 2008 with Pastor James. Sampson
The church is located at 2407 S. L. Badger, Circle East. Rev. Herb
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First AME of Palm Coast
Continues Celebration of Women
The Women of First Coast AME Church, 91 Old Kings Road North, in
Palm Coast, FL will continue their women's celebration with a Women's
Revival; Saturday, August 30, a Health and Beauty Pamper Party, acces-
sorized by vendors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the culmination of Women's
Day on Sunday, September 14, at the 10:45 a.m. service.
The women are wearing shades of purple for the service. A wonderful
meal has been planned, and a Women's Day Choir is underway, directed by
Sophia Booker, for making adoration at the actual event of Women's Day.
The Reverend Dr. Gillard S. Glover, Senior Pastor. For directions,
please call (386) 437-5142.
New Generation Christian Fellowship
The New Generation Christian Fellowship is celebrating the dedication
of its new facility and the community is invited..
Grammy-award winning Bishop Bruce Allen, Pastor of The Church
Fellowship will lead the celebration at 7 p.m., on Monday evening, August
25th. The community is invited. For directions or more information, please
call (904) 631-7134 or 591-6382.
Summertime Gospel Showcase
The First Annual Summertime Gospel Showcase Showdown will be pre-
sented at 6 p.m., Saturday, August 23, 2008 at One Accord Ministries
International Inc., 2971 Waller Street (off I-10 & McDuff). It will be a
showcase like none ever seen before, promises the presenters: First Lady
Productions, JDG Ministries, and ERRUPT Studios. This showcase will be
an opportunity for all aspiring Gospel and Christian Hip Hop artists.to pres-
ent their talents along with other unsigned talented artists in an all out
SHOWDOWN for the title and the grand prize.
The Grand Prize Winner will receive a 3-song demo, a photo shoot,
album cover artwork, CDs, Radio Airplay, and much more.
Register now as spaces are going fast, just call (904) 425-0806; or go to
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The Atlantic Beach Women's Connection will meet on Wednesday
September 3rd from 9:30-11:00a.m. at the Selva Marina Country Club,
1600 Selva Marina Drive in Atlantic Beach. The speaker Jill McGahan will
share how she went from "most dependable" to least dependable" and
back again. "Going Full Circle the Hard Way". There will also be a
fashion show featuring clothing and accessories. All area women are wel-
come and encouraged to attend!
For more information call Kate 534-6784.
Jax Gospel Announcers Guild to Hold
Conference & Award Celebration
The Radisson Hotel, 4700 Salisbury Road will be the headquarters for
the Jacksonville Gospel Announcers Guild Conference and Award
Celebration, Saturday, August 30th, so make your plans now to attend.
The VIP Gospel Industry Roundtable featuring Stellar Awards Board
Members, Top Gospel Labels, National Gospel Radio Announcers, man-
agers, and producers; will be held at 12 noon, Saturday, August 30, 2008..
Make your reservations now by calling (904) 766-2266.
Headliners at the conference include Bishop Bruce Allen, Twinkie Clark,
CBS-47's Dawn Lopez, Pastor Merry Racheal, V. Michael McKay, NtoU
Magazine, Dr. Yvonne Capehart, VShawn Mitchell, Ken Amaro, Destiny
Praise Atlanta, and the UNF Gospel Choir.
FHA Title 1 Money for Repairs
The FHA Title 1 Program has money to loan for Homeowners with fixed
rates for needed repairs, Replacement windows and doors, Central Heat &
Air, Roofing, Electrical and Plumbing upgrades, Room Additions, Kitchen
and Bathroom Remodeling. To learn more, please call (904) 398-4571.
National Worship Beyond Measure
Retreat Kicks Off in September
Lance Williams announces the True Worship Retreat 2008: "Worship
Beyond Measure: An Intimate Experience." The retreat kicks off
Thursday, September 11th, with featured performances by Tye Tribbet, with
multi-Stellar Award winning artist Dewayne Woods & many others.
The retreat will be held at the Christian Pentecostal Church, 971 Clinton
Avenue in Irvington, NJ from Thursday September 11 Saturday,
September 13. On Friday, September 12 "The Intimate Place" Concert will
highlight the ministries of Lance Williams & True Worship, Maurette
Brown-Clark, and JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, along with other premier
Each nightly event begins at 7:30 p.m. and general admission is free
(preferred seating has a fee). For preferred seating or to register for the sem-
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Pastor Ernie Murray
God's Temple of Love will be having their "5th Sunday Union", begin-
ning on Friday, August 29th and ending on Sunday August 31st. The sched-
ule of events include a Night of Fellowship, free concert by The Supreme
Seven, Family and Friends Day and word by Evangelist Nathaniel Goosby.
The church is located at 358 MLK Drive in Kingsland, Georgia. For more
information or a complete schedule, call 912) 576-1815.
Haven's Women Ministry Sat. Service
God's Treasure House of Prayer Ministry Inc., The "Haven for Women
Ministry" will hold service at 12 noon on Saturday, August 23, 2008, at the
Gates of SouthPoint, 7035 Phillips Highway, Suite #30 (off JTB). All are
welcome. For information, please call (904) 887-5188.
for American Beach Documentary
The American Beach Home Owners Association is requesting that you and
your family submit your photographs and accounts of your "Most
Memorable Experiences" or "Special Occasions" at American Beach to add
to the chronicles of the 1950s 1990s.in a Documentary of American
Beach, "Back In The Days." The documentary will focus on the weekends
that were filled with sunbathers, swimmers, parties, other occasions, and
fellowship. American Beach is a place that should not be forgotten, it is
Black History! For more information on how to tell your story on video
tape, contact Ms. Camilla E. Bush, (904) 356-1402.
Jax: A Good Town for Negroes
The Jacksonville Diversity Network will present Dr. Carolyn Williams,
UNF History Professor for a presentation on Jacksonville called, "A Good
Time for Negroes". Organizers they they're guessing that most of what you
know about the history of African-American lives in Jacksonville is less
than positive, which is why they are hosting a special presentation in
August to highlight a broader history of black life in the city. It will be held
on Thursday, August 28, 2008, 7:00p.m. 8:30 p.m. at the The Karpeles
Manuscript Museum, 101 W. 1st Street, 32206, 1st and Laura Streets.
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promotions, radio play, production, and ten (10) will be selected for the
publishing, the state of the industry, GSA '08 Finals. Judges and the
and much more. In 2007 the event audience will choose the 2008
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Kee to Take Over Mortgage
Payments of Wright's Church
Stanton Class of 1951 at their reunion.
Church of Brooklyn by paying the
mortgage on Rev Timothy Wright's
church until he returns.
This is to relieve some of the
financial stress on the family and
the church during the healing of
their father and pastor, Rev.
On July 4th, Rev. Wright was in
a devastating car accident and dur-
ing this time of healing and need,
Pastor Kee is with him all the way.
"Rev. Wright is a great friend,
preacher and singer who had so
much to do with our success. My
heart goes out to Timothy, his fam-
ily, and to his church family. We are
thanking God for his immediate
healing, strength and total recov-
ery." Pastor Kee said.
He encourages all singers and
fans to continue showing their sup-
port and assist with all of the med-
ical expenses needed for this great
Rev. John P. Kee
The Rev. John P. Kee, Pastor of the
New Life Fellowship Center, is
known for bringing us the best in
Gospel music but he is also known
for helping communities through-
out the world with a generous heart.
Two weeks ago, Pastor Kee
announced that he will be support-
ing Rev. Wright and the Grace
Tabernacle Christian Center
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Christine Davis and Mabel McClendon Harvey and Jimmie Harper
Stanton Class of 1951 Hold 57th Reunion
by T. Austin
The Stanton Class of 51' held its
57th Reunion at the Renaissance
Hotel at World Golf Village last
weekend, August 15-17.
Classmates from Jacksonville,
Oneieda, Palm Coast, Miami
Gardens, Fernandina Beach and as
far away as Dayton, Ohio assem-
bled for a grand weekend. The class
gathered on Friday for a meet and
greet followed by a fitness walk,
shopping, touring and socializing
on Saturday. The evening ended
with the traditional Reunion
'/,tBanquet with James P. Prime serv-
ing as toast master.
The program included greetings
by Joyce Snowden Booker, the
class litany written by Norma
Solomon White, Introductions by
Theresa Hodge and grace and
music by Rev. Eugene L. White.
After a delicious buffet, reflections
were. given by Edna Butler
The Blackening of America
Continued from page 4
The leap in Latino voting strength and the likely prospect that Democrats
and Republicans can bump up the number of voters from the rising num-
ber of legal and illegal immigrants comes at a bad time for black politi-
cians. Though the number of black elected officials has held steady in state
offices and in Congress, their spectacular growth of prior years has flat-
tened out. The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies reported
after the 2004 elections only a marginal increase in the number of black
elected officials. And that was mostly in a handful of Deep South states
There is some evidence that mainstream Democrats are already de-
emphasizing traditional black issues. Obama and McCain have been virtu-
ally mute on miserably failing inner city schools, soaring black unemploy-
ment, prison incarceration, and the HIV/AIDS crisis that has torn black
The new population reality is that immigration, both legal and illegal, has
drastically changed Americas' ethnic and political landscape. Whites may
be fading fast as the majority the great fear is that blacks could fade just as
fast in numbers and more importantly political clout too.
Thompkins of Miami, Barbara
Reed Gaiey of Jacksonville and
Tommie Lee Nelson of Onieda.
Mabel McLendon presented door
prizes. The class joined in the
singing of the Stanton Alma Mater.
Festivitied concluded Sunday
morning with a group worship
service presided by Mozella
Williams Roux. Jimmie Harper
conducted the memorial servicess
and James Prime gave words of
inspiration with music conducted
by Theresa Hodge
The weekend closed with a
farewell brunch. Dr. Norma
Solomon White chaired the reunion
activities. Classmates in attendance
included: Mozella Williams Roux,
Joyce Snowden-Booker, Ernest
Hall, Earl Mainor, Alice Straughter
Smith, Jimmie Baity Harper, Edna
Butler-Thompkins, Christine Grant
Davis, Barbara Reed Garcy, Mabel
McLendon, Tommie Lee Nelson,
Alice Straughter Smith, Norma
Solomon White, Theresa McCants
Hodge, James Prime, Eugene
VALUE ADJUSTMENT BOARD
Jacksonville residents who have a complaint regarding a property tax assessment or denial of an exemp-
tion have the right to file a petition for review by the Value Adjustment Board (VAB).
To be considered, obtain a petition from the Property Appraiser's Office (231 E. Forsyth Street), or you
may obtain form DR-486 (Real Property) or DR-486T (Tangible Personal Property) online from the
Florida Department of Revenue. Complete the petition in full, have it notarized, then file it with the
Clerk of the VAB, along with your filing fee of up to $15.00. Homeowners appealing a homestead
exemption denial, and persons with appropriate certificate or other documentation issued by the
Department of Children and Family Services, will be exempted from paying a filing fee. Location for
filing petitions Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m., are as follows:
August 15 -
The Clerk must receive all Tangible Personal Property petitions, by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 9,
2008. They can be mailed or delivered in person, but they must be received -- not postmarked -- by
September 9th, or they cannot be accepted.
The Clerk must receive all Real Property, Homestead Exemptions and Greenbelt Classification peti-
tions by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 9, 2008. They can be mailed or delivered in person, but they
must be received -- not postmarked -- by Tuesday, September 9th, or they cannot be accepted.
For your convenience, petitioners are urged to file prior to their referenced deadline to avoid the long
lines that are typical on the last day of filing.
For additional information, contact 630-7370.
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports
Dinner and Dance
Men in Black are sponsoring their
Annual 'Summertime Dinner and
Dance' on Saturday, August 23,
2008, at the Scottish Rite Masonic
Building, 29 W 6th St. (corner of
6th and Main St.) The doors will
open at 8 p.m. There will be door
prizes, dinner and dancing.! For
more information, call 904-226-
Reggae Legend Beres
Hammond in Concert
Reggae legend Beres Hammond
will be in concert for one show only
at the Plush Nightclub. The show
will be on Thursday, August 21st.
For tickets or more information,
The Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc.(JLOC), for the
Millions More Movement will
sponsor a 'Clothes Give-A-Way' on
Saturday, August 23, 2008, from
11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at 916
N.Myrtle Ave.,between Kings Road
and Beaver Street. For questions or
further information about the
Millions More Movement visit
www.jaxloc.com,or cal 904-240-
An Afternoon with
Charles Cobb, Jr.
The Jacksonville Public Library's
African American Collection
Author Series will feature author
Charles Cobb, Jr. on Saturday,
August 23rd at 2:00 PM Cobb is
the author of On the Road to
Freedom: A Guided Tour of the
Civil Rights Trail. For more infor-
mation, call 630-2415.
FCCJ Family Literacy
Fair at North Campus
The Sixth Annual FCCJ Family
Literacy Fair will be held on
Saturday August 23, 2008 from 10
a.m.-2 p.m. It is free and open to the
public. The annual event includes
live performances by celebrity
readers, storytelling, age-appropri-
ate reading activities and lists, free
books, face painting, prizes, sur-
prises and free lunch. For reserva-
tions or more information call 904-
766-6553.FCCJ's North Campus is
located at 4501 Capper Road.
The Jacksonville Mass Choir, an
all-city ensemble under the direc-
tion of Deborah McDuffie, will
hold auditions Mon-Wed. August
25-27, 2008, from 5:30 -7:30 p.m.
at Unity Church in Riverside.
Vocalists ages 14-22 are eligible to
audition. Prepare a 2-minute selec-
tion. Unity Church is located at 634
Lomax Street For more information
Jax: A Good Town
for Negroes Forum
The Jacksonville Diversity
Network will present Dr. Carolyn
Williams, UNF History Professor
for a presentation on Jacksonville
called, "A Good Time for Negroes".
The free forum will historically
highlight a broader history of black
life in the city from a positive per-
spective. It will be held on
Thursday, August 28, 2008,
7:00p.m. 8:30 p.m. at the
Karpeles Museum, 101 W. 1st
Street, 32206, 1st and Laura St.
Gospel Artists Sought
for Talent Showcase
The Jacksonville Gospel
Announcers Guild is looking for
soloists & groups to take part in
their upcoming Gospel Industry
Showcase, Aug. 30th in
Jacksonville. Showcase your talent
to industry professionals, record
company execs, national radio
announcers, Stellar Award board
members and more. For details,
call (904)766-2266 or log onto
Arts and Medicine
Day at The Cummer
The Cummer Museum of Art &
Gardens is hosting a free family day
focusing on the arts and medicine.
Engaging activities inspired by the
Scalpel to Sketch: the science and
beauty of medical illustration at
Mayo Clinic exhibition will be scat-
tered throughout the museum.
Activities will include art projects,
artist demonstrations, dissections,
scavenger hunts and live music. It
will be held on Saturday, August
30, 2008, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at
the Museum located at 829
Riverside Ave. For more informa-
tion or to register, please call The
Cummer at (904) 355-0630.
The Atlantic Beach Women's
Connection monthly meeting will
host "Get Yourself Together for
Fall" with a fashion show and
speaker focusing on "most depend-
able" to least dependable" and
back again. "GOING FULL
CIRCLE THE HARD WAY". It
will be held on Wed. Sept. 3, from
9:30-11:00am at Selva Marina
Country Club. Complementary
child care with reservation.) For
questions or reservations contact
Kate @ 534-6784 or email
area women are welcome.
The Atlantic Beach Women's
Connection will meet on
Wednesday September 3rd from
9:30-11:00a.m. at the Selva Marina
Country Club, 1600 Selva Marina
Drive in Atlantic Beach. The speak-
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er Jill McGahan will share how she
went from "most dependable" to "
least dependable" and back again..
."Going Full Circle the Hard
Way". There will also be a fashion
show featuring clothing and acces-
sories. All area women are welcome
and encouraged to attend!
For more information call Kate
PRIDE Book Club
On Friday, September 5th, at
7:00 p.m., the PRIDE Book Club
meeting will be hosted by Ros
Richardson.The fiction book for
discussion will be AND ON THE
EIGHTH DAY SHE RESTED: A
NOVEL by J. D. Mason.
For directions or more informa-
tion, call 705-7984.
at the Ritz
The monthly Amateur Night at the
Ritz will take place on Friday,
September 5th at 7:30 p.m. Some
of the city's hottest talent in
Jacksonville will compete for cash
prizes and the cheers or jeers of the
audience decide who goes home
with the cash. Tickets are available
at the Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum, Times Union Performing
Art Center. Call 632-5555 for more
Book Club Meeting
PRIDE Book Club will have their
September meeting on Friday,
September 5th at 7 p.m. hosted by
Ros Richardson. The fiction book
for discussion will be "On the
Eighth Day She Rested" by J. D.
Mason. For more information, c6n-
tact Felice Franklin at 389-8417 or
The time is now to get your teams
together to walk for sickle cell. The
Annual Sickle Cell Walk-A-thon
will be held on Saturday,
September 6, 2008 at Florida
Community College Jacksonville
(FCCJ) Downtown Campus loca-
tion. Registration begins at 8:00
am, the run begins at 9:00 am and
the walk will begin promptly at
9:15 am. If you have any questions,
please call 244-4472 or 353-5737
or email SCDAANFC@comcast.net.
National Free PSAT
Test Fest for Teens
The Princeton Review is spon-
soring a free PSAT Test Fest where
students will take a free, full-length,
proctored practice PSAT. This test
will be administered under simulat-
ed testing conditions. This simula-
tion provides students with a testing
experience very similar to what
they'll experience when they sit for
the actual PSAT in October. It will
be held on Saturday, September
13th from 2-4 p.m.To register visit
or call 352-372-5402.
Ebony and Ivory Gala
The Women of Color Cultural
Foundation, Inc. will present their
fifth annual Ebony and Ivory Gala
Saturday, September 13, 2008,
7:00 p.m. at the Omni Jacksonville
Hotel. The Ebony and Ivory Gala is
a black-tie affair where women who
have made significant contributions
in health, education, and economic
development are recognized in
addition to a community service
agency. For additional information
contact Dr. Helen Jackson at 635-
5191 or on-line at woccf.org.
On Saturday, September 13th at
10:00 a.m., the Southern
Genealogist's Exchange Society,
Inc., will meet at the Jacksonville
Downtown Library, 303 North
Laura Street in the Electronic
Classroom on the First floor. This
will be a hands on computer work-
shop. Plan to attend and enhance
your research skills in the computer
area. No charge, open to everyone.
Free parking available in the Duval
street garage. Bring in your parking
ticket to have it validated.For more
JABJ Open Forum
to Address Violence
The Jacksonville Association of
Black Journalists will host a mem-
bership reception and Community
Forum on September 18th from 7
to 9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30). It
will be held at the Urban League in
downtown Jacksonville. Discussion
will be on the ongoing violence in
the community. The forum will be
titled, "Speak Your Mind:
Addressing the Violence In Our
For more information, call 607-
with Rodney Hurst
The Jacksonville Public Library,
as part of their African-American
author series, will present
"An Afternoon with Rodney
Hurst", author of, It Was Never
About a Hotdog and a Coke. The
free' forum will be held on
Saturday, September 27th at 2:00
PM at the Main Library.
Viewing at the Library
The Main Library will host a pro-
gram entitled: "Government by
Gaslight" on Thursday, Oct. 2,
2008. The event will include a
viewing of a documentary that first
aired on Channel 4 in 1966 and
encouraged support for the
Consolidation movement in
Jacksonville. After the viewing,
Harry Reagan and Norm Davis will
discuss the role of the media in cre-
ating support for Consolidation. It
will begin at 5:45 p.m. in the Hicks
Auditorium Main Library. Call 630-
BOOK for more information.
PRIDE Book Club
The October PRIDE Book Club
meeting will be held on Friday,
October 3, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. The
book for discussion will be A
LONG WAY GONE by Ishmael
Beah. For location or more infor-
mation, call Felice Franklin at 389-
8417 or 703-8264 .
The Main Library will host a pro-
gram entitled: "A Bold New
Revolution: 40 years later" on
Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008. A modera-
tor and three distinguished scholars
will discuss how Jacksonville has
fared under Consolidated govern-
ment in the 40 years since it was
implemented. The forum will kick
off at 11 a.m. in the Main Library,
Hicks Auditorium, Conference
Level, 303 N. Laura Street. For
more information call 630-BOOK.
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Ugandans Continue to Bleach Skin Despite Government Ban
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 9
While the legend of Willie Lynch
was used to divide Black Americans '::
along the color line, the media andI
sometimes cultural obsession with
complexion has spread to the
Scores of Ugandans continue to
bleach their skin despite a govern- '
ment ban on the sale of several
lotions, creams, gels and soaps ,
which are largely used to whiten,
even and tone the skin.
Due to ineffective enforcement of
the ban, these dangerous cosmetics
are easily accessible anywhere in
Uganda; whether sold over the
counter, along the roadside or by
hawkers, vendors move the skin
lighteners easily due to high
Medically, skin whitening (or
bleaching) products are used for
treating pigmentation disorders like
freckles, pregnancy marks, blotchy
uneven skin tone, patches of brown
to gray skin and age spots. Skin pig-
mentation occurs because the body
either produces too much or too lit-
tle melanin. It also provides crucial
protection against the sun's rays by
absorbing ultra-violet light. Doctors
say that those with darker skin are
less susceptible to sunburn and the
overall effects of sun damage.
According to dermatologists, skin .
bleaching can be achieved through
a combination of treatments that
reduce or block some amount of the A young woman who has been bleaching, gets her hair
body's melanin production. Usually face and chest are a different color than her arms, hands
in the form of topical lotions, gels, melanin-inhibiting products, but men also do it witl
pills and creams, these products Extracted from plant leaves like the for the dangers posed
contain melanin-inhibiting ingredi- berry family, shrubs and pears, their ies. Some people even
ents along with sunscreen. These naturally occurring arbutin leads to ucts for anal bleachit
treatments also contain amounts of bleaching. naturally darker pigme
hydroquinone, or mercury. In Uganda, the practice of skin genital and perineal ar
However, other cosmetics compa- bleaching is common among adults Consumers of bleachi
nies use natural ingredients to make with dark skin, especially women, claim that they want
a rlu0-1 -u
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h little regard
to their bod-
use the prod-
ng to reduce
nation of the
their beauty. One woman explains,
"One has to look good, by having
fair, lighter skin."
Unfortunately, her skin is now
multi-colored from bleaching. She
has red skin on her face, yellow on
her arms and dark skin on her back.
The skin on her knees, toes and fin-
ger joints failed to lighten and
For this woman, the condition of
her skin has only brought her
shame; she now tries to cover most
parts of her body in an attempt to
conceal the damage done by the
products she thought would
enhance her beauty.
"I have cases where people get
severe skin burs. It happens when
people change to something new
which causes allergic dermatitis and
irritant dermatitis," says Dr Misaki
Wayengera of Makerere University
He explains that the skin of the
people using these bleaching prod-
ucts get inflamed, turns red,
enlarges and begins to loose func-
tion as the cells fail to produce
Uganda's National Bureau of
Standards (UNBS) says that Kenya
is blaming Uganda for failing to
stop the importation of this toxic
cosmetic despite the existence of
the law. This is just one of the 400
prohibited cosmetic ingredients
(that are defined as drugs under the
Uganda National Drug Authority
(NDA) regulations) that are on the
open market. Products containing
hydroquinone are still for sale after
traders asked the Ministry of
Tourism to give them some time to
sell off their stock.
Ready markets for these highly
valued cosmetics suggest that
smuggling won't stop any time
soon, but demand alone does not
explain why one would continue to
use these dangerous products.
"Such a person lacks self-esteem,
has low self-efficacy and a percep-
tion that she or he looks ugly," says
Mr Robert Wandera, Coordinator of
the Psychology Department at
Makerere University. "It is common
among women who are not educat-
Salisbury, NC Congressman Mel Watt is shown how to truck cabs
are handled by Veronica Hobbs. The visit to Freightliner Trucks is
part of Watt's program of visiting and working for a short time in the
business to learn about the business from the inside.
Cong. Trades Places With Workers
North Carolina Congressman, ed in the "Trading Places" tour. The
Mel Watt, rolled up his sleeves and event, which is held statewide,
donned his blue collar recently in gives the Congressman an opportu-
an effort to reach out and lend an nity to work side by side with his
ear and a helping hand to con- constituents, and provides local res-
stituents and communities through- idents with an opportunity to inter-
out the state. act with their district representa-
Watt's gesture marked the 12th tive.
year that Greensboro has participat-
Employee seeks $6M for
D.C. -A white employee who was
passed over for a promotion in
favor of an African-American
employee is suing the county
school board for reverse discrimi-
Kevin A. Stevens, 46, has worked
for the county school system for 28
years and, about a year and a half
ago, applied for a managerial posi-
tion, but was turned down. He is
seeking $6 million in damages.
"The hiring authority won't allow
me to advance," Mr. Stevens said.
"You work so hard,-and you attain
all these licenses and advanced
education, and when no one will
allow you to move, it's very frus-
Mr. Stevens' position is listed as a
complex engineer, meaning he
fixes heating and air-conditioning
systems in county schools. In early
manager, he said in the lawsuit.
That position carries more respon-
sibility; he would have been in
charge of supervising night crews
in the schools, he said.
The man who was promoted
instead was trained by Mr. Stevens
in building maintenance and opera-
tions and worked under him for
several years, according to the law-
Mr. Stevens said he has received
high ratings on his evaluations and
has more letters of recommendation
and more experience than the man
who got the job, according to the
The reason why he wasn't promot-
ed lies with the supervisor of the
operations division, who is African-
American, Mr. Stevens said. The
case was filed Aug. 6, and the
school system will have to respond
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The Best Diet?
Just do the Math!
by Nicole Miller, BDO
This Diet Plan revolves around
calories and eating either above or
below your calorie maintenance
level depending on whether you are
looking to lose or gain weight;
making sure that those calories are
coming from good sources of pro-
tein, carbs and fat, as well as good
amounts of each.
How many calories?
First, the most important of all the
numbers you will need to figure
out.., your daily calorie intake. The
number of calories you need to eat
each day is different depending on
whether you're looking to lose
weight or gain weight. If you want
to lose weight, you have to eat less
calories than your maintenance
level. If you want to gain weight,
you have to eat more. So, the first
thing you need to figure out is what
your daily calorie maintenance
level is. To figure this out, follow
Based on what you eat for a few
days, get an average calorie count
of your daily meals. We will pre-
tend the average came out to be
2500 calories a day.
Now that you figured out how
many calories you are eating in a
day (2500), you now need to decide
what you want your weight to do.
Do you want to lose weight or gain
weight? If your goal is to lose
weight, you should now start eating
500 LESS calories a day. So, stick-
ing with this example, you would
now start eating 2000 calories a
day. If your goal is to gain weight,
you would ADD 500 calories. In
this example, you would now start
eating 3000 calories a day.
All you have to do after that is
wait a week and then weigh your-
self again (first thing in the morning
on an empty stomach) and notice
what your weight did. If you want-
ed to lose weight, did you? If so,
continue to eat those same number
of calories every day. If you wanted
to gain weight, did you? If so, con-
tinue to eat those same number of
calories every day.
If your weight did NOT do what
you wanted it to do, then make an
adjustment. If you wanted to lose
and you didn't, subtract an addition-
al 250 calories from your daily total
for another week. If you wanted to
gain but didn't, add an additional
250 calories to your daily total for
)u a M
another week. Then weigh yourself
at the end of the week and see what
Once you finally have your weight
doing what you want it to do (it usu-
ally will after the first 500 calorie
adjustment), continue to keep track
of it all and keep weighing yourself
once a week. Eventually (could be
weeks, could be months, could be
never) it is possible that you will
reach a stopping point where your
weight stops doing what you want it
to do. This is perfectly normal and
just means it's time to add/subtract
another 250 calories. If your weight
stays exactly the same for 2-3
weeks, it's likely time to make
another calorie adjustment.
The reason all of the calorie
adjustments are always done is
small increments is because remov-
ing or adding too many calories too
fast will have a negative effect
metrosexual (met.roh.SEK.shoo.ul) n. An urban male with a strong aesthetic sense who
spends a great deal of time and money on his appearance and lifestyle. metrosexuality n.
Is a man that takes care of himself showing too much of a femine side?
The latest buzzword increasingly
making its way across both cyber-
space and the world is "metrosexu-
al". What's the definition of metro-
sexual? Some define metrosexual
as "a straight man in touch with his
feminine side". Others define it
with more specificity, such as "a
straight man, who lives in an urban
environment, who is into designer
clothes, art museums, musicals, and
other non-macho pursuits." Behind
all the definitions is that the metro-
- appreciation for literature,
cinema, or other arts
- flair for cooking
osexuals are all straight -- after all,
advertising is trying to persuade as
many men as possible to relax their
sphincter muscles, cooing in their
ear that there's nothing gay about
being f***ed by corporate con-
sumerism. Which, ironically, is
What's sexuality got to do with it?
If Mark Simpson is gay, does that
mean metrosexuals are too? Most
current references seem to peg met-
ros as hetero, but in Simpson's orig-
inal definition, orientation was
unimportant. Simpson clarified this
point in an interview with
Russia's OM Magazine,
-- I"K I .1
- chooses the perfect wine and music
isi in fc h ndo sxai-
- eye for interior design
- enjoys reading men's
is a straight man, but he's interested
in things that the stereotypical gay
man is interested in.
Who coined the term?
Mark Simpson, a British and out-
spokenly gay social "commen-
tarist," first published the term in a
1994 article called "Here Come The
Mirror Men," which ran in Britain's
Independent The concept was
developed thanks to Simpson's
book on masculine identity in a
media-driven world, called Male
Impersonators: Men Performing
At the time, Simpson was simply
chronicling a new male prototype
he saw emerging in society. The
term has been co-opted in the past
few years by fashion companies,
though, as a marketing ploy: Give
people an identity to strive for, an
attractive pigeonhole to squeeze
into, and, like sheep, they'll buy
anything associated with it.
In a Salon.com article entitled
"Meet The Metrosexual", Simpson
said, "old-fashioned reproductivev,
repressed, unmoisturized masculin-
ity was being given the pink slip by
consumer capitalism. The stoic,
self-denying, modest straight male
didn't shop enough -- his role was to
earn money for his wife to spend --
so he had to be replaced by a new
kind of man, one less certain of his
ty'." He goes on to say that
when it comes to metros, sexual-
ity "is utterly immaterial because
the metrosexual has taken himself
as his own love object and pleasure
as his sexual aim. Desire in the met-
rosexual has been uncoupled, or at
Some of the most commonly
labeled metrosexual prototypes
include English soccer star David
Beckham and screen icons Brad
Pitt, Hugh Jackman, Will Smith and
Tom Cruise. All these men are as
much models as they are sports
stars or actors, welcoming the not-
so-furtive female gazes like the
walking billboards they've become.
Signs that metrosexuality has
gone mainstream include the alarm-
ing popularity of labels like
Abercrombie & Fitch, a middle-
brow metrosexual fashion option,
among straight, urban buppies.
In case you're counting, this isn't
the first label referring to guys who
fall short of the neanderthal proto-
type. To clarify, a few others you
may have heard include:
SNAG (Sensitive New Age Guy):
A guy that women like to talk to
like one of their own, and find
attractive because they can. Refers
of creation. Refers to a well-round-
ed, sophisticated, worldly individ-
ual with interests in many areas and
expertise in several. Think of artist-
engineer Leonardo da Vinci.
As any donut shop drive-thru
clerk, bowling pin monkey, or any-
one else occupying a highly techni-
cal field knows, you should leave
the tough, dangerous work to the
professionals. That is where I, your
trained, vigilant lexicographer
comes in, fellow struggler, to guide
you through the maze that is 21st
Metrosexual is quite a interesting
term. Others you may not have
heard seem to zero in on one or a
few aspects of the male persona.
Here are a few other terms you
might want to add: Primp: A very
well groomed guy who always has
women around, but never seems to
go for any one in particular. Behind
his back, people speculate about his
sexuality. More of a "straight gay
guy" than a "gay straight guy," to
use Sex and the City terminology.
Martha Studly: The guy who has a
set of variously sized throw pillows
that not only match each other,
complement the living room uphol-
stery and decor concept (that's
right, concept !), but accent the next
room's assemblage as well. Hey, if
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causing you to lose or gain too
much too fast. This is unsafe and
unhealthy. You should be losing or
gaining typically 1 or 2 pounds a
week at most. Even a half of a
pound counts as a change. In the
beginning it is normal (especially
for weight loss) to lose a little more
than these numbers a week.
However, this shouldn't last longer
than a few weeks before you reach
the 1-2 pounds a week numbers.
So now you know how many calo-
ries to eat each day. All that's left to
figure out now is where those calo-
ries should come from...
How much protein?
It is usually recommended that a
person looking to increase muscle
should be eating at least 1 gram of
protein per pound of body weight.
So if you weigh 1801bs, you should
try to eat 180 grams of protein a
day. That might sound impossible at
first, but it is VERY doable and
quite simple once you get used to it.
This is also why they invented pro-
tein supplements. While the majori-
ty of my daily protein intake comes
from actual foods that are high in
protein, I use protein shakes and
protein bars to supplement the rest.
They are very helpful, and I recom-
Some high protein foods include:
Meat, chicken, turkey, fish, eggs
(egg whites) and nuts.
How much fat?
Approximately 25% of you daily
calorie intake should come from fat.
It doesn't have to be EXACTLY
25%, but something in that range
seems to be the ideal amount of
Some foods containing "good" fat
include: fish, nuts and seeds, olive
oil and flax seed oil
How many carbs?
And that leaves carbs. You fac-
tored in that you need to eat 1 gram
of protein per pound. So now do the
math. Sticking with the 1801bs
example, that means you are eating
180 grams of protein a day. 180x4 =
720 calories. So in this example,
720 calories of the daily calorie
intake is accounted for from protein
alone. You can now also factor in
the 25% of your daily calorie total
coming from fat. Once you factored
in both the protein and fat, whatev-
er number of calories you are left
with... those will come from carbs.
Got that? 1 gram per pound for pro-
tein, 25% of the total calorie intake
is fat, and everything else should
come from GOOD carbs.
Some foods containing "good"
carbs include: oatmeal, 100%
whole wheat bread, whole wheat
pasta, brown rice, yams, sweet
potatoes, beans and green leafy
Organize It And Do It
Now that you have all of the diet
information figured out, try to
spread the calories out evenly over
4-6 smaller meals rather than 3 real-
ly big meals. Then, spread the 4-6
smaller meals out by eating once
every 3 hours or so. That pretty
much sums it all up. Be sure to
drink plenty of water, get enough
sleep, and of course.., workout cor-
rectly. Oh, and one final math equa-
tion for you:
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SI Hip Hop Cash Kings Diversify to Stay on Top
CHARLES BARKLEY HEADS TO GOLF CHANNEL:
Show in developmentfor NBA commentator.
It's no secret that Charles Barkley loves golf as much as he loves gam-
bling. Apparently, the Golf Channel saw this as an opportunity to lure him
to the network with the promise of his own links-themed show.
The channel is developing a project eyed for 2009 that would feature
famed golf instructor Hank Haney, who has coached Tiger Woods on his
swing, giving Barkley tips on his own golf game.
Barkley, meanwhile, is a TNT basketball analyst during the NBA season.
'TAVIS' TO GO LIVE FROM BOTH CONVENTIONS:
PBS Show will feature nightly analysis of events.
PBS' "Tavis Smiley" will broadcast live from the Democratic and
Republican conventions Monday through Thursday from August 25
through September 5. The veteran journalist will offer full analysis of
each night's primetime activities plus in-depth conversations with party
leaders, elected officials and high-profile supporters. On Friday night in
both Denver and St. Paul, Smiley and a diverse panel will do a re-cap.
Online convention coverage and web extras including Smiley's video
blog and photos will be available online at www.pbs.org/tavis.
WE REMEMBER: Pervis Jackson, original member of The
Spinners, dead at age 70.
Pervis Jackson, one of the original members of the R&B group The
Spinners, died Monday at a Detroit hospital two days after he was diag-
nosed with brain and liver cancer. He was 70.
Jackson's wife, Claudreen, said doctors found tumors late last month, but
were unsure at the time if they were malignant. The bass singer last per-
formed with other members of the group in mid-July during a gig in
some year for
Z" Carter. In
the past 12
Jay Z released a plat-
inum album, signed a 10-year, $150
million deal with concert promoter
Live Nation and tied the knot with
longtime girlfriend Beyonc6
Knowles. Quite a record. But only
for a silver
Kings list of
ing people in 50-Cent
the business last year, in 2008 he
cedes the throne to Curtis "50 Cent"
Jackson, who raked in $150 million
over the past 12 months--almost
twice what Jay-Z made.
The new king of hip-hop wealth
banked $100 million after taxes on
one deal alone when his stake in
VitaminWater's parent, Glac6au,
was bought by Coca-Cola as part
of a $4.1 billion deal. 50's portfolio
also includes the popular G-Unit
clothing line and record label, plus
films, videogames and a slew of
platinum albums, including last
year's Curtis. Also in the works: a
mining partnership with South
African billionaire Partrice
50 Cent isn't the only star in the
growing firmament of "hip-hopre-
neurs." After years of violent rival-
ry marked by the murders of such
icons as Tupac Shakur and the
Notorious B.I.G., rap's focus has
shifted from beef to cake--making
money, that is. Unlike most pop and
rock musicians, who make the bulk
of their earnings from record sales
and tours, rappers have more diver-
These impresarios have mastered
the arts of branding and cross-pro-
motion, with licensing deals for
everything from booze to books.
Others own record labels, clothing
lines, bars and restaurants. As 50
Cent says of lesser entrepreneurs,
"They're trying to buy some Gucci /
I'm trying to buy the mall."
For the sec-
ond year in a
"D i d d y "
ished third on
the Forbes list.
Dapper Don of
P d rap banked a
P-Diddy cool $35 mil-
lion from his revenue streams,
including his clothing line Sean
John, record label Bad Boy, premi-
um vodka Ciroc and two reality-TV
shows. Last year Diddy collaborat-
ed with fellow list-toppers Jay-Z
and 50 Cent to release "I Get
Money (The Forbes 1, 2, 3 Remix)"
in honor of their success.
Kanye West clocks in at No. 4 with
$30 million. The pink-polo-sport-
ing rapper and producer released
his third solo album, Graduation,
last September. After handily out-
selling 50 Cent's Curtis in a head-
to-head opening-week matchup,
West's album went multiplatinum
and won four Grammys. West has
penned hits for Jay-Z, Alicia Keys
and Diddy, among others. Earlier
this month, he headlined the music
festival Lollapalooza in his native
Some hip-hop legends don't need
to do anything to keep earning out-
rageous sums of money. Andre "Dr.
Dre" Young banked $15 million
even though he hasn't had a hit in
years--he still gets rich on royalties
from two decades of hits. A founder
of the seminal rap group N.W.A he
released his multiplatinum solo
opus The Chronic in 1992 and has
produced hits for the likes of Snoop
Dogg, 50 Cent, Eminem and Tupac
Tupac himself pulled in a hand-
some sum this year--about $15 mil-
lion--even though he's been dead
for over 10 years. Tupac is probably
having himself a last laugh from
beyond the grave, knowing that his
onetime friend Suge Knight isn't
cashing in on the bonanza. Knight,
the bodyguard-turned-president of
Death Row Records, long rumored
to have arranged Shakur's killing,
filed for bankruptcy and put his
Malibu, Calif., mansion up for sale
Inside Look: How Michael Vick Lost His Millions
Continued from page 2
order requiring Wong to return all
accounts and records to the bank-
ruptcy court in Richmond to allow
Ginsberg and Vick's numerous
lenders to try to find some of Vick's
lost money. Wong has not respond-
ed to the court order.
While in the Leavenworth mini-
mum security camp, Vick began to
suspect Wong was doing something
wrong. He discovered that Wong
had been permanently barred from
working with any firm that traded
on the New York Stock Exchange
as the result of taking more than
$150,000 from two elderly widows
she met while working at Wells
The charges against Wong by the
NYSE, which regulates brokers and
financial advisers, include taking
$147,000 from one widow to invest
in a chicken restaurant. There was
no restaurant, and the money landed
in Wong's personal account, accord-
ing to the NYSE, which also says
she took almost $9,000 from
Williams' account to reimburse the
other widow. She claimed she had
lent Williams the money to buy
rims for a truck.
The arbitrators who reviewed
Wong's conduct deplored her
"deceitful, fraudulent and shame-
ful" actions against her customers
and were "appalled" at her "implau-
sible, convoluted explanations for
her plainly wrongful actions." That
is remarkably strong language in
the polite world of investment
Did Vick learn anything from his
experience with Wong? Maybe.
He next turned to David A. Talbot,
a medical school graduate from
Hackensack, N.J., who claimed to
have expertise in financial manage-
ment. After a series of visits with
Vick in Leavenworth, Talbot man-
aged to convince estimable bank-
ruptcy attorney Ginsberg that he
was legitimate. Ginsberg asked the
bankruptcy court to allow Talbot to
manage Vick's affairs and to author-
ize Talbot to seek redress against all
those who had defrauded Vick.
Using the jargon of the bankruptcy
system, Talbot was to be Vick's
It seemed to be a good idea, as
Vick is in jail and unable to tend to
his financial situation. But it was
yet another bad decision for Vick.
Talbot started by taking one of
Vick's cars, an $85,000 Mercedes
Benz, to use in his efforts, and he
used $35006 to pay the out-of-
pocket expenses of his attempts to
find Vick's money.
That wasn't all. He was to be paid
$15,000 per month for his efforts,
Talbot earned his "responsible
person" status with an impressive
r6sum6 that described a life of suc-
cess, emphasized his marketing and
motivating skills, and listed his
Various fraud charges were
enough for Ginsberg to reconsider
his commitment to Talbot, and he
has asked the bankruptcy judge to
eliminate Talbot as the "responsible
person" in the Vick bankruptcy.
If Wong and Talbot disappointed
Vick, the conduct of a sports mar-
keting firm he hired in 2001 must
be an even greater disappointment.
As he prepared fopr the draft, Vick
t ighieda contract with Andrew:Joel
of Richmond, Va., that gave Joel the
exclusive rights to make deals for
Vick to endorse products and make
personal appearances. The agree-
ment with Joel required Vick to pay
Joel an astounding 25 percent of
any deals Joel made.
Vick's deal with Joel did not last
long. Joel's first action for Vick was
to send him to Buffalo, N.Y, in
January 2001 to study with Hall of
Fame quarterback Jim Kelly and
learn how to conduct himself as an
NFL star. Less than a day into
Camp Kelly, Vick was ready to
In what Joel's lawyers later called a
conspiracy, Vick claimed illness
and demanded a ride to the Buffalo
airport. There, Joel claims, Vick
met Saints quarterback Aaron
Brooks to discuss marketing firms
that wouldd charge lessthan 25 per-
cent. Vick and Brooks traveled back
to Norfolk and tried to fire Joel.
Four years later, after Vick had
become a phenomenon and before
the dogfighting investigation, Joel
claimed that Vick had breached the
25% contract and owed him mil-
lions. Joel's battery of lawyers
resulted in a $4.5 million judgment
against Vick. When Joel began gar-
nishing Vick's accounts and levying
on other assets, including his house,
Vick was forced to go into bank-
As he awaits his release from
prison in about a year, Vick faces a
growing series of demands from
creditors and others. His financial
situation is bleak. The combined
efforts of Mary Wong, David Talbot
and Andrew Joel have left him
j |Stock up on Coca-Cola products.
And go back to school refreshed.
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Back, Dr. Johnny Williams, Melissa Williams and Gartrel Sims.
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- activities. August 14-17 included
a packed weekend of casino cruis-
es, fish fry, Meet and Greet Dinner,
Breakfasts and a Memorial Service.
The steering committee's attention
to detail was evident in everything
from the personalized name tags to
the souvenir booklet complete with
pictures of memorials, activities
and addresses to keep in touch.
The industrious seniors don't wait
for five years to past to enjoy each
other's company. Locally, the class-
mates meet monthly at the
Bradham Brooks Library to plan
social activities. They used to hold
their reunion every ten years, but
following a significant loss of
classmates, it was decided to hold
reunion every five years (next will
be in 2012). As remembered in the
memorial services conducted by
Letha Isles, twenty-nine classmates
have been lost since their last
reunion in 2003.
There have been many classes to
walk the halls of Old Stanton and
New Stanton High School, but only
one class can boast of being the
"Omega Class" of their alma mater.
Their cohesive bond and willing-
ness to respect the tradition of those
who have walked before them is the
envy of today's generations. The
Jacksonville Free Press wishes you
continued success as you preserve
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Remembering Our Entertainers Gone Too Soon
Beverly Robertson, center, president of the National Civil Rights
Museum in Memphis, Tenn., smiles as she has her photo taken with Al
Sharpton, left, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, right, as they leave the
'Tribute to Isaac Hayes' service at Hope Presbyterian Church
Monday, Aug. 18, 2008, in Cordova, Tenn., near Memphis, Tenn.
Hayes died of a stroke on Aug. 10, 2008. Mourners included the orig-
inal Shaft richard Roundtree and Bootsey Collins.
Rhonda McCullough, wife of comedian Bernie Mac, right, is comfort-
ed at a memorial service celebrating the life of her late husband as she
looks at his photo Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008, in Chicago. Mourners
included, Chris Rock, Don Cheadle, Samuel Jackson, and fellow
Kings of Comedy Cedrick the Entertiner, Steve Harvey and D.L.
75th Anniversary of First Negro League All-Star Game Recognized
Featuring Rare Forum To Address Issue of Minorities in Baseball
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CHICAGO With 2008 marking
the 75th anniversary of the first-
ever Negro League East-West All-
Star Game, which was played at
Old Comiskey Park in Chicago,
Illinois, the Chicago White Sox
recently honored the former Negro
Leagues by resurrecting the Double
Duty Classic, an event which com-
memorated the history and tradi-
tions of Negro League baseball in
Chicago, while promoting the next
generation of African American
baseball players. This year's
Double-Duty Classic featured elite
African American high school
players from Chicago, Detroit,
Indianapolis, Kansas City,
Milwaukee and St. Louis, with the
players donning authentic, replica
uniforms of both Negro League
East and West All-Star teams.
The Negro Leagues Baseball
Museum (NLBM) collaborated
with the White Sox in staging the
event, the highlight of which
included special, pre-event panel
discussions on the history of
African-Americans and the game of
PICTURED above are (from left) Negro League legends Al Spearman, Hank Presswood, Minnie Minoso,
NL Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, Sharon Robinson, daughter of the late Jackie Robinson, Ernie
Westfield, Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, current outfielder Jermaine Dye, first base coach
Harold Baines and general manager Ken Williams. The game, played at U.S. Cellular Field, ended with
the teams tied at 4 runs. Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe was born on July 7, 1902 in Mobile, Ala. and played
for the Chicago American Giants of the Negro Leagues. One of the most prolific players in the Negro
Leagues and all of baseball, he earned the nickname, "Double Duty," because he would regularly pitch the
first game of a doubleheader, and then catch the second.
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