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"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."

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O.J. Simpson

Once Again

Facing the

Big Payback
Page 11


SKing Siblings'

,i Lawsuit Put

Million Dollar

Book Deal in

Jeopardy
Page 9


The Under

30 Crowd has

Finally Arrived

to the Party
Page 4


Decision of Whether
Growing Trend is
Obscene or Cultural
Being Decided in
America's Courts
Page 3


Fired Writers File

Complaint Against Tyler Perry
The Writers Guild of America West has filed an unfair-labor-practice
complaint with the National Labor Relations Board against Tyler Perry's
production studio after the studio fired four writers for the TBS comedy
"House of Payne" who were seeking union representation. Jeff
Hermanson, an assistant executive director for the Writers Guild, said the
four writers Kellie Griffin, Christopher Moore, Teri Brown-Jackson and
Lamont Ferrell had sought a union contract because they felt they were
underpaid and lacked benefits. Matt Johnson, a Los Angeles lawyer rep-
resenting Mr. Perry, above, said the firing of the writers was related to
"the quality of their work." The writers are planning to picket this week-
end at the opening of Tyler Perry Studios, a 28-acre production complex
outside Atlanta. The writers who were Black, were replaced with white
writers.

Top Court Rejects Abu-Jamal

Appeal for New Trial
The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal for a new trial for death row
inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal, convicted in the 1981 killing of a Philadelphia
police officer.
The action leaves in place a state Supreme Court ruling upholding Abu-
Jamal's murder conviction.
Separately, a federal appeals court also has upheld the conviction, but
ordered a new sentencing hearing.
Officer Daniel Faulkner was shot to death after pulling over Abu-
Jamal's brother in an overnight traffic stop.
Prosecutors say Faulkner, 25, managed to shoot Abu-Jamal during the
confrontation. A wounded Abu-Jamal, his own gun lying nearby, was still
at the scene when police arrived, and authorities consider the evidence
against him overwhelming.
Abu-Jamal, born Wesley Cook, has argued in numerous appeals that
racism by the judge and prosecutors corrupted his 1982 conviction at the
hands of a mostly white jury. Prosecutors, meanwhile, had appealed a
federal judge's 2001 decision to grant Abu-Jamal a new sentencing hear-
ing because of flawed jury instructions.

RNC to Demand FEC Audit

of Obama Campaign Funds
The Republican National Committee has said it will file a fundraising
complaint with the Federal Election Commission against the presidential
campaign of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., charging the Democrat has
accepted illegal donations from foreigners as well as contributions that
exceed the $2,300-per-person federal limits from American citizens.
Obama's campaign has raised almost $460 million so far, and almost
half that has been raised by small donors contributing less than $200.
RNC chief counsel Sean Caimcross said there are questions about the
smaller donations, which by law the campaign is not required to disclose.
Newsweek reported over the weekend that FEC auditors have asked
the Obama campaign about a number of contributors whose contribu-
tions seem to violate campaign laws, such as "Good Will" of Austin,
Texas, who listed his occupation as "You" and his employer as "Loving"
and gave more than $11,000 total in $10 and $25 increments.

Haitians and Jamaicans Not

Eligible to Apply for Green Cards
Jamaica and Haiti have found themselves out of the running for the
United States "green card lottery" that launched today because too many
of their fellow nationals are already in America.
The United States Department of State recently launched its 2010
Diversity Visa Lottery Program" which will close to applicants on
December 1, 2008.
However, the government agency website stated that nationals of
Jamaica and Haiti were ineligible to apply because they were two out of
20 countries from which more than 50,000 immigrants had moved to the
United States over the last five years. Also included in this list is he
Dominican Republic, and developed nations Canada and the United
Kingdom (not including Northern Ireland).

Kansas Mayor Aplogizes for

Appearing in Blackface
ARKANSAS CITY, Kan The mayor of a Kansas town issued an apol-
ogy last week for appearing as a drag-queen in black-
face as part of a fundraising event, according to the
local chapter of the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Arkansas City Mayor Mel Kuhn participated in and
won a drag queen contest held as part of an annual
fund raiser sponsored by Court Appointed Special
S Advocates (CASA), an agency that supports foster
children in the court system.
Kuhn appeared dressed as a character which he
called "Smellishis Poon," with his face painted dark for the event.
But Kuhn told FOXNews.com that he was not in blackface, but in "tan-
face,'" and did not intend to offend anyone.
"Blackface is shoepolish," he said. "That's not what I did. I dressed up
to win and because it was so hilarious."


Volume 23 No. 4 Jacksonville, Florida October 9 15, 2008


Duval Elections Making History


Employees of the Duval County
Elections office are working a lot of
overtime these days.
Coupled with the combined efforts
of area elected officials and a con-
tinued commitment to the commu-
nity to "make every vote count", an
unprecedented "get out to vote
effort" has taken place in
Jacksonville.
Last weekend the Elections office
hosted a massive rally in conjunc-
tion with area elected officials that
registered a record 1,100 plus new
voters in one day alone.
Also on the agenda was clemency
for former offenders. In a mission
lead by Sen. Tony Hill, former
offenders could receive on-the-spot
attention for their petition to have
their voting rights restored.
Thanks to a bill signed by Gov.
Charlie Crist, persons who have
previously been convicted of
felonies may now be eligible to
vote, serve on a jury, hold public
office and apply for certain occupa-
tional licenses.
"This initiative is so important,"
said Hill. "People have repaid their
debt to society and now they want
to fully contribute to it everyone
should have that right."
Motivation and desire paid off for
thirty-one former offenders in


Roland Martin Visits First Coast
Pictured (L-R) at Tuesday evening's FCCJ Scholars Round Table pres-
entation "Religion and Politics" at the South Campus Wilson Center are
FCCJ students Monica Mitchell, Yaser Chow and Heather Johnston with
award-winning journalist and political commentator Roland Martin (2nd
from right). Students Mitchell, Chow and Johnston, all members of Prof.
Stephen Piscitelli's "American History" course at FCCJ Downtown
Campus, were a part of the student panel that posed a series of religious
and political questions to Martin. Martin is currently a national analyst for
CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and more. See page 7

Connerly Continues to Push on


Anti-Affirmative
When it
comes to Ward
Connerly, the
California busi-
nessman on a
state-by-state-by-state
war against
affirmative
Connerly action, it's hard
for many people
on either side of the issue to be col-
orblind.
If he were white, his message that
racial preferences are damaging to
everyone would ring hollow. As a
black man, his positions have
inflamed some supporters of affir-
mative action who have called him
"race traitor" or worse.
He's succeeded in three states, fal-
tered in a few others, and now he's
looking to Nov. 4, when voters in
Nebraska and Colorado will decide


Action Campaign
initiatives he helped put on the bal-
lot.
Altering course of history?
Critics question his tactics in gath-
ering signatures and what he gets
paid for his efforts. But Connerly, a
69-year-old grandfather who can be
mild and charming or harsh and
defensive, is convinced that his
mission of dismantling preferences
is altering the course of history.
Affirmative action has become
entrenched in American life and
state by state, Connerly said in a
recent interview, and "we're chang-
ing that."
Affirmative action, he said, is an
antiquated system that, rather than
helping minorities, reinforces the
perception they are second-class
citizens who need help to succeed.
Connerly's proposed constitution
Continued on page 5


attendance.
Ever since the historic election
of 2000 that changed our country
forever, Florida and its elections
procedures have been in the fore-
front of the American eye both


locally and nationally. Following
the flawed elections that elected
President Bush and threw out over
15,000 Democratic ballots in Duval
County alone, the Supervisor of
Elections and area elected officials
have vowed never again.
Since then, new policies, equip-


ment, training and education have
been the core of elections in Duval
County. Presently on the heels of
what is anticipated to be the most
historic election in our nation's his-
tory, no stone will be left unturned
in making every cote count.
Continued on page 9


Jacksonville's Nigerian Community Celebrates
48th Year of Country's Independence
Hundreds of members of Jacksonville's Nigerian community gathered to
celebrate their country's 48th year of independence. Adorned in their
homeland's cultural attire, Nigerian-Americans enjoyed fashions, music,
and authentic food native to their country. In salute of their American her-
itage, the American National Anthem in addition to the Nigerian National
Anthem was sung. Shown above in attendance are Arnette Girardeau,
Debra Thompson, Bandele Onasanya, Aloy Adigweme, Master of
Ceremonies Abayomi and Maria Adigweme as they prepared to cut one of
the ceremonious birthday cakes..


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Shown above congratulating Mr. Wilmer Odoms (center) are (L-R) Cong. Corrine Brown, Sen. Tony Hill,
Councilwoman Mia Jones and Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland. Jason Gray Photo


Polls Show Obama Widens Lead
A new national poll suggests Barack Obama is widening his lead
over John McCain in the race for the White House.
Fifty-three percent of likely voters questioned in the poll say they are
backing Obama for president, with 45 percent supporting McCain. That
8-point lead is double the 4-point lead Obama held in the last CNN poll,
taken in mid-September. President Bush may be part of the reason why
Obama's making gains. Only 24 percent of those polled approve of
Bush's job as president, an all-time low for a CNN survey.
"Bush has now tied Richard Nixon's worst rating ever, taken in a poll
just before he resigned in 1975, and is only 2 points higher than the
worst presidential approval rating in history, Harry Truman's 22% mark
in February 1952," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
And that's bad news for McCain, because the poll suggests a growing
number of Americans believe the Republican presidential nominee
would have the same policies as the current Republican president.


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BlackAmerica Gets Pneumonia in Cold Economic Climate


WASHINGTON (NNPA) As the
Black unemployment rate leaped
another eight percentage points last
month from 10.6 percent to 11.4
percent, the White unemployment
rate actually remained the same at
5.4 percent, less than half the rate
for Blacks.
In addition to that in every eco-
nomic category, from the poverty
rate to housing loss African-
Americans remain historically and
consistently at rock bottom a con-
dition exacerbated by the national
housing and Wall Street financial
crisis that forced Congress to reluc-
tantly pass a $700 billion bailout
last week.
"We're in a weaker financial posi-
tion related to the mainstream in the
first place," said Alfred A. Edmond,
Jr., editor-in-chief of
BlackEnterprise.com, in an inter-
view with the NNPA News Service.
"The saying goes, 'when the rest of
America gets a cold, Black America
gets pneumonia."
Edmond is just one among Black
economic experts across the nation
who say as America observes the
economic fall out even after the
congressional bailout of lending


Should I buy or sell investments
right now? Should I continue with
my retirement savings plan? How
do I know what to invest in? To
help Jacksonville residents with
these important decisions, Duval
County Extension Service is offer-
ing a series called Investing for
Your Future. It will be held on
Thursday, October 16, 23, 30,
Nov. 6 and 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at
the Extension Education Center,
1010 N McDuff Ave. Anita
McKinney, Extension Educator, is


Banks are trying, but many
American minorities remain
unbankedd," according to
Synovate's 2008 U.S. diversity
markets report. Aegis Group's mar-
ket research arm found progress has
been made, but not enough to bring
about parity. "While the percentage
of U.S. Hispanics with any type of
bank account is up seven percent,
from 70 percent in 2004 to 77 per-
cent in 2008, this is quite low when
compared to the general market and
African-American consumer, both
of which are at least 90 percent,"
according to the Synovate findings.
Even more sobering are the low


and investment agencies last week,
African-Americans must establish
creative ways to stay afloat.
"In every relevant economic
number, Black people are worse off
today than they were in 2000," says
National Urban League President
and CEO Marc Morial. "We've lost
ground in home ownership, we've
lost ground in employment, we've
lost ground in wage verses infla-
tion, we have just lost ground eco-
nomically in the last eight years."
Morial says the bailout was not a
rescue but just something to help
stop the bleeding.
"The ramifications of not doing it
were worse than the ramification of
doing it. For there not to be any
credit, obviously, when it hurts big
businesses, it hurts small business
and it hurts the average consumer,
automobile loans, personal finance
loans, credit cards, that kind of
thing," said Morial. "My position
would have been that we have to
hold our noses and go forth."
Morial, who predicted the mort-
gage crisis in the spring of last year,
said the bailout will not be enough
for Black people and will take many
months to execute.


the presenter.
The course begins with a session
on basic topics such as setting long-
term goals and investment princi-
ples. Stock, bonds, and mutual
funds are explained in separate
workshops. In addition, the series
covers investor resources and how
to select a professional financial
advisor. Participants will receive
the notebook, Investing for Your
Future. The Extension Service is a
service of the University of Florida
IFAS Extension and the City of


levels of ownership of other finan-
cial services for both groups. Only
54 percent of African-Americans
and 32 percent of Hispanics have
IRAs or 401k plans, compared with
72 percent of general market users,
the survey shows. Just 33 percent of
African-Americans and 18 percent
of Hispanics own either individual
stocks or bonds, or shares in mutu-
al funds versus 60 percent of gener-
al market consumers. Certificates
of deposit attract 25 percent of
African-Americans, 24 percent of
Hispanics, and 36 percent of all
customers.


"We have taken the position con-
sistently for six months now that
the country needs a jobs stimulus
program. We have offered extensive
ideas for such a jobs stimulus pro-
gram to focus on infrastructure, to
focus on an extension of unemploy-
ment benefits, to focus on the kinds
of things like summer jobs' and
youth jobs that will put some peo-
ple to work because the underlying
issue is that we lost 159,000 jobs


Jacksonville and is an unbiased
source of information on this topic.
This is not a sales program.
The registration fee for the course
is $10. Checks should be made out
to FCS Advisory Committee and
mailed to Investing for Your Future,
Duval County Extension, 1010 N
McDuff Ave, Jacksonville, FL
32254. The series is limited to 20
participants. For more information,
call Sandra at 904-387-8855.



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last year."
The economic climate is hurting
Black people from the grassroots to
Wall Street.
The credit crisis came to a head
when two of Wall Street's largest
investment firms folded. As top
companies are feeling the pressure
to survive in a changing market-
place, some Black-owned invest-
ment firms are finding themselves
in the red.
In 12 months, the Black-owned,
Chicago-based Ariel Investments
,LLC has suffered more then $1.6
billion in losses. The once leading
firm totals $2 billion in assets, a
decrease from $21 billion four
years ago.
The company's poor performance
has lead to a 20 percent downsize in
staff and the sale of holdings in sev-
eral companies.
"The financial sector has been in
trouble for the last year and a half,"
said William E. Spriggs, Chairman
of the Department of Economics at
Howard University. "African-
Americans lost a disproportionate
share of the jobs as financial man-
agers over the last eight months. A



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lot of the fallout occurred over the
issue of the mortgage crisis."
Since the 2007 mortgage fallout
the market has consistently strug-
gled. But, as usual, Black-owned
businesses are doubly hurt.
"Minority-owned firms will suf-
fer in this environment. They're
already under capitalized; they have
difficult times getting extensions of
credit, in any capacity. To get the
capital to perform is going to be
extremely difficult," said Shawn
Baldwin, Chairman and CEO of
Capital Management Group, a
Chicago-based firm.
Leading White-owned companies
who traditionally had the capital to
aggressively perform in a stringent
environment have also seen their
shares plummet. Lehman Brothers,
Inc. and American International
Group, Inc. (AIG) have lost more
then $163 million in the wake of the
mortgage collapse.
"This is a loss of capital in the


financial sector. When the financial
sector has capitol they leverage that
to make loans, which gives liquidi-
ty to the system," Spriggs said. "If
you take a trillion dollars out of the
system, that's not a trillion dollars
worth of loans, that's like eight tril-
lion dollars worth of loan. That
means for at least the next two or
three years, as firms try to find cap-
ital, there's going to be a time peri-
od where unless your firm is on
very solid ground you're going to
have a hard time getting credit."
Not all minority-owned invest-
ment firms are struggling in the cur-
rent market. Atlanta-based Earnest
Partners is ranked number one on
the 2008 Black Enterprise List of
100 Asset Managers.
The company totals more then
$27 million in assets under manage-


ment, and was selected by Hancock
Horizon Fund to help manage an
international funds project set to
open September 30.
"Their disciplined investment
strategy and proven results truly set
them apart from the rest of the com-
petition," said John Portwood,
Chief Economic Strategist and
Fund Manager for Hancock
Horizon Funds in a press release.
However, according to a study by
Ariel and asset management firm
Charles Schwab, African-American
stock market participation fell to 57
percent from a high of 74 percent
five years ago.
"We see the the short term effect
has been very negative; it's certain-
ly shaking the confidence of all
Americans in regard to economic
security," said Edmond of
BlackEnterprise.com.
The 2007 study, which surveyed
the investment habits of 500
African-Americans also reported 50


percent of African-Americans said
real estate was the "best investment
overall" in 2003. That number
dropped to 45 percent in 2007.
Despite hard times for the firm,
Ariel's president John Rogers was
named one of Morningstar.com's
second-quarter all star managers
last month for not abandoning his
"value approach". The company
that has lost 23 percent in the last 12
months is up 1.64 percent in the
market.
Still, Black Wall Street firms and
the Black community in general
will feel the crunch most. "The bot-
tom line", says Spriggs, "There's
just not going to be as much money
out there as there was over the last
eight years."


SEC to Pay $2.7 to Black Employees
The Securities and Exchange Commission agreed to pay $2.7 million
and adjust salaries of some African-Americans and those age 40 and
older hurt by illegal procedures used in its merit-pay program.
The merit-pay program has been suspended, pending negotiations about
new performance management and merit-pay systems.
The National Treasury Employees Union, which represents about
2,200 workers at the SEC, challenged the agency's merit-pay system -
implemented in 2003 with grievances for each year through 2007.
A year ago, an arbitrator agreed with the union that the merit-pay pro-
gram was illegal because subjective standards and procedures used to
make merit-pay decisions meant African-American employees grades 8
and above and older employees at all grades received significantly
fewer increases than expected.


Mortgage Forgiven for

Woman, 90, Who Shot Self


AKRON, Ohio Mortgage
finance company Fannie Mae said
it is forgiving the mortgage debt of
a 90-year-old woman who shot her-
self in the chest as sheriffs deputies
attempted to evict her.
Addie Polk's plight was cited by
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) on
Friday before the House voted to
approve the $700 billion financial
rescue package. Kucinich voted
against the plan.
Fannie Mae announced later
Friday that it would dismiss its
foreclosure action, forgive Polk's
mortgage and allow her to return to
the Akron home where she's lived
since 1970.
"Just given the circumstances, we
think it's appropriate," Fannie Mae
spokesman Brian Faith said, citing
Kucinich's statement and news


reports. "It certainly made our radar
screen."
Polk remains hospitalized and is
expected to recover from the chest
wounds suffered last week.
She became the home's sole owner
in 1995 when her husband died,
then took out a mortgage loan in
1997 and refinanced several times,
court and property records show.
Countrywide Home Loans filed
for foreclosure last year, and Polk's
home was sold to Fannie Mae at a
sheriffs auction in June. Deputies
were to escort Polk from her home
Wednesday when gunshots were
heard inside.
Polk was discovered by her long-
time neighbor, Robert Dillon, who
climbed through her window and
found her lying in bed bleeding
with a gun next to her.


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in 2000" Marc Morial


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Obscenity

Sagging Par
by Nisa Muhammad
Palm Beach Circuit Judge Paul
Moyle ruled last month that a "sag-
ging pants" ordinance in Riviera
Beach, Fla., was unconstitutional
after a 17-year-old was arrested and
held overnight in jail.
"We're not talking about exposure
of buttocks. No! We're talking
about someone who has on pants
whose underwear are apparently
visible to a police officer who then
makes an arrest and the basis is he's
then held overnight, no bond," said
Judge Moyle.
Supporters of an ordinance out-
lawing "sagging pants" gathered
5,000 signatures last March to put a
proposed ban to a vote. It passed.
"The ordinance was overwhelm-
ingly passed by the citizens," said
Francis Muhammad, Nation of
Islam student study group leader in
nearby West Palm Beach. "That city
is 80 percent Black and the people
were just tired of seeing it. The eld-
ers and most of the homeowners
were just tired of seeing it."
While many cities around the
country are enacting ordinances and
laws against the widely popular
style of dress called "sagging" or
"baggy pants," Riviera Beach, Fla.,
had the distinction of being the first
city to arrest someone for the
offense and have the law ruled
unconstitutional.
With 11 arrests to date, eyes are
on Riviera Beach to see what will


Cultural Expression? Debate Over

Being Decided in America's Courts


A Florida judge recently ruled that a Palm Beach ordinance banning
sagging pants was unconstitutional.


happen next.
Prior to the judge's ruling,
according to the law, anyone whose
pants were so low that skin or
underwear could be seen faced
legal action. The first offense car-
ried a $150 fine or community serv-
ice. Repeat offenders could have
been sentenced to as many as 60
days in jail.
In Flint, Mich., Chief of Police
David Dicks had a similar negative
sentiment about the low pants fash-
ion statement. He announced in
June that his officers would start
arresting people wearing sagging
pants that expose "skivvies, boxer
shorts or bare bottoms," according


to media reports.
Asked if he was concerned about
the Florida ruling, Chief Dicks said
that officers will keep making
arrests, "if the pants are at the knees
and your underwear is exposed."
"Some people call it a fad," Chief
Dicks told the Detroit Free Press
last summer while patrolling the
streets of Flint. "But I believe it's a
national nuisance. It is indecent and
thus it is indecent exposure, which
has been on the books for years."
Last summer, the chief said the
crime was disorderly conduct or
indecent exposure, misdemeanors
punishable by 93 days to a year in
jail and/or fines up to $500.


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Chief Dicks, 41, offered an inter-
pretation of the laws: pants pulled
completely below the buttocks with
underwear showing is disorderly
conduct; saggy pants with skin of
the buttocks showing is indecent
exposure, and saggy pants, not
completely below the buttocks with
underwear exposed is a warning.
Greg Gibbs, lawyer and chair of
the ACLU Flint chapter, agreed
with the Florida judge's ruling.
"You can't arrest people because of
their style of dress," he said.
"We are concerned that the
enforcement of the chiefs memo
may lead to some constitutional
violations on a case-by-case basis
due to the failure of his memo to
define what constitutes indecent
exposure," he told reporters.
Many also fear the policy could
mean targeting of Black youth.
"This is not a Black issue. This is
an issue that's all walks of life," said
Chief Dicks, who is Black. "Many
people from different backgrounds
and races are doing this fad."
Earlier this year the Department
of Justice announced it had reached
a settlement resolving allegations of
racial discrimination against the
owner of Kokoamos Island Bar, in
Virginia Beach. At one point, they
banned patrons who wore braids,
twists, cornrows, or dreadlocks,
baggy pants and Timberland boots.
After complaints of discrimina-
tion became public, local station
WAVY-TV aired a news report in
which two persons wearing the pro-
hibited boots and loose-fitting pants
tried to enter the club. One was
Black and the other Caucasian. The
Caucasian was allowed in, but not
the Black patron.
Several places have enacted
baggy pants bans including locali-
ties in Georgia, Louisiana, New
Jersey and Illinois. Penalties range
from fines or warnings to jail time.
Others communities are consider-
ing sagging pants bans. Bans have
been rejected in Natchitoches, La.;
Stratford, Conn.; and Pine Bluff,
Ark.


Shown above (L-R) in attendance are Angela Spears, Brenda
Ballard, Delores Barr-Weaver and Chef Charbonneau. KFP Photo

Taste of the NFL Precedes

Sunday Night Football Game
NFL Sunday Night Football and WTLV teamed up last Sunday afternoon
to help "Kick Hunger" at the North Beach Bistro in Atlantic Beach as
hosts of the Sunday Night Football Cookbook Brunch. Ticket price includ-
ed a three-course brunch prepared by Chef Charles Charbonneau and a
copy of the Taste of The NFL Cookbook. The cookbook includes recipes
as prepared by gourmet chefs from various NFL cities as part of Taste of
the NFL, a program that helps address the needs of the hungry and home-
less by raising awareness and money through special events and programs
in NFL cities. Proceeds from the event were donated to the Second Harvest
Food Bank of North Florida.


Jag Fans Got that Team Spirit What the Jacksonville
Jaguars are lacking on the field has not deteriorated the enthusiasm of their
fans. In a disappointing but thrilling loss in front of a sold out home crowd,
the Jaguars were defeated by the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-21. Shown above
are fans Lottie Armstrong and Pat McGriff cheering their team on. Next up
for the Jaguars (2-3) is a Sunday visit to the Bronco's Mile High Stadium
in Denver for a 4 p.m. match up. FMP Photo.


Shown above (L-R) Carla Anderson, Brenda Jackson, Jerry Wayne Jackson, Terrell Wilson, Jurell Jackson, Rovell
Anderson, Theresa Brown, Leon Anderson, LaQuitah Brown, Catharine Brown, Peggie Anderson, Carlos Fields, Leah
Anderson, Terrence Griggley, Chonice Hillmon, Nedra Larkin, O'Neal Larkin FRONT: Breon Hillmon, Myrick
Anderson, Austin Anderson, Alexandria Alfordand Sabryn Anderson. FMP Photo


"Friday night live" takes on a
whole new meaning for
Jacksonville's number one coach -
the undefeated Myrick Anderson of
Lee High School. With the support
of family and friends, the fourteen


year teacher at Lee High School
and first year coach, is returning the
school's prep squad to its former
glory days.
Originally from Red Bay, Florida,
Anderson's resume includes four


years under Coach Steve Spurrier at
the University of Florida. He is
shown above with his own "cheer-
leaders" following the Generals 12
-2 victory over Orange Park extend-
ing his record to 4-0.


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It's Official the Under 30 Crowd


has Finally Arrived to the Party


Whether you are a political sci-
ence professor or average Joe,
whether you are a Republican,
Democrat, Libertarian,
Independent or have been living
under some rock for the past year -
you have to admire the voter regis-
tration efforts of the Obama cam-
paign.
And it's not just black voters that
are registering and identifying with
Obama. According to recent polls,
his appeal runs the spectrum of
racial diversity.
But it all adds up if you think
about it. For years I have been writ-
ing about voter apathy and how to
get young people motivated and
energized to vote and become apart
of the election process.
On Saturday, I spent some time at
a community voter registration
drive at the Gateway Town Center.
I must admit that I was pleasantly
surprised at the turn out. From 9
a.m. to 2 p.m., there was a steady
flow of people, and at one point
there was a long line of folks wait-
ing to get into the door of
Supervisor of Elections Office
located in the mall.
It was an impressive showing,
and the demographics I saw rein-
forced the energy young voters
now have. I can't tell you the num-
ber of young black males that
walked up to the rally eager to get
registered or to get their rights
restored.
If you didn't know any better you
may have thought that there was a
line to buy tickets to some Hip Hop


concert, but of course it was quite
the opposite.
All of us have cousins, friends,
neighbors or whomever that just
don't see voting as being an impor-
tant factor in their lives. The voter
apathy I once complained about has
been replaced with an energy that I
have never seen before.
And you can't stereotype a typi-
cal Obama voter. Of course you can
say that a "vast majority of black
folks are voting for Obama. OK
maybe the words "vast majority",
are an understatement. On a side
note even my African American
Republican friends are voting for
Obama on the "down low" of
course.
But outside African Americans,
Obama supporters are rich whites
in the suburbs, college students and
young professionals of all races and
even Baby Boomers looking for a
change in these tough economic
times.
And although Obama supporters
truly represent the melting pot that
America is famous for, the young
voters are the ones that have
become a not-so-secret factor in the
race for President.
Over a year ago I questioned if it
would be possible to motivate
young voters -especially in the
African American community.
A recent poll released by USA
Today /Gallup/MTV poll shows
that not only are young voters get-
ting registered and engaged, but
many of them will be overwhelm-
ingly voting for Obama.


The polls shows that 18 to 29
year olds will be voting for Obama
by enormous margins 61 percent
to 32 percent, which according to
USA Today is "the most lopsided
contest within an age group in any
presidential election in modern
times."
Not only are young voters lean-
ing towards Obama, but also the
universe of young voters has
increased substantially. In fact,
most battle ground states have seen
massive voter registration drives.
Democrats have added over
800,000 voters and Republicans
have lost 300,000 voters in the
eight critical battle ground states:
Florida, Colorado, Iowa, Nevada,
New Hampshire, New Mexico,
North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Let me break that down again.
Democrats have been successful in
changing the face of the electorate.
If you have well over 800,000 new
Democrats in eight key states and
300,000 less Republicans then the
GOP has to be extremely worried.
ACORN, an organization known
for it's community outreach in
urban and minority communities,
announced this week that they have
helped or updated the voting
records of some 1.3 million voters
over the past several months.
If you had to orchestrate a game
plan of how to win an election by
infusing new voters into the elec-
toral process, you couldn't ask for a
better effort than what has hap-
pened around the country.
Here's why young voters are so


critical. Young people often don't
harbor the vestiges of racism and
bigotry.
So, a young white male who has
been raised around minorities and
has "true" black friends wouldn't be
threatened by the fact that Obama
is a black man.
Young voters think much differ-
ently than their parents and are
much more open minded to change,
and have a natural disdain for old
school politics and politicians.
Of the young voters polled in the
USA Today poll, 46 percent are
registered Democrats, 36 percent
are Independents and 21 percent
are Republicans. And of that group
of voters, 73 percent said that they
will definitely vote in the
Presidential election.
Talk about changing the rules of
the game I have been whining for
years about young voters getting
motivated and it looks like that day
is here. The question I asked some
five years ago is would it be a can-
didate, issue or party that energize
young voters.
I think that we have a clear
answer to that question. A unique
young candidate and a series of
critical issues affecting the country
have been the catalyst.
Now that young people are regis-
tered go vote and vote early if you
need too. By the way, early voting
in Duval County starts on October
15th.
Signing off from the Supervisor
of Elections office in Gateway,
Reggie Fullwood


Why Not Bail Out the Unemployed?


By. Julianne Malveaux
NNPA Columnist
The United States economy is
shedding jobs the same way faster
than a grooming dog sheds fleas.
Payroll employment has been drop-
ping for nine months in a row with
159,000 fewer jobs on the books in
September than in the month
before.
So far this year, payrolls are
down 760,000, and 969,000 in the
private sector. The unemployment
rate has held steady at 6.1 percent
for the past two months, but it is up
1.4 points during the past year.
Nearly 10 million people are "offi-
cially" unemployed, which means
they are officially looking for
work.These numbers do not
include those who have dropped
out of the labor force, in other
words people with jobs who have
just stopped looking.
It also doesn't include people
who are underemployed, or work-
ing at jobs that they are overquali-
fied for. The Bureau of Labor
Statistics develops several rates of
"labor utilization", including one
that includes people who work part
time because they can't find full
time work, and those "marginally
attached".
With such a measure the unem-
ployment rate would double to 11
percent.And, surprise, surprise,
African American workers are
doing much worse than other work-
ers in the labor force. While the
unemployment rate was 5.4 percent


for whites, it was 11.4 percent for
African Americans.
If the white unemployment rate
were 11.4 percent, someone other
than humble columnist would be
asking about a bailout for the
unemployed. But because we are
simply looking at a black unem-
ployment rate, there has been little
discussion about what to do about
excessive unemployment.
According to the Economic Policy
Institute (www.epi.org) all of the
gains African Americans made in
the 1990s were wiped out by job
losses in the last several years. The
report, written by Algernon Austin,
suggests that African American
workers have been among the hard-
est hit by our economic down-
turn.There's nothing for black
folks, but plenty for banks.
We saw our Congress rush to
action to provide a bailout for
financial markets. It was said that it
was an emergency, that we had no
choice, that the $850 (up form
$700) billion bailout was a matter
of life and death for the nation's
economy. Ask the person who has
been unemployed for the last six
months how they feel about life and
death. Some of these folks have
exhausted their unemployment
insurance. Some have lost their
homes and their families.
One in five unemployed people
have been unemployed for at least
six months, the highest share of
long-term unemployment in three
years. Yet these people have been


virtually ignored by policymak-
ers.Furthermore, the number of
people who are involuntarily part
time, or who would rather work full
time, has skyrocketed.
The number grew by 300,000 in
September, and by 1.6 million in
the past year. Six million people
who hold part time jobs want and
need full time jobs, the largest
number in fifteen years! Again, we
keep hearing about markets, but the
focus is on every market except the
labor market.
Just about every sector of the
economy is experiencing job loss-
es, from factories to service jobs, to
jobs in the financial services indus-
try. Only in health care and govern-
ment do jobs continue to grow.
There is barely a safe haven for
those who are losing their jobs.The
economic policy institute cites one
piece of legislation as providing
possibilities for those at the bottom.
The Emergency Unemployment
Compensation (EUC) program that
extends jobless benefits an extra 13
weeks. That provision has run out
and can be renewed by Congress.
That's the least a group of bailout-
focused lawmakers can do for ordi-
nary people who also need a
hand.Realistically, though, law-
makers aren't likely to do much
more. They are rushing home to get
involved in a close election, and
leaving the employment mess until
after November or, more likely,
after January.
Yet if trends continue as they


have, we will have lost at least a
million jobs this year, and we will
have experienced an indifferent
congress that can be whipped into
fearful bailout submission by
Treasury Secretary Paulson. Who
speaks for workers? And will work-
ing people get a bailout?
When your Congressional repre-
sentative comes home to campaign,
ask what they will do for workers.
It's a fair question to raise as our
economy continues to spiral out of
control.

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in Your Own Town
i I "That's a bet," say tens of millions of Americans
every day.
Let's fact it, gambling is a reality around the world
and growing in America among people who have
the desire and money for it. It's time that African Americans do something
transformative toward generating more economics where we live with more
of us owning places where bets are placed. If example, polls in Maryland
show that 7 of 10 residents support legalizing slots; and if the state's voters
approve the initiative in November, Maryland will become the 38th state to
allow slots or casino-style gambling. Due to the state's black legislative
officials, African American entrepreneurs will have numerous operations in
Baltimore and Prince George's County, the nation's wealthiest majority-
black county
Gambling is where the money's at. Americans wager more money than
they spend on all leisure things except alcohol. The gambling industry had
2005 gross revenues of $84.65 billion and proponents say it provides local-
ities valuable tax revenue and job opportunities. Across America in 2006,
commercial casinos provided over 354,000 jobs and yearly state and local
tax revenue of $5.2 billion.
Gaming operators mainly provide a place or a means to play games of
chance, where the odds of winning favor the "house." Gambling is legal
under US federal law, but the states are free to regulate or prohibit it. If
state-run lotteries are included, almost every state allows some form of gam-
bling. Levels of government down to township municipalities have the right
to authorize multiple forms of gambling from bingo in church basements, to
multi-million dollar poker tournaments. The American Gaming Association
breaks gambling down into the following categories: Card Rooms, both
public and private; Commercial Casinos; Charitable Games and Bingo;
Indian Casinos; Legal Bookmaking; Lotteries; and Pari-mutuel Wagering.
Black economic empowerment can occur in gambling businesses. There
are 17 states (and 1 US Territory) that allow commercial casinos in some
form. There are approximately 450 commercial casinos. Most casinos are
small. Companies with large operations include MGM Mirage and Harrah's
Entertainment. About $35 billion of annual revenue is taken in by commer-
cial casinos, $20 billion by state lotteries, about $25 billion by Indian casi-
nos, and the rest by horse racing, bingo, charities, and bookmaking opera-
tors. (For gambling companies, "revenue" is the total amount bet minus
winnings paid to gamblers.) The industry has become highly concentrated:
the top 20 companies hold more than 60 percent of the market.
Actual operations of casinos involve acquiring and servicing gambling
machines, usually from large game equipment manufacturers such as
International Game Technology and Bally Technologies. Gambling opera-
tors are free to set the odds of winning as long as they prominently post a
pay schedule on the machine. Gambling licensees pay states a percent of
gross revenue 20 to 25 percent. The profitability of individual companies
depends on efficient operations and effective marketing. Large operators
have the financial resources to make large investments in facilities and com-
puters.
Detroit-native, Don H. Barden is the country's only African American
owner of a national gambling company and first to own a Las Vegas casino.
Barden has been a millionaire since the 1980s and a casino owner for 12
years, with six casinos in five states. He owns large casino establishments
in Tunica, Mississippi and Gary, Indiana. The Barden's Company was
selected Black Enterprise's 2003 Company of the Year. The Baden
Companies have annual earnings in excess of $350 million and is perennial-
ly among Black Enterprise's top ten black companies.
Many blacks will oppose gambling, saying "it leads to corruption, com-
pulsive gambling, and higher crime rates" in their communities. But, nation-
wide polls show 66 percent of Americans view gambling as "moral accept-
able" and support it. Over the last decade, legal gambling businesses have
expanded exponentially and politicians have become intimately connected
to the industry. If gambling is being discussed in your town, you need to
ensure lawmakers get minority businesses 25 percent, or more, of gambling-
related contracts, and guarantees that the venues will hire local residents.
People interested in entrepreneurial opportunities in the industry should
research their local legislation on gambling.


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Affirmative Action's Chief Foe


Continues to Press It's Demise


LISC Jacksonville AmeriCorps members: (front row from left to right) Taneisha Alexander, Jocelyn
Winslow, Delilah Drinks, Felicia Myrick-Samuels, Shakera Bailey; (back row from left to right) Mistie
Dowda, Wendell McTeer, Jr., Amy Ruth, Cherie Peck and Thea Garfield.

AmeriCorps Announces Class of 2008-2009


LISC Jacksonville, which admin-
isters an AmeriCorps program to
assist area community development
corporations, has announced ten
members who have joined the pro-
gram in the class of 2008-2009.
The announcement was made by
Joni Foster, Executive Director of
LISC Jacksonville.
The members include: Taneisha
Alexander Florida Alliance of
CDCs. Taneisha is a graduate of the
U. of Florida and will be working
with the Florida Alliance of CDCs
to research legislation and
resources that impact CDCs;
Shakera Bailey Operation New
Hope. Shakera will work as a com-
munity organizer conducting home-
owners' workshops and serving as
an advocate in revitalizing the
neighborhood; Mistie Dowda -
Northwest Jacksonville CDC.
Mistie will serve as a real estate
coordinator building on her previ-
ous experience as a senior loan offi-
cer in the mortgage industry;
Delilah Drinks Grace and Truth
CDC. Delilah will organize home-


buyer informational sessions for
prospective homebuyers; Thea
Garfield Operation New Hope.
Thea begins her second year as an
AmeriCorps working in the market-
ing area to design promotional
materials to attract homebuyers;
Wendell McTeer, Jr. Metro
North CDC. Wendell will be a
community organizer strengthening
existing neighborhood associations;
Felicia Myrick-Samuels RADO.
Felicia begins her second year as an
AmeriCorps with plans to work
with the existing homeowners asso-
ciation in North Riverside; Cherie
Peck Northwest Jacksonville
CDC. Cherie will work as a com-
munity organizer; Amy Ruth -
Housing Partnership of Northeast
Florida. Amy will be a home buyer
coordinator assisting with home
buying education and foreclosure
prevention education; Jocelyn
Winslow SPAR. Jocelyn will
serve as a revitalization consultant
working to create a database of bro-
kers, retailers and developers in the
area.


Oprah Sued for Defamation

by Ex-Girls School Head


Nomvuyo Mzamane
PHILADELPHIA The ex-head-
mistress of Oprah Winfrey's school
for girls in South Africa has sued
the talk show host for defamation,
claiming Winfrey falsely suggested
she tried to cover up abuse at the
school.
In widely reported remarks last
year, Winfrey suggested that
Nomvuyo Mzamane, 39, of
Philadelphia, knew about alleged
abuse by a dorm matron and tried to
cover it up, Mzamane says in the


lawsuit.
Her lawsuit, filed in a Philadelphia
Court last week, seeks more than
$250,000 on five defamation and
related counts from Winfrey and
her production company.
"The thing that hurt my client the
most was when Oprah said, 'I
thought she cared about the girls of
South Africa,'" said Mzamane's
lawyer, Timothy McGowan. "It was
devastating. She loved those girls."
A spokeswoman for Winfrey says
the company has not seen the suit
and plans no immediate comment.
Former dorm matron Tiny Virginia
Makopo, 28, is charged with abus-
ing six students at the $40 million
school for poor girls that Winfrey
built. Makopo allegedly tried to
kiss and fondle the victims and is
also accused of kicking and hitting
some of them.
Makopo has pleaded innocent to
14 charges of indecent assault,
assault and criminal injury.


"One of the things we heard as
committee members during the
Jacksonville Journey process was
that neighborhoods needed commu-
nity organizers to help local resi-
dents fight pockets of crime," said
Joni Foster. "Many of our
AmeriCorps members will be
working with local residents to
design and implement strategies to
fight crime."
AmeriCorps members receive
several days of training before
beginning their assignments. They
will receive a modest annual
stipend, health insurance and an
education grant once they complete
their term of community service.
For more information about
LISC Jacksonville, log on to
www.liscjacksonville.org or call
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amendments prohibit state and
local governments from giving
preferential treatment to people on
the basis of race, sex, ethnicity or
national origin.
His fight against preferences
started in the 1990s after a couple
came to him when he was a regent
at the University of California to
talk about their white son's failure
to get into the system's medical
schools.
They showed him evidence that
the schools were picking less quali-
fied minority students, and
Connerly became convinced the
university was treating applicants
unfairly.
In a battle that drew the attention
of national media and the Rev. Jesse
Jackson, Connerly persuaded other
regents to adopt his proposal to ban
the use of race- and gender-based
affirmative action in admissions
and hiring, a precursor to a
statewide ban.
After victory in California,
Connerly took his new mission to
other states. It took more than three
years to pass the measure in
Michigan, and he also succeeded in
Washington. He formed the
American Civil Rights Coalition,
which has bankrolled campaigns
across the country.
The opposition
Connerly is accused of mislead-
ing voters by billing the initiative
drive as a civil rights cause.
Opponents say thousands of people
are duped into signing petitions and
voting for the measures because
they're described as bans on dis-
crimination instead of attacks on
programs that help women and


minorities.
The group Nebraskans United,
which formed to try to defeat the
measure here, gave Nebraska
Secretary of State John Gale video
and other evidence that petition cir-
culators left petitions unattended
and committed other violations of
state law.
They've filed a lawsuit challeng-
ing signatures' validity because of a
"pattern of fraud and illegality." If
successful, the lawsuit won't keep
the measure off the ballot but could
keep votes from being counted.
Meanwhile, a national group is
questioning how much money
Connerly makes. Kristina Wilfore,
executive director of the Ballot
Initiative Strategy Center, which
opposes Connerly's efforts, said his
compensation is "out-of-whack
with any nonprofit industry stan-
dards."
"Ward Connerly has used voter
fraud and deception to place his ini-
tiatives on the ballot and profited
off a campaign to outlaw equal
opportunity," Wilfore said.
Said Connerly: "Why would I
have to do that when I had a very
successful company from which I
earned far more than I could make
running a national nonprofit effort
that resulted in significant abuse to
me and my family?"
Connerly said he's paid about
$300,000 a year by the organization
he founded to take his initiative
beyond California.
At his Sacramento consulting
firm, Connerly & Associates, which
originates home repair loans and
serves as the administrative arm for
professional trade associations, he
earned $2 million a year. He


stopped taking a salary from the
firm in 2005.
Not just black and white
Connerly was born in 1939 in
Louisiana, then moved with his
family to California. He married a
white woman, Ilene. Interracial
marriage wasn't common in 1962,
and the union estranged them from
her family until their son was born,
Connerly wrote in his 2000 mem-
oir, "Creating Equal: My Fight
Against Race Preferences."
But Connerly calls "black" and
"white" superficial descriptors. In
his own case, Connerly said,
"black" actually means French
Canadian, Choctaw, African and
Irish American.
Connerly said he hopes Barack
Obama, the Democratic nominee
for president, might address the
issue if elected. Obama is the son of
a black man and a white woman.
"I may be wrong, but I honestly
think that Sen. Obama, in an ideal
world, would like to get rid of race
as an issue in American life,"
Connerly said. "I really believe
that. And I'm not an Obama sup-
porter."
It may be unlikely, since Obama
has said he opposes Connerly's
efforts to end affirmative action.
Connerly predicts Republican
nominee John McCain who has
said he supports the measures -
"would ideally like to leave (the
issue) alone" if elected.
"Although he supports the initia-
tives, I believe he would just as
soon that it go away," Connerly
said. "He doesn't want to come
across as hostile to black people
and Hispanics."


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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.
Rhoda L. Martin Cultural Heritage
Center to Present Fall Gospel Musical
Jacksonville Beach School #144, former students, faculty, staff, friends
and supporters are invited and surely don't want to miss the opportunity to
fellowship when The Rhoda L. Martin Cultural Heritage Center Presents its
Fall Gospel Musical in the Sanctuary of St. Andrew AME Church, 125 9th
Street South, at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 11, 2008. All funds raised
will be used to support the Art, Reading, Math and Tutoring Programs at the
Center. If you cannot attend and wish to make a donation, please send to:
P.B.E.P.F. Inc., P O Box 50790, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250.
Douglas Anderson Classes 1959 1969
Reunion Meeting, Oct. 14th
The planning committee of Douglas Anderson High School Classes
1959-1969 will hold an organizational meeting, at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday,
October 14, 2008, at the Lillian Saunders Center, off White Ave. This meet-
ing will begin the planning for a Grand Celebration in 2009, that will com-
memorate 50 Years since the FIRST Graduating Class of 1959 from the his-
torical Southside school. Every class member 1959-1969 us encouraged to
participate in the planning. To confirm your attendance, please contact
Coach Nathaniel Washington at (904)765-2316 or (904)210-6422.

Greater Grant Memorial AME to
Celebrate United Effort Day, Oct. 12th
Greater Grant Memorial AME Church, Rev. Tony Hansberry, Pastor;
will celebrate their Annual United Effort Day, at 7:45 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Services, Sunday, October 12, 2008.
Retired AME Bishop Cummings has been invited t6 be the speaker at
the 11 a.m. Service. He is well known for his dynamic preaching. The com-
munity is invited.


Shiloh Missionary Baptist of St.
Augustine to Observe Harvest Day
The Reverend Rick Torrence, Associate Pastor of the Mt. Calvary Baptist
Church of Palm Coast, will be the speaker when the Shiloh Missionary
Baptist Church, 271 W. King Street, Rev. Randy Hezekiah Jr., Pastor;
observes Harvest Day, at 11 a.m., Sunday, October 19, 2008
Rev. Torrence is a frequent speaker at revivals, retreats, seminars and
workshops. His presentation on "Blacks in the Bible" has been presented at
churches and on college campuses across the nation.
Everyone is invited to come and hear this man of God. You may also
feel free to "dress down" or wear your favorite Harvest attire.
Faust Temple C.O.GI.C to Celebrate
67th Anniversary, Oct. 23 26
The members of Faust Temple Church of God in Christ, Bishop R. L.
Dixon, Pastor, 3328 Moncrief Road; will celebrate their 67th Church's
Anniversary, Thursday and Friday, October 23rd and 24th, Services will
begin nightly at 7:30 p.m. The Celebration will culminate with the final
Celebration Service at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, October 26, 2008.
The community is invited to join the members of Faust Temple Church
of God in Christ as they lift up the name of Jesus for the wonderful things
He has done and is doing in the body of Christ. For directions, please con-
tact Minister Emory Greenlee at 768-1079 or the church at 353-1418.
St. Phillip's Episcopal to Celebrate
Edward Waters College Day, Oct. 19th
St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 321 West Union Street will Celebrate
Edward Waters College Day at 5 p.m., Sunday, October 19th. This celebra-
tion is a major component of the Outreach Program at St. Philip's, and will
also be the foundational event for the annual "Fine Arts" series St. Philip's.
The celebration will feature the Edward Waters College Concert Choir,
directed by Dr. Samuel Shingles and the inspirational and stimulating H.
Alvin Green Memorial Alumni chorale, under the direction of Ms. Patricia
Black. The choirs will present selections that include classical, sacred,
gospel, modern, and traditional African American and the foundational
event for the annual "Fine Arts" series at St. Philip's.
First Timothy to hold a"Mother &
Daughter Slumber Party"
First Timothy Baptist Church, 12103 Biscayne Blvd., Rev. Fred Newbill,
Pastor; and the Duval County Health Dept. will present "It's a Family
Affair" Mother & Daughter Slumber Party (daughters 10 years or older)
beginning at 6:30 p.m., Friday, October 17th and continuing until 9 a.m.
Saturday morning. Attendees can expect to be Enlightened, Educated,
Pampered, and Entertained. There will be real discussions about sexuality,
peer pressure, healthy relationships, free food, gift bags, door prizes and


St. Thomas to Present
Poets, Authors, Musicians & Dancers
Celebrate the importance of the Written Word at the St. Thomas Family
Life Center, corer of Moncrief Road & Rowe Avenue, beginning at 11
a.m., Saturday, October 25, 2008. Be an Eyewitness to History with the
spendor of James Weldon Johnson, Margret Walker, Langston Hughes,
Rudyard Kipling, William Shakespeare and Maya Angelou, presented by
local poets, authors, musicians and dancers.
Rodney Hurst and Dorothy Mitchell will serve as Master and Mistress
of Ceremony. Among the artist performing will be Poet and Author Tangela
Floryd; Musicians: Fred McClendon and Michael Lane; Orator, NayKierra
Love; Coreographer, Tonya Brown, and Author and Poet Bettye Sessions.
Remember: Knowledge is Still Power! For more information, please call
Delphenia M. Carterat (904) 765-3962.

New Redeem Missionary Baptist to
Celebrate Women's Day, October 26th
Women's Day will be celebrated Sunday, October 26, 2008, at the New
Redeem Missionary Baptist Church, 1614 East 30th Street, where Rev.
Willie Addison Sr. is Pastor; Rev. Dr. E. I. Norman, Pastor Emeritus. The
Women's Day Celebration will begin with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.
Morning Service begins at 11 a.m. The community .is invited.

Union Progressive Baptist Church to
Celebrate 88th Church Anniversary
The Union Progressive Baptist Church, 613 Pippin Street, Pastor
Corinthian R. Morgan ; invites the community to share in the Dedication
Service of the 88th Anniversary of the Church, and the 32nd Anniversary
of Pastor Morgan the week of October 20-25, 2008.
Pre Dedication Services will be held at 7 p.m. nightly, Monday, Tuesday
and Wednesday, October 20-22nd.
A Community Block event will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on
Saturday, October 25th. There will be Free Food, Information Booths,
games and activities for the children.
Sunday School at 9 a.m., Sunday, October 26th will begin the day of
dedication. Morning Worship will begin at 10:15 a.m. The Dedication of
the Church and Pastor's Anniversary with Local churches participating will
begin at 4 p.m. The community is invited.

Pack the Pews at St. Johns Missionary
Twelve Disciples will Pack the Pews at St. John Missionary Baptist
Church, 135 Brickyard Road, Middleburg; at 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 26th.
Everyone is invited. For directions, please call (904) 272-5100.


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9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Rilio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M.


The doors of Macedonia are always open to you and your fain we may be ofany assistance
to you in your spiritual walk, please contact us at 764-9257'or, via email at GreaterMa6,@aoLc6IM."
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Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464


Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor


Weekly Services


Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church school
9:30 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.


Midweek Services
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.

Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.


Come share in Holy Communion on 1st Sundayat 4:50 p.m.


Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor


Radio Ministry
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
TV Ministry
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.


Grace and Peace


Join Us for One of Our Services
SUNDAY
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.

Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.

TUESDAY
Bible Study 7:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY
Noon Day Worship

THURSDAY
Youth Church 7:00 p.m.


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Sunday School
9 a.m.
Morning Worship
10 a.m.
Lord's Supper
Second Sunday
3:00 p.m.
Evening Worship
Every 3rd & 4th
Sunday
4 :00 p.m.


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Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr


School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.

2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683 Email:dccfmbc@yahoo.com


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(L-R) EWC President Dr. Claudette Williams and
Miss EWC '08-09 Mercedes Bryant.


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(L-R) EWC alums James Austin, Homecoming
2008 Chair Carl Johnson and Nathaniel Farley
presenting the "distinguished speaker" award to
EWC alumnus Dr. Marvin Dawkins.


(L-R) EWC Alumni Association Lifetime
Membership honorees Helen Bruce, John Kirby and
Melachi Beyah receiving awards from EWC
National Alumni Association President Marguerite
Warren at the annual "spirit" breakfast, a
Homecoming favorite.


by M. Latimer
He's interviewed economic, polit-
ical and religious leaders across the
country.
He adds color and perspective to
nationally syndicated shows like
CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 and
The Situation Room.
His name is Roland Martin, and
he spent Tuesday night sharing
ideas on "religion and politics" with
students and administrators and the
community at large at FCCJ's
South Campus Wilson Center.
When asked if he represents the
African American point of view, he
responds by requesting that others
not to classify him based on his
race, faith or political affiliation.
"I present a broad view. Period.
Certainly 1 bring a perspective other
people [media] will not have," he
said. "I'm an African American, but


I want people to look beyond race.
I'm a Christian, but I want people to
look beyond religion to morality
and ethics. I'm neither a Democrat
nor a Republican. My goal is sim-
ply to have viewers see all sides of
any issue, to make things fair and
more equitable."
In a brief "conversation" with the
audience, he discussed why diverse
views should be shared. "I recog-
nize that colleagues often don't see
things the same way that I do," he
said. "And we often use our plat-
form to promote political agendas.
My role is to question what's being
communicated and to get the
American public to use critical
thinking to really understand what
they see and hear in the media."
The "conversation," of course,
turned to the presidential election.
Martin said, "The reality is that


there are three issues at work race,
generation and ideology. That
aside, I advise people in every
county to be proactive and ready.
Vote early. Talk to your political
leaders to make sure the elections'
offices are trained and prepared."
When student leaders posed a
series of questions, "round table"
style, to Martin, he often responded
with questions, challenging them to
think about the issues under discus-
sion. The topics ranged from the
constitution, to illegal immigration,
to ethical handling of prisoners of
war. "When it comes to religion
and politics, the too many people
have prostituted their prophetic
point of view to promote agendas.
We must not simply choose candi-
dates based on limited issues. We
need to look at their character, their
personal behavior," he said.


Members of the victorious Edward Waters College
football team: Kamau Leitner, a senior offensive
back from Tampa, FL; Jacob Thurston,
Homecoming King 2008 and a senior fullback from
Washington, DC; and WilbertPittman, a sophomore
offensive tackle from Belleglade,


EWC Celebrates Homecoming 2008


by M. Latimer
Edward Waters College (EWC),
Jacksonville's own HBCU, cele-
brated an exciting Homecoming
2008 with a week of enthusiasm-
generating activities. Large num-
bers of supporters current stu-
dents, alumni, friends of EWC and
football lovers joined in the fun,
attending events that included a
golf tournament, alumni reception,
distinguished speaker's series,
alumni "spirit" breakfast, parade,
tailgating, football game, stepshow,
and a series of post-game after par-
ties.
On the football field, the EWC
Tigers emerged victorious, enjoy-
ing a 51-14 win over the George
Mason University Patriots. Jacob


Thurston, a senior fullback from
Washington, DC and Homecoming
King, said the win was a "great
way" to culminate a memorable
Homecoming 2008. "I feel good


that we won. The team worked
really hard, and the victory makes
this a great Homecoming for all of
us. We'll always remember this
moment," he said.


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Lisa Holley (Advisor Tanzanite Chapter), BACK ROW: Dr. Walter Brown, Pastor of Believer's House
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influential, virtuous, anointed, sis- Ministries, a community organiza-


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and education of women, the out-
reach ministry provides mentoring
for young ladies in the community
to promote personal development
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collecting donations for The American Cancer Society's "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer"
fund, which supports groundbreaking medical research. We'll also be making a donation of our
own, contributing $300,000 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation to fund mammograms
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Episcopalians Apologize for Slavery
PHILADELPHIA Episcopal leaders gathered in Philadelphia last
weekend to formally apologize for their ancestors' slave ownership -
and to discuss the "white privilege" they say endures.
In a solemn repentance service, Episcopalians acknowledged that
slavery "was and is a sin and a fundamental betrayal of the humanity of
all persons" in which church members took part.
The Episcopal church joins other denominations, including the
Southern Baptists, that have apologized for their past support of slavery
or racism.
"We think that Americans are really in denial about the role of the
African-Americans and Native Americans in the building of this
nation," said Byron Rushing, a Massachusetts lawmaker who helped
organize the Episcopal event.


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Open Genealogical
Society Meeting
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society monthly meeting will be
held at 1:30 p.m., October 11,
2008, at the Webb-Wesconnett
Library, 6889 103rd Street, on the
westside. The speaker this month is
Mr. Gregory W. Parsons, Curator,
Museum, Camp Blanding, whose
presentation will cover Camp
Blanding's establishment, expan-
sion, federal control during World
War II, training, operations and the
German POW camp. For addition-
al information contact Mary
Chauncey at (904) 781-9300.

Oct. 11th is Annual
National College Fair
The National College Fair of
Jacksonville will be held on
Saturday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m.-1
p.m. at the Prime F. Osborn III
Convention Center.
The annual fair draws thousands of
students and their parents each year
and is attended by more than 100
colleges and universities globally.
For more information, call 632-
3310.
Cry For Help
the Stage Play
Milk and Honey Entertainment
will present "Cry for Help"
Depicted in the story are real life
accounts of "Teen Abusive


Relationships" and "Domestic
Violence." Viewers will witness a
provocative and enlightening show-
case to eradicate these cries for
help. It will be held on Saturday,
October 11, 2008 at 7:30 PM at
the Ritz Theatre Call 997-1035 for
more information.

Ribault Trojan 1993
The Ribault Class of 1993 will be
having their 15 Year Class Reunion
on October 17-19, 2008. Reunion
activities will kick-off at 7p.m. on
Oct. 17 with the "Creme Party" ice-
breaker/social and end with the
Farewell Skate Party at 2 p.m. on
Sunday, Oct. 19. For more informa-
tion visit: www.1993RibaultReunion.s5.com
or call (904) 234-0164.

Harvey the Show
The upcoming production of
Harvey The Show showcases the
vocals of W. Harvey Williams in a
musical stage show at the 5 Points
Theatre, 1028 Park Street in
Riverside on Saturday, October
18th and Sunday, October 19th.
During the performance Williams
will offer his own rendition of
greats such as Louis Armstrong,
Nat King Cole, Barry White, Lou
Rawls and The Rat Pack. Special
guest Teddy Washington will per-
form a tribute to James Brown in
addition to other local artists. For
tickets, showtimes or more infor-
mation, call (904) 565-0057.


Get Ready for
Gardenfest 2008
Garden Fest will be held Saturday,
October 18th from 9 3 p.m. at the
Duval County Extension Office,
1010 N. McDuff Avenue.
Topics include: Turn Trash to
Treasure; Eco-Friendly
Landscaping; Birds, Bees and
Butterflies; Creating Edible
Centerpieces and What's New in
Horticulture. To register, or more
information, call Rachel Wilson at
(904)-272-4252There will be plants
and gardening items for sale.

Annual Southern
Women's Show
Satisfy your cravings at the
Southern Women's Show! Don't
miss savvy shopping, creative
cooking ideas, healthy lifestyle tips,
trendy fashion shows, great celebri-
ty guests, and fabulous prizes. The
show will be held October 16-19,
2008. For information call (800)
849-0248.

Ribault Class of 1993
15 Year Reunion
The Ribault Class of 1993 will be
having their 15 Year Class Reunion
on October 17-19, 2008. Reunion
activities will kick-off at 7p.m. on
Oct. 17 with the "Creme Party" ice-
breaker/social and end with the
Farewell Skate Party at 2 p.m. on


Sunday, Oct. 19. For more informa-
tion call (904) 234-0164.

Preseason NBA
Basketball in Jax
Local residents will be able to
check out professional basketball
right in our own backyard with an
NBA pre-season basketball game
between the Orlando Magic vs. the
Miami Heat. The game that will be
held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday,
October 18, 2008 at the
Jacksonville Memorial Arena. For
tickets or more information, call
353-3309.

FCCJ Fall Job Fair
The Rosanne R. Hartwell
Women's Center, WorkSource and
the Career Development Centers at
Florida Community College invite
all job seekers to meet and inter-
view with local employers. It will
be held on Oct. 22nd, from 9 a.m.-
noon. It will be held at the Florida
Community College Advanced
Technology Center, 401 W. State St.
Job seekers are encouraged to
dress for a job interview and to
bring copies of their r6sumds. Call
646-2300 for more information.

History in Motion
presented by DASOTA
The Dance Department of
Douglas Anderson School of the
Arts will present "Historical


Concert", an annual celebration of
dance at 7:30 p.m., on October 23
& 24, in the schools' Theatre.
The concert will feature more than
150 dancers, many of whom have
studied with reknowned dance
institutions. This performance high-
lights classical ballet, various styles
of American modern dance and his-
torical genres.
Call 390-2971 for information.

EnVogue, Mint
Condition and Will
Downing in Concert
The Annual Black Expo concert
will this year feature R&B acts
EnVogue, Mint Condition and Will
Downing. It will be held on Friday,
October 24th at the Times Union
Performing Arts Center starting at 8
p.m. For tickets or more informa-
tion, call 727-7451.

Free lecture on Medical
Care of African-
Americans in Jax
The Jacksonville Diversity
Network will present Dr. C.B.
McIntosh for a free lecture on
"Medical Care for African-
Americans in Jacksonville: A
Historical Perspective." It will be
held on Thursday, October 30,
2008, 7:00 8:30p.m. at the
Karpeles Manuscript Museum 101
W. 1st Street in Springfield. RSVP
to: JacksonvilleDiversityNetwork@gmail.COm.


trip airfare tickets to the Bahamas.
For more information or to reserve
your tickets, call 727-3443.

Rendezvous with
Author Marsha Phelts
The Jacksonville Public Library
will present a unique opportunity to
meet and greet author Marsha
Phelts on Saturday, November 1st,
from 2 3:30 PM at the Main
Library in the Conference Level.
Phelts is the author of the American
Beach Cookbook, a cookbook and
part memoir, of one of Florida's his-
toric African American communi-
ties. For more information, call
(904) 630-2960.

Join the Jacksonville
Investment Club.
How would you like to have fun
and make money the NAIC way?
The Jacksonville Investment Club
is having an open call to member-
ship. Members invest $50 per
month and vote on how to invest the
club's account at each meeting. The
next meeting will be held on
Wednesday, November 5th at the
South East/Deerwod Branch
Library and the group meets the
first Wednesday of every month at
6:30 p.m. Call Henry at 904-395-
5622 for more information.


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-"Historic" can best describe this
year's presidential election. Over the
Hon. Jerry Holland past several weeks, Senators Barack
r ol n Obama and John McCain, along with
Supervisor of Elections Governor Sara Palin and her family
are leading topics of conversation in press rooms, lunch rooms, and fam-
ily rooms throughout the nation. In fact, it was reported that 57 million
people (Nielsen) tuned in to watch the live presidential debate held in
Mississippi last week. Just afew more than 600 miles away, Jacksonville
is no exception as the city's Supervisor of Elections office readies itself
and the 284precincts it operates for one of the area's largest anticipated
voter turnouts (84%). And if the volume of emails with warnings and
voter registration information that I've received in the coming weeks are
of any indication about the community's interest levels and concerns,
this year's general election will indeed be historic.
Last week, City of Jacksonville Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland
took time away from his voter education and preparation efforts to
address many of the questions that are on the minds of area citizens.


Q: When does voting for the
presidential election begin?
A: November 4th is Election Day.
However, voting begins 45 days
prior to Nov 4th when we start
sending out absentee ballots (Oct
20th).
Q: It appears that there is
greater interest and enthusiasm
for this year's election than in
previous years. Do you share this
sentiment? Is there any evidence
that supports such (increase in
phone calls at elections office,
etc.)?
A: Yes, in fact we believe there
will be a record turnout for Duval
County that will exceed 85 percent.
This is evident by the number of
voter registration applications and
phone calls that our office has
received.
Q:What are the percentages of
Democrats and Republicans
throughout our county?
A: There are a total of 507,063
voters, as of August 29, 2008. Of
these, Democrats represent 44.8%
(227,168 voters); Republicans rep-
resent 37.4% (189,644); and minor
parties/no party affiliation voters
represent 17.8% (90,251).
Q: Explain the issue or contro-
versy that occurred in Florida
during the last presidential elec-
tion, resulting in the movie
"Recount."
A: The movie is actually based
on the 2000 election, not the 2004,
but the problems were largely due
to the voting systems in place and
the punch card ballots. They [sys-
tems] permitted over-voting, and
problems with the CHADS (Card
Hold Aggregate Debris) hanging or
dimpled but not pushed through.
[NOTE: The CHAD is caused when
the operator punches through a
punch card with a stylus to indicate
his or her choice on the punch card.
The CHAD is the debris left behind.
If the operator does not punch
through the punch card, it could
leave an indented CHAD, i.e. dim-
pled or the CHAD could still be


attached to the punch card, i.e.
hanging CHAD}.
Q: Was it an accurate depiction
of the process?
A: Yes, I thought the movie did a
very good job of showing the prob-
lem.
Q: What have we done/are we
doing to ensure that alleged
mishaps do not occur, restoring
the trust in our system?
A: The entire election system has
changed since 2000. We now use
optical scan voting machines with a
paper ballot. The marking of a
paper ballot used in the optical scan
voting machines have eliminated
over-votes and hanging CHADS.
Also, we have done a lot of out-
reach into all of the community to
be proactive and responsive to any
problems.
Q: There has been a great deal
of misinformation about the elec-
tion process -- from the wearing
of apparel at precincts to con-
firming residential address
updates every four years. Can
you dispel these myths and any
others that exist?
Yes, First, please be aware that
persons can wear a candidate's
name etc., on their shirts, hats or
buttons. Secondly, we do not
require a driver's license address to
be the voter's current address. A
person's ID is only for photo and
signature verification. [Reports
indicate that there are over 87,000
inactive voters in Duval County.
Inactive voters are registered voters
who have moved to another
address, city or state and have not
updated their voter registration
information. An inactive voter is
also one who hasn't voted in two
consecutive years. Persons can call
630-1414 to determine their status
and verify their precinct.]
Q: Do you find that there is a
lack of trust among people
regarding the elections process?
A: I think there has been, but I
also think that trust is coming back.
Q: How can people get involved


Continued from page 1
Partnerships have been developed
and nurtured to advocate a open
door policy with the elections
office that have included organiza-
tions and churches.
."We try to make every phone call,
every question, a one stop shop,"
said Voter Education Director
Tracie' Collier. "Information is the
key to knowledge in this election
and we want to make sure our vot-
ers are prepared," she said.
The office is expecting a record
85% turn out on November 4th.
Since the beginning of the elections


season, over 10,000 NEW voters
have been registered
"With one of the most historic
Presidential Elections happening in
a matter of weeks, I feel certain
Duval County will a have record
numbers of voters coming out to
the polls and voting. So, I welcome
this opportunity to assist with get-
ting people registered and ready to
vote before the deadline on
Monday, October 6th at 5:00 p.m.,"
stated Supervisor Holland.
The voting registration deadline
for the November election was
October 6th.


in and support voter education
efforts throughout the year?
A: People can be informed. They
are invited to work with the
Supervisor of Elections office with
registration drives and as poll work-
ers permitting them to learn more
about how elections are conducted.
A good resource for people is our
web site at www.duvalelections.com
There is an extreme amount of
important information available on
the site.
Q: Complete this sentence --
People should know that the


have any questions.
Voters are encouraged to famil-
iarize themselves with the ballot
and issues to minimize frustration
associated with uncertainty and
long lines. The candidates will be
listed on the front of the ballot and
six amendments will be included on
the back. To learn more about the
general election ballot, please con-
tact the City of Jacksonville's
Supervisor of Elections Office,
located at 105 East Monroe St.
32202, at (904) 630-1414.
Marsha G. Oliver is Executive


Holland, who often works side by side with Elections employees,
explains to Sabrina McCaskill elections procedures. J Grayphoto


Supervisor of Elections Office is...
A: here for all voters to make sure
that all elections are run fairly and
with accurate results. We want our
voters to feel comfortable with call-
ing us and letting us know how we
can serve them better and if they


Officer of 0. Communications, a
Jacksonville-based public relations
and marketing firm
(www.knowyourimpression.com). To
reach Ms. Oliver, please contact her
at (904) 353-6269 or via email at mar-
sha@knowyourimpression.com.


King Siblings' Lawsuit


Could Derail Book Deal


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"Voters should be prepared to stand in

line" as a record turnout is expected.


ATLANTA A lawsuit
involving the three surviving
children of Martin Luther King
Jr. and Coretta Scott King is
threatening to derail a $1.4
million deal for a book on their
mother.
The New York-based Penguin
Group agreed to pay $1.2 mil-
lion plus royalties to King Inc.,
which controls the civil rights
icon's intellectual property.
The publisher would pay anoth- Ma
er $200,000 to the Rev. Barbara
Reynolds, who taped conversations
with Mrs. King before she died in
January 2006.
This week, Penguin said it would
terminate the contract and demand
the return of a $300,000 advance if
the publisher does not receive pho-
tos, personal writing and letters
within seven business days.
The lawsuit the third among the
three siblings in as many months -
was filed Sept. 24 in Fulton County
probate court. Bernice King is list-
ed as plaintiff and administrator of
her mother's estate, and the estate of
Martin Luther King Jr., which
Dexter King controls, is listed as
the defendant.
The siblings are feuding over
whether the documents should be
turned over. Bernice King and
Martin Luther King III maintain
that their mother no longer wanted
to work with Reynolds on the book.
They are asking that the documents
be distributed among Coretta Scott
King's heirs and not given to the
publisher.
Dexter King, president and chief
executive officer of King Inc.,
signed the book contract.
Craig Frankel, Dexter King's per-
sonal attorney, said his client was
within his rights to sign the contract
and had discussed the deal with his
siblings.
"He signed the contract, but that's
his job," Frankel said. "No one
questioned when they got their


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share of the sale from the King,
papers whether Dexter had the-
authority to sign a contract. Nobody
complained when they got their
millions."
Also at issue is whether Coretta
Scott King's biography is part of,
King Inc., since it was not part of
the 10,000-document collection
auctioned by Sotheby's in 2006 in a
$32 million, eleventh-hour deal
brokered by the city of Atlanta. The
siblings have received equal shares
of the money.
Jock Smith, an attorney for Bernice
and Martin Luther King III, said his
clients had no knowledge of the
book deal until they were asked to
turn over the documents a few
weeks ago.
"This basically comes down to a
situation where Dexter has done
things on his own," Smith said.
Smith added that such actions
were the basis for a separate lawsuit
filed in July by Bernice and Martin
Luther King III attempting to force
their brother to open the books of
their father's estate. In August,
Dexter King sued them, alleging
that they each established founda-
tions that compete with The King,
Center.
All the cases could be resolved
before they make it to a courtroom,
though prospects for a meeting
between the estranged siblings
were unclear. The board of King,
Inc. has not met since the death of
Mrs. King in 2006.


Elections Office Making History


Shown above(L-R) is Hank Rogers explaining the clemency process
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October 9-15, 2008


Paue 10 Ms. Perry's Free Press


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Chinese-American food is unlike
healthy Chinese food served in
China, where the focus is on veg-
etables and rice, tofu (soy protein)
and occasionally small portions of
beef, pork, poultry and fish.
In the U.S., Chinese fast food is
often drenched in oil and/or deep-
fried and you'll see more pork and
beef dishes on most Chinese menus
than soy and fish. At airports, I've
even seen eggs, bacon and home
fries in Chinese fast food.
A restaurant dining experience is
a safer choice than fast food. The
good news is, in any restaurant,
you're the boss. Politely but firmly
tell the waiter what you want. Make
smart, healthy Chinese food choic-
es, and you can maintain your
weight and dine out anywhere.
Worst of Chinese
1. Crispy: Avoid dishes called
"crispy" because they are deep-
fried and have more fat and calo-
ries. Go for stir-fried or steamed
instead.
2. Egg rolls: Egg rolls and the
Chinese noodles they give you for
free are deep-fried and fat-saturat-
ed. Try this: Wrap an egg roll in a
paper napkin, and wait five min-
utes. See the fat saturate napkin.
Throw away.
3. Spare ribs: There's nothing
"spare" about fatty pork ribs
slathered with sauce. If you're in the
mood for pork, order pork.
4. Sweet and sour: No matter
what the mystery meat, it's covered
in the sickening-sweet sauce. By
the way, the meat is fried before
dunked in the sauce.
5. Fried rice: White rice is bad
enough. Stripped of most nutrients,
with a few added back, white rice
has a high glycemic index, because
it's ultra-refined and basically just
starch. It's one of those foods, like
white bread, that adds nothing but


calories to your diet. Fried rice is
simply fried white rice, making it
fatty, with added bits of pork and
sodium -- it's really the worst.
Best of Chinese
1. Soup: Researchers continue to
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control your weight. A cup of soup
prior to your meal takes the edge off
your appetite. Try a cup of hot and
sour, egg drop, or chicken and veg-
etable soup. By the way, as soon as
you sit down, ask the waiter to
remove the fried noodles and avoid
temptation.
2. Chinese vegetables: Chinese
restaurants are a great place for a
different vegetable experience.


Important NAACP Meeting Dates
On November 13, 2008, the election of officers and at-large members
of the Executive Committee will take place at The Branch Office 5422
Soutel Drive. Polls will be open from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. In order to
vote in a Branch election, one must be a member in good standing of the
Branch 30 days prior to the election. A form of identification is required.


Here's your opportunity to try bean
sprouts, bok choy, Chinese broccoli
and cabbage, long beans, eggplant
and more. All are powerful sources
of fiber, vitamins and minerals.
3. Dim sum: A more substantial
but calorie-wise choice is steamed
dim sum, or dumplings. Available
with different fillings, including
vegetable with tofu and chicken.
Avoid fried dim sum.
4. Get steamed! Request
steamed chicken, fish, shellfish or
tofu, with vegetables. You can eat a
lot more of a healthier preparation
and still feel great about your diet. I
always ask for red pepper or hot
mustard and spice it up.


5. Stir-fry: The same as above,
ask for lots of veggies with shrimp,
chicken, tofu, or occasionally, beef
in a stir-fry. When ordering stir-
fried items, stress "light on the oil"
or ask the chef to stir-fry your meal
in broth.
For dessert, opt for pineapple or
other fresh fruit. And munch on
your fortune cookie, which has 50
calories and no fat!
Remember, you don't have to
order off the menu. Just explain to
the waiter or waitress that it's
important that the chef or cook
make it your way. Ninety-nine
times out of a 100, you'll get what
you ask for.


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Mr. & Mrs. Harrison (Patricia) Simmons, Parents of the Bride-to-
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Be; Latrece Rowell, Mother of the Groom and Victor Victors, Father
of Groom. FMPI Photo
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by family and friends on Saturday, October 4th, at the Dinsmore Civic
Club in Jacksonville, Florida to celebrate their engagement. The couple
was well received by over 100 guests to soft music, lavender and white
decorated tables accented with lighted lanterns. Both are members of
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O.J. Simpson Facing


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admitting that, it's hard to and
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Both men are black and their jury ye:
included no African-Americans.
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prosecution through peremptory tio
O.J. Simpson's attorneys in his challenges in spite of defense de:
armed robbery case could be fight- claims that these were race-based sai
ing long odds to convince an actions designed to create an all- and
appeals court that he was a victim white jury. Un
of racial prejudice and payback for One of the nine women and three
his murder acquittal, legal experts men who convicted Simpson iden- wh
say, but there may be other grounds tified herself as Hispanic. GlI
for a new trial. Simpson remains isolated in a 7-
The 61-year-old Simpson's foot-by-14-foot cell in a Las Vegas be
future depends, in part, on how jail, and his attorneys said they ex
successfully his lawyers argue that were preparing a request for new de:
his 1995 acquittal was allowed to trial to be filed by week's end. sai
intrude in a Las Vegas courtroom. Attorney Gabriel Grasso said
Las Vegas defense attorney Al that request, which is expected to ve,
Lasso said that while the former be denied, will offer a preview of tol
football star's acquittal was the appellate points to be raised after the
"elephant in the room everyone Simpson's scheduled sentencing can
was trying to ignore," there were Dec. 5. als


other errors that could bring a
reversal of his conviction.
"This court would not hesitate to
reverse if they saw cumulative
errors that had the effect of preju-
dicing a defendant," Lasso said.
"But then again it's O.J. Simpson,
and he's unlike any other defen-
dant."
Lasso, who watched the trial,
said he was shocked at the jury's
decision to convict Simpson and
co-defendant Clarence "C.J."
Stewart of kidnapping, armed rob-
bery and 10 other charges related to
a hotel confrontation Sept. 13,


Kidnapping is punishable by five
years to life in prison. Armed rob-
bery carries a mandatory sentence
of at least two years behind bars,
and could bring as much as 30
years.
"In the motion for new trial,
you're asking the person who tried
the case to admit they screwed up,"
Grasso said. "It's very rare those
are granted."
Nevertheless, Dayvid Figler, a
Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer,
said the request for a new trial can
be a prelude to sentencing and
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asso said, the focus will be on an
peal to the Nevada Supreme
urt, which is the only appellate
urt in the state. An appeal could
:e a year and a half to resolve,
d Simpson and Stewart would
obably remain behind bars dur-
;that time.
Of all the potential appeal issues,
later said, "the worst was jury
section "
Galanter said the defense will
;ue that the judge's efforts to
eed up jury selection "limited
r ability to fully explore juror
is."
The defense asserts that jurors
ere influenced by Simpson's
quittal in California in the mur-
rs of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown
npson, and her friend Ronald
ildman. At a news conference
er Friday's verdict, jurors
amantly denied that the past case
ayed the present one.
Once testimony began, Galanter
d, the defense was restricted in
cross-examination from explor-
g the backgrounds of witnesses
d exposing lies they might have
d when compared with their pre-
linary hearing testimony last
ar.
'Speaking in broad terms, the
ue is, 'Was the cross-examina-
n so unduly restricted that the
fendant didn't get a fair trial?"'
d Tom Pitaro, a defense lawyer
d adjunct professor at the
diversity of Nevada.
Another issue, Galanter said, is
lether there was judicial bias by
ass.
'I think the transcript is going to
rife with her cutting short cross-
aminations and scolding the
fense in front of the jury," Figler
.d.
"Here, you've got a judge being
ry animated and being less than
erant of the defense in front of
Juryy" he said. "If the defense
n show disparate treatment and
so can tie it in with potential prej-
ice, then there is a line of cases
ey can point to on appeal where
Judge's demeanor becomes an
ue," Figler said.
For Stewart, the central issue of
Appeal will be severance from
e case against Simpson.
His lawyers repeatedly argued
it he should not have been forced
stand trial with such a notorious
;ure.
"The fact that C.J. Stewart got
e clean sweep on the verdict, as
ell, provides for a greater argu-
ent for the defense that there was
spillover" Figler said.


The Ribault Class of '79 hosted a
'70's Dress Up Affair at the
Wyndam Hotel on Saturday,
October 4th, 2008.
Attended by more than 100


Hollywood's handshake E
to struggling women can
be cold and indifferent.
Add single
parenthood to
the mix, and
many could be
stars like Robin
Goings, giving
up before real-
izing their
potential. The
aspiring H^ |
actress, who
beat out hun-
dreds of read-
ers to win
Heart & Soul
magazine's
January cover
model contest
this year, has
already gotten
a taste of the
pain that comes
with seeking
fame.
Goings was
recently
divorced from
a regular per-
former on the
Black comedy
club circuit,
who also has
made a few movie and TV appear-
ances. But she isn't down or out. In
fact, as she uses the exposure from
being featured in the popular Black
women's health magazine to launch
new endeavors. The 30-something
Ohio native plans to fight on behalf
of others. Goings is pushing for the
passage of a national bill that would
require entertainers, who some-
times tend to escape child support
duties, to place their earnings in
escrow accounts to benefit their
families. The bill would force live
entertainers, who are often compen-
sated in cash, to pay taxes and leave
a paper trail of their professional
earnings.
The recent jailings of late singer
Sean Levert and rapper MC Breed
for non-payment of child support
make Goings' effort more timely
than she could've imagined.
"The legal system did nothing to
protect us," she says of her family
after the divorce.
In court, Goings says her ex
denied much of his income and,
without a way to prove his earn-
ings, she and her children have
struggled. It's not at all uncommon
for promoters, who can be corpora-
tions, new entrepreneurs or even
drug dealers bankrolling events, to
pay rappers and other club perform-
ers in cash. Convicted dope felon
and Death Row Records financier
Michael "Harry O" Harris even
produced a play starring Denzel
Washington before Washington
achieved Hollywood fame.
Goings hopes that club owners and
promoters will join her in efforts on
the passage of her bill. She says the
children of the entertainers are the
greatest victims when there is no


guests, everyone dressed in 70's
attire to begin their 30- year reunion
celebration which will take place in
2009. The class has a year-long
schedule of events planned to raise


awareness and financial assistance
to needy families on the First Coast.
Anyone interested in assisting the
class with donations for holiday
baskets can call (904) 548-0055.


x-Hollywood Wife


PUshes for


quiring


Entertainers


way of enforcing support orders
from minor celebs like her ex, who
may travel from stage to stage with-
out fear of salary garnishment.
"The bill would prevent them from
getting cash money and neglecting
to pay creditors, the IRS, and starv-
ing out their families," Goings
adds.
She has received feedback from
California Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger's office and con-
tinues pursuing public support for
the legislation. In the remaining
months of Goings' reign as a 2008
cover model, she is expanding on
her platform, while still raising her


Pay .Up

children. Meanwhile, the experi-
enced commercial actress plans
on launching a product line,
writing a book and doing moti-
vational speaking. Her career
has received increased publicity
since the national exposure from
Heart & Soul.
Actress Tami Roman's highly
publicized divorce from NBA
player Kenny Anderson left her
with struggles similar to Goings'
before she won a major settle-
ment. Though proving her ex's
-earnings was less challenging
because of Anderson's pro baller
status, Roman sees the value of
Goings' legislative push.
Her fellow actress is an inspira-
tion, adds the veteran of MTV
shows and sitcoms including "One
on One."
"When you are spiritually ground-
ed, you don't throw in the towel,"
says Roman. "Instead, like Robin,
you look adversity in the face and
you fight harder."
For information about Robin
Goings' bill proposal, visit her on
the Web at myspace.com/robingo-
ings


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