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Episcopal Church to Apologize for
Slavery at General Convention
Continuing its efforts to address a practice some members call "a stain
on the church," the Episcopal Church will hold a "Day of Repentance" to
publicly apologize for its involvement in the slave trade.
The ceremony, mandated by a 2006 resolution at the church's General
Convention, will take place Oct. 3-4 in Philadelphia.
"We hope to set a model for other denominations about how to face this
dark, tragic part of our history because we believe that only when you
repent can you move on," said Jayne Oasin, program officer for the
church's Anti-Racism and Gender Equality program.
In recent years, Episcopalians have attempted to come to grips with their
church's compliance in the "peculiar institution" of slavery.
After previous unsuccessful attempts, delegates to the 2006 convention
overwhelmingly passed a resolution acknowledging the "deep and last-
ing injury which the institution of slavery and its aftermath have inflict-
ed on society and on the church."
Dexter King Sues Siblings Right Back
ATLANTA --Two of
Nlartin Luther King
Jr.'s children hare been
sued bh the institution
their mother founded.
accused b\ their broth-
er of using The King
Center for personal
Dexter King. ile cen-
ter'" chaimran. tiled the
igainb his brother and
sister, Martin Luther King III and Bernice King. He says his siblings have
established foundations in direct competition with The King Center for
Dexter King also says in the lawsuit that his brother used the center
without permission to meet with then-presidential candidate John
Edwards in January 2008.
A King family matter previously played out in the media when Bernice
and Martin Luther King III sued their brother in July. They wanted to
force him to open the books of their father's estate.
In July, King III and Bernice King sued their brother in an attempt
to force him to open the books of their father's estate.
Sierra Leone State Agency Wants
Ban on Blood Diamond Film
SIERRA LEONE With the 2007 Hollywood movie "Blood Diamond"
still pulling big crowds into Freetown's movie halls, Sierra Leone's new
promotion agency would like nothing better than to see it banned.
"This 'Blood Diamond' film is sending bad signals to the world about
Sierra Leone," the state-run Sierra Leone Investment and Export
Promotion Agency (SLIPA) said.
The agency is urging the government and other partners "to ban the film
with immediate effect," SLIPA head Adeyormie Sandy told AFP.
Set at the height Sierra Leone's 1991-2002 civil war, the movie stars
Leonardo DiCaprio as an unscrupulous diamond trader. The film shows
gruesome scenes of fighting in Sierra Leone and details how rebels force
civilians to mine diamonds for them to fund the war effort.
While the movie awakened the world to the problem of conflict dia-
monds, the promotion agency argues it hampers its efforts to rebrand
Sierra Leone to lure new investors.
SLU Throws AKA Chapter Off
Campus for Hazing Incident
Southeastern Louisiana University has deactivated their 15-member
Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority chapter, some members of which were
arrested in an alleged January hazing incident.
SLU in Hammond, La ordered the chapter last month into inactive sta-
tus for three years. At the end of that period, the sorority may seek to
Eight AKA sisters at SLU were arrested counts of hazing, false impris-
onment and other violations from a January 7th incident.
The same students previously sued SLU in April in state court to block
their suspension over an alleged hazing incident Jan. 8, federal civil court
According to court documents, SLU student Ariel Ellis accused the
seven of locking her in a room in January, making her take her clothes
off, beating her with a belt and a paddle, asking questions about her sex
life and forcing her to simulate intimate acts with fruit.
Three students involved in the case were suspended for one year, two
were suspended for a semester and the remaining three were given disci-
plinary probation, which allows them to go to classes under certain con-
Based in Chicago, AKA is celebrated its 100th anniversary this year
and is the nation's first Greek-letter organization for black college
women. A sorority spokeswoman said last week that she was not aware
of the arrests and that she was not prepared to comment.
Volume 22 No. 18 Jacksonville, Florida August 28 September 3, 2008
The Meaning of This Moment: Obama's Nod
IS 'A Step Toward' Fulfillment of the Dream
By. Hazel Trice Edney cial coronation and acceptance
NNPA Editor-in-Chief speech of U. S. Sen. Barack Obama
WASHINGTON (NNPA) as the Democratic nominee for
America has come a step closer to president, civil rights insiders say.
the fulfillment of Dr. King's dream "Barack Obama's address to the
in Denver this week with the offi- nation is unparalleled in its signifi-
Election Yields Old and :
New Faces in City Politics
Reggie Brown Mia Jones Angela Corey Ken Manuel
With a lower thsn expected voter turnout, big deci This week marks the 45th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s
iPotentially ascerending to the throne as the Democratic "I Have a Dream Speech" at the Nation's capital.
Ptcandidate of tas e City Council District 10 Seat is chance. Coming nearly 50 years after generation of Americans about the
Reggie Brown who had run unsuccessfully twice the dramatic impact that both presi- importance of public service," says
before. He is trying to take the place of Mia Jones who dent Jomhn Kennedy and Dr. Martin Harvard law school professor
vacated the seat for her bid to the State House which Luther King Jr made when they Charles Ogletree, also executive
Tommy Hazouri s successfully won. Also witnessing a change of the broke new ground for all director of Harvard's Charles -
guard is State Attorney in waiting Angela Corey who will make histo- Americans, he is able to use the Hamilton Houston Institute for
ry as the first female to hold that post. Another fresh face is Ken Manuel benefits he received from both trail- Race and Justice.
who will face political veteran Stan Jordan for a District 11 Duval blazers and offer America a plan to Obama's speech, which was set
County School Board seat. Also returning is former Jacksonville restore our global role as a country for Invesco Field at the Democratic
Mayor Tommy Hazouri who will keep his seat on the School Board. of conscience and persuade a new Continued on page 3
Fay Rips Through the First Coast
With Millions of dollars estimat-
ed to lay in it's trail, Tropical Storm
Faye left tens of thousands without
power, destroyed homes and flood-
Taking the storm seriously, city
government closed schools and
offices in the days preceding the
natural catastrophe. Having previ- st.de.ts.
ous experience with tropical storms .
in an all too distant memory, people- ,l
prepared for the impending rains
that lasted for daywith windsds top
ping 60 mph.
The city of Jacksonville hasn't
been hit by a hurricane since tihe
late 60s when Dora wreaked it' s
wrath but has since been the victim -:
of many storms. "
"If this is what a storm feels like,
I pray we never see Category any-
thing," said Ava Smith of the .. ',
Northside."I'll take the storms any-
day". Shown above is a Northside home innocently crushed by a tree during Tropical Storm Fay.
Local Students Compete at 30th Annual
NAACP ACT-SO Arts Competition
While the nation is still celebrat- Dreamgirls and brought the audi-
ing its wins on the international ence and judges to tears. After her
arena at the Olympics, locally performance, Azschrielle was also
twenty-two Duval County Public caught in the emotional moment
Schools' students traveled to and shed tears of joy. "At last year's
Orlando, Florida for the national nationals (in Detroit, MI) I was a
NAACP ACT-SO competition. The spectator at the competition, so I
annual event allows students of knew exactly what to expect and
color to compete nationally for what I needed to do to win. It was a
gold, silver and bronze medals in full-circle moment for me when I
addition to cash scholarships in a was standing on the stage with my
variety of mediums medal. I felt as if I had accom-
1 Duval County's Azschrielle polished my goal."
Jackson, a rising senior at Douglas ACT-SO (Academic, Cultural,
Anderson School of the Arts, Technological, Scientific
received the silver medal in the Olympics) is a year-long enrich-
SVocal Contemporary category. She meant program designed to recruit,
also received a cash prize and a lap- stimulate and encourage high aca-
Brenda L. White, Silver Medalist Azschrille Jackson of Douglas top computer. Azschrille sang "I demic and cultural achievement
Anderson School of the Arts, and Jacquelyn Holmes, Jacksonville Am Changing," thie Jennifer among African-Americican high
ACT-SO Branch Chairperson. A. Elizabeth Photo Holiday hit song from the musical school students.
August 28 September 3, 2008
Borrowing from Tax Accounts Could Be a Costly Mistake
By Jason Alderman
The current housing crisis and
other economic woes are taking
their toll on people's wallets.
Caught between escalating mort-
gage payments and rising fuel and
food costs, many folks are having
difficulty paying their bills. Not
so long ago, some people proba-
bly would've just taken out a
home equity loan, but with prop-
erty values plummeting, their
equity may already be exhausted
- not to mention, those loans are
now harder to get.
Which leads me to cite a dis-
turbing behavior that's on the rise:
Tapping long-term retirement
savings accounts to pay
Loans and withdrawals from
401(k) plans, IRAs and other
tax-sheltered plans are allowed in
many cases but the financial con-
sequences can be extremely cost-
ly, because of taxes, penalties and
lost investment income.
Here are a few cautions to con-
sider before raiding your nest
401(k) loans. Many employ-
er-sponsored 401(k) retirement
plans let participants borrow from
their account to buy a home, pay
for education or medical expenses
or for certain other reasons.
Usually you must pay back the
loan within five years (sometimes
the timeframe is longer for home
However, if you miss payments
or leave your job, you must pay
off the loan immediately (usually
within 30 to 90 days) or you'll
owe income tax on the remainder
- as well as a 10 percent early dis-
tribution penalty if you're under
59 /2. That 10 percent penalty
could quickly erase any invest-
ment gains your account might
have earned. drawals. Some 401(k) plans also
Another potential ..,/ C allow hardship withdrawals
do-nside to i .. -i- _ to pay for
401k 10oan : 3 c e r t a i n
Because Nou ..- medical or
would no% %.- higher edu-
hae a loan T c a t i tion
pay ment. oi e \penses,
might beI '. funerals,
tempted t) t bu ing or
reduce our .. .repairing
tribunon tIi.,:,in or to pre"
amount. I .n ..ent evic-
long-th ere bac ion or
re ucind earnings, the withdrawal and often the 10
401(k) plan and IRA with- percent penalty sure. ll. u'll
(Io w e
long-term account -income tax on
balance and earnings. the withdrawal and often the 10
401(k) plan and IRA with- percent penalty as well.
THE TRUT A fhjr~IBOUJT PAYD)AY
The author George Orwell
S stated: "to see what is in front
of one's nose is often a constant
struggle." In the case of pay-
day lending, an industry under
constant attack by the media
and special interests, seeing the
obvious truths about this serv-
ice requires an epic struggle
with its critics. One of the
loudest critics is The Center for
Responsible Lending (CRL), an
organization dedicated to the
elimination of payday lending.
SIf we are to believe their
against payday lending we
would think that lenders are
making profits hand over
But this just isn't the case.
On average, the nation's
five publicly traded payday
lending companies earn a
S 6.6% profit on their
income. To help put this in
perspective, IHOP Corp.,
3 otherwise known as the
International House of
Pancakes, earns a profit
margin of 12.6%. Is IHOP
gouging Americans' wallets
with their Belgian waffles,
omelets, and blueberry pan-
cakes? The restaurant
industry is commonly said
to have "razor-thin profit
margins," yet payday lend-
ing companies earn half of
what this well-known chain
When compared to tradi-
tional banks, payday
lenders profits are measly.
The average profit margin
of the top ten banking holding
companies in the United States
is 18.5%. Traditional banks
earn far higher profit margins
on late charges, bounced
S checks fees, ATM fees, over-
draft protection, and credit card
balances than what payday
lenders earn on their regular
fees. The bank profits come
from charges most people don't
think twice about paying nearly
every day. But again, no one is
accusing the traditional banks
with overcharging Americans.
Something else that may sur-
prise people is that the Self
Help Credit Union, which is
affiliated with CRL and meant
to be an alternative to payday
lenders, makes 20% profits on
revenue. That is double what
most publicly traded payday
lending companies earn as prof-
its. That's right, an enterprise
affiliated and endorsed by the
biggest critics of the payday
lending industry earn twice the
profit from their short-term
loans as payday lenders do. No
wonder CRL wants to put pay-
day lenders out of business.
To help us better see what is
right in front of our noses, con-
sider this: payday lenders only
make, on average, around $1.28
on the $15 fee they charge for a
$100 two week loan. This is
less than a 10% profit from
their incomes. That means
more than 90% of the fees peo-
ple pay to payday lenders are
used for overhead costs such as
rent, payroll, and health insur-
ance and benefits for the
employees. Despite these cost-
some state legislatures have
made unreal proposals to cap
payday lending interest rates at
36% APR. While this interest
rate may seem fair, it's impor-
tant to remember that it is an
annual rate, which means 52-
week math is being applied
to a two-week loan. In dol-
lars and cents, translates to
payday lenders only charging
borrowers 11 cents a day.
This leaves lenders with no
financially sound way to
operate their businesses no
way to meet payroll, no way
to pay rent. So, even though
traditional lenders, banks,
and even CRL affiliated busi-
nesses have much higher
profit margins, the payday
lending industry is being sin-
gled out and eliminated by
The targeting of the payday
lending industry is unfair.
Legislation that effectively
bans payday lending is anti-
competitive and highly selec-
tive fees charged by payday
lenders are almost always
less than bouncing a check,
paying an overdraft charge,
or paying a late fee on a cred-
it card. Payday lending is a
successful business because
customers understand that a
payday loan is often the
smartest and cheapest -
option they have when they
need quick cash. CRL is lead-
ing legislatures, consumers,
and media around by their
noses and succeeding. But if
we stop to look at the facts and
compare the numbers, the
"truth" CRL is shoveling
begins to smell a bit foul.
Why is Gas So Expensive?
The news at the pump is grim:
With the average cost of a gallon
of gas well above $4 and rising,
people are asking, "What hap-
pened?" Unfortunately, there is no
simple answer. But here is what
government and industry experts
say are some key factors that
impact fuel prices:
Rising demand, dwindling sup-
ply. Like every commodity, gaso-
line's cost is determined by supply,
demand and competition. The odds
are stacked against us on all three
As easy-to-drill crude oil sup-
plies become tapped out, increas-
ingly costly exploration into the far
reaches of the world combined
with ever more complex and
expensive oil extraction tech-
niques are required to increase
World demand for fuel has risen
exponentially, as developing
nations like China and India clam-
or for a larger share of fuel.
"The vast majority (over 90 per-
cent) of the world's oil reserves are
controlled by nationalized oil com-
panies many of which are in
unstable areas like the Middle
East, Nigeria, Libya and
According to the Department of
People are now praying for
lower gas prices.
Energy, the breakdown for the four
cost components of a gallon of gas
Crude oil costs. The vast major-
ity of the cost approximately 75
percent derives from the price oil
refining companies pay for crude
oil. So, for example, when host
countries ratchet up the price of
crude oil as they have lately, fuel
costs at the pump quickly follow
Taxes. Federal, state and local
taxes account for about 10 percent
of the cost, on average.
Refining. About 10 percent of the;
price reflects the operational cost
to and profit by the company that
refines the crude oil into useable
products, such as gasoline.
Distribution and marketing. The
remaining 5 percent is the average
retail price of gas at the pump
minus the sum of the other three
components, as well as costs asso-
ciated with operating gas stations.
Gas station expenses. The price
can also reflect the costs associated
with operating a service station,
including expenses for rent,
salaries and accepting payment
through credit and debit cards, if
station operators choose to do so.
One component of the cost to
accept cards, which gas retailers'
pay to their banks, is interchange
fees, which enable the payment
system to function.
To help ease the pain at the
pump, Visa recently capped the
per-transaction interchange fee for
Visa-branded consumer debit card
purchases at $0.95 per transaction.
A similar fee restructuring is also
in place for Visa credit card fuel
purchases. On a $60 fill-up, this
reduction yields a 14 percent sav-
ings in interchange fees; for a $120
fill-up, the interchange savings
would be 43 percent.
Knowing why gasoline is so
expensive doesn't make it any less
painful on your wallet, but it
should help you better understand
the facts behind who is part of the
problem and who is working to be
part of the solution.
Back to School
by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
August is the time when most par-
ents are preparing to send their chil-
dren back to school. The lazy days
of summer are nearly over and it's
time to get back and "hit the
books." One of the key reasons for
America's success as a nation is the
mandatory education of its citizens.
However, the country with the
highest per capital wealth suffers
from a financial education gap.
Less than 25% of U.S high schools
and colleges have money manage-
ment courses in their curriculum. If
we didn't get it in high school or
college, where are we expected to
receive the financial education that
will help us manage our money
Financial literacy is a basic under-
standing of personal finance and
how money works in today's socie-
ty. It is the ground floor for build-
ing and sustaining wealth.
Unfortunately, most people receive
their financial education from either
the "college of hard knocks" as a
result of mistakes, bad advice from
friends or high-pressure sales pitch-
es from sales people with their own
vested interest. However, the good
news is that we can improve our
financial IQ and move down the
road to financial success.
What is your financial IQ? To
find out, answer the following 10
questions, rating your current situa-
tion from 1 to 5, with 5 being the
highest score. When you are done
total your score.
1. Do you have written family
2. Do you have cash reserves to
cover 3 months expenses?
3. Do you have a regular savings
and investment plan?
4. Are your investments diversi-
5. Do you have adequate health,
disability, property and life insur-
6. Is your credit card debt less
than one week's pay?
7. Are you adequately participat-
ing in a qualified retirement plan?
8. Do you have a plan to legiti-
mately reduce your income tax bur-
9. Are your beneficiary designa-
tions and Will current?
10. Have your read a personal
finance book during the last three
If your financial IQ is above 40,
you are ready for more advanced
planning. If your score is 30-40,
then you are above average and
headed in the right direction. If
your score is 20-30 you have taken
some steps, but have work to do. If
your score is below 20, start now,
since it is never too late.
Improving Your Financial IQ
There are a number of ways to
improve your Financial IQ, but it
will take time and effort on your
part. The best recommendation is
to take an adult education course at
a local high school or community
college. The courses typically have
3-4 evening sessions of 2-3 hours
each and the tuition is generally
$60-$100. Also, I recommend
reading two personal financial
books per quarter. Either borrow
the books from the library or pur-
chase them at a local bookstore or
off the web.
To keep abreast of current finan-
cial news, read the business page of
your local newspapers, USA Today
or the Wall Street Journal. Business
magazine such as Business Week or
Black Enterprise provide more in-
depth articles related to personal
financial planning. The web has
some interesting sites devoted to
financial education, however many
are commercially motivated and are
trying to sell their products. Some
of the sites that I have visited are:
(These websites are provided as a
courtesy and are not under the con-
trol of Financial Network
Developing financial literacy
requires personal education, think-
ing, planning and application. It is
a life long learning process that will
provide you and your family the
opportunity to pursue your financial
Michael G Shinn, CFP, Registered
Representative and Advisory Associate
of and securities and investment advi-
sory services offered through
Financial Network Investment
Corporation, member SIPC. Visit
www.shinnfinancial.com for more
information or to send your comments.
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Unlike employer plans, tradi-
tional IRAs let you withdraw
from your account at any time for
any reason. However, you will be
subject to income tax on the with-
drawal and usually the 10 per-
cent penalty as well.
With Roth IRAs, you can with-
draw the money you've con-
tributed at any time, since it's
already been taxed. However, if
you withdraw the interest earn-
ings before 59 /2, you'll face that
10 percent penalty.
Further tax implications. Note
that with 401(k) and traditional
IRA withdrawals, the money is
added to your taxable income for
the year, which could bump you
into a higher tax bracket or even
jeopardize certain tax credits,
deductions and exemptions that
are tied to your adjusted gross
income. All told, you could end
up paying half or more of your
withdrawal in taxes and penalties.
Compoud earnings. Finally, if
you borrow or withdraw your
retirement savings, you'll lose out
on the power of compounding,
where interest earned on your
savings is reinvested and in turn
generates more earnings. You'll
lose out on any gains those funds
would have earned for you, which
over a couple of decades could
add up to tens or hundreds of
thousands of dollars in lost
Bottom line: Think long and
hard before tapping your retire-
ment savings for anything other
than retirement itself. If that's
your only recourse, be sure to
consult a financial professional
about the tax implications; if you
don't know one, www.plan-
nersearch.org is a good place to
start your search.
AnuLout 28 Sentember 3. 2008
Bob Johnson to Build
Four Star Resort in Liberia
A Day at the RitZ The Ritz Theater and LaVilla Museum,
Jacksonville's historic African-American artistic mecca, specializes in per-
sonal service. Shown above enjoying a personal tour by the museum direc-
tor is Katherine Jessup, Linda Stewart, Executive Director Carol
Alexander and historian Charlotte Stewart. The ladies were viewing the
"Through Our Eyes" Exhibit showcasing the various mediums of local
artists of color. KFP Photo
Liberia will be
home to a four-
star, luxury beach-
front resort, in
by BET founder-
Johnson developer Bob
Johnson hopes this project, sched-
uled to open in March 2009, will
help improve the country's global
RLJ Kendeja Resorts & Villas
will be an $8 million, 85-room
resort with restaurant, tennis courts,
a spa, health club and pool.
Security measures include infrared
motion detectors and bulletproof
glass. Rates will be in the $150-
$200 range and Liberian President
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is expected to
host the first guests.
Also eyeing Liberia's develop-
ment, Illinois Rep. Jesse L.
Jackson, Jr. is proposing legislation
earmarking $225 million for a five
year "Liberia Seeds Act."
The funds would provide critical
assistance to Liberia in a couple of
areas, particularly in post-conflict
resolution and infrastructure such
as roads and bridges.
The funds also help ex-combat-
ants and war affected youth, most
of whom are unemployed and lack
National College Fair to be held October 11 for Students and Parents
The National College Fair of Jacksonvill, a
local opportunity for students 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 HI
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 representa-
tives from more than 100 colleges and universi-
ties spanning from Hawaii to Maine and even
Bond University in
include Bright Futures
Federal Financial Aid,
College Planning, College Planning with
FACTS.org, Writing the College Admissions
Essay, HBCU's, Scholarship Tips and Using
For more information, students and parents
may contact any local high school guidance
office or call 632-3310.
Obama's nomination is a step towards fulfilling Dr. King's dream
Continued from page 1
National Convention on
Thursday night, is widely viewed as
a prophetic moment. It is exactly 45
years to the date that Dr. King gave
the historic "I Have a Dream"
speech on the steps of the Lincoln
Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963.
With the nomination of Sen.
Obama, who would become the
nation's first Black president, the
"status quo" in racial progress has
proven to have shifted somewhat;
especially given Obama's
Democratic Primary win in vastly
White states, such as 2 percent
Yet, the conditions of Black peo-
ple the racial disparities that
remain in every significant area of
American life from economics to
education to criminal justice to
health statistics are what concern
some pioneers, including the most
ardent Obama supporters.
"I think the American dream or
portions of the American dream is
being fulfilled on that day when
Barack Obama accepts the nomina-
tion of his party," says the Rev.
Joseph Lowery, who was at the
March on Washington in 1963 as
co-founder of the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference
with Dr. King. "It's not the total ful-
fillment, but it certainly is a step in
that direction toward fulfilling that
dream where people are judged by
the 'content of their character'
rather than the color of their skin."
Lowery described the timing of
the Obama speech as "spiritual jus-
tice at play."
Still, activists must remain vigi-
lant to assure that spiritual justice
be transformed into tangible justice,
agrees Dr. Ron Daniels, president
of the New York-based Institute of
the Black World 21st Century. He
says Obama's nomination ranks
among the most significant mile-
stones toward achieving "a more
perfect union" and there is "great
cause for Black people and all
Americans to celebrate."
But, Daniels adds, "There is also
a potential downside or danger that
a significant number of White
Americans and even some African-
Americans will see Obama's nomi-
nation and prospective capture of
the White House as evidence that
we as a nation have achieved a post-
racial, post-civil rights society."
This moment in history is partic-
ularly significant for some who
actually experienced the blood,
sweat and tears sacrificed for racial
Myrlie Evers-Williams, whose
late husband, Medgar Evers, paid
the ultimate price, introduced and
endorsed Obama at a rally in Bend,
Ore., last May.
Medgar Evers, an NAACP field
secretary, was one of the first mar-
tyrs of the civil rights movement,
assassinated in front of his Jackson,
Miss. home on June 12, 1963.
Evers' death prompted Pres.
Kennedy to press Congress to pass
a comprehensive civil rights bill,
which President Lyndon Johnson
signed into law after Kennedy was
also assassinated five months later.
Dr. Evers-Williams said she made
up her mind about supporting
Obama after recalling a debate with
Evers during which she backed
down on a position.
"Medgar became very annoyed
with me for doing that. And he said
to me, and I quote, 'Isn't there any-
thing that you believe in enough to
stand up and fight for it?' I have
never forgotten that...I believe in
how we can change this country for
She says the power of Obama's
agenda is that it encompasses issues
that affect the lives of all people,
regardless of race.
"I hope this country will end up
being a much better place for all of
us to live in terms of jobs, in terms
of equal opportunity, in terms of
having homes, in terms of being
able to move forward in businesses
and develop our self-worth. And
that hopefully, we will have some
semblance of piece in this world."
The nomination of Barack
Obama has been long-anticipated. It
culminates a hard-fought primary
season in which he and Senator and
former First Lady Hillary Clinton
ran neck-in-neck for months in
what appeared as a winless contest
between the prospective first Black
or first woman president.
Now that it's over, Obama and his
vice presidential pick, Delaware
Sen. Joseph Biden, will show down
with John McCain, who will
announce his vice president before
the Republican National
Convention begins Sept. 1.
Obama's historical campaign is a
culmination of the Civil Rights
Movement as well as the trailblaz-
ing of other African-American pres-
idential candidates. They included
New York Congresswoman Shirley
Chisholm in 1972; the Rev. Jesse
Jackson Sr. in 1984 and 1988;
Chicago Sen. Carol Moseley Braun
in 2004 and, the Rev. Al Sharpton,'
also in 2004.
"He's running the last lap of a 64-
year race," says Jackson, dating the
struggle back to Brown v. Board of
Education of 1954, the Supreme
Court case that overturned legalized
segregation. Jackson listed a string
of issues that he believes must
remain on the forefront of Obama's
agenda, including urban renewal,
incarceration rates and low quality
Lowery assures that this moment
in history does not mean civil rights.
warriors can relax.
"The civil rights community is
still on the case," Lowery assures.
"The civil rights community will.
hold him accountable for address-
ing the issues that are important to.
justice and fairness and equity. He's
not going to get a pass on that. This
is not the fulfillment of the dream.,
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2008 DNC a Reminder that Blacks are
Still Critical to the Democratic Party
On Monday night of this week I
sat watching Michelle Obama's
brother introduce her at the
Democratic National Convention.
Earlier in the evening I viewed Sen.
Ted Kennedy speak, in what may
end up being his last public speech.
As the camera's spanned the arena
in Denver I couldn't help but wish
that I was there. The other over-
whelming thought was that the
Democratic Party, even with all of
its issues and faults is clearly the
best political party for black folk.
Now I am a big guy and it takes a
lot for me to get "chill bumps," but
seeing Michelle Obama walk out
on the stage and talk about her hus-
band and their vision for this coun-
try gave me goose bumps.
My boys might give me grief for
admitting it, but it's hard not to get
caught up in the moment. And I
know that we all are trying to play
down the history that's being made
with this Obama campaign, but
Most of us never thought that we
would see this happen.
I have African American
Republican friends who will proud-
ly vote for Obama regardless of
their party affiliation. That fact
alone is an indication of how mon-
umental this election is.
The Obama story wouldn't be pos-
sible on the other side of the
proverbial isle. Blacks have a home
in the Democratic Party and not
just because of the notion of it
being the lesser of two evils.
, Republicans have been courting
black leaders for years with very
limited success why is that? Well,
By. Nicole C. Lee
i As of the day I write this column,
it has been 146 days since
Zimbabweans first went to cast
their votes in the 2008 presidential
election. Nearly 21 weeks later,
with their country in economic
shambles, those same
Zimbabweans live day-to-day bur-
dened by unemployment, hunger,
and abuse at the hands of the state
Meetings are held, press confer-
ences are conducted, and empathy
expressed worldwide. What good is
this to the people of Zimbabwe?
This past week, Wellington
Chibebe, Secretary-General of the
Zimbabwe Congress of Trade
Unionists (ZCTU) visited the US.
During his stay in the U.S., he
shared the true stories of union
members and regular people trying
to make a living in Zimbabwe. Out
of 40 million Zimbabweans, there
are only 700,000 in the active labor
market. Of that 700,000, Chibebe
proudly speaks of a membership in
ZCTU numbering nearly 300,000.
While it is easy to skim over num-
bers, he represents almost 42% of
Zimbabwe's working citizens.
Also, it is vital that those who care
about the fate of Zimbabwe listen
to his voice because Chibebe is not
a candidate for president of
Zimbabwe, nor a surrogate of
either party. Actually, Chibebe
thinks Mugabe's party, ZANU-PF,
and the Tsvangirai's party,
Movement for Democratic Change
because first of all there hasn't been
a sincere effort and secondly there
are too many factions in the
Republican Party that represent the
issues blacks have been fighting for
since being emancipated.
If the Democratic Party is the only
party that supports issue like equal
and fair access to jobs and higher
education, stronger public schools,
universal healthcare, real tax
breaks for lower and middle class
families, etc., then there is no
debate regarding which party
blacks should be apart of.
Again, the Obama story is only
possible in the Democratic Party
where blacks are not only mem-
bers, but are in key leadership roles
in most states countrywide.
If Republican want to get serious
about courting strong black leaders
to join the GOP, then put your plat-
form where your mouth is. It is no
secret most halfway educated
folks know the political and social
issues that are critical to blacks.
So if you really want black folk to
take you serious then stop opposing
initiatives that we view as benefi-
cial to our communities.
The other point I will make to
Republicans is that if you really
want to make inroads with African
Americans, you have to do more
than point a disparaging finger at
the Democratic Party.
We may not be the smartest peo-
ple on the planet, but we certainly
are not the dumbest, and we can see
through the campaign rhetoric of
the Republican Party. I look at the
GOP argument that Democrats take
the black vote for granted from a
To me, and this is just my opinion,
I feel that Republicans are basical-
ly saying that blacks are not smart
enough to know who they should
vote for. Or in other words, we
don't have enough common sense
to make intelligent decisions
regarding which party we choose,
and we are Democrats simply
because of some ignorant tradition.
Regarding the issue of tradition, I
would say that because the
Democratic Party adopted the Civil
Rights Movement to their national
platform in the 60s, the Southern
racist or segregationist who were
always "Yellow Dog Democrats,"
became disenfranchised and moved
over to the Republican Party.
That is the simple reason in which
the South transformed from a high-
ly Democratic region to a
Republican stronghold. Basically,
the impact of the Civil Rights
Movement was not only seen in the
human rights gains, but also a shift-
ing of Southern whites to the GOP
for racial reasons.
And I am certainly not saying that
that is the case today, but it certain-
ly was the reason for the major
political shift in the Southern states
over the past 30 to 40 years.
In the North, blacks migrated to
the Democratic Party much earlier.
During the 1930s, African
Americans in the northern urban
centers, where they could vote, had
realigned in favor of Democrats, in
support of President Roosevelt's
Roosevelt's New Deal program
appealed to blacks and helped cre-
ate a strong relationship between
the African American community
and the Democratic Party.
Roosevelt's New Deal policies
changed the perception of
Democratic Party for most black
Americans. Blacks realized that
Roosevelt offered more than the
So enough with the history lesson
- African Americans are Democrats
because we understand which party
truly represents our best interest.
The diversity of the Democratic
Party is not only important within
the party, but I feel that it's also
important for our country as whole.
For example, if you look at this
year's Democratic Convention, it is
a melting pot of people from all
walks of life. The Republicans will
certainly go dig up a couple of
minorities to showcase at their con-
vention, but again how sincere
have they been to really including
minorities in their party?
So again it's crystal clear to me
why African Americans vote with
the Democratic Party. The bigger
question should be why African
Americans should vote for Bush II
i.e. John McCain?
So as I watch Senator Barack
Obama give his acceptance speech
Thursday night, I am sure that my
wife will get choked up but of
course I will not, being the manly
man I am.
Signing off from the Family
Room at Fullwood Central,
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(MDC), are both flawed.'
Chibebe speaks with a disarming
smile that almost makes you forget
that he was once a child soldier,
fighting for Zimbabwe's independ-
ence. At the same time, his passion
for Zimbabwe is unmistakable.
When asked about the reported
80% unemployment rate, Chibebe
replied that the rate was closer to
95 percent. Some people are under-
employed, thus earn wages that
cannot support their families. For
example, a bottle of soda costs
more than the average wages
earned by Zimbabwean teachers
per day. Because teachers have
been critical of the government,
there is little incentive for increas-
ing wages to a living wage
The underemployment rate is one
of many examples Chibebe gave of
the situation on the ground in
Zimbabwe that we don't hear on
CNN or read in the western papers.
The international media focus is on
the presidential situation, which is
important, but the worst human
tragedies are happening to the aver-
age Zimbabwean citizens. Their
stories indeed their voices are
being muffled by canned state-
ments and rhetoric. Leaders in the
Western world claim to visit
Zimbabwe and come out with the
stories from the ground, but their
visits are almost always scheduled
through the government or the
opposition party. They see what
people want them to see.
And they hear what they want to
hear. Chibebe repeatedly stated that
the people of Zimbabwe will not
rest until they have a democracy
which will not rest with any one
leader but leadership that is contin-
ually accountable to the people.
Chibebe consistently repeated his
invitation for all of us to come to
the rural areas if we really want the
full story. Don't stay in the bigger
cities like Harare and Bulawayo.
Stay with the people, not in a hotel.
Experience what it is like to have to
leave your home at 3:00am to walk
three hours to work because you
cannot afford transportation, not to
return home until 11:00pm. Then
By John Ridley
It started about two years ago at
the corner of Progress and Peril.
Not an actual intersection, but
instead the first in a series of in
depth articles by The Washington
Post on "being a black man." The
series published long enough ago
that Barack Obama was still merely
"the American Idol of national pol-
itics," rather than the international
superstar he is today.
I remember thinking at the time:
Wow, are we really still that alien to
the "mainstream" a series like this
is needed? I mean, look, when I go
to business meetings I'm still told
way too often by some receptionist
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it again. And again. Hopefully you
can earn enough money to buy one
meal a day for your family. Most
likely, there will be enough for one
meal every two days. It is easy for
us to nod understandingly when we
discuss skyrocketing inflation, but I
can barely comprehend what
11,000,000% inflation must look
like. In what other country can a
millionaire not afford to feed his
The people of Zimbabwe are suf-
fering, and people like Wellington
Chibebe have committed to telling
their stories to anyone who will lis-
ten. I am committed not just to
hear, but to truly listen.
"the mail room is downstairs" to
believe that racial perceptions don't
still exist. But I figure there are
always going to be knuckleheads
no matter how many of their herd
get stuck in the tar pits of progress.
At the same time, I can't help but
think that the very idea of figuring
out what it means to be black is big-
oted since there is no single stan-
dard of blackness.
But whether or not a series like
the Post's was actually required, it
was turned out to be the first in a
flood of "in depth" coverage of that
odd animal known as black people.
CNN recently ran its Black In
America specials to gangbuster rat-
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Browns Sticking Around
lA Blacks Stuck Back
by William Reed
Capitalism and commerce made America the
world's wealthiest country. For its entire economy
history Black Americans' roles have always been
that of laborers slave, salaried and union. In the present, as in the past,
blacks' sole role in mainstream enterprise is as employees.
Black Americans' most successful period in business occurred during
Reconstruction and the Jim Crow Era when segregation provided a market
for transportation, goods via retail outlets and professional services for cel-
ebrations, construction, financial services, funerals and media to promote
To help defuse racial enmity, in 1972 President Richard Nixon called for
a mixture of Government loans, tax incentives, private business aid and self-
help to bring more blacks into classic American capitalism: ownership of
businesses. Under the conviction that broad-based ownership of businesses
by blacks was essential to national progress, Richard Nixon declared that
blacks had "a basic right to be an employer as well as an employee" and
formed the Office of Minority Business Development.
The Nixon Era is a symbol of success for black business development. It
created a demonstrable movement that allied black and white businesspeo-
ple, bankers and bureaucrats to equip aspiring black entrepreneurs with cap-
ital, business training and markets. Nixon put in place significant initiatives
toward black business development. During and after the Nixon
Administration blacks were first among "minorities" in business ownership.
Thirty years later, black business owners are black on the bottom. Now,
Hispanics are first, Asians second and blacks third. Actually Asians are the
leaders of the pack. Their businesses are bigger, with average, annual rev-
enue of $336,200 versus $155,200 for Hispanic companies and $86,500 for
black-owned companies. Concentration on business pursuits made Asians
America's wealthiest minority group.
In declaring August 31st through September 6th, 2008 as Minority
Enterprise Development Week, President George W. Bush wants the nation
to "recognize minority entrepreneurs and recommit ourselves to fostering an
environment where everyone can attain the American dream". Black
American would do well to rethink their role in the nation's economy. Less
than 10 of every 1000 blacks are in business pursuits compared to 70 of
every 1000 whites.
Black Americans should be more attuned to how effective use of public
policy breaks down barriers of racism and economic injustice. Richard
Nixon's executive order was key to thousands of black-owned businesses'
growth in America. Today, 3 decades after Nixon signed the order, the inci-
dence of economic empowerment of African-Americans can be measured in
direct proportion to the degree that black capitalism is expressed through ini-
tiative, and not rhetoric.
Such an initiative is National Minority Enterprise Development (MED)
Week occurring in Washington, DC, September 3-5th, 2008. MED Week is
the largest federally sponsored conference on behalf of minority entrepre-
neurs and business enterprises. The Minority Business Development
Agency (MBDA) is the only Federal Agency created specifically to foster
the establishment and growth of minority owned businesses. Ron Langston
is President Bush's appointee to head the MBDA. The agency's mission is
"to actively promote the growth, and competitiveness of minority-owned
businesses by providing access to public/private debt and equity financing,
market opportunities, and management and business information; coordinat-
ing and leveraging public and private resources; and, facilitating strategic
While Mr. Langston is an African American, statistics show little leverage
being given black-oriented programs and projects at MBDA. In 2008
Hispanic initiatives were those most prevalent in the MBDA. People fund-
ing, running, supporting or benefiting from minority business programs
agree not enough has being achieved for black businesses in recent years.
Blacks need to focus more on the role of commerce in America and engage
political processes to have federal programs, such as the MBDA, return to
initiatives that support and empower black businesses.
Blacks have to become more enterprise than employment-oriented. To
become more mainstream in economics black individuals, families, church-
es, community groups and our media have to use and reinforce business
ownership and entrepreneurship toward an increase in the number of men
and women who will consider entrepreneurship as much of a viable finan-
cial option as working for corporate America. MBDA programs/projects
the New Black
ings. And the program wasn't with-
out its "smack in the head" revela-
tions: Having the fact that you're
black on a job application weights
similarly to having a conviction.
This weekend, the The New York
Times Magazine runs a piece on
generational black politics. It may
well have been in the works before
the Jackson/Obama tiff, but that
exchange only makes the piece
Obviously much of this focus on
blackness is in response to Obama's
historic run for the White House.
Ironic, since Obama is biracial.
Ironic, too, since blacks are no
longer the largest minority in
America, having been supplanted
The attention is also ironic since
most of these liberal institutions
which are working so hard to
understand people of color have
been pretty God-awful when it
comes to self-integrating. Maybe if
they did a better job of seeking out
blacks, they wouldn't be so curious
as to what blackness is.
But no matter. For the minute -- in
the chattering classes at least -- it's
hip to be black. I guess we should
just enjoy it until the fall brings
some new fashions.
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Last week, the nation watched
as Senator Barack Obama named
Delaware Senator Joe Biden as his
running mate. While the city of
Jacksonville is nearly 800 miles
away from the Springfield, 11. site
where the long-awaited announce-
ment was made, our city is not
excluded from the incredible level
of campaign leadership, advocacy
and organization required to oper-
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a city's volunteer base, building
sustainable relationships within
the community, and empowering
constituents about the voter edu-
cation process to increase voter
turnout during the general elec-
tion. A few weeks ago, I had an
opportunity to meet and talk with
Adia Hoag, the Obama
Organizing Fellow for
Q: Tell me about yourself.
I grew up Southern California
in Huntington Beach and after
college lived and taught in Long
Beach, Calif. I attended Smith
College, a huge upset since there
was a lot of family pressure to
attend UCLA. I just finished my
master's program at the Harvard
Graduate School of Education this
past spring. I have one younger sis-
ter, Alexis, who just graduated from
NYU Law. My family looks a lot
like Sen. Obama's. My mom is
white and my father is Tanzanian,
which is why Sen. Obama's autobi-
ography really 'resonated with me.
My mother really encouraged read-
ing when we were growing up, so
she instilled in us a true passion for
reading. I also love the beach and
although I can't play any instru-
ments myself, I live for live music.
Q: What is your role with the
Obama campaign? What are
I lead a team of field organizers
in the southside of Jacksonville.
Together, we train volunteers in
voter contact skills, such as phone
banking, canvassing or voter regis-
tration. As a result we increased
our capacity for mobilizing and
expanding our volunteer base in
Jacksonville. I also focus on build-
ing sustainable relationships within
the community to empower our
constituent base in an effort to
increase voter turnout for Sen.
Obama on Election Day, but also
for the organized communities to
remain intact beyond the general
election on November 4th.
Q: What has been the most
exciting thing about your
The most exciting thing about
Jacksonville is everyday is an
adventure. Currently, I've been
working and organizing like crazy.
I've reached out to all the local
community and fraternal organiza-
tions, all of whom are very friendly
and excited about Sen. Obama's
candidacy. Everyone here has been
extremely supportive and wel-
comed me like family.
Q: What prompted your inter-
est in working for the Obama
The most I've ever done in the
past regarding campaigns were
through my local teacher's union. I
never thought I'd ever get to work
on a presidential campaign.
This presidential election is his-
toric by so many standards. I want
to be able to tell my future children
and grandchildren I did everything I
could to get Sen. Barack Obama
elected in 2008. My former stu-
dents at Washington Middle School
in Long Beach keep me motivated.
Every child deserves, despite if
they were born into a family with
means or more importantly not, to
attend a high- quality public school
with credentialed teachers, new
textbooks and in a safe, clean pub-
lic school facility.
Q: There continues to be a
great deal of excitement sur-
rounding the campaign and Mr.
Obama's ability to galvanize
communities. To what do you
attribute this interest?
Sen. Obama has the ability to
inspire people into action. The three
principles of his campaign are to
respect, empower and include. The
power to create change is within
each of us. Our voice is stronger
and more effective when we organ-
Q: Despite his incredible levels
of influence, there continues to be
all sorts of mistruths and misin-
formation disseminated. Any
myths you'd like to dispel?
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the last two general elections,
they are dropped from the voter
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quickly around Obama's selection
of the 65-year-old veteran of three
decades in the Senate a choice
meant to provide foreign policy heft
to the party's ticket for the fall cam-
paign against Sen. John McCain
and the Republicans.
Obama made a symbolic choice
for the ticket's first joint appear-
ance. It was a brutally cold winter
day more than a year ago when he
stood outside the historic structure
in the Illinois capital to launch his
quest for the White House.
He returned in sunshine, the
party's improbable nominee-in-
waiting, a young black man who
outdistanced a crowded field of
Thousands of newly printed signs
bearing the words Obama/Biden
sprouted in the crowd, waiting in
anticipation in 90-degree tempera-
Obama's remarks were carefully
crafted to emphasize Biden's
accomplishments in the Senate, his
blue-collar roots and above all
- his experience on foreign policy.
"I can tell you Joe Biden gets it,"
he said. "He's that unique public
servant who is at home in a bar in
Cedar Rapids and the corridors of
the Capitol, in the VFW hall in
Concord, and at the center of an
international crisis," he said.
Obama recounted the personal
tragedy that struck Biden more than
30 years ago, within days of his
election to the Senate, when his
first wife and their child were killed
in an automobile accident.
Obama brought Biden on stage
with his rousing introduction to the
strains of Bruce Springsteen's "The
The newly named running mate.
moved center stage in shirt-sleeves
at a brisk 65-year-old man's trot,
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Meet the New Dream Team:
Barack Obama and Joe Biden
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. He said Biden raised his
Barack Obama intro- surviving children as a sin-
duced Sen. Joe Biden of gle parent, commuting
Delaware as his running r between the Capitol and
mate last weekend, hail- Delaware daily on the
ing him as a "leader who Amtrak train.
is ready to step in and be "For decades, he has
president." .,.brought change to
Before a crowd of .Washington, but
thousands gathered in Washington hasn't changed.
front of the Old State him," Obama said, attempt-
Capitol, Obama said ing to blunt an emerging
Biden was "what many Republican line of attack
others pretend to be a that notes Biden's 30 years,
statesman with sound in the polished corridors of
judgment who doesn't the Capitol.
have to hide behind blus- US Democratic presidential candidate Illinois Senator "He's an expert on foreign
ter to keep America Barack Obama (L) and running mate Delaware Senator policy whose heart and val-
strong." Joe Biden wave during a rally in Springfield, 11. ues are rooted firmly in the
Skinhead Sentenced to 12 1/2
Years for '89 Pa. Racial Killing
PHILADELPHIA Unswayed by a former skinhead's claim that he
had given up white supremacist beliefs, a judge sentenced him Monday
to more than a decade in prison for the 1989 killing of a black man.
Thomas Gibison was sentenced to the maximum term of 12V2 to 25
years in prison Monday for conspiracy to commit murder, as well as w
apons charges, connected to the 1989 shooting of Aaron Wood.
A friend of Gibison testified they went to North Philadelphia to find a
black man to kill so they could earn a white supremacist tattoo.
Before being sentenced, Gibison told Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa
Sarmina he was "ashamed" and "embarrassed" of his skinhead past.
"That entire philosophy, I reject it," he said.
Gibison was earlier acquitted of murder and a hate crime charge.
Relatives of the victim said that they had some sense of closure but no
"He got away with murder," said Wood's uncle, Arnold Wynn. "I'll feel
until the day I die that we didn't get justice for the family."
The charges were filed after a former girlfriend gave federal agents a
tip in the case.
Gibison already was serving a 10-year sentence on weapons offenses
when he was charged.
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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.
Kingsland's God's Temple
of Love 5th Sunday Union
God's Temple of Love will be having their "5th Sunday Union", begin-
ning on Friday, August 29th and ending on Sunday August 31 st. 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.
Banquet to Close "Reaping the
Harvest" Celebration at Holiday Inn
Soldiers For Christ ADC, Pastor Arthur Messer; will close its 2008
"Reaping The Harvest Celebration" with a Banquet Saturday, August 30th
at the Holiday Inn at Jacksonville Int. Airport. Gospel Recording Artist Lisa
Mc Clendon will be featured. Guest Pastors are Pastor Herbert Bartley of
the River of Life Fellowship; Pastor Robert Brown of the Faith Christian
Center; and Apostle Darryl McCoy of the Trumpet in Zion Fellowship.
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.
Northside Church of Christ to Hold
Annual Harvester's Gospel/Revival
The Northside Church of Christ, 4736 Avenue B, will present a free con-
cert featuring the Northside Acappella Mass Chorus at 7 p.m., Saturday
evening, September 6th. The concert will kick off the Annual Harverster's
Gospel/Revival Sunday, September 7th through Thursday, September 11,
2008. The guest speaker will be Jack Evans Jr., from Fort Worth, Texas. He
will invigorate your Christian growth, by using Scriptural texts that will
help you re-structure your spiritual foundation.
The Gospel Harvester's Revival is a great time to clear-out your unspir-
itual way of life, and re-develop your spiritual commitments. Don't miss
this inspiring event!
Sunday, September 7th is Family & Friends Day. Bible School begins
at 9:15 a.m., followed by Mass Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. with dinner
for all following the service.
The Gospel Revival Meetings will begin nightly at 7:30 p.m. Monday
thru Thursday. FREE transportation and Children's Nursery are available
for all events. Please call (904) 223-0538 to arrange.
Historic Mt. Zion AME Fall Gospel
Revival to Encourage and Inspire
Historic Mount Zion AME Church, 201 East Beaver Street, F. D.
Richardson Jr., Pastor; invites the community to evenings of preaching,
prayer and praise, at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, September 4th and 5th,
2008. The scripture: "Will you not revive us again, so that your people,
may rejoice in you?" Psalm 85:6. Come, be encouraged; be challenged, and
be inspired. Rev. William "Bill" Lamar IV will be the Evangelist.
Ark of the Covenant Int. Ministries to
Hold Prophetic Gathering 9/3-14
The Ark of the Covenant International Ministries, 620 Wells Road,
Orange Park; will hold A Prophetic Gathering at 7;30 p.m. nightly,
Wednesday, September 3rd thru Sunday, September 14th. This gathering
will feature Apostles, Prophets, Prophetess and Pastors from across the
United States. All are welcome. Directions: call 253-3892, 482-3266.
Greater Grant AME Class Reunion
The Greater Grant Memorial AME, 5533 Gilchrist Road, Pastor Tony
DeMarco Hansberry; will celebrate Class Reunion Day, Sunday, August 31,
2008 at 11 a.m. Brother Tony Bellony and the choirs will provide the music.
In the Bible, the number 8 represents a new beginning. It is always good
to start anew everyday in the Grace of God. Members of the 1938, '48, '58,
'68, '78, '88, '98 and 2008 classes will be special guests. All are invited to
be a part of this celebration.
5863 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800
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Dr. Gillard Glover to Appear
on Trinity Broadcast Network
The Rev. Dr. Gillard S. Glover, Esq.; will be the guest preacher on the
Trinity Broadcasting Network's "Praise the Lord" hour, hosted by the Rev.
Clifton Davis, at 10 p.m EST, Friday, August 29th. Rev. Glover, founding
pastor of the First AME Church of Palm Coast, is a renowned preacher and
teacher whose anointing has provided many preaching opportunities. Rev.
Glover is married, the father of two, and actively involved in the commu-
Rev. Glover has served on the boards of various organizations and is the
founder Palm Coast's Children's Campaign, which has provided tutorial
assistance, interview seminars for underprivileged children, and scholar-
ships for more than 100 economically disadvantaged students to major col-
leges and universities. Rev. Glover continues to build a strong foundation
for youth and caring assistance for the elderly.
The Women's Ministry of First AME Church, 91 Old Kings Road, Palm
Coast; invites all ladies to attend "Health & Beauty Pamper Day",
Saturday, August 30th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., which will feature skin and nail
care, a marketplace, as well as health screenings and brunch.
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.
RSVP to JacksonvilleDiversityNetwork@gmail.com.
Atlantic Beach Women's Connection
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..
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Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Come share In Holy Communion on 1stSundayat 4:50 p.m.
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.
Grace and Peace
* * *A Full Gospel Baptist Church * *
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.
that's on the
Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
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Join Us for One of Our Services
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.
Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.
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Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
Noon Day Worship
Youth Church 7:00 p.m.
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
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**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
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God Bless or Damn America? --a,,af .
by Pastor Tom Diamond
Jeremiah's right when he said that
God said, "Cursed is the man who
does not heed the words ... which I
commanded..." (11:3-4) "Execute
justice and righteousness, and
deliver out of the hand of the
oppressor him who has been
robbed. And do no wrong; do no
violence to the stranger or tempo-
rary resident, the fatherless or the
widow, nor shed innocent blood in
this place. ...If you will not hear
these words, I swear by Myself,
says the Lord, that this house shall
become a desolation." (22: 3-4)
"When Pashhur the priest, [Or was
that the Fox News anchormen?]
...heard Jeremiah prophesying
these things, [he] ...had Jeremiah
the prophet beaten, and put him in
the stocks..." (20:1-2)
The Bible teaches us that
judgment begins in the house
of God. He judges His nation
and people now so that they
won't be judged in the future
but glorified together with
Him. God damns America n
to make her bitter, but to ma
her better, stronger, wiser an
to draw her closer to Him.
When God claims America as His
own, for she is "one nation under
God, indivisible with liberties and
justice for all," He loves her.
America can not be loved by God
and not be chastised by Him for her
injustice and wrong doings. "For
whom the Lord loveth he chas-
teneth, and scourgeth every son
whom he receiveth. .. .But if ye be
without chastisement, whereof all
are partakers, then are ye bastards
and not sons. .. .Now no chastening
for the present seemeth to be joy-
ous, but grievous; nevertheless
afterward it yieldeth the peaceable
fruit of righteousness unto them
which are exercised thereby."
(Hebrews 12: 6-11)
No nation is perfect, but every
Pastor Tom Diamond
nation under God will be being per-
fected by His chastisement. When
God damns or judges the nations
He loves, He does not do it for their
destruction but for their distil-
lation and sanctification in
e order to bless them. The Bible
n teaches us that judgment
begins in the house of God.
He judges His nation and peo-
e ple now so that they won't be
judged in the future but glori-
fied together with Him. God
lot damns America not to make
ke her bitter, but to make her bet-
id ter, stronger, wiser and to draw
her closer to Him.
This being the case with God
and our nation, (the United
States of America), Jeremiah is
right. "The wages of sin is death"
or damnation. God damns, judges
or chastises America now for her
sins so that He can save her and His
people in the end. God wants us to
live forever in reign and ruler-ship
with Him. God bless America
every time He chastises us for our
sins. If He didn't chastise us, He
wouldn't love us. Who is it that
does not want to hear the truth
about their health and their sick-
ness, only the fools who want to go
blindly into their preventable death
and destruction? Jeremiah's
provocative prophesy is a warning
to save America from the wages of
her sins. Conservatives want to
fool America that she should not
teach or talk about her past sins in
history. This will only guarantee
the repetition of these sins in our
present and future.
Liberals want America to stamp
constitutional approval on moral
and immoral practices, and this will
only bring us to the same historic
conclusion to which it brought the
Roman Empire. Moderates like
Conservatives and Liberals are
more concerned with political cor-
rectness than with truth. This will
only insure our continual enslave-
ment to the politic of government-
for-corporations and not for the
people. Our democracy and wel-
fare is handcuffed and gagged by a
profit-driven greed that is destined
to destroy our country. (Politicians
put gas companies over our coun-
try: Gas companies are getting rich-
er, while our country is going into
recession and depression.) Truth is
the only thing that can make us free.
It is the real preachers and not the
politicians that are willing to tell us
the truth. The news media can be
fair and balance and yet not tell the
truth, the whole truth and nothing
but the truth about our country.
Thank God for Jeremiahs!
New Hit Board Game Being Taught at Northside Libraries
Do you play chess are you good at
it? If so, we think you'll love
Armis is a board game; the object
of the game is to capture your oppo-
nent's flag. Each team consists of:
Flag/Country, President, Vice
President, Army, Navy, Airforce,
Marines, Coast Guard, Reserve,
Nuke, Mover, Diplomat, Religion,
Media, and Child.
Armis is an extremely competitive,
strategy driven game; someone
once said: ... it's like playing,
Chess, Checkers, Risk, and Stratego
at the same time." With over 1 mil-
lion ways to set-up, pieces that can
zig-zag, swim, block, board, climb,
fly, or capture many other pieces
with a single move ... we've got to
agree, the dynamic complexity of
Armis is truly amazing.
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Armis it's easy to 'forget' some of
the more obscure rules of the game,
it is for that reason creators recom-
mend the use of a referee saying,
"You'll be surprised to see how
often some of the rules are 'mysteri-
Armis is suitable for ages 8 108,
the average playing time is 30 min-
utes, excluding the average set up
time of 7 minutes.
If you are an avid chess players,
have a competitive spirit, and 1
hour to learn the game, you are
encouraged to meet like minded
individual at the Jacksonville
Public Library where the game will
be taught. Lessons will be held at
the Bradham Brooks Branch, 1755
Edgewood Ave, 32208, Aug. 30th 2
- 3.p.m.and Sept 27th 3 4 p.m and
the Highlands Branch Library, 1826
Dunn Ave 757-7702, Oct. llth
from 2 3 p.m, and Nov. 22nd 2 -
If you like Chess, Armis may be for you.
For more information or dates and
locations call 904-768-2626.
Get ready to grill for the gold
on Labor Day weekend.
If you want to wow friends and family with your grilling prowess this Labor Day,
remember: the road to flame-grilled perfection begins with choosing the finest cuts
of meat. And that's exactly what you'll find at Winn-Dixie. Whether you're making
chicken, hamburgers, steak or some secret recipe of your own, we've got everything
you need to perform at the top of your game and have the crowd coming back for
more. Isn't that what you'd expect from "The Beef People'"?
Getting better all the time.
In the Spirit On a hot summer day, Free Press publisher Rita Perry stopped by the Masjid Al-
Salaam in Springfield for a good old fashioned "fish sandwich" widely appreciated in Muslim communities. To
her surprise, manning the booth were friends and volunteers (L-R) Dr. Brenda Green, Idella Sharif, Ida Ross
Johnson and Ms. Perry shown above. The Islamic spiritual base located in historic Springfield is frequently the
site of motivational and empowerment speakers in addition to the occasional fish fry.
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J What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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. . ". 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 reser-
vations contact Kate @ 534-6784 or
All area women are welcome.
Art Walk September
3rd at the Ritz
Join the Ritz Theatre on
Wednesday, September 3rd for a
FREE tour of the permanent & fea-
tured collection of the museum
exhibits as well as live jazz from
PM Experience. Art walk hours are
from 5:00 to 8:00pm
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-
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, con-
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.
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from 10 AM -NOON, learn how to
grow your own herbs at the Urban
Garden Field Office of the Duval
County Extension Service located
at 1007 Superior Street.Call Jeannie
at 387-8850 to register. This class
will teach you tips on how to grow
your own herbs and make your own
container to take home.
There will be a Fashion Show fea-
turing local boutiques and clothing
donations for Dignity U Wear on
Friday September 12th at 7p.m.,
show to commence at 9 p.m. Free
admission to the show will be pro-
vided with donation of new cloth-
ing item (Preferably kids clothes for
Back to School) .It will be held a
Square One in Sam Marco. For
more information. Call 396-7463.
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 call
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
information call: (904) 778-1000.
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-
The Duval County Extension
Office is offering a workshop on
how to grow your own cool season
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vegetables. It will be held on
Saturday, September 20th from
10 a.m. Noon. It will be held at
the Duval County Extension
Office, 1010 N. McDuff Ave. The
cost is $5.00 which can be paid at
the door. Call Jeannie at 387-8850
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.
Cry For Help
the Stage Play
Milk and Honey Entertainment
will present "Cry for Help"
Depicted in the story are real life
accounts of "Teen Abusive
Relationships" and "Domestic
Violence." Viewers will witness a
provocative and enlightening show-
case to eradicate these cries for
help. It will be held on Saturday,
October 11, 2008 at 7:30 PM at the
Ritz Theatre Call 353-3309 for
tickets or (904) 997-1035 for more
Satisfy your cravings at the
Southern Women's Show! Don't
miss savvy shopping, creative
cooking ideas, healthy lifestyle tips,
trendy fashion shows, great celebri-
ty guests, and fabulous prizes. The
show will be held October 16-19,
2008. For information call (800)
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Gene Upshaw Passes
Dennis Northcutt in for the touchdown.
Win Over Tampa + 2007
Run Fuels Jag 2008 Hopes
With the wrap up of pre-season
games, fans are anxious to see just
what the Jaguars will do this year.
The Jacksonville Jaguars were just
one win away from playing in the
AFC Championship Game last sea-
son. That fact remains in the play-
ers' minds as they prepare for
another successful run in 2008.
Jacksonville turned some heads
last season and proved several
doubters wrong by posting an 11-5
mark in the regular season, includ-
ing a 6-2 record at home, before
bowing out to powerhouse New
England in the divisional round of
the playoffs. Quarterback David
Garrard was given the reigns by
head coach Jack Del Rio, who was
forced to cut ties with former first-
round draft pick Byron Leftwich.
Garrard didn't let his head coach
down by throwing for 2,509 yards
with 18 touchdown passes to just
With the emergence of the effi-
cient Garrard and a few acquisitions
via free agency and the NFL Draft,
the Jaguars are set to make a run at
Indianapolis for division supremacy
and a deep push in the playoffs.
Garrard's efforts earned him a huge
six-year, $60 million contract
extension in the offseason, while
owner Wayne Weaver also opened
his wallet for free agent wide
receiver Jerry Porter and traded for
wideout Troy Williamson. With
receiver Ernest Wilford in Miami,
Reggie Williams, Matt Jones and
Dennis Northcutt will return for
another year. Jones was charged
with felony cocaine possession dur-
ing the offseason, but has pled not
guilty and looks set to remain with
Garrard, whose 102.2 passer rating
was third-best in the NFL last sea-
son, is the focal point of the offense,
despite the presence of two talented
running backs in Maurice Jones-
Drew and veteran Fred Taylor. The
two backs take the pressure off of
Garrard, and last year helped
Jacksonville finish with the second-
best ground attack in the NFL.
Del Rio, a defensive-minded play-
er turned coach who inked an
Faces Ouster Hearing
DETROIT Mired in page order released
criminal charges for TuesdaN.
months, Mayor Kwame In urging her to take
Kilpatrick now finds his action. the Detroit City
political future strapped to : Council said it was mis-
a little-used provision in led \then asked to
the Michigan Constitution appro% e the "hush
that allows a governor to money" settlement
remove an elected official because it was unaware
for misconduct. of the confidentiality
Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Kilpatrick provisions.
a fellow Democrat, con- "We're delighted the
firmed Tuesday what had been in
the works for much of the summer:
A hearing will begin Sept. 3 to
determine whether Kilpatrick was
seeking private gain when he
endorsed an $8.4 million settlement
with three fired police officers.
That deal carried confidentiality
provisions that kept a lid on steamy
text messages between the married
mayor and his chief of staff at the
time, both of whom denied having a
relationship during testimony in a
whistle-blowers' trial last year.
It will be the first time since 1982
that a Michigan governor has con-
sidered the removal of an elected
official. The target then was a town-
ship official who drank too much.
"A hearing on the merits is war-
ranted," Granholm said in an 18-
governor has seen the situation as
we do, and as needing to be
resolved by a public hearing," said
William Goodman, attorney for the
Kilpatrick's attorney, Sharon
McPhail, had asked the governor to
"decline to join the lynch mob" and
called the council's petition "factu-
ally inadequate and politically
motivated." McPhail said she was
disappointed with Granholm's deci-
"We intend to present evidence
that proves the mayor did not mis-
use public funds for personal gain
and that there was no failure to
appropriately inform City Council
about the facts of the court-ordered
settlement," McPhail said.
Attorneys for the council and the
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extension this offseason, is entering
his sixth season as head man of the
Jags. Del Rio has led the team to
four straight non-losing seasons and
has a chance to have one of the elite
teams in the AFC. He even brought
in Gregg Williams to coach the
defense, and Williams is a master-
mind with stop units. Williams will
get a chance to work with an
already-talented defense that added
some quick rookie defensive ends
in Derrick Harvey and Quentin
Groves. The big problem, however,
is that Harvey is still holding out for
more money, even with a reported
$17.2 million guarantee on the
Jacksonville's chances to win the
Super Bowl appear to be in a simi-
lar state as those of the Chargers,
Patriots, and Colts. In fact, the
Jagujrs believe that thlii is the year
they could finally' supplant
Indianapolis as the top team in the
Only time, and health, will tell.
mayor can call witnesses at the
hearing, which will be held in
Detroit. However, Granholm has no
subpoena power to force people to
appear. She will be assisted by
Gregory Holiday, a state adminis-
trative law judge.
McPhail said there had been no
decision yet about whether
Kilpatrick would testify.
"We have major concerns about
the mayor's right to due process,"
The governor, citing court prece-
dent, made it clear that Kilpatrick,
38, has no remedy if she removes
"The governor is the sole tribunal
in removal proceedings, with no
right of appeal or review afforded
the accused. ... If the governor acts
within the law, the governor's deci-
sion is final," Granholm wrote.
Her order was signed Monday.
Granholm declined to answer ques-
tions Tuesday in Denver, where she
is attending the Democratic
If Granholm decides against
removing Kilpatrick, the two-term
mayor still would be removed from
office if convicted of any of the 10
felony charges against him.
Pro Football Hall of Famer and
longtime head of the NFL Players
Association (NFLPA) Gene
Upshaw has died after being diag-
nosed with pancreatic cancer. He
was 63. Ironically the same number
he wore as a professional player.
Upshaw, seven times selected as a
Pro Bowl guard during his playing
career with the Raiders, was induct-
ed into the Hall of Fame in 1987
and had served as executive direc-
tor of the players' union since 1983.
"We are deeply saddened and
shocked by the sudden and unex-
pected death of our leader, Gene
Upshaw," the NFLPA said in a
statement on its website
Upshaw, born in Robstown, Texas,
played collegiately at Texas A&I.
He was a first-round draft pick of
the Oakland Raiders in 1967 and
became the starting left guard as a
rookie. He played on two Super
Bowl title teams with the Raiders.
Upshaw led the players through a
strike in 1987 and antitrust litiga-
tion against the league before pre-
siding over a lengthy labor peace
that helped the NFL to prosper as
the most popular professional U.S.
"Gene Upshaw did everything
with great dignity, pride, and con-
viction," NFL Commissioner Roger
Goodell said in a statement.
"He was the rare individual who
earned his place in the Pro Football
Hall of Fame both for his accom-
plishments on the field and for his
leadership of the players off the
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Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
Duke Rape Accuser Writing Tell All
There's about to be a new chapter in the saga of the Black-college
student who accused three White Duke Lacrosse players of rape two
Crystal Mangum, whose claims were discredited in a high-profile,
racially volatile charge, announced plans to release a tell-all book
about the entire episode. "The Last Dance For Grace: The Crystal
Mangum Story" will be released in October, said the book's co-author
"It is "the only definitive account of the life and struggles of the
woman at the center of the Duke Lacrosse case, the alleged accuser,"
said Clark, who is also Mangum's manager, in a news release. "Were
it not for the Duke Lacrosse Case, she likely would be described as a
bright, young woman from Durham, North Carolina, who has had a
difficult life." He said that the alleged victim plans to donate $1 from
each book she sells to help battered women.
In March 2006, Mangum, a former exotic dancer and student at his-
torically Black North Carolina Central University, claimed that the for-
mer players, who hired her to dance at an off-campus party, beat, raped:,
and hurled racial slurs at her. Mangum's charges sparked protests by.
women and Black leaders, who claimed that Duke University was-"
handling the suspects too gently.
But the case against the players David Evans, Collin Finnerty and
Reade Seligmann began to unravel, %hen Mangum's stripper side-.:
kick said she knew nothing about any- rape, andcLprosecutor Mike
Nifong's timeline of the alleged crime proved improbable. Nifong, at
the time the Durham County district attorney, was disbarred and jailed
following the disintegration of the case.
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[~Are Flat/Curling Irons Bad:.
I wear myh
real hair. I'm
not a fan of
weaves but Io
have tho use a
flat i iron or
curling iron...is it really that bad
for my hair?
Sarah I really want you to focus
on trying to get you and others to
use as little heat as possible onj
your hair. I know many of us feel
that it's a must to use the curling
irons, and the flat irons everyday
to maintain you certain styles, but trusty
me you are doing a considerable
amount of damage t your stylhair.
Intense heat on a dailyou the bodyasis is just
too much strain on your hair. Soe
what's a girl to do? Well I thought
you'd never ask.
First you could consider a style
that would require less heat
between visits. With the right cut
you can't go wrong with a wrap.
You could have your stylist do a
roller set to give you the body that
you need, and if you are good
about wrapping your hair every
night your wrap should last you.
If you find that it's a little flatter
than you'd like than you could
always use a couple of rollers in
the top of your hair and then wrap
the rest. If you must use a flat iron
be very mindful of your settings.
You maybe able to get the same
results without the extreme heat
that a lot of those irons provide.
Remember how I just mentioned
using rollers, I'm shocked that
more young ladies don't use them.
I know we all want to look cute
even when we go to bed. I under-
stand that, however a few rollers
at night can make all the differ-
ence when you wake up in the
morning, especially for you ladies
with longer hair. Rollers are safe.
Now as far as hot rollers go that's
a different story. Remember I'm
trying to get you away from heat,
if you MUST use something I
would prefer you use hot rollers
for just a few minutes as opposed
to a curling iron or a flat iron.
One last thing for those of you
who don't take my advice and
insist on using those devices on
your hair day in and day out
everyday, please make sure you
are getting a good conditioner. A
regular conditioner may not be
enough to repair the damage that
is being done. A nice deep condi-
tioner is what you will need along
with some nice trims to get rid of
those split ends.
DS Spa and Salon is located at
9810 Baymeadows Rd Suite #2.
Reach her at 645-9044.
Email us at JFreePress@aol.com
Free Prostate Cancer
Screenings on Sept. 27th
In order to raise awareness about
the early detection of prostate can-
cer, First Coast Oncology will con-
duct free prostate cancer screenings
on Saturday, September 27 and
Saturday, October 11 from 8 a.m. to
12 p.m. at their Mandarin office
located at 10881 San Jose Blvd.
According to the American Cancer
Society, prostate cancer is the most
common type of cancer found in
American men, other than skin can-
cer. While 1 man in 6 will get
.prostate cancer during his lifetime,
only 1 man in 35 will die of this dis-
ease. More than 2 million men in
the United States who have had
-prostate cancer at some point are
.still alive today. If caught early, the
survival rate for prostate cancer is
The screening will consist of a
'Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)
test that requires a blood sample, a
digital rectal exam and a brief med-
ical history. In all, the screening
:process takes aroundlO minutes.
Appeal for Your
The Jacksonville Local
Organizing Committee Inc., a
non-profit organization is now
in the process of gathering
clothes for it's next "Clothes
Give-A-Way". If you have
clothes, shoes, jackets etc. you
have outgrown and want to
get rid of, donate them Pick
ups are available. Call 240-
9133 for more information.
"The best defense against prostate
cancer is education and early detec-
tion," says Scot Ackerman, M.D.,
board-certified radiation oncologist
and medical director for First Coast
The screenings are free. They will
be offered at First Coast Oncology
at 10881 San Jose Blvd., just south
of 1-295. For more information or
to schedule an appointment, please
Reverse Heart Attack Risk Factors In One Month
by Candace Hall
In less than a month, individuals
can reverse serious heart disease
risk factors by making significant
lifestyle changes, researchers are
In an encouraging study conduct-
ed on overweight men, researchers
found that after three weeks on a
high-fiber, low-fat diet and adding
up to 60 minutes of daily walking,
about half of the study participants
reversed type 2 diabetes or a con-
stellation of unhealthy risk factors
called the "metabolic syndrome."
"Our study found that when an
individual partakes in a fairly inten-
sive diet and exercise lifestyle mod-
ification, that significant changes in
their health can be noted in a short
period of time," said one of the
study's authors, Christian Roberts,
an assistant researcher in the physi-
ological sciences department at the
University of California, Los
"Most of the population is under
the belief that it takes a long time to
see improvement. But, we found
that we could reverse diabetes and
metabolic syndrome within three
weeks, despite the fact that these
men were still obese," he said.
"I'm glad that more and more
people are getting the message out
that you can make a difference with
lifestyle changes. Even just 10
pounds of weight loss makes a huge
difference in blood sugar, blood
pressure and your overall well
being," said Dr. Katherine Nori, an
internist with Beaumont Hospital's
Weight Control Center in Royal
Thirty-one men between the ages
of 46 and 76 participated in the new
study. All of the men were either
overweight or obese. All of the vol-
unteers had at least one risk factor
for metabolic syndrome, and 15
were diagnosed with metabolic syn-
drome -- a collection of health risks
including excess fat, high choles-
terol, high blood pressure and
insulin resistance. Thirteen of the
men had type 2 diabetes. Several
had neither condition.
For three weeks, the men took
part in a residential diet and exer-
cise program. Their diet was
designed at the Pritikin Longevity
Center and included 65 percent to
70 percent complex carbohydrates
(fruits, vegetables and whole
grains), 15 percent to 20 percent
protein (soy, beans, nuts and occa-
sionally fish and poultry), and 12
percent to 15 percent fat (less than
half from saturated fat).
The study participants were
allowed to eat as much as they
wanted of fruits, vegetables and
whole grains, so Roberts said they
weren't left feeling hungry.
Additionally, the men began
7 Days to a Happier You
Wanna be happy? You may be
saying "I'm already happy." Well if
you are, why not be happier? Keep
on reading to cash in on a seven day
strategy on becoming happier!
Day 1. Watch a funny movie
Medical studies indicate that
laughter boosts levels of endor-
phins, the body's natural
painkillers, and suppresses levels of
the stress hormone epinephrine.
Being too serious and analytical is
another form of stress. Laughter is a
great way to relax your face and
your soul. It's impossible to worry
when you laugh.
Day 2. Pop a vitamin
Even if you eat well, you should
still take a multivitamin and miner-
al supplement as a backup. It is also
a good idea to take calcium with
vitamin D and magnesium. Vitamin
D increases the absorption of calci-
um into the bones and magnesium
helps to offset the constipation that
occurs with some women when
they take calcium supplements.
Day 3. Schedule a test
Regular medical tests will make
sure you're in top form and catch
little problems before they become
big problems. The American
Cancer Society recommends:
* Pap smear annually for sexually
active women. This can be spread
to every three years after two nor-
mal paps if monogamous.
Mammogram baseline at 35,
annually or biennially from 40 to
50, annually after 50.
Cholesterol and diabetes test
every five years; more often if
* Blood pressure check every year.
Day 4. Visit your friends
People who don't have strong
support from friends and family
live shorter lives and suffer more
from stress. Support from friends
can give you the strength to make
positive changes in your life, so
invite someone out for coffee today.
Day 5. Simplify salads
Make it easy to eat healthfully.
Take advantage of the supermarket
salad bar. Plus, pre-washed and pre-
cut fruits and veggies from the pro-
duce section will ensure that
healthy foods are at your fingertips
whenever you feel the need to nosh.
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Day 6. Exercise
Exercising is a great way to stay
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give you a feeling of happiness.
Day 7. Chill out
Try to find time to unwind every
day. Stress can start a chain of neg-
ative habits such as eating poorly,
restless sleep or being too wound
up to exercise. Think about how
hard it is to stay on a diet when
you're stressed. How about cutting
back on caffeine when you have a
deadline? Or making time for exer-
cise when you're rushing to make a
deadline? To de-stress, try taking a
walk, enjoying a hot bath or getting
exercising 45 to 60 minutes daily
on a treadmill and did both level
and graded walking. Roberts said
the men walked at a moderate pace,
which meant they could talk while
exercising, but if they increased the
intensity of their workout a little bit,
talking became difficult.
The men lost about two to three
pounds each week of the study, but
they still remained overweight or
obese at the end of the trial.The
researchers measured blood levels
of cholesterol, insulin and markers
of inflammation both before and
after the study. At the start of the
study, 48 percent of the men had
metabolic syndrome, while at the
end just 19 percent still did. Forty-
two percent had diabetes at the start
of the study, but only 23 percent did
at the end. The average LDL, or
"bad," cholesterol reading went
down 25 percent.
"If you have diabetes or metabol-
ic syndrome, you need to know that
they are reversible, and you can
improve your heart disease risk pro-
file without normalizing your body
weight," Roberts said.
Both Roberts and Nori said it was
the combination of diet and exer-
cise that affected these dramatic
changes, and that neither measure
alone is as powerful as the two
together. And, both said you have to
maintain the changes in order to
sustain the health benefits.
"People have the power within
themselves to make a difference.
Weight loss and exercise consis-
tently improve heart disease risk,
and this is something you have con-
trol over. You have the ability to
dramatically improve whatever
level you're at," said Nori.
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field gold medalist Maurice Greene, Susan Lucci,
Lance Bass, Cloris Leachman, Kim Kardashian, Ted
W McGinley, Brooke Burke, and Misty May-Treanor,
who won her second gold medal for beach volley-
ball at this year's summer games in Beijing.
Rounding out the cast are chef Rocco DiSpirito, Cody Linley of
"Hannah Montana" and comedian Jeffrey Ross.
OPRAH GATHERING GOLD MEDALISTS FOR 9/11?
Plus, TV host reportedly rents a home for $50,000/wk near Denver.
Word has it that Oprah Winfrey is trying to feature
every single American Olympic gold medalist from the
Beijing Games for a broadcast of her talk show to air
on Sept. 11.
The U.S. won 36 gold medals at the Beijing
Olympics, but Oprah's stage would have to hold much
more than 36 people as many of the medals represent
entire teams of athletes.
Meanwhile, the Rocky Mountain News is reporting
that Winfrey paid $50,000 to rent a house for seven
days near Denver, where her close friend Barack Obama will be formally
nominated for president during the Democratic National Convention. The
rented crib, nestled in a historic neighborhood near Cherry Creek, came
with a weekly rental fee of $50,000.
SHAQ ACCUSED OF STALKING
A 23-year-old Atlanta woman has obtained a protective order against
NBA star Shaquille O'Neal, claiming he was stalking her and threatening
her with bodily harm.
In a motion granted in Fulton County Superior Court by Judge Richard
Hicks, O'Neal would have to keep away from and not contact Alexis Miller
-- also known as the rapper Maryjane.
Miller said she ended a relationship with the basketball player last month,
and said that he threatened her and harassed her by making telephone calls
to her where she said he just breathed into the phone without saying any-
thing. Miller also said that O'Neal threatened to pay performers $50,000
not to work with her.
HAYES FAMILY PLANS LAWSUIT OVER SONGS:
Relatives reportedly seek to retrieve rights to his materiaL
The family of late soul legend Isaac Hayes are reportedly planning legal
--action to retrieve rights to his back catalog, which
was sold for $30,000 by court order following his
The catalog, which includes such classics as "Do
Your Thing" and "Theme from Shaft," is said to be
worth hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in roy-
alties. Hayes' family wants the money to go toward
the financial security of his father's widow and two-
"He definitely was done wrong," his son Isaac
Hayes III told WENN. "I'm very passionate about [providing security for
the family]. If that means me trying to get my father's material back, I'm
all for it."
Hayes' lawyer, Allen Arrow, says, "I can't rule out litigation... I would
hope that we can retrieve a good part of what he lost."
The 25 and older crowd know
Rev. Run (Joseph Simmons) from
legendary rap group Run-DMC.
Those of another generation are
more familiar with he and his wife,
Justine Simmons from MTV's
award-winning reality TV show,
In their new book -- 'Take Back
Your Family: A Challenge to
America's Parents,' Rev. Run and
Justine go deeper than their show
offering parents advice and tidbits
on successful parenting, including
honest dialogue on blended fami-
lies, the story of how they met, liv-
ing without money, and living with
money and keeping their children
"Family is the one game where
everyone is on an equal playing
field," says Rev. Run. "Black or
white, rich or poor, ugly or beauti-
ful, everyone really has the same
opportunity and ability to raise a
happy, loving family."
What prompted the two of you to
write the book?
Rev. Run: People were just con-
stantly telling us how much they
enjoy the show and how much they
love our parenting style. I just
thought it was a good way to get the
DaBrat Sentenced to Three Years
Shawtae "Da Brat" Harris
DECATUR, Ga.- Da Brat was sen-
tenced Friday to three years in
prison for hitting a hostess in the
head with a rum bottle during an
altercation. at a suburban Atlanta
nightclub last fall.
The 34-year-old rapper, whose
given name is Shawntae Harris,
pleaded guilty to aggravated assault
in DeKalb County. Superior Court
Judge Gail Flake sentenced her to
three years behind bars and seven
on probation, plus 200 hours of
community service and completion
of substance abuse treatment, men-
tal evaluation and anger manage-
Police reports indicated Harris
and then-Atlanta Falcons cheer-
leader/part-time hostess Shayla
StevensStevens squabbled after
they bumped into each other.
Stevens walked away and was soon
hit in the face with the bottle.
She sustained a deep cut to the
cheek and some swelling on the
forehead, and has a permanent scar
on her face as a result.
Recordings by Da Brat, a native
of Chicago and a protege of
Jermaine Dupri, include the song
"Funkdafied." She also has
appeared on reality shows such as
"Celebrity Fit Club"
inside of me. I feel like it's been
downloaded into my life and I just
feel that I need to do right by my
family, have fun with my family so
I don't want to take all the credit but
it just flows naturally.
What was the process of writing
the book? How long did it take, was
it fun, difficult, challenging?
Rev. Run: I did it all in the time of
filming Run's House. It took two
months. I would sit down and
preach to a tape recorder about how
I felt about life. We would take that,
Chris Morrow and myself, and take
notes out of that and write the book.
I would just stand there with a tape
recorder and just talk about family
life and situations. Same thing goes
for my wife.
What is the deepest desire you
have for your family?
Rev. Run: To be happy.
What role does God and Church
play in your family?
Rev. Run: God is the most impor-
tant in our life. We are very much
into prayer and we believe that God
has to be put first in everything. The
Bible says "If you submit your
plans to God, he'll guide your path."
We're deep into scriptures, we're
deep into church, we're God fearing
people. Being a reverend, my show
I believe is really my ministry.
People ask, "Well Rev Run you're a
reverend but where's your church?"
My church is the MTV pulpit. I'm
able to touch people that other peo-
ple aren't able to touch.
"Cruisin" for Love
with Tom Joyner
Actress and comedian Kym.
Whitley set sail on a singles-only
escapade aboard Tom Joyner's
2008 Fantastic Voyage cruise this
spring, and TV One chronicled the.
adventure in "Cruisin' for Love'
with Kym Whitley."
The special premiering
Saturday, Aug. 30 from 10-11 p.m.,
ET follows Whitley as she.
searches for a love connection dur-
ing the cruise. After agreeing to
host the Speed Dating and Singles
Party events aboard the Royal
Caribbean Freedom of the Seas,
she decided to make the trip her
personal quest for love as well.
Kym enjoys seven days of activ-
ities on the ship, while her brother
and friends try to help Kym find
Mr. Right. From St. Thomas to'
Puerto Rico to Miami, Kym search-
es for love; from her Speed Dating
event to the Mardi Gras Party to the
Singles Party and at various roman-
tic points on shore, cameras track
her every move.
Along the way, she finds other
single celebrities on board who
participate in some of the single-
oriented events, including
Omarosa, -Lamman Rucker, John.
Henton, A.J. Jamal, Ajai Sanders.
and Rolonda Watts. In St. Thomas,.
Kym joins up with Tom Joyner and
his wife Donna Richardson at a
beach party and gets some
courtship, advice from Donna. And'
at the Singles Party she co-hosts,
her brother turns the tables on her
with a surprise contest that has
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message out about family and being
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Dr. Phil approach and say "this is
what you must do," I just wanted
people my age to realize that maybe
they're missing out on something if
they're not paying attention to their
How did you start placing your
family at the center of your life?
Rev. Run: I think it's just a gift
since it's something I love to do. It's
a God giving gift to just feel so con-
cerned about my family. I think it's
a responsibility chip that God put
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