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GA Republican Congressman
Recants Calling Obamas' "Uppity"
Congressman Lynn Westmoreland, R-Grantville has released a state-
ment addressing the outrage over his use of the racially-tinged term
"uppity" to describe Barack and Michelle Obama.
"I've never heard that term used in a racially derogatory sense," stat-
ed Westmoreland. "It is important to note that the dictionary definition of
'uppity' is 'affecting an air of inflated self-esteem -- snobbish.' That's what
we meant by uppity when we used it in the mill village where I grew up."
Speaking to reporters last week, Westmoreland described the Obamas
as "a member of an elitist class [of] individual that thinks that they're
uppity," according to The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper. When the
reporter then asked Westmoreland whether he intended to use the word,
he said, "Yeah, uppity."
Shortly after Westmoreland's remarks became public, his Democratic
opponent, Stephen Camp, sent a statement saying that he will take
Westmoreland at his word "on what the Webster's definition of uppity is."
"But anyone who has lived in the South and in Georgia knows what
that word means in the vernacular, and what it has meant for the past 50
and longer years in the discourse of race relations here," Camp said.
Marion Jones Freed From Prison
SAN ANTONIO Disgraced sprinter Marion Jones was released from
federal prison last week after completing most of her six-month sentence
for lying about her steroid use. She will remain on
The sprinter admitted last October that she used a
I designer steroid known as "the clear" from
September 2000 to July 2001. The drug was linked to
the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, the lab that
became the center of a steroids scandal that touched
numerous professional athletes, including baseball
star Barry Bonds.
Her admission of drug use in 2007 came after years of denials.
In 2004, she sued the founder of BALCO for defamation after he said she
used steroids. The lawsuit was settled the following year, long before she
told the truth in a federal courtroom.
Jones gave back the three gold medals and two bronze medals she won
at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney before the International Olympic
Committee officially wiped her name from the record books in
Disgraced Kilpatrick Evicted
From Detroit Mayor's Mansion
DETROIT -- Detroit's mayor has a deadline for moving out of the city's
official mayoral residence now that he has plead guilty and is resigning.
Officials say Kwame Kilpatrick and his wife and three sons are expect-
ed to be out of the city's Manoogian Mansion by midnight on Sept. 18.
A spokesman for incoming Detroit Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. said Monday
that if Kilpatrick has a problem with that date he should discuss it with
Kilpatrick also has until Sept. 18 to vacate his offices at City Hall.
Cockrel takes over as mayor on Sept. 19.
Kilpatrick resigned last week and pleaded guilty to two counts of
obstruction of justice. He also pleaded no contest to one count of assault.
He will serve four months in jail and five years probation after an Oct. 28
Simpson Case Begins in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS Nearly a year after O.J. Simpson walked into a casino
hotel room intent on reclaiming some sports memorabilia, lawyers in his
robbery-kidnapping trial are finally set to begin picking a jury.
What figures to be a lengthy jury selection is began this week in a
Nevada court for the fallen NFL star, actor and advertising pitchman, and
his remaining co-defendant, Clarence "C.J" Stewart, a 54-year-old golf-
ing buddy from North Las Vegas.
Both men have pleaded not guilty to 12 charges stemming from a heat-
ed encounter last September with two sports collectibles dealers peddling
Simpson memorabilia at a Las Vegas hotel-casino.
Simpson said last fall that he put his faith in the jury system and was
confident of an acquittal a conviction could put him away for life.
"If I have any disappointment it's that I wish a jury was here," Simpson
said in November, after a contentious four-day preliminary hearing in
which prosecution witnesses were cast as opportunists, pimps, con artists
and crooks out to make a buck off him.
"As always, I rely on the jury system," he said.
Zimbabwe Still in Negotiations
Zimbabwe leaders rare still in power-sharing talks. This week,
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan
Tsvangirai resumed their power-sharing talks, mediated by South African
President Thabo Mbeki. The talks, which follow June's disputed run-off
election, have been at a standstill. The main point they can't seem to
agree on is how much power Mugabe should give up.
Tsvangirai (who believes he fairly won the first round of elections in
March, and says he dropped out of June's race because of government-
sponsored violence against his supporters) wants Mugabe to be only a
ceremonial president while he holds most of the power. If that doesn't
happen, he wants "elections under international supervision and see who
will carry the day,". Mugabe, the country's longtime leader, is opposed
to relinquishing power and recently threatened to go ahead and appoint a
Cabinet without help from Tsvangirai. But the opposition leader made it
clear he's not budging. "We should not be pushed into a deal. We would
rather have no deal than get a bad deal," he said. He has also been vocal
about the South African president's effectiveness as a mediator, saying
that President Mbeki is biased toward Mugabe and should be relieved.
Volume 23 No. 23 Jacksonville, Florida September 11-17, 2008
In Search of Justice: Civil Rights Cases Still Cold
Flanked by officials from the
NAACP and the Southern Poverty
Law Center, FBI Director Robert
Mueller last year announced with
much fanfare a new partnership
between his agency and civil rights
The goal: To bring justice in long-
ignored murders from the civil
The outcome: Not one case has
been prosecuted under the FBI's
Cold Case Initiative, which actually
began two years ago with no fan-
fare at all.
The civil rights leaders present at
Sickle Cell Walkers Run for the Cure
The Sickle Cell Disease Association held their 10th Annual Walk -A-thon
last weekend igniting the cause for its' designated month. Over four hun-
dred individuals participated in the 3.5 mile walk and 5k run. The event
began and ended at the FCCJ downtown campus. All funds will benefit the
Sickle Cell Disease Association. Shown above are first time walk-a-thon
participants, Team Mocha: Ramona Walker, Eddie Davis and Laila Capers.
Statistics Proving Young
Black Men Are Expendable
By Phillip Jackson
A new report commissioned by
the Schott Foundation states that
less than 50% of young Black Men
graduated from high school in the
U.S. during the 2005-2006 school
year. Dropping out of high school
virtually sentences undereducated
young Black males to menial jobs,
street corner hustling, illicit activi-
ties, fathering children out of wed-
lock, drugs, gangs, crime, prison,
violence, death and worse..... liter-
ally destroying the Black communi-
ties in which they live. Inability to
achieve becomes hopelessness.
Hopelessness becomes despair.
Despair becomes destruction.
This is a national disgrace with
little-to-no effective response from
the U. S. Government or the Black
Communities where the destruction
is taking place.
The United States Government
responds to catastrophes in China,
Indonesia, Pakistan, the Sudan,
Georgia and other parts of the
world, but will not constructively
respond to the genocide of young
Black men in the United States.
Young Black men in American
have become expendable!
Why are we not outraged? Why
won't we do something? Before
information on the educational sta-
tus of Black males in America was
available, the question could have
been, "Why don't we know this?"
Now that we know, the question
becomes "Why don't we care?"
The gap between Black and White
young male graduates is as high as
38% in some U. S. cities.
What can we do? What should
our goals be? On the short term
emphasis should be to (1) Teach all
boys to read at grade level by the
3rd grade. (2) Provide strong, pos-
itive role models. (3) Create a sta-
ble home environment (only par-
ents can do this). (4) Ensure that a
strong spiritual base is in place
(only parents can do this). (5) Teach
self-discipline, cultural awareness
and racial history. (6) Teach Black
boys and the community in which
they live to embrace education and
life-long learning. (Church?).
What else can we do? (1) Invest
as much money in educating Black
boys as in locking up Black men.
(2) Provide strong, positive peer
culture for Black boys. (Parents,
Family Members, Churches, and
Community). For more informa-
tion, visit the Black Star Project at
Mueller's February 2007 news con-
ference John Jackson of the
NAACP, who now works for a pri-
vate firm, and Richard Cohen,
director of the Southern Poverty
Law Center have come to ques-
tion the government's motives.
"I've been disappointed that more
cases have not been brought,"
Cohen said. "I worried that too
many people would get their hopes
up. I don't want to be part of a
Some of the killings occurred up
to 60 years ago. Evidence was -
Continued on page 9
Jacksonville Link Heather Blume and Community Connections
youth services assistant Nicole Arnette organize Links' donations to
Jacksonville Links and Community
Connections Launch Partnership
By M. Latimer
The members of the Jacksonville
Chapter of The Links,
Incorporated, an international com-
munity service organization com-
prised of more than 10,000 volun-
teers, were looking for a way to
really make a difference on the First
"We've been volunteering in
Jacksonville for more than If'ro.
years," said Karen Smith. program
chairperson. "We saw a partnership
with Continued on page 5
One of the south's favorite past times is football and what goes better with football than the art of tail-
gating. Shown above at the Willie Gary Classic over the weekend witnessing the EWC Tigers being mas-
sacred by the Shaw University are (left to right) LaVonne Mitchell, Delia Covington, Armena Green, Karen
Buckman, Anna Hammond, Carolyn Byrd, Lois Washburn, Beatrice Mattews, Jim Washburn and Sheila
Berry. Held at Raines High School, the Classic included the customary Battle of the Bands and the event's
namesake, Atty. Willie gary, presented each school with a $50,000 check. FMP Photo.
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Shown above are contestants Lisa Tucker, Zion Tucker and Jahauri Tucker KFP
You ready for Jacksonville's Next Top Model?
ute young lady's were
agency Square Mall to
n "Model Productions"
one of the nations top
d development compa-
g events in malls across
ince 1982, contestants
get their chance in the spotlight to
showcase their potential to profes-
sional talent scouts.
The Model Search is dedicated to
the belief that everyone has a "God
Given Talent" hidden within them
just waiting to shine.
Review: Lawd' Mo' Drama
King Memorial is Officially a Go
, jithis undated file photograph courtesy of the Martin Luther King,
Jf~4'atiorfal'MIAIifirial Project Fouindlation, Inc., the original full-size
clay model of Martin Luther King Jr., is seen. The National Capital
Planning Commission has reviewed the final site and building plans
for the memorial are a go.
by M. Latimer
Best-selling author Tina Brooks
McKinney brings her fun and
engaging writing style to the second
installment in her "drama" series -
"Lawd, Mo' Drama." This sequel
focuses on the changes that have
occurred in the lives of her two
favorite protagonists Leah and
Sammie. These Atlanta-based char-
acters are multi-dimensional
women experiencing the normal
problems, managing their careers,
raising their families, etc. Like
many other contemporary females,
the men in their lives are the source
of their personal difficulties.
The book begins with a continua-
tion of Leah's story. Leah, a former
"wild child," had settled into a
promising career, which she "put on
hold" to become a wife and mother.
Leah's friends and family members
advise her that Kentee, her hus-
band, is a self-centered, egocentric
person and that marriage would be
a mistake. Six years later, Leah
realizes how accurate they were -
Kentee abandons her and their three
children. Not only does Kentee
clean out their bank account, he
neglects to pay their mortgage and
buys another home with another
Othei issues complicate Leah's
life. One 'ofhe'r arid Kentee's
daughters is a special needs child,
labeled as autistic. And Leah has
no means of supporting herself.
The book continues with
Sammie's tale. She and Leah con-
tinue to communicate, but their
relationship changed after Leah's
marriage and the death of their
mutual friend Marie. Sammie has
divorced her abusive ex-husband
Jessie, but he is unwilling to end
their relationship. While Jessie has
remarried, he still calls on Sammie
for sexual favors, and she continues
to accommodate him out of fear.
Sammie also learns she has a half-
sister and a grandchild. Both reve-
latioins explain a, great deal about
her mother', neglect and bitterness.
In the end, Leah and Sammie lean
on each other for support and guid-
Contestants will compete in 3
competitions, scores will be tabu-
lated, and the results will be given
out at the mall one week after the
Finals. Some contestants are even
scouted to join the exclusive group
"Model Productions Management".
ance and in-
umph over the
Leah finds a
for her spe-
child, a new home, and
divorces her husband. Sammie
rebuilds her relationship with her
son, becomes close to her sister,
ends all communication with her
ex-husband, and finally resolves
her issues with her mother.
"Lawd, Mo' Drama" is a fun,
easy-toread .1pokli(b$ importantn
friendships are and how they can
sustain us through life's trials and
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McCain Moves Ahead
of Obama in the Polls
JABJ to Host Forum on Violence,
Community and the Media
The Jacksonville Association of Black Journalists will host a free forum
themed "Speak Your Mind: Addressing Violence in Our Community"
Forum. It will be held at the Jacksonville Urban League, 903 Union Street,
on Thursday, September 18, 2008 from 6:30 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
The purpose of this free forum is to moderate an open discussion on vio-
lence in the community and the role that the media plays in informing,
influencing and developing solutions.
Panelists and audience members will include representation from vari-
ous community and civic organizations.
For more information, call 904-962-7284.
MAYO Clinic Community Research
Advisory Board (C.R.A.B.) Meeting
The Mayo Clinic and Dr. Floyd Willis invite you to make a difference in
our community by joining the C.R.A.B. This group of influential, caring
professionals will help establish culturally competent practices for
research and clinical trials impacting minorities in Northeast Florida and
beyond. The open informational session will be held on Thursday,
September 25, 2008, from 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. at the WJCT Public
Television Meeting Room, 100 Festival Park Avenue. Please RSVP your
attendance via email to Nicholson.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 953-0977.
Free PSAT Testing
On Saturday, September 13, 2008, The Princeton Review of North
Florida will offer a stress-free, fear-free, and cash FREE practice PSAT.
The practice test will take place at The Princeton Review's Jacksonville
office from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.
A free follow-up scores back session will be held in Jacksonville at The
Princeton Review office on September 24 from 6:00 7:30 pm to explain
students test score report and help families begin the college admissions
planning process. For more information about these events or to register,
please visit PrincetonReview.com/events or call 800-2Review.
Where Have All the Children Gone?
The Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHBC), Inc. of
Northeast Florida presents "Where Have the Children Gone?" an event to
be held on October 21st at City Hall in the Lynnwood Roberts Room from
6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. HMHBC will discuss the problem Jacksonville
faces and JCCI representatives will take attendees through a quick
overview of what is being done to address this issue.
"Where Have the Children Gone?" is a free event open to all and will
serve the purpose of raising awareness of Jacksonville's high infant mor-
tality rate. JCCI's recently released Infant Mortality Study found that
Jacksonville has a higher infant mortality rate than the state of Florida
average, which is higher than the United States national average, which is
higher than nearly all the industrialized countries in the world!
Bew re he- ige- R ar!
Always ready to cheer on their team are the cheering squad of
Edward Waters College. Shown above at their recent game are (L-R):
Kriffin LeCount, Carolyn Jones, Janine Lewis, LaTasha Campbell-
Nightingale, Brittnee Davis, Kayla La Fleur, Jessica Shay, Dawn
Demps, Louis McGee, Bianca Neely, Tampra Ruph, LaTalia Taylor
and Martina Thomas. FMP Photo
Browns Make Education a Family Affair
While attending the Willie Gary Classic, famed multi-million dollar
attorney Willie Gary took a moment to pose with his foundation director
and her family. Shown above is Willie Gary Foundation Director Santhea
Brown, Joshua Brown, Atty. Gary, Jordan Brown and Alvin Brown. Earlier
in the day, Mrs. Brown coordinated a multi-faceted college fair for area
students offering on-the-spot scholarships at Raines High School.
John McCain has overtaken
Barack Obama in the Gallup daily
tracking poll and has his highest
level of support in that poll since
McCain leads Obama 48 percent
to 45 percent among registered vot-
ers, by Gallup's measure. McCain
has so far earned the same conven-
tion bounce as Obama, though at a
more rapid pace.
Obama peaked at a 5-point con-
vention bounce in polling published
last Tuesday. He was ahead 49 per-
cent to 43 percent in the Gallup poll
conducted before the Republican
convention. He then soared to 50
percent for the first time of the elec-
tion, by Gallup's measure, while
McCain fell to 42 percent.
McCain's 5-point to 6-point
bounce so far, like Obama's,
remains at par with historical
expectations. In the 22 major-party
conventions since 1964, the nomi-
nee walked away with, on average
in most years, a 5-point to 6-point
uptick in Gallup's polls. The presi-
dential polling will likely remain in
flux until the middle of next week.
The Gallup report continues to
include some polling conducted
prior to McCain's acceptance
speech. Tomorrow's report will be
the first to include interviews sole-
ly conducted following the close of
the GOP convention.
Rasmussen's daily tracking poll
also reported that when leanerss"
are included, Obama and McCain
are now tied at 48 percent. That
means that, by Rasmussen's meas-
ure, Obama's 6-point bounce has
been erased. CBS News polling had
shown the same outcome midway
through the GOP convention.
Boselli Rehabs Second Urban Community Center
After much ado over their first
transformation of an abandoned
city owned community center, the
Tony Boselli Foundation with the
help of Builders Care recently com-
pleted their second center at the
Russell Bill Cook Park Community
Center. Like it's predecessor on
Myrtle Avenue, children in the
community can now come to the
center after school and get home-
The Boselli Foundation will run
the center, located at 3300 Jones
Street open Monday-Friday from
10 a.m. 7 p.m and open to the
community from 10 a.m. 2 p.m.,
and closed from 2 p.m. 6 p.m so
children can be tutored.
"We were all blessed to be part of
a great project. It's important that
private sectors in the community
give back, instead of just relying on
the government to help," said Andy
Chambers, president of Engle
Homes. "The community needs to
take back the community," he said.
The NEFBA Masonry Council and
many other companies came
together to work on the new com-
"This is a perfect example, outside
of city government, of how regular
contractors can get together and
help the community," said Robert
Carlton, general manager for
This is the second time that
Builders Care has teamed up with
Tony Boselli, founder of The
Boselli Foundation, to work on a
center. In addition to renovations on
the original building, a new wing
was added, equipped with a library,
classroom, common area and a
"It's exciting to get the second
Youth Life Learning Center
opened. It will help us accomplish
what our mission is, and that is to
help children in Jacksonville
become champions," Boselli said.
JACKSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL
PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY COMMITTEE
SHARE YOUR CONCERNS
& POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS
Thursday, September 18, 2008
6:30 8:30 P.M.
Clanzel Brown Community Center
4415 Moncrief Road
(Rescheduled meeting due to Tropical Storm Fay)
The City Council's Public Health & Safety Committee is hosting community meetings
to listen to your concerns on the following topics: Public Safety and Jacksonville
Journey's impact on the City budget. You and your neighbors are requested to share
your ideas and suggest possible solutions on any issue pertaining to the City of
Jacksonville. City and JSO staff will be present to answer questions on public safety
and proposed safety initiatives.
For further information contact Cheryl L. Brown, Director, at 630-1377
or Councilman Clay Yarborough, Chair of Public Health & Safety at 630-1389.
The renovated facility now consists of several rooms to nurture and enhance learning like the room shown
above. It is also open for use to the community during designated and arranged hours. The public/private part-
nership is the brainchild of former Jacksonville Jaguar Tony Boselli (right) and his children's foundation.
He also said that he would like to this year. at least two more community cen-
build another community center Builders Care hopes to refurbish ters this year.
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COUNCILWOMAN E. DENISE LEE
Invite you to attend a COMMUNITY MEETING to discuss and get recommendations and input
from citizens regarding the proposed Planned Unit Development (PUD), Thomas Creek, north of
Dunn Ave between Lem Turner Road & Braddock Road
Representatives from the City of Jacksonville's Planning and Development Department, as well as
the developers seeking the PUD, will be in attendance to answer any questions that you may have
regarding the conversion of 1,093 acres from low density residential, community general commer-
cial and neighborhood commercial to multi-use, including warehouse/distribution uses.
REMEMBER YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED IN MAKING
SURE THAT YOUR NEIGHBORHOODS REMAIN VITAL!
DATE: Thursday, September 18, 2008
TIME: 6:00-8:00 PM
LOCATION: Garden City Elementary Library
2814 Dunn Ave Room 55
NOTE: This relates to the recently approved Land Use Amendment for the proposed devel-
opment of warehouses/distribution uses referenced in RESO#2008-400 (Thomas Creek).
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Page 4 Ms. Perry's Free Press
How does one even begin to state
the amount of distain I have for the
latest Conservative spin job of a
serious societal issue.
No I am not talking about
Republicans making fun of "com-
munity organizers" at their conven-
tion although that's worthy of an
article as well. No, I am talking
about the teen pregnancy problem
Republican Vice Presidential
nominee Sarah Palin's teenage
daughter is pregnant. Republicans
are spinning it as if she is simply a
teen mother who is in love and will
get married at the appropriate time.
You have got to be kidding me.
If Democratic Presidential nomi-
nee Barrack Obama's teenage
daughter, sister or cousin would
have gotten pregnant it would be a
clear indication of the lack of
morals of values of Democrats.
And a clear indication of why a
black man shouldn't be elected
President. political cartoons and
pundits alike would have yet anoth-
er rock to enthusiastically hurdle.
Of course, Conservatives will
argue that that wouldn't be the case,
but we all know better.
If you live in any urban area in the
country and you get a young lady
pregnant without being married
you are contributing to the "moral
decline of America." as you have
earned the title of "baby daddy".
However, if you do the same in
Alaska and your baby's mama,
mama is running for the vice presi-
dency of the United States then you
are simply a "teen father."
However, if you would have read
the young Alaskans MySpace page,
he said, "I am a. F'n redneck that
don't want any kids'."
But of course that's no longer the
case the young man has matured
and wants to be married as soon as
he and his baby's mama turn 18.
That is about as true as me want-
ing to sit in a dental chair and have
all of my teeth removed.
So why is it that when black teens
get pregnant it's a crisis, but when
white teens get pregnant whose
parents are "Conservatives" and
politicians it becomes a blessed
You can even look at the media
obsession of teen pop stars such as
Jamie Lynn Spears and the like.
You need not wonder why young
R&B artists aren't churcning out
babies simply because Black par-
ents don't play that. They work to
hard to get their children where
they are to let their future become
derailed with the burdens of parent-
Palin is strongly anti-abortion,
which I assume helps conservatives
dismiss the fact that teens having
sex is OK despite preaching absti-
nence. I can also assume that the
fact that her daughter is to marry
her boyfriend is a cause for cele-
And we wonder why the divorce
rate is so high. Just because you get
pregnant as a teen doesn't mean that
you run out and get married. As we
married folks know marriage is
serious business for full blown
adults I can't imagine teens com-
mitting to it.
I guess us urbanites just don't
understand "small town values" as
the GOP spin machine wants
America to believe.
Speaking of "small town values,".
if Hilary Clinton had five kids
including a newborn with Downs
Syndrome Republicans would
question if she was fit to run for
But because Palin is such great
conservative with small town val-
ues she will figure out a way to take
care of her kids and help run the
I am certainly not knocking her
because she has a gang of children
and is running for office I think
that's great if she can pull it off.
The point I am making is that
there is a clear double standard that
exists in the mind of Conservatives.
Sarah Palin will not even talk to
the media how can a vice presi-
dential candidate simply decide
that ? In fact, McCain's campaign
manager has announced that Palin
won't give any interviews until she
feels "comfortable" doing so.
Well, I would think that a gover-
nor of a state who was chosen to be
Vice President of the United States
- not VP of the 7 Eleven convenient
store, should be comfortable talk-
ing to the media.
McCain's campaign manager also
said that Palin will not speak to the
media, "until the point in time
when she'll be treated with respect
Just when you thought Karl Rove
was out of the game he reappears
stronger than ever still with his
Spin Doctor hat on.
Again, I am amazed because if the
shoe were on the other foot con-
servatives would have a field day
with a Democratic vice presidential
nominee who refused to speak to
This question of if a candidate's
private life and family. iSpff limits,,
amazes me. If you are. running for...
the most powerful and second most
powerful political offices in the
world who are you to even
assume that your family life is off
If I was running let's say Mayor of
this city, and I fathered a child out-
side of my marriage that's my per-
sonal business right? Wrong it's
not because it speaks to my charac-
ter and decision making abilities.
I do agree that if my teenage
daughter was pregnant and I was
running for office I wouldn't want
that fact made out of a national
conversation piece. But hello it
goes with the territory.
If Chelsea Clinton would have
gotten pregnant as a teen yes it
would have been talked about. The
difference is that it would have
been much worse for the Clintons
I think that some personal, family
information should be discussed
and properly vetted. The fact that
Palin's husband is a member of an
organization that sole purpose is for
Alaska to secede from the United
States is important information.
And who are these people and
what world do they live in? Alaska
seceding from the Union this isn't
1860 it's 2008. Now if these were
black folk the government and
media would be saying that mili-
tants are attempting to over throw
I will not even mention the unsa-
vory photos of Palin and her daugh-
ter floating around the internet.
Double standard or not the
American people will speak soon
enough and this Presidential elec-
tion will test this country.
Signing off from Mystery, Alaska,
~"No w o oniad ft
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Former Colonial Power
Pays Africans Reparations
Under Col. Muammar Gaddafi's prolonged and
persistent pressure for justice, Libya became the
first African country to receive apologies and compensation from a former
colonial power. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi recently apolo-
gized to the North African country for damage Italy inflicted during 40 years
of colonial rule and signed an agreement to pay $5 billion as compensation
to resolve colonial-era disputes.
Libya's leader said the settlement opened the door to partnership between
the two states. Long a pariah among Western powers, Gaddafi called the
treaty "historic" and that it "marked the defeat of colonialism". Gaddafi said
"Tyranny has a price which must be borne by the perpetrators," while Mr.
Berlusconi said the deal ended "40 years of misunderstanding".
Italy was a minor player in European whites' "Manifest Destiny" of domi-
nation over lesser races to shape the world in their image. During their
Colonization Period European nations extended their sovereignty over terri-
tories beyond their borders by establishment of either settler or exploitation
colonies during which indigenous populations were directly ruled, dis-
placed, or exterminated. For almost a century European countries engaged
in systems of direct political, economic, and cultural intervention and hege-
mony over weaker, and almost always non-white, nations. Italy invaded
Libya in 1911. It also invaded Ethiopia and occupied Eritrea and Somalia.
When Italy invaded the North African country that borders the
Mediterranean, much of the European thinking was that colonialism was
legal. Rome and Tripoli Rome have spent years arguing over compensation
for the colonial period. But, Gaddafi doggedly pursued reparations and
labeled colonialism as "crimes recognized in international law".
Although the Italian Reparations have numerous self-serving tenets,
African leaders are pondering: "Will the move set a precedent?" And,
"Whether other former colonial masters will pay reparations for the civil
wrongs and human rights abuses they visited on former 'subjects'"?
Until Italian confession and penance, former colonial powers had refused
to acknowledge the legal and moral basis for reparations for genocide, war
crimes, crimes against humanity, human rights abuses and other internation-
al injustices they committed in Africa. Mr. Berlusconi told Libyan journal-
ists that the $5 billion compensation was a "material and emotional recogni-
tion of the mistakes" that Italy had made during colonialism. But, many said.
say that the deal has much more to do with Italy's concern about oil and
Mr. Berlusconi said he'd pay $200 million for infrastructure projects over
the next 25 years, including a coastal highway across Libya from Tunisia to,
Egypt to be built by Italian contractors. There will also be a colonial-era
mine clearing project. Italy also returned an ancient statue of Venus, the
headless "Venus of Cyrene", taken to Rome during colonial times.
Italy has been swamped by thousands of African migrants trying to reach
its shores by boat and Berlusconi wants Gaddafi to crack down on African
migrants and Italy is to pay for $500 million of electronic monitors along
Libya's coast as part of the compensation package.
"In this historic document, Italy apologizes for killing, destruction and
repression Libyans during the colonial rule," Col Gaddafi said. Gaddafi has
pushed for the United States of Africa for years. Libya is a North African
country that borders the Mediterranean Sej to the north and lies between
E -\ pt to the east and Sudan to the southeast, the former Ottoman territory is
an area of almost 700,000 square miles, 90 percent of which is desert. Libya
is the fourth largest country in Africa by area, and the 17th largest in the
world. Oil was discovered in 1958 and has transformed its economy. The
capital, Tripoli, is home to 1.7 million of Libya's 5.7 million people.
Now that Libya has been compensated by its former colonial master, who
will follow suit? France, a major ex-colonial force in Africa, downplayed
the treaty as "strictly an arrangement between Italy and Libya to enhance
relations between Libya and the international community, including
Proper restitutions will begin when all Europeans acknowledge they ben-
efited from colonialism and that it was a crime against humanity whose con-
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Politics and Religion at the Top of the Agenda
for National Baptist Convention Conference
Politics and religion are expected
to be at the forefront of the nation's
oldest and largest African-
American religious group, the
National Baptist Convention USA,
which is convening in Cincinnati,
With over 20,000 religious lead-
ers and lay people in attendance
representing an estimated 7.5 mil-
lion members, the denomination is
the largest of four predominantly
black Baptist denominations, and it
is the second largest national
Baptist denomination, behind the
The convention's theme is "The
Heavenly Vision and the Morals of
the Church." But the presidential
election won't take a backseat.
Even before the convention, local
Baptist leaders discussed that Sens.
More than 600 singers from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana joined in Ohio's
Combined Choir and performed Monday evening in a musical program for
the first night of the National Baptist Convention USA's Annual Session .
John McCain and Barack Obama
declined invitations to speak.
"Neither Obama nor McCain can
make it to the convention, which, to
me, was an embarrassment," said
Links Partner with Community Connections
CD IRA, Sur
of the CD a
Continued from front
Community Connections as a
great way to involve our entire
membership because Community
Connections provides a wide range
of services to women and children
with the greatest needs."
Recently, the Jacksonville
Chapter of Links officially kicked
off its partnership with Community
Connections with a "back to
school" open house, designed to
prepare both mothers and their chil-
dren for a great start to the school
year. The organization donated
supplies for school and recreational
activities for all the children in
Community Connections' Duval
Street after-school program.
Donated items included a color TV,
DVD/VHS player, board games,
puzzles, sports equipment, paper,
binders and other homework sup-
plies, and more. The event was also
a "meet and greet" opportunity for
the Jacksonville Links and
Community Connections' residents.
Community Connections, former-
ly the YWCA, was founded in 1911
and provides transitional housing
and other forms of support to
women and children. It is the only
day care program in Jacksonville
for infants and toddlers that are dis-
placed or homeless. The
Jacksonville Links' comprehensive
program with Community
Connections' residents includes
tutoring, mentoring, support for the
nursery and after-school programs,
educational and cultural experi-
ences, and more.
Islamic Leader Warith D.
Mohammed Passes at 74
Imam Warith D. Mohammad
Imam Warith D. Mohammed, one
of the nation's most prominent
African-American Islamic leaders
and the man who led black
Muslims away from the Nation of
Islam toward a more orthodox
form of Islam in the 1970s, has
died in Chicago at the age of 74.
"It's a great loss for not only
Muslims in America, but it is also a
major loss for our family," said his
nephew Sultan Mohammed.
Mohammed inherited from his
father the Nation of Islam, a reli-
gious movement crafted out of
black nationalism and Muslim
practice. He immediately tried to
move its followers toward main-
stream Islam, eventually leading to
a split between those who agreed
with Mohammed's approach and
those who stayed with a revived
Nation of Islam under Louis
During his final years,
Mohammed lived quietly in a mod-
est home in south suburban
Markham. He headed a charitable
organization, Mosque Cares, and
spoke to congregations across the
nation. His lectures were reprinted
in the movement's newspaper, the
Muslim Journal. But he had no
mosque of his own.
Mohammed also rejected his
father's sometimes overtly anti-
white preaching-a rhetorical style
continued by the fiery Louis
Farrakhan, Mohammed's rival for
leadership among the Black
Muslims, as they were popularly
known. Farrakhan and Mohammed
long traded barbs and theological
jabs before publicly reconciling at
a joint worship service in 2000.
"For me, [Islam] is too big a
cause for our personal problems
and differences to stand in the
way," Mohammed said.
Mohammed was also deeply
committed to building bridges
Muslims and the increasing num-
bers of immigrants from the
Middle East and Asia.
Houston Police Prefer Tasers
for Their African-American Citizens
Life can be shocking if you're
Black and live in Houston. A new
study released Monday revealed
that Houston Police officers have
used their Tasers on African-
American suspects more than any
other group of people.
More than two-thirds of the 1,417
people stunned with the 50,000-volt
device have been Blacks, even
though they represent only a fourth
of Houston's population, according
to the audit, requested by Mayor
Bill White two years ago.
At the time, several Taser-related
incidents including the zapping of
Houston NFL lineman Fred Weary
at a traffic stop and another involv-
ing several musicians and concert-
goers at a local club had made the
Rev. H.L. Harvey Jr.,
"Both of them should be here.
That's like a smack in our face. We
have the largest black convention in
As a result, Michelle Obama will
speak on Wednesday. McCain will
be in the area but has chosen not
toaddress the organization.
Harvey and several other minis-
ters that organized the convention
said that Obama shouldn't take the
group's members for granted.
Some attendees said they haven't
made up their minds about who to
vote for but were awaiting God's
guidance. Other issues besides race,
such as the candidates' stands on
abortion and same-sex marriage,
may come into play, they said.
"Even with McCain and Barack,
you weigh them both and put both
before the Lord," said Gloria
Perkins, a deaconess from Boynton
Beach, Fla., church.
Baptists leaders say convention
goers will discuss and pray about
- other issues.
"We need to be talking about
teen-age pregnancy, about black-
on-black crime and about fathers
stepping up to the plate," Harvey
said. "There will be lots of issues
we'll be talking about."
The convention agenda includes
sessions on economic development,
housing, international missionary
work, youth and women's min-
istries, labor relations, and educa-
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contends that race has nothing to do
with the incredible disparity.
In a section of the 175-page report,
officers sum up the racial gap with
comments like, "The crime rate is
higher in the African American
race," and "The African American
culture is more aggressive. The sus-
pects have more attitude and are
But in addition to the fact that
Blacks are more likely to get jolted,
the study found that Black officers
are far less likely than White offi-
cers to use their Tasers on Black
The southwest director of the
Nation of Islam says he isn't so sure
that race is not a factor.
"Can we say it's racism? Yes, and
some people would argue no," said
Muhammad, who is based in
Houston. "The greater argument is
abuse of authority. We give them
authority to protect us. But instead
of using that authority to protect us,
they abuse us witit.' ,
Community Connections' resident Etta Taylor, Jacksonville Link
Gloria Dean, Duval County School Board tutor
Curtis Ricks, and Jacksonville Link Dana Cunningham.
Community Connection's youth services coordinator Muriel "Coach"
Clark and Jacksonville Links Marjoria Manning and Candace Thompson.
Ron Brown Scholarships The Ron Brown Scholars Program seeks
African-American high school seniors to receive $10,000 annually for
four (4) years to attend an accredited four-year college or university in
the US. Deadlines: November 1, 2008 and January 9, 2009. Mail
application, transcripts, and recommendation letters in one package.
Contact: Ron Brown Program, 1160 Pepsi Place, Suite 206,
Charlottesville, VA, 22901, (434) 964-1588, www.ronbrown.org,
Syracuse University's School of Architecture Scholarships -
Syracuse University has 10 Full Rides for African American Men and
Women Interested in Studying Architecture. Mark Robbins, Dean of
Syracuse University's School of Architecture is desperately seeking
young men and women of color interested in pursuing a five year pro-
fessional degree in Architecture. Contact: Mark Robbins, Dean, School
of Architecture, (315) 443-2255, email@example.com.
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Family & Friends Day at St. Andrew
St. Andrew AME Church, located at 125 9th Street South in Jacksonville
Beach, is inviting the community to participate in it's Family & Friends Day
Celebration 2008. It will be held on Sunday, September 14, 2008 at the
11:00 am Worship Service.
St. Paul AME Church to Host
2nd Annual ABC Health Summit
The Women of Color Cultural Foundation, the African American
Episcopal Church, and the Mayor Clinic will present the 2nd Annual ABC
Health Summit to Eradicate Breast Cancer on Florida's First Coast. The
Summit will provide valuable information emphasizing to help reduce the
risk of breast cancer. The Summit will be held at Saint Paul AME Church,
6910 New Kings Road, 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Breakfast and Lunch will be
provided for all attendees.
The Women of Color Cultural Foundation President, Helen Jackson,
emphasizes that "Raised awareness leads to prevention and every woman
should be empowered to make a difference." A Health Advocate, Dr.
Jackson says, "Together we can end the devastating impact breast cancer
has on our community." She is an immediate past recipient of Onyx mag-
azine's local and state award in her field.
Mt. Lebanon M. B. to Hold Dual Day
Mt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church, 9319 Ridge Blvd., 9319 Ridge
Road, Dr. Lewis N. Yarber, Senior Pastor; Rev. Freddie Sumner, Interim
Pastor; will hold their Annual Dual Day Celebration on Sunday, September
14, 2008. Church School will begin at 9 a.m.
Sis. Gladys Parrish, of Philadelphia Baptist Church, will be the speaker
for Morning Worship at 10:45 a.m.
Pastor Herbert Moore of the Temple of Light Fellowship, will be the
guest speaker at the 4 p.m. Afternoon Service.
The Mt. Lebanon Church Family invites all to worship and celebrate
this joyous occasion.
Northside Community Involvement
Annual Golf Tournament of Unity
Northside Community Involvement Inc., (NCI) is hosting its 3rd Annual
Tournament of Unity Golf event September 27, 2008, at the World Golf
Village in historic St. Augustine, Florida.
The events open at 1 p.m. and include: Tournament Registration, Silent
Auction, and a one hour Golf Clinic at 11:45 a.m. The Shotgun Start will
be at 1 p.m. The Tournament of Unity will close with dinner, and awards
ceremony. It is open to all amateur and professional golfers. :
For more information, visit website; www.nci.eversites.com or contact
Rynett Chatman at (904) 355-6923 or Devins Jackson at (904) 765-7821.
Candlelight Vigil Honors 9/11 Victims
A Candlelight Vigil, sponsored by Billie J. Sterner, founder of the
Victims and Victim Support Group, and Janis Roberts; will be held at 7
p.m., Thursday, September 11, 2008, at the VFW Post 1589, St. Augustine
Road. This Candlelight Vigil will pay tribute to all the innocent heroes lost
September 11, 2001.
Harrison Conyers of the Military Affairs office and the Beaches Honor
Guard will present a show of Colors with a Six Gun Salute, and a prayer.
The entire community is invited to share on this occasion.
Shiloh Baptist of St. Aug. Celebrates
Missionary Society's 69th Anniversary
Shiloh Baptist Church, 271 West King Street, St. Augustine. Rev. Randy
Hezekiah Jr., pastor; will observe the 69th Anniversary of the Missionary
Society, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 21, 2008. Rev. Ron Rawls, Pastor
of St. Paul AME Church, St. Augustine; will deliver the message.
Pastor Rawls is well known in the community. He received his B.A.
degree in Religion at the University of Florida, and is currently pursuing his
Master's of Divinity degree. Pastor Rawls is married to Attorney Meshon
T. Rawls and have are the parents of four children.
Greater El Beth-el Divine to Honor
Seven at Annual Role Model Banquet
Greater El Beth-el Divine Holiness Church, Bishop Lorenzo Hall,
Pastor; will host its 28th Annual Successful Role Mode Banquet, 6:30 p.m.,
Thursday, October 23, 2008, at the Community Rehabilitation Center
Banquet Hall, 623 Beechwood Street. This celebration has been presented
since 1980 to honor dedicated individuals for their outstanding achieve-
ments, leadership and contributions in helping Jacksonville build a stronger
and healthier community. The Honorable Glorious Johnson,
Councilwoman at Large, will be the speaker.
The 2008 Honorees are: Mr. Reginald Gaffney, Mr. William "Bill"
Henry, Mrs. Michelle Hughes, Mr. Frank Reinstein, Mr. Alan Frickling,
Ms. Holly Cleveland, and Mr. Alan Frickling.
For ticket information, program ads or table reservations, please call
(904) 710-1586, or email Gospell75@aol.com.
Ark of the Covenant Int. Ministries to
Hold Prophetic Gathering thru 9/14
The Ark of the Covenant International Ministries, 620 Wells Road,
Orange Park; will hold A Prophetic Gathering at 7;30 p.m. nightly, 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.
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 ofAmerican Beach,
"Back In The Days." The documentary will focus on the weekends that were
filled with sunbathers, swimmers, parties, other occasions, and fellowship.
For more information on how to tell your story on video tape, contact Ms.
Camilla E. Bush, (904) 356-1402.
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8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
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11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
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3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
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How to Grow
Your Own Herbs
On Thursday, September 11th,
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.
Amateur Night at
the Ritz Auditions
The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum will present the next round
of live auditions for "Amateur
Night at the Ritz" for all categories
on September 11th, from 5:00
PM 6:15 PM at the theatre located
at 829 North Davis Street.
Call the Ritz at 632-5555 for
audition guidelines, or visit our
website at www.ritzlavilla.org.
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 352-372-5402.
Ebony and Ivory Gala
The Women of Color Cultural
Foundation, Inc. will present their
fifth annual Ebony and Ivory Gala
Saturday, September 13, 2008,
7:00 p.m. at the Omni Jacksonville
Hotel. The Ebony and Ivory Gala is
a black-tie affair where women who
have made significant contributions
in health, education, and economic
development are recognized in
addition to a community service
agency. For additional information
contact Dr. Helen Jackson at 635-
5191 or on-line at woccf.org.
On Saturday, September 13th at
10:00 a.m., the Southern
Genealogist's Exchange Society,
Inc., will meet at the Jacksonville
Downtown Library, 303 North
Laura Street in the Electronic
Classroom on the First floor. This
will be a hands on computer work-
shop. Plan to attend and enhance
your research skills in the computer
area. No charge, open to everyone.
Free parking available in the Duval
street garage. Bring in your parking
ticket to have it validated.For more
information call: (904) 778-1000.
Mocha Moms, a national support
group for mothers of color, offers
weekly support meetings for moms.
Child care is provided. The next
meeting will be held on Monday,
September 15th from 10 11:30
a.m. at the Burnett Park
Community Center, 3740 Burnett
Park. For more information call
Tara Adams at 477-2854 or visit
How to Run
The Jacksonville Community
Council will present a workshop on
"How to Run Effective Meetings"
hosted by Melissa Gross Arnold &
Skip Cramer. Participants will
learn the tools and skills to chairing
successful and effective meetings
on any subject. It will be held on
Tuesday, September 16 from 5:30
- 7:30 at the JCCI headquarters on
Atlantic Blvd. RSVP by mailing
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. It will be held at the
Urban League in downtown
Jacksonville. Discussion will be on
the ongoing violence in the commu-
nity. The forum will be titled,
"Speak Your Mind: Addressing the
Violence In Our Community". For
more information, call 607-0660.
Sixth Annual FCCJ
Family Literacy Fair
Admission is free to FCCJ's North
Campus Family Literacy Fair
which includes interactive games,
music, face painting, vehicles from
Jacksonville Sheriffs Office, Mr.
Wizard, music, celebrity readers,
storytelling, games, prizes, and sur-
prises. It will be held on Saturday,
Sept. 20th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The
school is located at 4501 Capper
Road (1-95 to Dunn Ave. or 1-295 to
Dunn Avenue). Lunch will be pro-
vided. For reservations or more
information call 904-766-6553.
The Duval County Extension
Office is offering a workshop on
how to grow your own cool season
vegetables. It will be held on
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the door. Call Jeannie at 387-8850
Eric Benet & Dwele
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The Ritz 9th Anniversary concert
willfeature Eric Benet & Dwele.
Experience an evening of smooth
and soulful sounds on Thursday,
September 25th at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now. Call 632-
5555 for more information.
Workshop on Creating
The Duval County Extension
Service-University of Florida/IFAS
is offering a new program called
Family Treasures: Creating Strong
Families. Parents and youth, ages
9-17, join together in fun and inter-
active challenges to strengthen their
family's Commitment, Communi-
cation, Stress Management,
Appreciation and Affection,
Spiritual Well-being, and time
together. The free, three-part series
is scheduled at the West Regional
Library for Saturday mornings,
Sept. 27, Oct. 4 &11, from 10:30-
12:30. Call Sandra at 387-8855 to
register by Sept. 24th.
Are you eager to move from dia-
logue about social justice to action
for positive social change? Then
visit the Jacksonville Diversity
Network's first annual Volunteer
Fair where you can peruse local
service agencies looking for volun-
teers just like you. Stop by and
meet like-minded citizens, network
with vital organizations, and decide
how you can contribute. Let your
voice be heard, and let your actions
make a difference. It will be held at
the Museum of Contemporary Art
on Saturday, September 27th
from 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m., 333
North Laura Street. Contact
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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.
The Wailers in Concert
at the Florida Theater
The Florida Theatre will feature
the Original Wailers featuring Al
Anderson, Junior Marvin and Earl
"Wyn" Lindo on Tuesday,
September 30th at 8 p.m.. Tickets
are now on sale. For more informa-
tion, call 355-4661.
at the Ritz
The monthly Amateur Night at the
Ritz will take place on Friday,
October 1st 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. Call 632-5555 for more
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 consolidation docu-
mentary that first aired on Channel
4 in 1966. After the viewing, Harry
Reagan and Norm Davis will dis-
cuss the role of the media in creat-
ing support for Consolidation. It
will begin at 5:45 p.m. in the Hicks
Auditorium Main Library. Call 630-
BOOK for more information.
Calling All Jazz Lovers The Edward
Waters College National Alumni Association will
host its Homecoming 2008 formal, black-tie gala,
"A Cabaret Evening of Elegance," featuring famed
jazz musician Teddy Washington, on Friday, October 3rd in the
Adams/Jenkins Sports & Music Center on the campus of Edward Waters
College. Doors open at 6pm, with a buffet-style menu served from 6:00pm-
7:30pm. Showtime is 7:30pm. Ticket cost is $50.00. For more informa-
tion or tickets, please call (904) 982-3144 or email
Annual Alumni Spirit Breakfast The EWC National
Alumni Association is hosting its annual "Alumni Spirit Breakfast" to get
all Tigers pumped up and excited prior to the game on Saturday, October 4th
in the Adams/Jenkins Sports & Music Center on the campus of Edward
Waters College from 7:30am-8:30am. Doors open at 6:30am. Come and
show your school spirit! Wear your school colors orange and purple!
Ticket cost is $20.00. For more information or tickets, please call (904)
982-3144 or email email@example.com.
2008 Football Game Calling all football fans, alumni and
friends of Edward Waters College! The EWC Homecoming 2008 Game,
featuring the EWC Tigers vs. the George Mason University Patriots, will
take place on Saturday, October 4th at William M. Raines High School
Stadium, 3663 Raines Avenue, at 3pm. Ticket cost is $10.00.
Annual Alumni After Party Come party with EWC alumni
following the Tigers' victory over the Patriots! The EWC National Alumni
Association is hosting its annual Alumni After Party, following the EWC
Homecoming 2008 Game, on Saturday, October 4th at "The Place," 1751
North Main Street, from 8:30pm-1:30am. Ticket cost is $20.00. Valet park-
ing is $5.00. For more information or tickets, please call (904) 982-3144 or
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
September 11-17, 2008_
PaLye 8 Ms. Perry's Free Press
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 9
Sentember 11-17. 2008
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NEW YORK The govern- F
ment's historic bailout of F
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
last weekend will be good
news to homebuyers and some
homeowners hoping to refinance if
it leads to lower mortgage rates, as
But for homeowners already
behind on their mortgage pay-
ments, or who owe more than their
homes are now worth, the plan
unveiled Sunday by Treasury
Secretary Henry Paulson offers lit-
tle in the way of extra relief.
"The bailout will give the mort-
gage industry a stability that we
haven't had in a couple of years,"
said Rich Cosner, president of
Prudential California Realty. "But
frankly no, it won't help (struggling
borrowers) to refinance."
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac play
a critical and increasingly domi-
nant role in the mortgage market.
The companies buy mortgage loans
from banks and package those
loans into securities that they either
hold or sell to U.S. and foreign
investors. That allows traditional
lenders like Bank of America,
Wells Fargo and Washington
Mutual to make more loans.
Together, Fannie and Freddie own
or guarantee about $5 trillion in
home loans, about half the nation's
:annie, Freddie Deal Helps
Some Borrowers, Not All
total. But an alarming number of
those loans started going into
default, draining the companies'
financial reserves and sending a
chill through credit markets world-
wide. As investors grew more skit-
tish, borrowing costs started rising.
By placing Fannie and Freddie
into a conservatorship, the govern-
ment is promising investors that the
companies' debt is as safe as the
While not a cure-all, the bailout is
still a step in the right direction,
industry observers say. It will at
least "keep the lanes in the mort-
gage freeway open," said Greg
McBride, a senior financial analyst
at Bankrate.com, possibly putting
the market on the road "to recovery.
If mortgage rates fall, that will
attract more potential buyers into
the market, which, in turn, will help
to prop up home prices.
He expects mortgage rates on a
conventional, 30-year fixed-rate
home loan to fall over the next few
weeks as the dust settles on the
bailout. Rates, which now average
6.35 percent, could fall as much as
half a percentage point, he said.
But continued investor wariness
and a depreciating housing market
will keep rates from dropping fur-
"We're not looking at sunshine
and daffodils in the housing market
anytime soon," he said.
Government officials declined to
speculate on how much mortgage
rates would be affected, but said
they hoped government control
would allow the companies to
focus on their mission of support-
ing the housing market.
The Federal Housing Finance
Agency, the new agency created by
Congress this summer to regulate
Fannie and Freddie, is planning to
work with the companies to on
existing loan modification efforts
and report on their results in the
Most mortgage brokers expect
Fannie and Freddie's lending stan-
dards to remain unchanged under
the conservatorship. Over the past
several months, the companies
have tightened requirements sub-
stantially, making it hard for bor-
rowers with any blemish on their
credit reports to qualify for a loan.
State of the Black World Conference
Planned for New Orleans in November
First Black Post-Election Gathering to Develop Policy Proposals for New Administration
A group of national and local
African American leaders recently
announced plans to hold the State
of the Black World Conference
(SOBWC) November 19-23 in New
The conference, anchored by the
New York-based Institute of the
Black World 21st Century (IBW), is
centered on the theme Return to the
Source, Restoring Family,
Rebuilding Community, Renewing
the Struggle. A major goal of the
conference is to focus national and
international attention on the con-
tinuing struggle for fair and equi-
table recovery in New Orleans and
"We come to New Orleans with a
mission: to help rebuild New
Orleans; to express our resolve in
helping in any way we can," said
veteran activist and IBW President
Dr. Ron Daniels. "We understand
that rebuilding New Orleans is an
important part of what we must do
to rebuild our cities and to rebuild
SOBWC will be the first major
gathering in Black America after
this historic presidential election.
Civil rights murder cases still cold
As a result, the conference is organ-
ized as a kind of post-election polit-
ical convention where a policy
agenda for revitalizing Black com-
munities in the U.S., the Caribbean
and Africa will be developed to
present to the new Administration.
"Because it is after the election,
we recognize it is not a time to relax
but a time to go to work," said Dr.
Daniels. "We will be leaving here
with specific proposals and specific
models for action because we are
about solutions. We will learn from
each other and gain ideas and spe-
cific tools to take back to our local
communities to make a difference."
IBW has already begun its policy
effort with an innovative anti-vio-
lence initiative, Community in
Action Neighborhood Defense and
Opportunity (CAN DO) designed
by Kenneth E. Barnes, founder and
President of ROOTS, Inc.
(Reaching Out to Others Together)
of Washington D.C.
Barnes, whose son was murdered,
described the legislation as "a com-
prehensive approach to saving lives
- not the band-aid approach." The
effort has gained the support of US
Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Chicago),
who will be introducing the CAN
DO legislation in the next session
SOBWC will also feature a "who's
who" of Black America ranging
from elected officials to hip hop.
Sess 4-5, New Orleanian hip hop
activist and CEO of Nothing but
Fire Records, was on hand to
express his support for the gather-
ing and welcomed the focus on
"Hip Hop is an integral part of the
State of the Black World
Conference. It is an integral part of
Black politics and revolution," said
Dr. Daniels. "Malcolm came
through this kind of 'realness' to
become one of the most important
revolutionaries that ever lived.
There are many, many hip hop
artists that come out of that tradi-
tion of commitment and uplifting
Other confirmed participants
include actor and humanitarian
Danny Glover; syndicated talk
show host Bev Smith; Rev. Al
Sharpton, Dr. Julianne Malveaux,
Marc Morial, President/CEO,
National Urban League; Rev. Jesse
L. Jackson, Dr. Elsie Scott, CEO,
Congressional Black Caucus
Foundation, Susan Taylor, Dr.
Maulana Karenga, Dr. Haki
Madhubuti, author, poet and distin-
guished Professor Sonia Sanchez,
internationally acclaimed author
and poet; and Dr. Charles Ogletree,
Harvard professor, among others
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For Women In 2009
The murder of 15 year old Emmett Till in Philadelphia, Miss. was
never solved despite public media confessions and the killers being
common knowledge. In efforts to keep his memory alive, a historical
marker % as placed in front of the courthouse where .the infamous trial
In this July 27, 1946 photo, Mary Frances Boyce is comforted by the
Rev. James Maddox (right), as they look at the body of her sister May
Dorsey, one of four African American victims of a mob, in a funeral
home at Monroe, Ga. The body of the slain woman's husband, George
Dorsey, is at far left. Man standing at left is not identified. The case is
one of nearly one hundred unsolved racial killings that has been pros-
ecuted under the FBI's Cold Case Initiative. Hopes were raised, say
family members of the victims, but justice has not followed.
Continued from page 1
- sometimes destroyed to prevent
further investigating. Some crime-
scene samples were lost. Memories
have faded. Witnesses have died.
Of those still alive, some are afraid
to come forward even now.
Yet some killers have been con-
victed before the FBI's new ini-
tiative was announced. Those suc-
cesses were due in large part to the
relentless efforts of survivors, jour-
nalists and prosecutors, and to the
declassification of secret docu-
ments from the segregationist
Mississippi State Sovereignty
Commission, an agency that spied
on blacks and civil rights workers
and was connected to racial
killings. Commission records were
released in 1998.
Since 1989, state and federal
authorities have made about 29
arrests, leading to 23 convictions,
according to civil rights organiza-
tions and others. Those cases
*Byron De La Beckwith's convic-
tion in 1994 in the murder of
Medgar Evers, the first NAACP
field secretary in Mississippi, who
was shot to death on his doorstep
some three decades earlier.
*Edgar Ray Killen's 2005 convic-
tion on three counts of manslaugh-
ter for orchestrating the killings of
civil rights workers. The deaths of
James Chaney, Andrew Goodman
and Michael Schwerner kid-
napped and shot to death by Klan
members were the basis of the
1989 film "Mississippi Burning."
But for each conviction, there are
many killings that have never been
prosecuted or fully investigated.
Nineteen years ago, the Southern
Poverty Law Center, a civil rights
group based in Montgomery, Ala.,
began compiling a list of those
unsolved killings. It contains more
than 70 names dating to the 1940s.
It was from those files, as well as
materials submitted by the NAACP
and others, that the FBI's Cold Case
Initiative found 95 cases to review.
"We cannot turn back the clock.
We cannot right these wrongs. But
we can try to bring a measure of
justice to those who remain,"
Mueller said last year.
Mueller promised the cases would
be sent to FBI field offices for
review. Months later, he testified
before the Senate Judiciary
Committee that 26 cases had been
forwarded to the Justice
Department for analyses.
They've been there for more than
A bill in Congress that would have
allocated $10 million annually to
pursue cold civil rights cases the
so-called Till Bill, named for
Emmett Till, a murdered black
teenager passed the House over-
whelmingly but failed in the Senate.
Grant-making organizations are
gearing up to allocate more funding
to women in the year 2009. Grants
are often used by women to start or
expand a business, attend college,
pay off loans, and or launch a non-
profit organization to help other
Organizations, such as the
American Association of
University Women (www.aauw.org),
are already making their 2009
applications available for interested
ones to apply for fellowships,
career development grants, and
community action grants.
Others include the Association For
Women In Mathematics
(www.awm-math.org) who are
giving away thousands in travel
grants for women to do research;
the Moms In Business Network
(www.mibn.org) who are giving
away grants for women to start
businesses; and WebMomz
(www.webmomz.com), who also
are giving away business grants.
Even the Verizon Foundation
(foundation.verizon.com) is look-
ing to donate more grant money to
women who are victims of domes-
Ho%\e' er i's allocated, ihe mil-
lions of dollars in grant money
available each year for women are
investments in the talent, creativity,
intellect and determination shown
by them in various industries and
fields of study. Women are huge
contributors to the economy, the
workforce, entrepreneurship, and to
the development and management
of non-profit organizations.
Such grants empower women in
many different ways, and have
proven to be extremely successful.
As a result, every year, more and
more opportunities appear for
women from new organizations,
government agencies, and corpora-
tions wanting to get involved.
For more information about grant
opportunities available to women,
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The first Thursday of every month, the Ritz lobby becomes a stage for poets and
poetry lovers of all ages. It is an open mic featuring poetry, prose and pontificating.
titz Jazz'n Jam -
osted by Naim Rashid
1/6, 1014, 1118, 1216
' PM $10
Come be a part of the hottest show in town
presenting the best amateur talent in Jack-
sonville. Featuring the Ritz Band, hip-hop
dancers and the wildest UNPREDICTABLE
Amateur Night host. Like Harlem's Apollo
show, the cheers or jeers of the audience de-
cides who goes home with the CASH!
An evening of jazz flavors, smooth sounds
and cool people. It's an experience of
relaxing music, beverages and a unique
atmosphere. Naim and the Jazz Band wel-
comes you to bring your instrument or vo-
cals and Jam with the band. Or just bring
your Ear on Jazz!
Amateur Night at the Ritz
915, 1013, 11/7, 1215
7:30 PM $5.50
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the tender age of 72, Baltimore's
Ernestine Shepherd's resume
includes retired secretary, grand-
mother, wife of 52 years and avid
church goer. It also includes certi-
fied personal trainer, aerobics
instructor and professional body
Unlike many her age and decades
younger, she has discovered the
right combination of training and
eating and effort and wrestled the
hands of her biological clock to a
standstill. "Ernie", as her friends
and family call her, was sixty-two
years old in 1999 and registered a
body fat percentile of 32% body fat
- not bad! In 2003 at age sixty-six
she has whittled and chiseled down
to a lean 19% body fat. She looks
decades younger than her actual
age. Outstanding progress when
September 11-17, 2008
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rW` Appropriate Styles for Youth
F Most people talk a good game
of fitness but when it comes time to
making it happen in the gym,
fe%\ are willing to expend the
effort necessary to trigger gains.
Ernie Shepherd works like a
plough horse in planting season
% hen she trains: her favorite form
of cardiovascular exercise is power-
She walks for two solid hours a
da), fi\ e days a week, rain or shine;
she walks for four straight hours on
Saturday. That's no typo.
"I love to walk outside and dur-
ing the week I get up at 4am, put on
my Walkman, go outside and speed
walk for an hour around my neigh-
Then I turn around and speed-
walk back home for another hour."
Asked if she had any favorite music
for her power-walks and half-
expecting that she would indicate
Duke Ellington or Count Basie -
Ernie responded that, yes indeed,
she did have a favorite tape, "I
speed walk to a Marine Corp pla-
toon tape training cassette.
Sergeant Joe Bob Cobb calls out
the cadence and I walk with the
Marines! It's quite inspiring!"
On the weekend Ernie walks for
four solid hours around scenic
Now retired, "Ms. Ernestine" as she is affectionately called, works
as a personal trainer to inspire and encourage others.
downtown Baltimore. She puts her
cardio training to good use, "I will
be entering the 26-mile Baltimore
marathon in October. Mrs.
Shepherd has entered and won
her age group before by finishing
the 26- mile race in a little over six
Her diet is high in protein, very
low in fat and with a good amount
of carbohydrates. Remarkably dis-
ciplined in her eating, she eats the
same basic foods each day: lean
protein, fibrous and starchy carbo-
hydrates and not much else. What is
surprising is how much food this 5-
5, 135-pound woman consumes;
she eats often and she eats a lot. "It
seems as long as I eat good clean
food, I don't get fat." She says.
All in all, Mrs. Shepherd has cus-
tom devised for herself a near per-
fect life-extension system, ironical-
ly as an unintended side conse-
quence of adopting a serious body-
building regimen. Ernestine
Shepherd is a walking talking bill-
board, a testament to the advantages
of maintaining a serious approach
to fitness in our golden years. "I
love to train and walk and so value
the camaraderie of the regulars at
the gym." Ernie's advice would be
to fall in love with the "process"
and the rest will take care of itself.
Alzheimer's Disease: The Untold Story
What is Alzheimer's disease?
Who is affected? What are the signs
and symptoms? These are all ques-
tions that we will explore in an
examination of this very mysteri-
ous, frightening and debilitating
A daughter accompanies her father
for his annual check-up. The father
is about eighty years old. All his life
he has worked as a laborer. He is in
good health. His daughter is wor-
ried because he often forgets things.
He has problems dressing himself,
cooking his own meals and bathing.
More frequently he is more agitated
and is slowly losing his ability to
live independently and remain at
Aging is one of the primary risk
factors in the development of the
brain disease Alzheimer's. The
degenerative affects of Alzheimer's
are the loss of memory, loss of lan-
guage and verbalization skills,
changes in behavior and inability to
complete simple tasks that enable
Alzheimer's disease is the most
common cause of dementia affect-
ing people sixty-five years and
In terms of medical care costs, it is
the third most expensive disease in
the United States. The prevalence,
incident and risk of Alzheimer's
appear to be much higher in African
Americans than non-Hispanic
whites. African Americans with an
immediate relative who is diag-
nosed with what is known as first-
degree Alzheimer's, has a greater
risk of developing the disease. In
communities of color Alzheimer's
disease remains under diagnosed,
under treated, under evaluated and
under funded. As a result many
people of color are not diagnosed in
a timely manner. This delay often
results in an onset of advanced
symptoms before assessment has
been conducted and a treatment
Alzheimer's disease attacks the
brain. It causes the nerve cells in the
brain to die. As a result of the death
of this special type of cell, the abil-
ity for the cells to communicate
with the brain is destroyed. The
community of medical researchers
has sufficient evidence to believe
that lesions called plaques and
brain deterioration are
present before symptoms
are evident. There is
regarding the role of
thyroid disease, vitamin
B 12 deficiency, and liver
or renal failure are all con-
tributing factors. Brain tumors
should be investigated as causes of
changes in mood and memory. A
chronic history of depression in
men is a strong indicator for risk of
A recent medical study examined
gender and race as factors in com-
plaints of patients with dementia.
There were significantly more com-
plaints of increased agitation,
uncontrolled anger including com-
bativeness, hallucinations, para-
noia, repetitive talking and, the
most common symptom, wandering
in people of color. Specifically,
African Americas as well as people
of Latin origin have higher rates of
these symptoms. African American
and Latino males present a higher
rate of agitation, anger or wander-
ing. However, the perception by
many medical providers can often
lead to unfair labeling and result in
missed diagnosis. Sadly, this is a
prevalent flaw in the American
health care system.
A diagnosis of Alzheimer's should
be considered after these treatable
causes have been ruled out or
addressed. Recent evidence sup-
ports that stroke and diabetes are
major risk factors in dementia. It is
important for all patients to receive
a full history and physical exam. A
provider's emphasis should include
a neurological exam and testing the
patient for mental status and ability.
There is a concern that the current
mental status exam may still over-
look patients with Alzheimer's.
Advance testing should only be per-
formed to rule out treatable causes
of dementia. There is good evi-
dence that early diagnosis and treat-
ment can slow the progression of
Alzheimer's disease. Although,
there are no proven therapies that
can prevent or slow the progression
of the disease, early evaluation and
treatment can delay admission to a
long-term facility allowing the
patient to stay at home in a loving
supportive familiar environment.
The major toll of this disease is on
the caregiver, whether they are chil-
dren, sister or brother. The studies
point to the negative affects in the
responsibility of long-term care
management on caregivers. The
cost to the family in taking care of a
family member that becomes total-
ly dependent. Caregivers are usual-
ly a spouse, female, and working
full or part time. All too often the
caregivers suffer from multiple
medical problems themselves. They
tend to neglect their own health
needs and have a lot of issues with
denial and seeking help. It is impor-
tant that the American Health care
system continue to support pro-
grams that enable caregivers to
have flexible hours, as well as time-
off for personal needs.
Alzheimer's is a multifactor and
multifaceted disease that requires a
major commitment from govern-
ment on a local, state and federal
level. For questions about
Alzheimer's disease visit the web-
or call the 24-hour hotline at (800)
272-3900. Seek help through all
available resources; get the needed
information and assistance. We
owe it to the ones we love because
education is the best medicine.
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I've got two
Girls that are
to school this
year; one is
headed to the
5th grade and the other to high
school. Both of them seem to be
looking to put the kid's styles
behind them. Now I don't want
them to look to grown too fast can
you offer any advice?
Brenda, North side
Hello again, last week Brenda
sent in this question and this is
part two of the three in my
response. Last week we looked at
the carefree world of elementary
school student's hair and this
week I'll answer that question that
many of you are struggling with,
what to do with a young person
entering Junior high. Junior high
(or middle school) students are
just starting to discover their per-
sonal style in terms of fashion,
hair styles, and behavior. So they
can be very sensitive about the
way they look. I've seen young
girls that are still very tom-boyish
and really don't care about fancy
hair just yet; and that's ok. But on
the other hand I've had junior
high schoolers come in asking for
everything from a head full of
weave to color.
As a parent or guardian it's your
responsibility to make sure that
your child can handle more
advanced products. You should
also consider the maturity level of
your child and if you can afford
the maintenance required for these
styles. It can be difficult to find
just the right school styles for
tweens. By the time most girls
reach their tween years, they are
looking to have their hair relaxed
and maybe even cut for the first
time. The fun, carefree styles that
were perfect in elementary school
are too young for junior high, but
the more elaborate, intensive
looks of high school are just a
shade too difficult. Great back to
school looks for junior high stu-
dents may include layers for tex-
ture and volume without too much
bulk, and most medium hair styles
are both trendy and easy for mid-
dle school students to manage. I
would suggest a longer bob; these
cuts can be very versatile. For
example Dream girl Jennifer
Hudson singing the National
Anthem at the DNC. This look
can also be achieved through
styling without cutting the hair or
adding extensions to the sides if
length is needed. Girls may appre-
ciate more elaborate hair acces-
sories such as decorative hair pins,
but most boys will only want a
style that is quick and easy to do
without bothering with it through-
out the day.
Next week, we'll look at the
young adults who are always
ready to make a big, bold state-
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Fall Movie Line-up Placing Real
Goodies in the Popcorn Bag
Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino Team up *
again for "Righteous Kill"
For only the second time ever, two
of the most legendary performers in
film history will share the silver
screen. Academy Award winners
Robert De Niro ("Raging Bull,"
"GoodFellas") and Al Pacino
("Scarface," "The Godfather "trilo-
gy) star as a pair of veteran New
York City police detectives on the
trail of a vigilante serial killer in the
thriller "Righteous Kill."
A serial murderer walks the streets
of Manhattan, targeting violent
felons who have fallen through the
cracks of the judicial system. All
the victims are suspected criminals
whose bodies are found accompa-
nied by a four line poem justifying
the killing. The killer's mission is to
do what the cops can't do on their
own take the bad guys off the
streets for good.
When a notorious pimp becomes
one of the killer's victims, highly
decorated detectives Turk (Robert
De Niro) and Rooster (Al Pacino)
are called in to investigate. This
case could easily be the biggest one
in their 30 years on the force.
With the unwitting help of a local
drug dealer, the detectives follow
their clues, but their search soon
turns inward, eventually leading
them full circle as they realize the
killer may be one of their own.
Robert De Niro and Al Pacino hold
a unique place in the public imagi-
nation. Known for their intensity
and unforgettable performances in
Actors, pictured from left, Rockmond Dunbar, Kaira Akita, Sanaa
Lathan, Alfre Woodard, and Taraji P. Henson, as they arrive to a spe-
cial screening of Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys in New York.
The Family That Preys
"Family That Preys" is Tyler Perry's latest comedy-drama about the for-
tunes of two intertwined families, each headed by longtime friends
Charlotte Cartwright (Kathy Bates ) and Alice Pratt (Alfre Woodard ).
Charlotte, the wealthy socialite and her dear friend Alice, a working class
woman of high ideals, have enjoyed a lasting friendship throughout many
years. Suddenly, their lives become mired in turmoil as their adult chil-
dren's extramarital affairs, unethical business practices and a dark paterni-
ty secret threaten to derail family fortunes and unravel the lives of all
involved. Alice's self-centered newlywed daughter Andrea is betraying her
trusting husband Chris by engaging in a torrid affair with her boss and
mother's best friend's son William. While cheating on his wife Jillian with
a string of ongoing dalliances with his mistress Andrea, William's true
focus is to replace the COO of his mother's lucrative construction corpo-
ration. Meanwhile, Alice's other daughter Pam, a kind but no nonsense
woman married to a hard working construction worker, tries to steer the
family in a more positive direction.
Actors Robert De Niro (L) and Al Pacino are shown in a scene from
the new drama film.
some of the grittiest, most respected
urban dramas of the past 30 years.
"Righteous Kill" marks the first
time audiences will see them
together in almost every scene in
An intricately plotted mystery that
Spike Lee C
and Hope in
Filmmaker Spike Lee was focus-
ing on the past when he made a
movie about oft-forgotten the role
of black soldiers in World War Two,
a war film with both blood and
schmaltz set in Tuscany.
The movie, filmed mostly in Italy,
and partly funded there, tells the
story of four members of the all-
black 92nd Division Buffalo
Soldiers who are stranded behind
enemy lines during the U.S. army's
push up the Italian peninsula.
At times violent, at times touching
and at times pure saccharine, the
film highlights both the cama-
raderie of the four soldiers and the
tensions between them, and the
ugly racism that they faced at home
and from their white commanders.
While Lee has focused on race in
a string of movies from "Do the
Right Thing" up to "Inside Man,"
and "When the Levees Broke," he
insists America has moved well
away from the racism in this latest
film, where his soldier heroes are
sent to the back door of a Louisiana
bar while Nazi prisoners of war
guzzle ice cream sundaes inside.
"There has been a seismic move-
CASINO AND RESORT
will keep audiences guessing until
the dramatic ending, "Righteous
Kill" also features hip-hop superstar
Curtis Jackson a.k.a. 50 Cent, Carla
Gugino, John Leguizamo, Donnie
Wahlberg, veteran stage actor Brian
Dennehy and Trilby Glover.
ment in this country," Lee said, not-
ing that even a few years ago,
Barack Obama could not have won
the Democratic nomination for
"I'm trying to change the world for
the better, and entertain at the same
"Miracle at St Anna" is Lee's first
movie filmed outside America, and
the first that is filmed in three lan-
guages, with actors from America,
Italy and Germany.
Fleeing from the Germans after a
bloody battle, the American solders
stumble across a wide-eyed Italian
boy, played by first-time child actor
Matteo Sciabordi, and the child's
own past becomes a symbol for the
pointless cruelty of war.
"It's an African-American-Italian
neo-realist film'," Lee said.
GARY COLEMAN HITS FAN WITH TRUCK
A nice night at the bowling alley for Gary Coleman
and his wife ended up with the actor nearly running
over a fan with his truck.
A television station reported that the incident took
place at South County Bowling Lanes in Payson,
where Coleman is a regular patron. The actor and his
wife were finishing their game when 24-year-old fan
Colt Rushton asked to take a picture of him with his
cell phone, according to Coleman's bodyguard.
When Coleman said no, Rushton got aggressive, said the bodyguard.
"He asked the kid not to take pictures. Why can't he be an adult and
respect his [Coleman's] privacy," said his bodyguard, adding that the
harassment continued outside as Coleman and his wife tried to leave.
Police say Coleman's truck struck Rushton and hit a car that had pulled
up behind Coleman's truck. The bodyguard says Rushton ran to the back
of Coleman's pickup as the actor was backing out. "The kid was way care-
less. He was reckless. Who runs out on somebody that's turning?"
Rushton, meanwhile, says Coleman's wife took his cell phone, and
Coleman threw several punches at him before getting behind the wheel of
his truck. Rushton says he was trying to get his cell phone from Coleman
when the actor put his truck in gear and struck Rushton, knocking him to
Police say no one has been arrested or cited and say there's some indica-
tion alcohol was a factor.
DENZEL TO STAR IN NEXT HUGHES BROTHERS FILM
Denzel Washington is confirmed to star in "Book of Eli," a post-apoca-
lyptic drama that will be directed by Allen and Albert Hughes.
Washington will play a lone hero in a not-too-
distant apocalyptic future who must fight across
America to bring society the knowledge that could
be the key to its redemption. Shooting begins in
\ ; *January.
S "Eli" will be the first drama for The Hughes sib-
-lings since 2001's "From Hell."
S -. BB KING STILL TOPPING CHARTS
B.B. King's new album, "One Kind Favor," is
now the highest-debuting solo album of his career after debuting at No. 37
on the Billboard 200 last week. It also ranks as his highest-charting solo
set since "Live in Cook County Jail" went to No. 25 in 1971. "Favor" is
King's 33rd chart entry. Although he has been recording since 1949, he
didn't appear on the Billboard album chart until 1968, when "Lucille"
became his first chart entry. King, who still tours regularly, turns 83 on
OPRAHS MOTHER SUED OVER 156K TAB
Oprah Winfrey's mother is being sued by a high-end Wisconsin boutique
for allegedly running up a $156,000 tab and refusing to make her monthly
The clothing store Valentina claims Vernita Lee owes the money in pur-
chases and interest as of July 1st and has failed to make the minimum
monthly payment of $2,000.
Store attorney Joseph Niebler Sr. says the store attempted to resolve
the matter with Lee before-filing the lawsuit in Waukesha County Circuit
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Swaziland's King Mswati [I. reacts, during his birthday celebra-
tions, on the outskirts of the city of Mbabane, Swaziland, Saturday,
Sept. 6, 2008. The Swazi king entered a stadium in an open-topped
BMW to cheers and flag-waving Saturday, marking his 40th birth-
day and his country's 40th independence anniversary.
People who took part in the birthday celebrations for Swaziland's
King Mswati III stand in line for food on the outskirts of the city of
Mbabane, Swaziland. The Swazi king's celebration extravaganza
contrasted sharply with the biting poverty of his subjects.
Swaziland King Holds Multi Millian 40/40 Celebration in
Honor of Birthday, Independence Despite Rampant Poverty
Mswati III arrived in the stadium
framed by mountains in the capital
Mbabane in a brand new BMW -
one of 20 bought just for the occa-
The king, dressed in traditional
clothing and wearing a beaded
necklace, was welcomed by cheer-
ing, flag-waving supporters.
' "We'all trust him," said a young
man with a front-row seat, also in
King Mswati III toured the
national stadium in an open-
topped BMW to cheers and flutter-
ing flags. Tens of thousands of
Swazi maidens who had per-
formed for the king last weekend
at the annual Reed Dance were at
the festivities, which included tra-
ditional dancing and Zulu drum-
ming, as well as a full military
parade. Before 1968, Swaziland
was a British protectorate.
Visiting heads of state were
whisked into the stadium in a long
convoy of luxury cars, purchased
for the occasion. The loudest cheer
was reserved for Zimbabwe
President Robert Mugabe, who
climbed out of a car with a
"Zimbabwe" license plate to a
standing ovation. The 84-year-old
autocrat is popular in the region
because he is seen as standing up
to the West.
"I'm aware that many in the world
might be wondering why we are so
excited about the celebrations of
our 40th anniversary," Mswati told
the crowd. "The answer is simple.
We are celebrating our nation-
Mswati is Africa's last absolute
monarch. He is widely revered, but
there is anger about the luxurious
lifestyle practiced by him and his
"He's a good mian He believes in
his country. He loves everybody.
We are all like the royal family."
The king has a taste for the finer
things in life something he shares
with his 13 wives.
Some of them arrived for the so-
called "40-40" celebrations fresh
from a shopping trip to Dubai.
\ ith marching bands and dancing
troupes, and a garden party to fol-
low, it was a party fit for a king.
But can his impoverished king-
dom afford it?
The official event budget is
$2.5m but some estimates claim
the cost could be five times that.
Critics say that it is money that
could have been better spent else-
where on education, on health,
and on saving lives.
With the world's highest rate of
HIV (adult prevalence of 26.1%),
many believe there is nothing to
For two days prior, trade unions
and civic groups took to the streets
in protest calling for change and
for multi-party democracy.
"We condemn this party with the
contempt it deserves," said Swazi
Trade Union leader Jan Sithole, as
he marched in the capital.
"People feel so strongly because
this is a plundering of the country's
resources in the height of grinding
poverty for most of the Swazi
"People feel their money is being
wasted, with arrogance."
Take a drive into the bush, and
poverty is written all over the land-
scape dirt roads, rundown homes,
and hungry children.
Sibusiso Mamba is one of them.
His name means blessing. Sibusiso
is an Aids orphan, who is HIV pos-
itive himself. Now aged 14, he
looks more like a seven-year-old.
For the past two months he has
been on anti-retroviral drugs
The\ brought him back from
death's door, according to his
grandmother, Ntsambose, who is
caring for him at a remote home-
stead 80km (40.7 miles) from the
Now, as the king is having a ban-
quet, she has run out of food.
"I feel bad when I see that he's
hungry," she said. "It hurts me.
He's better because of the medi-
cine. But the problem of hunger
will make him sick again."
Ntsambose knew nothing of the
celebrations in the capital, or of the
money being spent.
"Who am I to say anything?" she
asked. "There's nothing I can say
about what is done by the king."
Many feel powerless to speak up
against the monarch criticism of
Mswati is still frowned upon here.
Ntsambose can hardly see, so she
relies on her grandson to gather
It takes all his strength to carry a
few sticks. He dreams of being
well enough for school next year,
and of growing up to be a police-
men. But he may not live to his
Aids campaigners Tengetile
Hlope, whose has been helping
Sibusiso and his grandmother,
believes this is no time for parties.
"HIV is killing the country. When
you think of the budget that is
being used for the 40-40 celebra-
tions, you just feel like crying,"
"There are people here who don't
have water, food or transportation
to a clinic. D
"They are just out in the rural
areas on their own. The people
who are organising and celebrating
the 40-40, they don't even know
about this place."
The government denies that the
birthday party is extravagant, and
insists it's a fitting way to mark a
"I think the nation can celebrate
the achievements of the past 40
years," said Perc\ Simelane, a
go ernment spokesman.
"The country has changed
tremendously. At independence we
used to get teachers, doctors and
nurses from other countries. Now
we export them. ARVs are provid-
"Aids orphans go to .school free
of charge, and the government
pays for meals."
But a short distance from
Sibusiso's homestead !we found
more evidence of the hardships
many face, at a neighbourhood
children's centre. 1... '
About 60 children visit the cen-
tre every da) more than half of
them are Aids orphans.
The volunteers who run the cen-
tre feed them when they can that
is bout two days a month.
Tengetile Hlope believes this is-
the reality of life for many in rural
Swaziland, four decades on.
"I feel like I am just celebrating
Nigeria Arranges 'HIV Marriages'
HIV-positive couples are being
paired up for marriage by a north-
ern Nigerian state in an attempt to
reduce the spread of the disease.
But international Aids experts
have voiced concern at the plan.
Warren Naamara from UNAids
said the two people could have dif-
ferent strains of the virus, which
could interact. He said the couples
should use condoms.
Around 70 couples have been
matched up in the last few weeks
according to Bauchi state authori-
Authorities in the state say they
are trying to stop HIV spreading
and battle the "isolation and stig-
ma" of the disease.
Some 3% of Nigeria's adult pop-
ulation 2.4 million people is
estimated to be HIV-positive
Bauchi State operates under
Sharia, or Islamic laws, and the use
of condoms is not encouraged.
Dr Lirwan Mohammed, the
executive secretary of the Bauchi
Action Committee on Aids, said
the polygamous culture of northern
Nigeria had increased the spread of
Authorities say the move would
stop the spread of HIV
"Polygamy, as we have discov-
ered, has become a potent source
of spreading the HIV scourge in
Nigeria," he said.
The marriages were arranged
under strict confidentiality, he said.
"Suitors who have tested posi-
tive and are willing to wed each
other, can reduce the spread of the
virus and also cushion the psycho-
logical trauma of isolation."
Couples are introduced to each
other during counselling sessions
and are free to say yes or no to each
potential partner, says the BBC's
One groom said he was confi-
dent the plan would combat the
spread of Aids in Nigeria.
"If we should fear God, we
should stop spreading the HIV
virus through indiscriminate mar-
riage, thereby infecting innocent
people," he said.
someone with the
same HIV status
will reduced the
spread of the
Danger i etrr I.. ale
But the head of
Nations agency b
in charge of bat- o
tling the disease
in the country
said the scheme
"There may be
a very big danger
in terms of the
spread of the dis- -
ease," said Mr
He also said it
was "not advis- Authorities say the move would stop the spread of
able" for such HIV.
couples to have "Our advice is they should use
"The chances are that child Last month Bauchi state report-
would become a double orphan, edly locked up sex workers who
they would lose both parents." had tested positive for HIV.
Maasai Warrior Male
Hairdressers Break Taboos
MOMBASA, Kenya Maasai warrior Lempuris Lalasho went to
Kenya's tourist haven Mombasa to find a white woman to marry, but he
ended up working as a hairdresser, a profession that is taboo in his cul-
His story opens a window on the strains faced by this ancient tribe as
it adjusts to modem life in east Africa's largest economy, whose Indian
Ocean beaches lure thousands of tourists, including women seeking
Maasai warriors, or moran, are a familiar sight on Kenya's beaches and
in its renowned safari parks -- dressed in distinctive red robes and wear-
ing beaded jewellery, they often act as guides or work in security.
But sometimes, the eager young men who flock to the coast hoping to
make their fortunes -- some with dreams of marrying a white tourist --
have to go against their traditions.
Lalasho's status as a moran means he is charged with protecting and
providing for his people, and it makes his transgression all the more
Maasai warriors are not allowed to touch a woman's head: it is regard-
ed as demeaning in the patriarchal culture. Moran who become hair-
dressers risk a curse from the elders, or could even be expelled from the
"If my father finds out what I am doing he will be very mad at me or
even chase me from home," said Lalasho, who comes fromLoitoktok,
near Mount Kilimanjaro on the border with Tanzania.
"But I have to eat, that's why I broke my taboo since city life is very
expensive," he said.
An estimated 500,000 to one million Maasai live in scattered and
remote villages across northern Tanzania and southern Kenya, eking
out a semi-nomadic existence with herds of precious cows.
As drought and hunger bite harder in their rural homes due to climate
change and increased competition for resources, hundreds of Maasai
men are heading to towns and cities.
-~ ,Ivhi a
Ken.an Maasai warriors braid
coastal city of Mombasa.
In tourist resorts like Mombasa,
these men end up as hotel workers,
night guards, herbalists and hair-
Lalasho, who is illiterate and does
not know his age, was inspired by
the good fortune of a friend,
"My friend Leishorwa is now
rich. He married a mzungu (white)
woman who took him to ... is it
New Zealand or Switzerland? I
don't know. He came back to build
a big house and bought so many
cows. I envy him," he added, shak-
ing his head.
Lalasho .did not have such luck
and he was forced to use his skills
at spinning hair, which he Jearnt
during his initiation into moran-
hood in a thicket near Mount
Morans learn to weave hair into
thin, rasta-like dreadlocks during
the initiation, which takes place
when boys are aged between 17
and 20. The warriors' hair is often
dyed red as well, and the red style
is popular among women in cities.
For Maasai elder Michael Ole
Tiampati, the fate of men like
Lalasho threatens the wider
"It's an abomination and demean-
ing for a moran or Maasai man to
touch a woman's head," said
Tiampati, media officer for the
Maa Civil Society Forum, which
protects Maasai traditions.
"They have gone against the cul-
tural fiber ... They have to pay a
price to be accepted back into the
society," he said.
CULTURE UNDER THREAT
Kenya's Maasai are based in the
picturesque Great Rift Valley
region, home to the famous Maasai
Mara game park. But the tribe who
gave the park its name earn little
from tourism, which is among
Kenya's top three foreign currency
their client's hair in the Kenyan
This lack of revenue pushes
young Maasai into other activities,
but their increasing renown in
tourist resorts is also bringing
Men from tribes like the Kikuyu
or Samburu are disguising them-
selves as Maasai on the beaches of
Mombasa and elsewhere.
"Foreign tourists love Maasai for
their sincerity. We are good-heart-
ed people who do not feel jealous,"
Tiampati is more explicit.
"(Maasai) warriors are perceived
to be erotic, that is why women
pensioners from Europe come to
look for them. The warriors take a
lot of herbs -- some known to have
Viagra-like contents like the bark
of black acacia tree -- to re-invig-
orate their loins."
The copy-cat trend has angered
"It's the beginning of an end of
Maasai culture," said tour guide
Isac Oramat in Nairobi.
"Soon our tradition will just exist
in books ... I warn tourists to be
aware of these fake Maasais."
But for the morans in Mombasa,
survival for now takes precedence
over preserving their.
"I have not gone to school. This
is the only thing I can do," said
hairdresser Ole Ndoika, 35.
"The women here love our style.
We get good money ... I hope to
save enough to marry my second
wife ... by end of the year," said the
Longishu Nyangusi, 25, also
works as a hairdresser and like
Lalasho came to Mombasa to find
a white tourist wife. He says his
lack of English has held him back.
"I could have hooked a white
woman by now. I regret refusing to
go to school. I was fooled by our
fat cows and thought life is just
fine," he said near his open-air
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Page 12 Ms. Perry's Free Press
September 11-18, 2008
New Legends Inducted Into the Basketball Hall of Fame
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- want to hear about 80 games
Hakeem Olajuwon, Patrick a year. What other job do
Ewing and Pat Riley were .1 you get four months vaca-
enshrined into the Ation. Are you serious?
Basketball Hall of Fame on Making millions if you can't
Friday night, but it was -play.
inductee Dick Vitale who, as Vitale, who coached high
expected, stole the show. school, college and briefly
Others in the class, which in the NBA, was enshrined
also included Adrian as a contributor to the game
Dantley, Detroit Pistons and after spending the past 30
Shock owner Bill Davidson years becoming the voice of
and former Immaculata college basketball.
University coach Cathy -It was Vitale who gave
Rush, gave speeches. But Olajuwon the nickname,
the ESPN commentator held "The Dream," during his
court, preaching with pas- freshman year at Houston,
sion for almost 30 minutes where the 7-footer led the
about everything from bas- Cougars to three Final
ketball to broadcasting to Fours. In the NBA,
family. Olajuwon had 27,000
He connected all three in a points, 13,747 rebounds and
story about his dad, who 3,830 blocks
pressed coats during the day When asked about the
and was a security guard at friendly rivalry he and
night. .,Ewing shared while becom-
"I've been stealing money ing two of the greatest cen-
talking about a game, get- ters in basketball history,
ting paid," he said. "That's Olajuwon
why it breaks my heart when Patrick Ewing and Hakeem Olajuwon were replied, "who said it was
I see some athletes, chips on among seven who entered the Hall of Fame. friendly?"
their shoulder. Are you seri- ous? Flying charter planes? I don't Ewing's Georgetown Hoyas
Rice: US needs more black diplomats
The State Department needs
more black diplomats to
reflect the ethnic makeup of
the U.S., Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice said
"I want to see a Foreign
Service that looks as if black
Americans are part of this
great country," Rice told a
gathering of leaders of histor-
ically black colleges.
'"I have lamented that I can
go into a meeting at the
.:Department of State as a
3-' r matter of fact, I can go into a
Whole day of meetings at the
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is greeted by Stillman College Department of State and
President Ernest McNealey after delivering her keynote address rarely see somebody who
to the National HBCU annual conference in Washington,. looks like me," she said.
Rice is the first black woman to serve as U.S.
secretary of state, and today she is the highest-
ranking woman and African-American in the
A more diverse corps of diplomats is essential
"if America is going to stand for the belief that
multi-ethnic democracies can work ... ."
While she did not attend historically black
schools, Rice said they played a pivotal role in
her family's history. Her mother went to Miles
College in Birmingham, Ala.; her father to
Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N. C.
Her grandfather, a sharecropper's son, went to
Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Rice told the conference, organized by the
White House Initiative on Historically Black
Colleges and Universities, the department will
hire 400 new foreign service officers next year.
"And I'm counting on each and every one of
you to be a recruiter," she said.
beat Olajuwon and the Houston
Cougars in the 1984 NCAA cham-
pionship game. But Olajuwon
earned two NBA rings in Houston,
the first 10 years later, by beating
Ewing's New York Knicks in a
seven-game series in 1994.
"I could not picture my career
without Patrick," Olajuwon said
before the induction ceremony. "We
are so intertwined from college. We
play alike in so many ways. We are
blocking shots, steals, intimidation.
When Patrick is at the other end of
the floor, you know you are playing
against your toughest opponent."
Ewing, who was 12 when he came
to the United States from Jamaica,
said he felt a kinship with
Olajuwon, who grew up playing
soccer and team handball in
Nigeria. Both, he said, found their
identity while playing basketball in
their new country.
"When I played against Hakeem, I
definitely wanted to be at my best,"
Ewing said. "I think he feels the
same way. We both know what each
other brings to the table -- intensity,
energy, effort. You would have to
put out 110 percent to play against
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New Orleans Evacuees Receive Warm Welcome Home
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin greets returning residents as they exit a
train from Memphis, Tenn., Friday, Sept. 5 2008 at the Union Passenger
Terminal ,in New Orleans. The first stream of the estimated 18,000 people
who fled the city last weekend on buses and trains provided by the gov-
ernment were allowed to return that day.
Serena Williams Wins U.S. Open Now
Ranked Number One in the World
With a win last weekend
over Jelena Jankovic, SelenaL .
Williams won herself another
U.S. Open trophy.
The victory also put her back
on top of the world rankings
for the first time in over five
"I'm so excited. I wasn't even
going for number one and it's .....
just like an added bonus," said
26-year-old Williams, who
hurled her racket high in the
air and bounded up and down
after crunching down a back-
hand winner on match point.
The match was rescheduled -
from Saturday because it was ,
wiped out due to remnants of
tropical storm Hannah affect-
ing the area.
The bad weather meant it
was the first time since 1974
that the women's final in New
York was not played on a
The weather wasn't the
only drama associated with the match. It seems Jankovic spent a lot of
time laughing during the match at missed opportunities against Williams
much to the amusement of the 23,000 fans packed into the arena.
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