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Volume 23 No. 7 Jacksonville, Florida November 6-12, 2008
Duval County was among the bevy of voters who helped Barack Obama make history as the first U.S. President Elect of color. In anticipation and
celebration of the election outcome, over seven hundred voters joined the Ritz Theater, Jacksonville Free Press, Sen. Tony Hill, the Hester Group and
the International Longshoreman's Association at their party in the historic Ritz Theater. The evenings festivities were highlighted by a live DJ, free
food, live entertainment, discussion topics and prayer. The affair culminated with a prayer, singing of the National Negro Anthem and a champagne
toast. Shown above are the event's hosts: Carol Alexander, Rita perry, Hester Clark, Sen. Tony Hill and Vincent Cameron after the announcement that
Barack Obama had sealed the electoral votes to become our next president. Photo highlights on page 3
Gay Among Equal Opportunity Honorees
The Jacksonville Urban League recently held their Annual Equal
Opportunity Luncheon featuring Dr. lan Smith as the guest speaker. At the
sold out event, local individuals were honored for their contributions to the
community including Dr. Eleanor Gay, (shown above seated center)
flanked by a sea of her Delta sorority sisters, including Dr. Lois Gibson
(left) and Sandra Richardson (right). Other honorees included Atty. Willie
Gary and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). Headshots Studio Photo
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Shown above is Rodney Hurst presenting an award to guest speaker
Charles Ogletree. T Austin photo
NAACP Holds 43rd Annual Freedom Fund Dinner
The Jacksonville Branch NAACP held its 43rd Annual Freedom Fund
Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 30, 2008 at the Prime Osborn
Convention Center. The banquet/enlightenment dinner offers an opportu-
nity for community members to witness and reflect on the NAACP and the
many causes it supports. This year's guest speaker was Dr. Charles Ogletree
of Harvard Law school. For more from t event, see page 5.
Duval H.S. to Remain Named After
KKK Founder Nathan Forrest
The Duval County School Board voted this week to keep the name of
a Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader at Forrest High
School currently a majority black high school, despite opposition from
board members Brenda Priestly Jackson and Chair, Betty Burney.
After hearing about three hours of public comments, members voted
5-2 to the retain the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest High School. The
board's two black members cast the only votes to change the name.
"(Forrest) was a terrorist and a racist," argued board member Brenda
Priestly Jackson, who is black.
"It is time to turn the page and get beyond where we are," she said.
Forrest High School, which has received two consecutive "F" grades
on state assessment tests, opened as an all-white school in the 1950s. Its
name was suggested by the Daughters of the Confederacy, who saw it
as a protest to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that eventually integrated
the nation's public schools.
But now more than half Forrest High's students are black.
The issue has come up several times during the past half-century, but
the School Board has never changed the name. Jacksonville has three
other schools named after Confederate generals, but it also has schools
named after civil rights icons.
Sharpton Rouses Thousands at Bethel
Shown above in attendance are Sen. Tony Hill, Rev. Rudolph
McKissick, Sr., Rev. Al Sharpton, Cong. Corrine Brown,
Councilwoman Mia Jones and Jacksonville native Dr. Johnetta Cole.
National Action Network, spiritual advisor and activist, Rev. Al Sharpton
visited Bethel Baptist Institutional Church last Sunday for Election
Sunday. The renown preacher took over the pew for two services where he
preached from the Book of Genesis drawing parallels of two dreamers -
Joseph and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He also spoke on the role of race,
unity and respect in the current electoral process. "Race is not a factor, but
a fair and equal society is the goal," he said. Rev. Sharpton is urging any-
one who had difficulties at the polls to call 1-877-626-4651. Rhonda suv, rrPhoto
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line and in-store retailers. By
quickly searching a few such sites
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nd significant discounts on items
you're about to buy.
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discussions with family and
iends. They're probably just as
concerned about overspending. In
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change charitable contributions
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ankful you are for what you've
Sunday Afternoon at the Polls Ignites and Excites Voters
Betty Burney and Ruby Pough
Rep. Terry Fields, Betty Burney
and Councilwoman Denise Lee
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Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press
November 6-12, 2008
Hundreds Enjoy History in Motion at the Ritz
History in Motion (H.I.M) the
theme coined by Ritz Theater and
Lavilla Museum Execult i' e
Director Carol Alexander, set the
tone for an estimated five hundred
plus crowd to watch the election
tallies come in during the country ,
most historic election to date.
Throughout the evening wh ich
was free and open to the communi-
ty, the Ritz Theater produced evenr
was co-hosted by the Jacksonville
Free Press, Sen. Tony Hill, thie
Hester Group and the Internationril
Guests were welcome to roam the
historic museum and watch cr, II
rights documentaries, watch results
on the big screen, discuss a variety
of "table topics" and even do the
"I just wanted to create a venue
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"It was a great opportunity to hear
views and diverse opinions on such
a historic occasion," remarked
Oliver. Topics were presented
throughout the early part of the
evening with tables winning Obama
Elected officials such as Cong.
Corrine Brown and Councilman
Elect Reginald Brown greeted
attendees while the D.J. kept the
crowd hyped. Each guest received a
Obama-Biden T-shirt and other
partY favor? A hihliiht of the
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here and participate as history was
made," said Free Press Publisher
Rita Perry. "1I am so proud to see a
new day has began.
INVITATION TO BID
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City Hall until the time and dates recorded below and immediately thereafter publicly
opened and recorded in the Conference Room "C". 3rd Floor, St. James Building. 117 WEST
BUYER: Marilyn Laidler (904)630-1746
AGENCY: Jacksonville Children's Commission
OPENS: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at 2:00 P.M.
BID NUMBER/(Title) ESC-0315-09 Juvenile Crime Prevention/Intervention Program
for the Jacksonville Journey
SCOPE OF WORK:
The Jacksonville Children's Commission is soliciting applications from governmental entities
and private non profits, and/or faith based organizations with at least two (2) years of experi-
ence operating juvenile justice/young offenders intervention-re-entry programs.
Target Population: Duval County juveniles, 15-18 years of age who have entered the Juvenile
Justice System, and/or young adults 18-24 who are inmates of the Duval County Jail or
Bidder's Conference: To be held on November 17, 2008 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, and
November 18, 2008 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Jax Kids Campus at 1095 A. Philip
Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32206 in the Multi-Purpose Room, please contact Lisa
Burnette at (904) 630-7267 if you will be attending.
BY: MICHAEL CLAPSADDLE, CHIEF
JOHN PEYTON, MAYOR
CITY OF JACKSONVILLE
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City Hall until the time and dates recorded below and immediately thereafter publicly
opened and recorded in the Conference Room "C", 3rd Floor, St. James Building, 117 WEST
BUYER: Marilyn Laidler (904)630-1746
AGENCY : Jacksonville Children's Commission
OPENS: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 AT 2:00 P.M.
ESC-0314-09 Early Learning Program for the Jacksonville Journey
SCOPE OF WORK:
To provide coaching services to 25 child care centers in Zone 1 including participating in;
Quality Rating and Improvement System, career path scholarships and opportunities, wage
incentives, curriculum development and environmental support and materials.
Provide mental health consultation process to the other coached centers in Health Zone 1
(zip codes: 32202, 32204, 32206, 32208, 32209, and 32254)and the additional 25 centers
involving the families and center in the social and emotional wellbeing of the child.
BY: MICHAEL CLAPSADDLE, CHIEF
JOHN PEYTON, MAYOR
CITY OF JACKSONVILLE
INVITATION TO BID
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City Hall until the time and dates recorded below and immediately thereafter publicly
opened and recorded in the Conference Room "C", 3rd Floor, St. James Building. 117 WEST
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CITY OF JACKSONVILLE
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Obama Makes History
As I sat attempting to gather my
words and express the magnitude
of the moment I was overwhelmed
with this tremendous sense of
pride. It was as if two independent
streams of pride hit me at once.
One, the pride of a dream realized.
How many of us thought that we
would ever see an African
American President? I cannot even
begin to explain how important
Barack Obama's Presidential victo-
ry was to blacks.
Dr. Martin Luther King seemed it
up the best in his I Have a Dream
Speech. "Now, I say to you today
my friends, even though we face
the difficulties of today and tomor-
row, I still have a dream. It is a
dream deeply rooted in the
American dream. I have a dream
that one day this nation will rise up
and live out the true meaning of its
creed: 'We hold these truths to be
self-evident, that all men are creat-
ed equal,'" said Dr. King.
The second stream of pride was
pride in our country. Months ago
Michelle Obama said that she has
never been proud of the United
States until now. Many
Republicans and pundits twisted
her words to mean that she hasn't
been proud to be an American.
What the new First Lady was
really saying was that as an African
American we face so many chal-
lenges and hurdles that it's hard to
be unconditionally proud of your
country. Of course blacks love
America and the opportunities that
this great country represents, but
it's hard to understand the struggles
that black face in America unless
you are black.
Hank Aaron, former baseball
star, once said, "I never doubted my
ability, but when you hear all your
life you're inferior, it makes you
wonder if the other group have
something you've never seen
before. If they do, I'm still looking
I, like millions of other African
Americans thought that we would
never see this day in America.
Scratch that last sentence. Let me
rephrase it I, like millions of
"Americans" thought we would
never see this day.
Many whites may not admit it,
but who saw this coming? I always
use my favorite Dr. Cornell West
quote that says, "I am a prisoner of
Most of us could only hope to see
the day that was November 4,
2008. An African American being
elected to President of the United
States it's still unbelievable. So
that's why I am proud of this coun-
try. I love America, but still with
defined conditions. Obama's victo-
ry helps us all have more faith in
this great country.
Obama's victory should give
hope to all children of all races and
economic backgrounds. His story is
not only motivating, but it is a story
that is needed. Our children and
those who are disenfranchised need
to hear the Obama story. His story
is a true American story.
Born to a white mother and an
African father in Hawaii, his father
wasn't apart of his life so he was
essentially raised in a one-parent
household. His mother married for
a short period of time, but his
mother and grandparents ultimately
He met his wife in law school at
Harvard and the rest is history he's
been a strong husband and father
Think about this perspective:
black men are constantly criticized
for infidelity, not taking care of
their children and no longer being
true community leaders. Seems like
I have written about the struggles
of black males a million times, but
what Obama represents is every-
thing positive about African
He is a great father and husband,
and is also well educated and is
truly committed to his community
and country. Who better to inspire
those who are living everyday
without any direction or hope?
Again, it is so hard to put in
words the magnitude of what hap-
pened on Tuesday in America.
Think about the courage and faith it
took to even run for President.
Dr. Martin Luther King said it
best; "Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole
What's so amazing about the
Obama victory is how it was done.
He and his campaign team rede-
fined how campaigns are run. They
registered thousands of new voters,
energized young adults who hadn't
participated in the election process
and created a broad appeal and
After Historic Victory,
Obama Will Face Limitations
by George Curry
Now that Barack Obama has
defeated John McCain, Joe the
Plumber and a barrage of negative
television commercials, he will
now strive to balance the high
expectations of African Americans
and other progressives with the
reality of an anemic economy and
supersized budget deficits.
Like McCain, Obama promised
that shrinking finances will not
deter him from keeping his central
campaign promises. In Obama's
case, it means extending tax cuts to
the middle class, providing addi-
tional assistance to college students
and revamping health care.
However, after he is inaugurated,
Obama and a Democratically-con-
trolled House and Senate will
inherit a batch of red ink, though
huge, that does not fully capture the
scope of the problem. Consider
this: When George W. Bush
assumed office in 2001, Bill
Clinton left him with a budget sur-
plus of $128 billion. On the other
hand, Bush has posted a budget
deficit every year in office; by
2009, it is expected to reach $482
billion. And that does not include
another $80 billion spent on the
wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
After a $700 billion financial
services bailout or what should be
called "No Bank Left Behind" -
Obama has already stated that a
second bailout will be needed, this
one for middle class families and
those with troubled home mort-
gages. This will come while the
jury is still out on whether the ini-
tial $700 billion will be effective.
An article in the New York Times
indicates that banks intend to use
the bailout money to acquire other
banks, not to make new loans as
had been promised by Treasury
Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr.
Times reporter Joe Nocera said
he listened to an Oct. 17 conference
call between a JPMorganChase
executive and company employees.
This was four days after the com-
pany agreed to take $25 billion in
federal funding as part of the
After listening to the conversa-
tion, Nocera wrote: "It is starting to
appear as if one of the Treasury's
key rationales for the recapitaliza-
tion program namely, that it will
cause banks to start lending again -
is a fig leaf, the Treasury's version
of the weapons of mass destruc-
Had Obama not been elected, it
would have been a major setback
for the Supreme Court. However,
his victory is not expected to
change the 5-4 edge that centrists
are barely hold. At least, it is
unlikely to change during Obama's
first term. The two oldest Supreme
Court justices John Paul Stevens,
88, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 75 --
- are liberals. If they are the first to
leave the court, Obama will get a
chance to replace a liberal with a
liberal, which won't change the
court's present balance. If McCain
had been elected, he could have
tilted the court to the far right by
replacing a liberal with yet another
conservative, thus impacting the
court for several generations.
Perhaps even more important
than the Supreme Court, which
hears only 0.1 percent of the cases
appealed each year, Obama should
be able to restore some balance in
the lower courts.
Obama will be able to make an
immediate imprint on how the
country treats the least among us
and deliver what George W. Bush
only promised compassion. Sure,
there will be pressure on Obama to
shift more toward the center-right
and he has done this on some
issues, such as the death penalty.
However, he has a straight-A vot-
ing record on issues important to
African-Americans, according to
the NAACP Legislative Report
Card. And throughout his cam-
paign, he did not back away from
supporting affirmative action or
Unlike the past eight years, we'll
be able to go to bed at night know-
ing that the president of the United
States is not hostile to our concerns.
This is the change that not only
have we been waiting for, the world
has been waiting with us. It has
been a long time coming, but it was
worth the wait.
image that attracted people from all
walks of life.
So many times in the past I com-
plained about young African
Americans not taking the right to
vote as serious as they should con-
sidering the sacrifices that were
made on their behalf.
Obama not only sold himself as
the candidate of "Change," but he
backed it up by energizing a base of
voters that had been long written
off by political experts. We saw
everyone from rappers like Lil
Wayne to billionaires like Warren
Buffet supporting Obama.
And that's the greatness of
Barack Obama he didn't run as the
black candidate or the liberal candi-
date or even the Democratic candi-
date. He reached out to all
Americans whether they were in a
red or blue state.
There is so much to be amazed at
when you look at the Obama cam-
paign. Who would have ever imag-
ined that a black man or even a
Democrat could raise over $600
million to run for President?
One of Obama's favorite phrases
on the campaign trail was that the
election wasn't about him. It is
about all of us. This victory is about
Frederick Douglas, Harriet
Tubman, John F. Kennedy, Martin
Luther King, all of the thousands of
blacks that died during slavery,
everyone who marched for civil
rights, and everyone who believes
in democracy and equality.
I could continue, but I think that
you get the point. This Obama vic-
tory is so much bigger than the man
himself. Dr. King took the same
approach as a key Civil Rights
leader. He said, "I've looked over,
and I've seen the promised land. I
may not get there with you, but I
want you to know tonight that we
as a people will get to the promised
land. So I'm happy tonight. I'm not
worried about anything. I'm not
fearing any man."
Barack H. Obama is now the
President of the United States and
the leader of the free world. I can
now look into my sons' and daugh-
ter's eyes and tell them that they too
can be President of the United
I never thought that I would see
this day. God is good!
Signing off from an Obama
Victory Party at the Ritz,
P.O. Box 43580
Jacksonville, FL 32203
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Was the Obama Campaign
Good for Black Business?
&Ce In the September 2008 issue of EBONY Magazine,
Johnson Publishing's boss broke from company tra-
dition and endorsed Barack Obama for President of
Chicago-based Linda Rice Johnson carries a lot of
clout. She heads the world's largest African-American-owned and-operated
publishing company. With established businesses in publishing, cosmetics,
television production and fashion, Johnson Publishing Company (JPC)
brands, such as EBONY and JET magazines and Fashion Fair Cosmetics,
are considered staples among African-Americans.
For the first time in JPC history; EBONY officially endorsed a presidential
candidate. Company President Linda Rice Johnson called this election the
"most crucial in our lifetime" and that "During this campaign, Barack
Obama's brilliant and innovative views on the issues have been more in line
with the thinking of Black America". To commemorate "the historic presi-
dential election," JPC brands created a special line of EBONY and JET
Obama apparel and accessory merchandise products. Sales of the products
may be the way Johnson's company intends to make requisite money from
Black Enterprise publisher Earl G. Graves Sr. called it "our moment of his-
tory." He said, "This opportunity may not come again in our lifetimes...
there's no way we'll get another shot at the White House for decades to
come... and our concerns as citizens will be off the table, perhaps perma-
Ms. Johnson, Mr. Graves and broadcast maven Cathy Hughes represent the
leading black businesses in the communications industry. Other members of
the Black Media were enamored with Barack's run, didn't feel they got any
love in return. Local black newspaper and broadcast owners voiced enthu-
siasm at the prospect of a black man becoming US president. But, though
they expected to be beneficiaries of the most lavish campaign advertising
budget in history, black newspaper owners didn't fare well from Obama's
But, when they were getting the milk for free, why would've Obama oper-
atives feel the need to buy the cow? Black newspaper owners said they were
locked out of Obama's $90 million dollar advertising budget that their
reporters were often ignored. Publishers such as Lenora Carter of Houston's
Forward Times said that candidate's handlers thought that "black people are
so anxious to get a black president that we'll support him no matter what. So
why waste money on us?" She said "I have bills to pay" and that Obama's
campaign operation showed "total disrespect for the black press".
While most Black Americans were giddy about the campaign, black news-
paper owners groused about their lack of business opportunities. They com-
plained that they got no ads, weren't even considered as mediums to get
messages out for the campaign. Houston Forward Times publisher Carter
said, "He came here in early March and nobody black could get to him". She
said, "Blacks set up a headquarters for him here in the 3rd Ward. He never
visited it, and ignored requests to visit the black radio station, which was just
six blocks from where he stayed."
The Obama campaign bypassed local black newspaper operations with
paid staff that opened campaign offices in black areas. They hosted neigh-
borhood barbecues and "dropped in" barbershops and beauty salons.
Campaign operatives simply sent voter-information press kits to black
media outlets. But, BET and TV One were in the $4 million buy to run
Barack's half-hour television infomercial.
Linda Johnson's father could tell blacks in the media business a thing, or
two, about press access and power. John H. Johnson overcame the racial
barriers to become the personification of black media power. He never
endorsed in a presidential campaign, but regularly held court with American
Presidents. In 1996, he received the nation's highest civilian honor, the
Presidential Medal of Freedom, from Bill Clinton.
Obama is going to have to do like every other politician and appease his
campaign supporters. In his first 100 days as Barack offers visions of his top
priorities he should convene a forum where he uses the Black Media to give
his administration's interest and intent on the "Black Perspective", along
with withdrawing troops from Iraq and addressing universal health care and
energy and climate change.
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Parade Set for Nov. 11
Tiny Thomas receives her Life Membership
Plaque from NAACP Isaiah Rumlin
Jacksonville civil rights royalty Lloyd Pearson and Willye Dennis
Jacksonville Branch NAACP Celebrates
the 43rd Freedom Fund/Awards Dinner
The Jacksonville Branch NAACP
held its 43rd Annual Freedom Fund
Awards Dinner on Thursday,
October 30, 2008 at the Prime
Osborn Convention Center.
The speaker for the occasion was
introduced by the Honorable Betty
Burney, Sch. Board Chairperson.
Dr. Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., of the
Harvard Law School Jesse
Climenko Professor of Law, and
Founding Executive Director of the
Charles Hamilton Houston Institute
for Race and Justice gave a very
inspiring message from the theme:
"Power, Justice, Freedom, VOTE".
The Sallye B. Mathis Award was
given to Elder Donald Foy of Mad
Dads, Inc. For community service,
presented by Attorney Wayne
The Rutlege Pearson Award was
given to Atty. Rhonda Peeples-
Waters, for her guidance in voter
registration efforts and felon
restorations, presented by Mary A.
Pearson, widow of Rutledge
President Rumlin gave President
Awards to persons who were
involved in the Voter Registration
and felon restoration efforts. D. W.
Perkins Bar Assn., FL Coastal Law
School, Senator Tony Hill,
Congresswoman Corrine Brown,
Rep. Audrey Gibson,
Councilwoman Mia Jones,
Supervisor of Elections Office.
The City of Jacksonville invites
all citizens to come enjoy the annu-
al Veterans Day parade on Tuesday,
November 11 beginning at 11:01
a.m. This year's parade is themed
Forever Grateful and will feature
more than 90 active duty and
retired military units, veterans
groups, local high school marching
bands, military organizations, deco-
rative floats, giant balloons,
JROTC units and more.
The parade's Grand Marshals this
year include Mayor John Peyton;
Jacksonville's oldest veteran Vick
Griffin; retired General James
Rinaman of the Army National
Guard; Rear Admiral Rick Cueroni,
US Coast Guard and former super-
intendent of the USCG Academy;
Captain Don Miller, a US Navy
Submariner in WWII; and service-
men from the Wounded Warrior
The parade route will begin at the
Prime Osborn Convention Center
and will follow Water Street to
Newnan Street, where it will turn
on Bay Street and end at
Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.
Parade watchers are encouraged to
show their support by wearing red,
white and blue and holding Forever
Grateful fliers which will be passed
out among the crowds prior to the
For more information, call (904)
Report: Kids Less Likely
to Graduate than Parents
WASHINGTON Your child is less likely to graduate from high school
than you were, and most states are doing little to hold schools accountable,
according to a study by a children's advocacy group.
More than half the states have graduation targets that don't make schools
get better, the Education Trust says in a report released Thursday.
The numbers are dismal: One in four kids is dropping out of school, a
rate that hasn't budged for at least five years.
"The U.S. is stagnating while other industrialized countries are surpass-
ing us," said Anna Habash, author of the report by Education Trust, which
advocates on behalf of minority and poor children. "And that is going to
have a dramatic impact on our ability to compete," she said.
In fact, the United States is now the only industrialized country where
young people are less likely than their parents to earn a diploma, the report
said, citing data compiled by the international Organisation for Economic
Cooperation and Development.
High schools are required to meet graduation targets every year as part of
the 2002 federal No Child Left Behind law.
But those targets are set by states, not by the federal government. And
most states allow schools to graduate low percentages of students by say-
ing that any progress, or even the status quo in some cases, is acceptable.
Why are states setting the bar so low?
Because they can, said Bob Balfanz, a researcher at Johns Hopkins
State and school officials are under pressure to improve test scores under
the No Child Left Behind education law or face penalties. But they got a
break on graduation rates: Schools must meet annual goals, but the gov-
ernment lets each state set its own goal.
"A lot of states said, 'Well, we're under a lot of pressure; let's not make
this too hard on ourselves,'" Balfanz said. "They were given a loophole,
and they took it."
The purpose of the public hearing is to share
project information and seek comments
in a formal setting (public hearing) for the
proposed North Bus Maintenance Facility
adjacent to the intersection of Golfair Blvd.
and Davis Street.
Monday, November 10
4:30 p.m.- 6 p.m.
Formal Presentation will start at 5:30 p.m.
(Near Bus Transfer Site)
5258 Norwood Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32208
JTA is conducting the BRT North Bus Corridor study to evaluate and potentially implement cost-feasible
options for bus rapid transit north of downtown Jacksonville. The study transit corridor extends from
downtown Jacksonville north along Boulevard Street to Gateway Mall continuing north along Norwood
Avenue/ Lem Turner Road ending south of Armsdale Road (near 1-295).
The purpose of the public meeting is to kick-off the BRT North Bus Corridor Study (public meeting), share
project information, seek public comments, and present a study overview.
Monday, November 10 Monday, November 17
6 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
Gateway Mall-Stage FCCJ North Campus
(Near bus transfer site) Auditorium, Room C-126
5258 Norwood Avenue 4501 Capper Road
Jacksonville, FL 32208 Jacksonville, FL 32218
Meeting Format (Open House)
This open house will include materials on both projects. During the open house, there will be a continuous
looped slide show and other study materials available for review. Citizens are invited to view the study
materials, discuss the projects with staff, and provide comments. More information can be obtained in the
North Bus Maintenance Report and BRT North Bus Corridor Scoping Booklet which will be available for review
starting on October 20, 2008 on the JTA website, www.jtafla.com, and at the locations listed below:
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
100 North Myrtle Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32204
Tax Collector's Office
Gateway Shopping Center
910 W. 44th Street
Jacksonville, FL 32208
Anyone requiring special accommodations should contact Winova Hart-Mayer at 630 3185 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org no later than seven days prior to the meeting. Public participation is solicited without
regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or familial status.
Please Note: On Monday, November 10, 2008,
two meetings will be held at the Gateway Mall
Stage the North Bus Maintenance Facility
Public Hearing followed by the BRT North Bus
Corridor Project Public Meeting to kick-off
100 North Myrtle Avenue,
Jacksonville Florida 32204
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FLASHBACK: Mother of 'Precious
Doe' Gets 25 Year-Sentence
KANSAS CITY, Mo. A mother being sent to prison Wednesday for
doing nothing while her daughter was dying on a bedroom floor thanked
Kansas City for loving the slain girl known for four years only as
Michelle Johnson, 33, also apologized in court for not being a better
parent to Erica Green, then was sentenced to 25 years for the girl's mur-
der. Prosecutors had recommended that sentence after Johnson testified
at her husband's murder trial.
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2nd Missionary Baptist to Celebrate
Church and Pastors Anniversary
Second Missionary Baptist Church, 954 Kings Road; continues the cel-
ebration of their 158th Anniversary of the Church, and the 22nd
Anniversary of Pastor Odell Smith Jr. with Services Nightly at 7 p.m.
Thursday and Friday, Nov. 5-7th. The Celebration will conclude at 7 p.m.,
Sunday, November 9, 2008. The community is invited to participate in all
Mrs. Melody Patterson & The Gospel
Band in Concert at First Deliverance
The First Deliverance Church of Jacksonville, 1957 West Beaver Street,
where Elder Ernest Vining is Pastor; will present Mrs. Melody Patterson
and The Gospel Band in concert at 5 p.m., Sunday, November 9, 2008. If
you love to praise The Lord and want to experience an evening of musical
bliss for the free event.
Christ Tabernacle Fall Revival
Christ Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church located at 2335 North Davis
Street, Pastor Steve Wilson, Jr., invites the community to their Fall revival
on Wednesday, November 5th 7th at 7:00 p.m.Pastor Leroy Elliott from
Chicago, Ill will be the guest speaker and the following Pastors will lecture:
Wednesday Pastor Mariko Billups (King Solomon Church), Thursday -
Pastor Torin Dailey (First Baptst of Oakland) and Friday Pastor A.L.
Dennard (Friendship Baptist Church), For more information, call the
church at 598-9101.
New Generation 9th Anniversary
New Generation Christian Fellowship and their Pastor, Sirdelrol Drayton,
invite the community to celebrate their 9th Anniversary. Festivities will be
held Sunday, November 16th at 4 p.m. There will also be a Family and
Musical Workshop at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 8th. The
church is located at 5606 Avenue B. For more information, call 778-8660.
Greater Dimensions Anniversary
Celebration set for November 9-16
The Greater Dimensions Christian Assembly, 1680 Dunn Avenue,
Pastors Debra and Elwyn Curington; will present a Gospel Extravaganza at
4 p.m., Sunday, November 9, 2008. The Anniversary Celebration will begin
at 11:30 a.m., Sunday November 16th. The speaker will be Pastor
Bernadette Gantling of the Royal Tabernacle House of Prayer.
Apostle Earl Thomas of the True House Deliverance Temple will be the
speaker at 4 p .m. at the Anniversary Celebration. Min. Sharon Brown,
Rev. Jermaine Marshall is Harvest
Day Speaker at Central Met. CME
Central Metropolitan CME Church, 4611 North Pearl Street, will begin
their Annual Harvest Day festivities with an Old Fashion Revival Thursday
and Friday, November 6 & 7th at 6:30 p.m. The Revival speaker will be
Rev. Paul Brown of Miles Memorial CME Church, Washington, DC.
Jacksonville native, the Rev. Jermaine Marshall, pastor of Murray
Temple CME Church, Anniston, AL. will be the Harvest Day Morning
Worship Speaker. The Jacksonville native graduated from Paxon High
School. He received his B.A. from the University of North Florida; his
Master of Divinity from Phillips School of Theology, Interdenominal
Theological Center, Atlanta, GA. He is currently enrolled at Candler
School of Theology at Emory University, in Atlanta to receive a Master of
Theology at Emory.
The Harvest Day Theme is "Central, the Pearl of Labor, Joyfully Reaping
the Harvest," Mrs. Doris Pitts is general chairperson of Harvest Day events.
Rev. Clarence K. Heath is the newly appointed pastor of Central. The
community is invited.
Women's Ministry Chorale in Concert
The Church of God Sanctuary of Praise Academic Ministry will pres-
ent The Women's Ministry Chorale in Concert at 5 p.m., Sunday, November
9, 2008. All proceeds will benefit the L. M. Wright Achievement
Scholarship. For information, please call (904)765-3126.
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Disciples of Christ Women's
Conference Nov. 14-15th
Disciples of Christ, 2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Pastor Robert
LeCount Jr.; will convene their Women's Conference 2008 at 7 p.m.,
Friday, November 14th with Evangelist Alana P. Parker of the House of
Blessings, Hattiesburg, MS. Sis. Veronica Manaway of the New Covenant
Ministries, Biloxi, MS will be the Morning Speaker at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Prophetess Marseilia Mays of Winning Souls for Christ, Petersburg, VA
will be the afternoon speaker. The Conference Scripture: Philipians 3:14
will inspire the Marriage, Total Woman and Youth As We Grow workshops
set for Saturday Afternoon. For information, please call 635-0434.
Christian Musical Concert Dec. 13th
There where will be a special musical at New Friendship Missionary
Baptist Church on December 13th at 6 p.m.Christian Fellowship
Inspirational Gospel Choirs under the direction of Rev. Mattie Freeman will
be performing. The program will be dedicated to all seniors.
The church is located at 1996 Mayport Road in Atlantic Beach, Rev.
Marvin Nash, Pastor.
First Deliverance Church to present
Gospel Concert, Sunday, Nov. 9th
The First Deliverance Church of Jacksonville, 1957 W Beaver Street,
Elder Ernest Vining, Pastor; will present Mrs. Melody Patterson Jackson &
The Gospel Band in Concert, at 5 p.m., Sunday, November 9th. If you love
to praise the Lord and want to experience an evening of musical bliss,
please be present. Take time out to "Praise The Lord."
Friendship Primitive Homecoming
Friendship Primitive Baptist Church located at 1106 Pearce Street where
Elder Bobbie Sheffield is Pastor, will have their Annual Homecoming and
81st Church Anniversary on Sunday, November 16th. Order of worship for
the day includes Bible School at 9:30 a.m. and Morning Worship at 11 a.m.
For more information, call 353-7734.
NSCOC Continuing Anniversary Celebration with Songfest
The Northside Church of Christ
located at 4736 Avenue 'B' is wrap-
ping up its 54th Anniversary and
31st Annual Homecoming with
dynamic guest speakers, famous
gospel singers, free food, free
babysitting, and free transportation.
This year's theme 'God Is Able' -
provides a source of encouragement
through; scriptures, and revelations
of the Word. Regardless of your
situation, and how you got there,
your spiritual awareness will be
awaked and revived.
On Saturday night, November 8th
--- a soul stirring Songfest featuring
six gospel groups, will be held at
the Times Union Center at 6:00 p.m.
November 9th is Homecoming Day
An Annual breakfast/program
7 a.m. 8:30 a.m.
Two Worship Services
8:45 a.m., and 10:45 a.m.
Annual Homecoming Dinner
12:45 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
Annual Homecoming Program
2:45 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
For more information, call the
Church at (904) 765-9830.
S:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
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Sunday 2 PM 3 PM
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Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.
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Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
Noon Day Worship
Youth Church 7:00 p.m.
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Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
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 Sunday at 4-50 p.m.
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.
Grace and Peace
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Every 3rd & 4th
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
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Floridians making it happen! The Mayor Rev. Thomas
Masters, left, and members of his church congregation look at the line of
people waiting to vote early Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008 at the Riviera Beach,
Fla. city hall as they arrive on a bus chartered by the church to bring mem-
bers from four churches to vote. When the line was stopped at 2pm, the
closing time, nearly 1,000 people had waited in line to vote early. Masters
is not only a minister but also the mayor of the city.
Jaguars Kick Off Annual Food Drive
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Cleo Lemmon (right) when the Jaguars kicked off their annual food
drive at winn Dixie. Trey met several Jaguars players with his two-
year-old sister Sophia and mom, April White during the kickoff of the
Jaguars' 14th annual Thanksgiving food drive held in front of the
Winn-Dixie store on Baymeadows Road near S.R. 9A.
Last year, Winn-Dixie and the Jaguars helped raise nearly 200,000
pounds of food for Second Harvest during the Annual Food Drive.
Collections at Winn-Dixie stores will last until Nov. 17. Jaguars fans
attending the Nov. 23 game against the Minnesota Vikings are encouraged
to bring canned goods to Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, where they will
be collected at all four gates. Fans can also contribute money at the game.
The Food Bank can generate up to $53.00 of food for every dollar donat-
Lastyear's donation provided 24,000 meals through the Second Harvest
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Meet & Greet B-CU
All Bethune Cookman University
alumni, friends and supporters are
welcome to attend a "Meet &
Greet" with University President
Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed. It will take
place on Thursday, November 6th
from 6 7:30 p.m.It will be held at
the A. Phillip Randolph Academy
on Golfair Blvd. For more informa-
tion, please contact Ray Brinson at
Debate at Florida
Coastal School of law
General Gerald Walpin will debate
FCSL professor, Mr. Christopher
Roederer at FCSL (8787 Baypine
Rd.) Room 550 at 12 p.m. on
Tuesday, November 11th. The
topic of the debate is if the federal
government has a right to impose
its discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't
Tell" policy by refusing federal
funds and student federal aid onto
schools that have anti-discriminato-
ry policies. .Please e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org with any ques-
Pearl & Cuff
The Clara White Mission will
present their annual Pearls & Cuff
Links Gala celebrating their 104th
Anniversary on Friday, November
14th inside the Taliaferro Hall of
the St. Johns Cathedral, 256 East
Church Street. Festivities kick off
with a 6 p.m. VIP reception fol-
lowed by the program and perform-
ance at 7 p.m. For tickets or more
information, please call 354-4162.
FAMU Alumni Meeting
Jacksonville's FAMU Alumni
Chapter will have an "Alumni
Meeting" at the Pharmacy Building
located at 2050 Art Museum Dr.,
Suite 200. The meeting will be held
at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November
13th. For more information, call
PRIDE Book Club will celebrate
their 15th Anniversary on
Saturday, November 15th at the
Genesis Cafe. The featured author
will be Jarik Conrad, author of,
"The Fragile Mind".
Festivities will take place at the
Genesis Cafe, located at 8725 Old
Kings Road starting at 6:30 p.m.
For more information call 703-
LIFE The Image Company has
joined forces with Dangerous
Curves Jacksonville to bring you
The llth Annual Charity Fashion
Show on Saturday, November
15th at 7 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre &
Lavilla Museum The event will
include entertainment and an
upbeat, choreographed show that
features male, female, teen models
and grand fashions. For more infor-
mation on the event, call 554-9930
or email at email@example.com
Keep the Peace
Rally at EWC
The Edward Waters College and
the Community Coalition will
sponsor a free "Keep the Peace N
Your Community" rally on
Saturday, November 15th from
2:30 6:00 p.m. Participants are
encouraged to bring their lawn
chairs and enjoy free fun and enter-
tainment. The location is 916
N.Myrtle Avenue (between Kings
Road & Beaver Street).This event is
free and open to the public. If you
need more information call 904-
After their successful forum on
violence in the community, the
Jacksonville Association of Black
Communicators will have their next
meeting on Saturday, Nov. 15th at
10 a.m. The meeting will be held at
Channel 4 studios, 4 Broadcast
Place. For more information, please
Host "Think Pink"
The Lady Trojans of Jean Ribault
will be honoring Breast Cancer
Survivors at their first game of the
season. All breast cancer survivors
and their families are encouraged to
come out and support the Lady
Trojans by wearing pink. Special
Recognition will be given during
halftime of the Varsity game at 7:30
p.m. The game will be held on
Monday, November 17th at 6 p.m.
in the Ribault High School
Gymnasium. For more information,
call Shelia Seymore-Pennick
Meet and Greet
Haven Hospice will host a "Meet
and Greet" at the Highland's
Library on November 18, 10 a.m.
-Noon. If you are a caregiver, are
dealing with a serious illness or
would like to volunteer, please
attend. The session will provide
information about end-of-life and
palliative care as well as volunteer
opportunities. The library is located
at 1826 Dunn Ave.
For more information, please call
Sandra Francis at (904) 733-9818.
Amateur Night Semi
Finals at the Ritz
The Ritz Theater will present the
semi-finals of Amateur Night at the
Ritz at 7:30 p.m. on Friday,
November 21st. Like the Apollo's
show in Harlem, contestants com-
pete for cash prizes and the cheers
or jeers of the audience decide who
goes home with the cash. Tickets
are available at the Ritz. Call 632-
5555 for more information.
Senior Holiday Party
Tickets for the Mayor's Annual
Holiday Festival for Senior Citizens
are now on sale for $5.00 each at
the Mary L. Singleton Senior
Center and the Special Events
Office in City Hall.
The event will be held Saturday,
December 6, 2008 at the Prime
Osborn Center, from 2 5 p.m.
This event allows seniors 60+ a
chance to mingle and spend time
with one another. Festivities
include a traditional holiday dinner,
a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus,
door prizes, drawings, and dancing.
Volunteers are needed for decorat-
ing and set up and to assist and
serve seniors. If you are interested
in volunteering, call 630-7392.
For more information on this
event call 630-3690.
World Golf Village
The Neighborhoods of World Golf
Village presents its eighth annual
Nutcracker Tour of Homes on
Friday, Nov. 28 through Sunday,
Dec. 7, 2008. The free holiday
home tour will feature model
homes elegantly decorated in
themes inspired by The Nutcracker
ballet. During the tour, the homes
will be open daily from 12-4 p.m.
For information, call 940-5000.
Locks for Literacy
Episcopal Services will host
"Locks for Literacy" on Sunday,
December 7th from 1 -7 p.m. at the
Spa at Tre Salon, 14333-30 Beach
Boulevard. Featured activities
include services for reduced prices,
drawings for prizes, kid friendly
activities, special appearances and
more. For more information, con-
tact Eve Apel at 726-1500.
The classic Temptations will pres-
ent "A Temptations Christmas" on
Sunday, December 7 at 8 p.m. at
the Florida Theater.
Contact the box office at 355-2787
for tickets or more information.
"A Night of Hope"
with Joel Osteen
"A Night of Hope" with Joel and
Victoria Osteen will be an evening
of praise and worship where atten-
dees will hear an inspirational mes-
sage fro internationally known pas-
tor and his wife and music of Cindy
Cruse Ratcliff and the Lakewood
Band and Ensemble. Osteen is the
pastor of America's largest church
and one of the most diverse the
45,000 strong Lakewood Church in
Houston, Texas. It will be held on
Friday, January 2nd at 7:30 p.m. at
the Veterans Memorial Arena. Call
353-3309 for tickets.
Matthew Gilbert Sr. High School to
hold 11th Annual Grand Reunion
For 10 Years the Eastside Matthew W. Gilbert Jr.-Sr. High School's
"Mighty Panthers" have celebrated all graduating classes from 1952-70.
This 11lth Annual Reunion will honor the "Class of 1959" for their 50th
Year Reunion. All alumni, teachers, attendees and guests are invited. Two
fun-filled events are planned for this successful annual event. Plan now
to attend the Welcome Reception from 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday, January
2nd.; the Banquet on Saturday, January 3, 2009 will begin at 6 p.m. Both
events will be held at the Hyatt Regency River Walk Hotel. Deadline for
purchasing tickets is December 20th. To reserve your tickets, please call
Lydia Jackson-Bell at (904) 765-9224.
Mali Vai Washington Needs Volunteers
Thanksgiving Food Drive
Volunteers are needed to help collect non-perishable food items, adopt one
of our many families and suppy a 'basket' of food items or help us deliver
food baskets on November 26.
If you are interested in any of the above volunteer opportunities, please
contact Ashley at Ashley@malwashington.com or (904) 359-KIDS(5437).
Appeal For Your Excess Clothes
The Millions More Movement Jacksonville Local
Organizing Committee Inc., a non-profit organi-
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FCCJ's Abdullah Named to National Education Council
Edythe Abdullah, president of
Florida Community College at
Jacksonville Downtown Campus, is
one of more than 25 education lead-
ers from across the country named
to the first-ever national Education
Council focused on expanding and
enhancing the manufacturing work-
force. The Council held its inaugu-
ral meeting October 29 in
The Manufacturing Institute,
which established the Education
Council, is the research, education
and workforce arm of the National
Association of Manufacturers.
Representing K-12, community
and technical colleges and four-
year colleges and universities, the
educators and officials were tapped
by The Manufacturing Institute to
assist in developing national strate-
gies to keep the American manufac-
turing workforce globally competi-
tive and create high-paying jobs.
"This is an exciting challenge,"
said FCCJ's Abdullah. "The
respected and diverse membership
of the Education Council, will work
diligently to solve the workforce
recruitment and retention issues
faced by U.S. manufacturers. It's
time to get to work and prepare our
citizens for the 21st century manu-
"The Education Council will help
shape major education and work-
force development initiatives to
close the skills gap, help young
people and transitioning workers
find new careers in the manufactur-
ing economy and ensure that U.S.
manufacturers can continue to lead
the world in innovation and produc-
Dr. Edythe Abdullah
At 109 years young, Amanda Jones can still remember when the idea
of blacks having the right to vote was as far-fetched as the idea of
Daughter of Slave Casts
Vote, Remembers Struggle
At 109 years young, Amanda Jones can still remember when the idea of
blacks having the right to vote was as far-fetched as the idea of desegre-
Born in 1899, the former housewife and cleaning lady has lived in three
centuries. They were three centuries of struggle from her father's oppres-
sion as a slave in Texas to her own battle for equality.
It was not just her race, but her gender that kept Jones from the polls.
Women did not get the right to vote until she was 21 years old.
"I think it's very important that she got to vote in this election knowing
all that she's seen and all that she's been through," Brenda Baker, Jones'
granddaughter, told "Good Morning America."
Smiley Hosting State of the
Union 2009 Blogger Contest
Talk show host Tavis Smiley, who
annually coordinates the State of
the Black Union, is looking for
America's best news blogger. For
the first time, the forum will
include a web-journalist panel,
including a contest to find the best
and brightest blogger out there.
The winner will receive air, hotel,
ground transportation and the
opportunity to sit on stage, query
ATLANTA A judge has
ordered Martin Luther King Jr.'s
daughter to resume documenting
her mother's personal papers, which
are at the center of a family feud
among the civil rights icon's surviv-
Dexter, CEO of King Inc., wants a
judge to order Bernice, the adminis-
trator of her mother's estate, to turn
over personal papers, including
intimate letters between their par-
The documents were part of a $1.4
million book deal with Penguin
Group for a memoir about the civil
rights matriarch, but that deal fell
though earlier this month after the
family missed a deadline from the
New York-based publisher to turn
the documents over. It is unclear
now whether the documents can or
will be used for any future such
"Penguin declared that King, Inc.
was in default," said attorney Craig
Frankel, who does not represent the
organization but is Dexter King's
personal lawyer. "For the time
being, (King, Inc.) is unable to
comply with the terms of the con-
Bernice and Martin Luther King
III both say that the book goes
against their mother's wishes.
The siblings and their attorneys sat
down for more than four hours after
cooperation between them had
stalled on a previous court order for
Bernice King to begin producing
her mother's personal items.
The issue of whether Coretta Scott
King's papers are the property of
her husband's estate, which Dexter
King controls, remains undecided
for now, but Frankel said he was
the panelists and webcast the State
of the Black Union from their own
blog! Not only that, it includes
access to all of the VIP parties and
ancillary activities; access not even
granted to mainstream media.
The contest began November 3rd
and ends December 5th.
To be considered, you'll need to
submit on line at
Three (3) previously
posted/published articles demon-
strating legitimate coverage of
news items of interest to African
Blog statement of purpose
Short essay detailing how and
why your blog should be chosen.
The essay should include a descrip-
tion of the contribution you will
make to the conversation and cov-
erage of the weekend (maximum
Once you submit online, entrants
are encouraged to have their read-
ers vote on their behalf at
pleased with last week's progress
and that the process of cataloguing
hundreds of boxes of Coretta Scott
King's property being managed
by a court-appointed "special mas-
ter" will resume as early as
The cataloguing is necessary
before a judge can decide whether
the documents should be turned
Coretta Scott King died in January
2006 of complications from ovarian
cancer after suffering a stroke a few
months earlier. Her estate was
being managed by the Kings' eldest
child, Yolanda, but she died sud-
denly last year after suffering a
Relations among the remaining
King siblings have become increas-
ingly strained and the public feud
came to a head this summer with
the filing of three lawsuits. On
Friday, media, clergy, lawyers and
supporters including the Rev. Al
Sharpton packed the hearing.
Speaking after the hearing as he
headed to the airport to catch a
flight back to California, Dexter
King said his fight with his siblings
boils down to a "power grab" by his
sister, and maintained that Coretta
Scott King did want her memoir
published by the Rev. Barbara
"My mother would not have given
her that type of access if there was
any kind of issue," Dexter King
said of Reynolds, an ordained min-
ister and former journalist who said
her 30-year relationship with
Coretta Scott King led to a series of
taped interviews between the
women that would be used to write
a book on King's life.
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No More Excuses: Black Men Stand Up!!
Former NFL player delivers a message to fight back against stereotypes
Ex-Minnesota Viking Robert
Jackson's booming voice and phys-
ical prowess captures attention
when he speaks.
"Mothers you are doing a great job
but mothers can not teach a man
how to be a man." said Jackson,
who was promoting his new book,
"No More Excuses!! Black Man
"You can't not teach us how to be
a man if you are not a man."
Statistically, 60% of all black fami-
lies are headed by single mothers.
We have for many men growing up
without their fathers. If the fathers
want to "punk out" and run out then
let them do that but we are suppose
to be REAL men in this room"
yelled Jackson speaking to his audi-
"It is called raising another man's
child. It's all our responsibility to
raise all of these men even if he is
not your... he is yours."
Even though Jackson was an ath-
lete, himself, he informed those in
the audience to stop looking up to
athletes and warned those partici-
pating in sports not to let colleges
"pimp" them by using their bodies
out receive any-
thing in return.
they use me to
run up and down
this field. I'm
going to use
them to get an
received his BS
years in both
"In my second year ir
(NFL) I blew out my
i0 No More Excuses:
Black Men Stand Up!
Jackson said that many athletes
fail to take advantage of their schol-
arships by skipping class or leaving
school before graduating and suffer
for it later in life.
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knee..." he especially when he hears them say
said. they don't care about the up-in-
Even coming election between (Barack
though his Obama and John McCain) "You
i n j u r y don't care. Do you know how many
ended his folks died in the 60's on their way to
N F L the polls" he exclaimed.
career pre- "We need Real brothers stepping
maturely, up. We can not do this by ourselves
Jackson but we can do it collectively as a
was still group" he asserted.
able to "These young men in here watch
prosper every move we make." he
due to his explained.
c o ll e g e "What they see; is what they will
sales and a
career as a
the Indianapolis public school sys-
During the entire presentation,
however Jackson spoke with the
intensity of a college football coach
before a homecoming game yet
sounded more like a southern bap-
tist preacher as he constantly made
reference to God, the Bible, and the
importance of prayer.
"I am a Christian..."Jackson con-
"We have to start praying again.
Yeah I said it...We took prayer out
of the school and all HELL broke
loose" she said with a stem look on
Jackson continued by saying
young Black men lack discipline
and have a lack of understanding of
"One thing about my son, he
watches the way I walk, the way I
talk, and he even tries to dress like
me" Jackson added.
"So, if he see me curse out his
mom, that's what he is going to do
with the next woman in his life. If
he sees me calling her "B's" and
"H's" that's what he is going to
Jackson, who opened his presen-
tation talking about a young Black
man, who never met his father,
lived in poverty, raised in a rough
neighborhood, picked on, kicked
out of school, sexually and physi-
cally abused, robbed and assaulted,
sat on the bench, and had anger
issues ended his speech by reveal-
ing to the audience that the person
he was describing was in fact him-
But despite all of those obstacles,
he was able to overcome all them
against all odds.
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MIJAC DENIES INVOLVEMENT WITH JACKSON 5 TOUR:
Turns out Jermaine spoke too soon.
One day after Jermaine Jackson told reporters that
his brother Michael would participate in a planned
Jackson 5 reunion tour, Michael released a statement
basically saying, uh... no.
"My brothers and sisters have my full love and
\ support, and we've certainly shared many great expe-
riences, but at this time I have no plans to record or
tour with them," said the King of Pop, in a statement
released by his publicist, Larry Solters.
Jackson, 50, said he was in the studio working on
"new and exciting projects." But Jermaine Jackson, 53, announced in
Australia last week that his siblings were working on the music and logis-
tics for a tour to begin next year.
"It is going to be more like a family affair," he was quoted as saying by
the Australian Associated Press. "(Younger sister) Janet's going to open
and, of course, the original Jackson 5 ... Michael, Randy and the whole
family.... We're in the studio, we're planning on being out there next year."
Perhaps an early indicator of Michael's intention not to tour was his glar-
ing no-show to collect a lifetime achievement award in Los Angeles along-
P rov id e rs side his brothers in September.
4 T.D. JAKES TALK SHOW TO DEBUT FALL 2009:
Tribune Broadcasting just inked deal with CBS
Variety is reporting that the daytime television
debut of Bishop T.D. Jakes will take place in fall -
2009 following a deal signed between Tribune '
Broadcasting and CBS Television Distribution.
The talk show is being developed by producer Jay
McGraw, who is the executive producer of CBS TVI
M AY I Distribution's fledging daytime strip "The Doctors."
W ( The deal gives Jakes' show a station home in all of
Tribune's 19 markets, including the key markets of New York, Los Angeles
L and Chicago.
Jakes is an author and well-traveled motivational speaker who heads the
hDallas-based mega-church Potter's House.
NATALIE COLE BACK ON THE ROAD
Natalie Cole has resumed her tour schedule follow-
ing a break to address problems with her kidney. The
S *4- o singer, however, must undergo dialysis three times a
S q j week, for three hours a day while traveling.
"The dialysis is to wash my blood, to keep my kid-
neys functioning," she told People magazine. "When
.. they put me in the hospital, [my kidneys were] only
about 8 percent [functioning]."
The kidney problem was in addition to her ongoing
battle with hepatitis C. She is currently virus negative
and says of her return to the road, "It feels great to be back."
Cole, who was hospitalized in September after suffering a setback in
her treatment, described battling the liver disease as her "biggest chal-
"I've never been through anything like this," she said. "I've never been
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Not much can bring me down."
Hudson family establishes foundation for families of murder victims
their basic needs of food, clothing
and shelter as well as grief counsel-
Donations to the Hudson-King
Foundation can be sent:
c/o Abrams Garfinkel Margolis
Attn: William L. Abrams, Esq.
237 West 35th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001
The foundation announcement
followed a prayer vigil Wednesday
night in Chicago.
Shown above is Darnell Hudson
with her daughter Jennifer
Hudson at the Oscars.
Jennifer Hudson's family have
announced a new foundation for
families of murder victims.
The Hudson-King Foundation for
Families of Slain Victims is named
in honor of the singer-actress's slain
mother Darnell Hudson Donerson,
brother Jason Hudson and nephew
"The specific purpose of the
Foundation is to care for the needs
of families who have lost relatives
to a violent crime," the family says
in a statement. "This encompasses
for only $36 a
year you will
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to get started!
"Jennifer sang her first song in
this church she said her first
prayer in this church," her cousin
Shari Nichols Witt said of the
Pleasant Gift Missionary Baptist
Church. Witt also spoke fondly of
the actress-singer's slain nephew,
saying 7-year-old Julian King
"seemed like he was ahead of his
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who
spoke at the vigil, told PEOPLE
that Hudson, 27, and her family
"are overwhelmed by the sudden-
ness and the unexpectedness of it
all. This family knows triumph, and
they also know tragedy."
As the community grieved the
loss of the Dreamgirls star's rela-
tives, the 27-year-old parolee con-
sidered a suspect in their shooting
deaths, William Balfour, remains
in police custody.
Balfour the estranged husband
of Hudson's sister Julia was being
held on an alleged parole violation.
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