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Condoleeza Rice Signs Book Deal
NEW YORK Condoleezza Rice has agreed to
a book deal with Crown Publishers starting with
a memoir of her eight years under former U.S.
President George W. Bush, first as national secu-
rity adviser and then as secretary of state.
The first book is tentatively scheduled to appear
4 in the autumn of 2011, followed a year later by
a second book about her upbringing in
Birmingham, Alabama, where she was born in
1954. Rice grew up amid segregation and during
the civil rights movement in the United States.
Random House Children's Books will also publish a young-adult edi-
tion of the family memoir at the same time.
Crown is a division of Random House, itself part of the German media
giant Bertelsmann AG.
Wal-Mart Settles Suit by
Black Truck Drivers for $17M
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. Wal-Mart says it will pay $17.5 million to set-
tle a class-action suit by black truck drivers who claimed the retailing
giant discriminated against them.
The world's largest retailer, said in a news release that a settlement had
been reached in late January, and the formal settlement documents were
submitted to federal court on Friday. The court must approve the settle-
ment if it is to go forward.
In a May 2007 ruling granting the suit class-action status, U.S. District
Judge William R. Wilson Jr. cited American Trucking Association figures
showing that 15 percent of truckers were black from Jan. 1, 2000,
through Sept.-29, 2005. In the same period, 4 percent to 6 percent of Wal-
Mart's 8,000 truckers were black.
Wilson also said drivers at Wal-Mart were recruited largely through
word-of-mouth and applicants would be screened by a committee of driv-
ers. The judge noted none of the committees at Wal-Mart's various hiring
sites had a majority of blacks and some of those committees had no
blacks, despite a company rule that the panels be 50 percent diverse.
Jax Among National Sweep Yielding
50 Pimps and 45 Child Prostitutes
Over the weekend, an FBI sweep code-named "Operation Cross
Country," nabbed 50 pimps and 45 minors they were exploiting. The
sweep targeted 27 major cities that included Washington, D.C., Atlanta,
Boston, Jacksonville, Cleveland, Birmingham Miami and more.
The minors taken into custody range in age from 13 to 17. According
to the investigators the sex rings that exploit the children are sophisticat-
ed organizations and many of them reach across state lines.
"We've taken them into protective custody and away from the people
who were exploiting them," said Special Agent Steve Lazarus, an FBI
spokesman in Atlanta. The FBI says it will not release the names, gender
and ages of the children.
FBI Deputy Assistant Director, Daniel Roberts added, "Unfortunately,
the vast majority of these kids are what they term 'throwaway kids,' with
no family support, no friends. They're kids that nobody wants, they're
loners. Many are runaways."
More than 300,000 children are being sexually exploited in the United
States, according to a University of Pennsylvania study.
NAACP Calls for Firing of Cartoonist
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II. Obama vows to lead US
from dire 'day of reckoning'
Mendez Lauded by Masjid Al-Salaam- The Masjid Al-
Salaam honored renowned singer, tailor, designer and teacher, Padrica
Mendez for her contributions and achievements last weekend at the
Masjid. A host of family and friends were secretly invited for the event.
Most noted locally for her African inspired designs, and her re-creations of
African Kings & Queens in the Kuumba Festivals for over 20 years, her
recognition included her countless community contributions, in addition
to extensive travel and training both in America and abroad. R.Silver Photo
President Barack Obama promised
a nation shuddering in economic
crisis Tuesday night that he would
lead it from a dire "day of reckon-
ing" to a brighter future, summon-
ing politicians and public alike to
shoulder responsibility for hard
choices and shared sacrifice. "The
time to take charge of our future is
here," Obama declared, delivering
his first address to a joint session of
Offering words of reassurance to
an anxious nation, he declared,
"Tonight I want every American to
know this: We will rebuild, we will
recover, and the United States of
America will emerge stronger than
"We are a nation that has seen
promise and peril," he said. "Now
we must be that nation again."
To deal with the current crisis,
deepening each day, the president
said more money will be needed to
rescue troubled banks beyond the
$700 billion already committed last
year. He said he knows that bailout
billions for banks are unpopular -
"I promise you, I get it," he said -
but he also insisted that was the
only way to get credit moving again
to households and businesses, the
lifeblood of the American economy.
Along with aid for banks, he also
called on Congress to move quick-
ly on legislation to overhaul outda-
Continued on page 2
Jax Negro League's Player Who Made it to the Majors Honored with Grave Marker
John Irvin Kennedy was an hum-
ble, unassuming man.
In 1998, he died as quietly as he
had lived. In fact, many who knew
Kennedy never heard him speak
about his accomplishments in
major league baseball.
Recently, Sen.Tony Hill learned
that Kennedy, the Philadelphia
Phillies' first African-American
player, was interned at EvergreenU
Cemetery with no grave marker.
"There are many unsung heroes in
the African-American community.
John Irvin Kennedy is one of them.'
We need to recognize them for the"
significant contributions they made
and for the opportunities they cre-
ated for others," said Hill.
Hill organized a ceremony, honor-
ing Kennedy with a grave marker. .
Sports lovers, history buffs, family
and friends came to applaud
Kennedy. And Phil Myers, repre- '.T ...
senting the Philadelphia Phillies, 'f"
senting the Philadelphvia Phillies Pictured at the marker ceremony organized by Senator Tony Hill at Evergreen Cemetery honoring the
traveled from Pennsylvania to pres- Philadelphia Phillies' first black player, John Irvin Kennedy, are (L-R): (back row) Rodney Johnson, John
ent Kennedy's family with an offi- Gaffney, John Woods, Charlene Norris, Phil Myers representing the Phillies' major league baseball organ-
cial jersey and honor Kennedy for ization, and Senator Tony Hill; (front row) Honorable Mia Jones, the honoree's granddaughters Shakita
integrating the organization. Brown and Dayan Green, daughter Tazena Kennedy, great-granddaughter Amari Tutwiler, great-nephew
Continued on page 3 Cedric Livingston and granddaughter Curtiayanna Tompkins. AMLatimer Photo
Award Winning Director Celebrates NAACP s 100th at the Ritz
The New York Post Cartoon shown above has NAACP
caused outrage across the nation. P r e s i d e n t
Benjamin Todd Jealous said that if Sean Delonas is not fired, the group
will call for protests of the paper and Fox television affiliates, which are
owned by Post parent company News Corp.
The group also called for the cartoonist's editor to be fired.
Many critics said the cartoon played on historically racist images by
appearing to compare Obama, the nation's first black president, to a
chimpanzee that had been shot by police officers.
The cartoon references the mauling of a Connecticut woman by a chim-
panzee who was later shot and killed by police.
In its caption, one of the officers says, "They'll have to find someone
else to write the next stimulus bill."
Obama had signed the bill the day before the cartoon ran.
On its Web site, the paper offered a qualified apology, saying it was
"most certainly not our intent" to express racism, but also accusing some
of jumping at a chance to attack a paper they already disliked.
Shown above is Rodney Hurst, Shelton Chappell, Ferdinand Juluke, Lois Juluke, Elnora Atkins, film maker Keith Beauchamp, NAACP
President Isaiah Rumlin, former state Sen. Arnette Girardeau, Sandra Thompson and Evan Daniels.
Civil rights activist
"Standing on their shoulders:
Honoring the martyrs who came
before me" at the Ritz Theatre &
LaVilla Museum as the
Jacksonville Branch NAACP con-
tinued the national organization's
100th Anniversary. Beauchamp
shared his experiences, discussed
Continued on page 2
rights book revived
Shown above LEFT (1-r) are Camilla Thompson, Yvette Ridley, (seated) Ruthine Tidwell, Patricia Pearson and Mary Ann Pearson. RIGHT:
Lois and Ferdinand Juluke.
NAACP Centennial Celebrated with Award Winning Civil Rights Documentarian
continued from the front
his films, and show "The Untold
Story of Emmett Louis Till" which
was also viewed at the Centennial
Celebration. Through the fiom-
makers efforts of making the fiom,
he brought back to the forefront of
media and America, the senseless
murder of the young boy in
Mississippi that has never been
brought to justice.
The Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church Choir opened the program
with the National Negro Anthem
and Rodney Hurst served as the
Master of ceremonies.
Beauchamp's next documentary:
Wanting Justice: Johnnie Mae
HISTORY IN THE MIDST: Raines Grad Rose to Archbishop
of Ethiopian Orthodox Coptic Church of the Americas
Nathaniel Williams, Jr.
William M. Raines High School
has produced many outstanding
Americans including Bob Hayes,
who was recently inducted into the
Football Hall of Fame; other out-
standing football players; such as
Al Denson, who was Hayes' room-
mate at Florida A&M University;
Ronald Lewis and others; outstand-
ing Educators, and students that
have found success in every con-
ceivable occupational field, includ-
ing entertainment and sports.
Nathaniel Williams, Jr., son of
Nathaniel and Ernestine Williams,
became a priest and by the time he
attained the age of 33, he headed
The Coptic Church, an ancient
Christian Church known as the
Ethiopian Orthodox Coptic Church
of North and South America. As far
back as the fourth century Ethiopia
had a Christian government, which
has lasted into modem times and
controlled the Ethiopian
Government until 1975 when the
communist took over the country.
The ancient origins of the church
and its African origin appealed to
Williams and he felt called into
service. Although he grew up in the
Baptist and Lutheran Churches of
Jacksonville, he reached out for
something more after meeting
Archbishop Mikael Kristos and
Edwin Collins, who chartered the
Ethiopian Branch of the Coptic
Church in America in 1971.
Collins was commissioned to do so
by Ethiopian Emperor Haile
Selassie. Archbishop Mikael
picked Williams as his successor
before his death.
The synod declared him succes-
sor after the official forty days of
mourning He was consecrated in
1984 and became Metropolitan
Archbishop Primate of the church
at age 33. At the time, Williams felt
that he was beginning his life at the
age that Jesus' life ended. His ele-
vation to leadership brought the two
American branches of the church
together. He acknowledged that the
Coptic Church is like roman
Catholic but more like the Greek
Orthodox, and that most of the
membership are emigrants or
refugees from Egypt and Ethiopia.
Chappell, centers around the
Jacksonville mother killed during
1964 on the city's northside. her
killers were never brought to jus-
tice. It will air on the History
Channel. R. Silver photos
Continued from front
outdated regulations on the nation's
"I ask this Congress to join me in
doing whatever proves necessary,"
Obama said. "Because we cannot
consign our nation to an open-
Thinking longer-term, Obama said
that both political parties must give
up favored programs while uniting
behind his campaign promises to
build better schools, expand health
care coverage and move the nation
to "greener" fuel use.
Just five weeks after his inaugura-
tion, Obama addressed an ebullient
Democratic congressional majority
and an embattled but reinvigorated
GOP minority as well as millions
of anxious viewers. Despite the
nation's economic worries and the
lack of support for his plans from
all but a few Republican lawmak-
ers, Obama enjoys strong approval
ratings across the nation.
Ir "-" would have been impos-
sible," DuBois wrote.
rA6. A new edition of the
book is being published
to mark the 100th
anniversary of the
National Association for
the Advancement of
Colored People, which
DuBois co-founded. The
new edition also marks
Black History Month in
February and arrives
with President Barack
Obama taking office.
have served on the
Supreme Court, in the
Harvard University professor Henry cabinet, and, finally, as
Louis Gates Jr. says he welcomes the president of the United
Knights of Columbus decision to issue a States," Carl Anderson,
new edition of the book by W.E.B. DuBois supreme knight of the
Knights of Columbus,
The Ku Klux Klan was rising wrote in the introduction. "The
again. Segregation was the law Gift of Black Folk allows us to
and Marnom er King Jr. was fully appreciate these monumen-
not even bomr yet. b tal achievements."
Amid the terror and oppression, Hearvard University professor
civil rights pioneer W.E.B. Hv U r professor
civi s rwights i oner w.E B. Henry Louis Gates Jr., who edited
DuBois published a groundbreak- DuBois' works, including "The
ing book in 1924 that challenged Gift of Black Folk," welcomed
the pervasive stereotypes of the Knights reissuing their own
African-Americans and docu- edition. The book, which came
mented their rarely recognized during the Harlem Renaissance,
acHis book, "The Gift of Blakevements sparked similar books that raised
FHok T k eagiroithor Black the nation's consciousness of
Folk: The Negroes in the Making African-American achievements,
of America," detailed the role of he said.
African-Americans with the earli- "Black people were using art
est explorers to inventions rang- and historical narrative as
ing from ice cream to player weapons in the civil rights move-
pianos. He argued that blacks ment, trying to show that black
were crucial to conquering the people were innately as intelli-
wilderness, winning wars, gent as white people, that they
expanding democracy and creat- weren't distinctly inferior by
ing a prosperous economy by pro- nature and the best way to do that
during tobacco, sugar, cotton and they felt was by holding up the
rice and helping to build the achievements of intelligent or
Panama Canal. artistic or creative black people,"
"The Negro worked as farm Gates said. "And no one did this
hand and peasant proprietor, as. more brilliantly than the great
laborer, artisan and inventor and W.E.B. DuBois himself"
as servant in the house, and with-
out him, America as we know it,
Civil Rights Heroes Honored with U.S. Postal Stamp
Shown above are the 2009 commemorative postage stamps honoring a dozen civil rights leaders
A dozen civil rights pioneers took
their places of honor on U.S.
postage stamps Saturday.
The six 42-cent stamps were ded-
icated in New York and are on sale
The stamps honor the achieve-
ments of Ella Baker, Daisy Gatson
Bates, J.R. Clifford, Medgar Evers,
Fannie Lou Hamer, Charles
Hamilton Houston, Ruby Hurley,
Mary White Ovington, Joel Elias
Spingarn, Mary Church Terrell,
Oswald Garrison Villard and Walter
Among those dedicating the
stamps are Thurgood Marshall Jr.,
son of the late Supreme Court jus-
tice and a member of the Postal
Service's governing board; Medgar
Evers' widow, Myrlie Evers-
Williams; NAACP board of direc-
tors chairman Julian Bond and
Henry Louis Gates Jr. of Harvard
University and a member of the cit-
izens stamp advisory committee.
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IOIN US AS WE CONTINUE
BRATE OVER 50 YEARS
PLARY SERVICE TO THE
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Tonya M. Austin, Assistant
Coming To Your
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learn more about the cleanup effort to improve areas where incinerator ash
may have been deposited many years ago, you're invited to come to one of
our Project New Ground information fairs located in your neighborhood.
PROJECT NEW GROUND INFORMATION FAIRS SCHEDULE:
Tuesday, March 3
4:00 7:00 p.m.
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Jacksonville, FL 32209
Edgewood Avenue Jacksonville, Florida 32209
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Friday, March 6
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For more information, call 630-CITY
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Black History Tea Highlights Connections between Women of the Past and Present
Pictured at the Black History Month Tea hosted by the Jacksonville Links at Community Connections are (L-R): Pauline Lamar, chairperson
Terri Stepter and Jacksonville Links' president, Geraldine Smith.Pictured at the Black History Month Tea hosted by the Jacksonville Links at
Community Connections are (L-R): Pat Bivins, Joan Joyner-Peterson, Brenda Simmons and Lisa Glover. M. Latimer Photo
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The International Trends and
Services (ITS) Committee of the
Jacksonville Chapter of The Links,
Incorporated recently hosted a
Black History Month tea at
Community Connections, Duval
County's full-service transitional
housing program for women and
children. Wearing glamorous hats
and enjoying tea and other light
refreshments, Jacksonville Links
showcased the trials and triumphs
of historical African American
females to inspire and enlighten the
women living at Community
Connections. "As we began to
introduce the women of our past
like Coretta Scott King, the tea
evolved into a session about the
present situations of the ladies at
Community Connections. We
enjoyed a dynamic dialogue that
allowed these ladies to see the par-
allels between their lives and the
lives of women who made signifi-
cant contributions to African-
American history. The session also
showcased the strength of black
women past and present. We all
saw that despite our challenges, we
survive, we thrive, we overcome!"
said ITS and event chairperson
Led by President Geraldine
Smith, the Jacksonville Chapter of
The Links, Incorprated provides
monthly mentoring and enrichment
activities for the women and youth
living at Community Connections.
The organization, in cooperation
with the Cummer Musuem, will
host the Quilts of Gee's Bend
Exhibit beginning May 2009.
Shown above is Mrs. Carolyn Newkirk, a senior citizen living on a set
income is shown above taken advantage of J-LOC's services.
Babies to Seniors Benefit from JLOC Give-a-Way
In spite of unseasonably cold weather, the Jacksonville Local
Organizing Committed for the Millions More Movement went about the
business of serving people through their monthly Clothes Give-A-Way and
serving free food. The monthly event that services the city's undeserved
community is held off of Myrtle Avenue and is free and open to the public
to receive free food and clothing with dignity. For more information con-
tact JLOC at 240-9133 or visit their website at www.jaxloc.
Unsung Hometown Baseball Hero
Receives Posthumous Honor
John Irvin Kennedy
Continued from page 1
"I'm so excited to be here.
Kennedy played shortstop for the
Phillies in 1957, so this recognition
is more than fifty years in the mak-
ing. I feel like I had a chance to
reach out and touch John. We're
finally rewarding him for all his
hard work. I can't wait for his fam-
ily to hang his jersey in a place of
honor," said Myers.
While pleased by all fanfare,
Kennedy's family remains over-
whelmed. His daughter, Tazena,
didn't know her father was a trail-
blazer in the field of athletics until
she was a pre-teen. "My dad was so
modest. He never talked about
what he achieved. My aunt showed
me a picture of Dad in 'Jet
Magazine' that's how I learned he
played major league baseball. But
this has been so wonderful. We're
grateful to Senator Hill for his
efforts on behalf of Dad. I wish
Dad could be here for all this," she
to make race a
central theme of
his campaign, but
the man he tapped
as the country's
top law enforce-
ment officer is making it clear that
race relations will be a priority.
In a speech last week, Attorney
General Eric Holder called
America a "nation of cowards"
when it comes to discussing race, a
statement applauded by civil rights
"The civil rights community now
has a partner in the Justice
Department rather than an adver-
sary," said Robert Rubin, legal
director for the Lawyers'
Committee for Civil Rights in San
on agenda of Holder's Justice Dept.
Holder, the nation's first African
American attorney general, made
the statement at a Department of
Justice celebration of Black
History Month. He urged people
"to find ways to force ourselves to
confront that which we have
become expert at avoiding" and
said the black experience and the
country are inextricably tied
"The need to confront our racial
past and our racial present and to
understand the history of African
people in this country endures,"
Holder said. "Though this nation
has proudly thought of itself as an
ethnic melting pot, in things racial
we have always been and continue
to be, in too many ways, essential-
ly a nation of cowards."
Influential African Americans
agreed with Holder's decision to
use such bold language.
"He could have taken the safe
route and avoided the subject, but
he had the courage to confront it,"
said National Urban League
President and CEO Marc Morial.
"He is absolutely spot-on that we
have not shown a lot of courage in
confronting and speaking about
race in a factual, thoughtful and
But conservative bloggers and
cable news commentators called
Holder's words divisive and insen-
"This nation has spilled more
blood over this issue than any
other nation on earth, to wipe out
slavery and discrimination against
people of color around the world,"
conservative radio show host Rush
Limbaugh said on his program.
"They're going to keep the race
business alive, and it's going to
prosper during the Obama admin-
istration because that causes more
chaos and it causes more division."
Council Nedd, a member of
Project 21, a think tank of conser-
vative African Americans who say
they are not represented by the
civil rights establishment, said he
had mixed feelings about Holder's
"It's tricky because I agree with
his comments but I don't believe
they were helpful in trying to fos-
ter a productive dialogue on race,"
Nedd said. "I believe that those
with racial tendencies tend to be
cowardly, but so do those of us
who have experienced racism.
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In a Black History speech at a
Department of Justice program, the
nation's first black attorney general
said that America is "a nation of
Sure it may sound bad or awk-
ward on the surface, but you have
to take the entire speech into con-
text. Holder was basically saying
that most Americans don't want to
have an open dialogue about race
and racial differences.
Many Americans would rather
not talk about race at all and prefer
to insist that the past is the past and
racial issues no longer exist. I know
- funny right?
Some would even go as far to say
that we should ignore color all
together. I have said time and time
again that that concept is fruitless.
Why ignore color when we can
simply except, respect and embrace
our cultural differences?
That's the point that Holder was
making. He said the workplace is
largely integrated but Americans
still self-segregate on the weekends
and in their private lives.
"Though this nation has proudly
thought of itself as an ethnic melt-
ing pot, in things racial we have
always been and I believe continue
to be, in too many ways, essential-
ly a nation of cowards," Holder
He continued by saying that race
does continue to be a topic in polit-
ical discussions but us average
everyday Americans don't talk with
each other enough about racial dif-
ferences and issues.
Why America is a "nation of
cowards" when it comes to race
In the speech, Holder urged peo-
ple of all races to use Black History
Month as a chance for honest dis-
cussion of racial matters, including
issues of health care, education and
He added, "Race is an issue we
have never been at ease with and,
given our nation's history, this is in
some ways understandable... If we
are to make progress in this area,
we must feel comfortable enough
with one another and tolerant
enough of each other to have frank
conversations about the racial mat-
ters that continue to divide us."
So if you are a person that har-
bors racial issues or is uncomfort-
able discussing racial differences
you probably took Holder's com-
ments the wrong way.
At least someone is bold enough
to speak honestly and say what
needs to be said. We have to start
talking about racial differences in
order to move past racial issues in
Instead of trying to find a way to
go around this wall let's simply
tear it down by addressing issues
A study by the Kaiser Foundation
several years back confirmed that
one of the major problems with
race relations in America is that we
just don't understand each other.
In fact, this study showed what
many African Americans already
know that a large number of
whites have mistaken ideas about
how blacks are faring in American
Again, open dialogue can change
After Holder delivered his
speech he told reporters that he was
inspired by President Obama's
speech addressing race after the
Rev. Jeremiah Wright issues during
the Presidential campaign.
We know that Obama's speech
regarding race in America was crit-
ical to putting the Rev. Wright issue
to bed and really was a bold state-
ment about his strength and forti-
Holder told reporters after his
speech, "If we're going to ever
make progress, we're going to have
to have the guts, we have to have
the determination, to be honest
with each other. It also means we
have to be able to accept criticism
where that is justified."
The backlash against Holder's
comments really has more to do
with American pride and self-
image. Simply stated we don't like
to be told that our stuff stinks. It's
hard to look at the man in mirror
and be critical sometimes.
But let's not simply focus on
Holder's comments about America
being a nation of cowards. He also
said many positive things about this
It's easy to simply focus on the
most provocative statements with-
out even acknowledging that bulk
is his speech was very positive
Holder basically said that this is a
great country, but in order to under-
stand this nation one must under-
stand the history of black
Americans. He said, "To get to
heart of this country, you must
understand its racial soul."
I applaud Holder for being hon-
est and courageous enough to tell it
like it is. We certainly are the great-
est nation is the world. From the
humanitarian efforts we take on
around the world to the advance-
ments in medicine and technology,
the United States is an exceptional
This is the land of opportunity,
but being a proud American doesn't
mean that we can't address the ills
of our nation.
James Baldwin may have said it
best when he said, "I love America
more than any other country in the
world and, exactly for this reason, I
insist on the right to criticize her
Signing off from the Woodlawn
Presbyterian Black History
Mr. Murdoch Is Obama Really a Chimps
O f a r i
/ surprise to
you that New
Editor-in-Chief Col Allan would
hotly defend the racist Post cartoon
comparing President Obama to a
chimp. That's what your shock and
smut dealing Post is in the business
of doing and it does it well. The
idea of course is to get the tongues
furiously wagging, get enraged
emails, letters and phone calls
pouring in, and then put forth the
predictable defense calling this and
other inflammatory cartoons a par-
ody, a free speech right, and harm-
less spoofery. Allan didn't stop
there. He couldn't resist the urge to
take a swipe at Al Sharpton, brand-
ing him with the standard tag of
race baiter and media hound for
daring to call out the Post on the
The furor might have drawn little
more than a public yawn and shrug
except for two two small points.
One is the long, sordid and savage
history of racist stereotyping of
African-Americans. A few
grotesque book titles from a centu-
ry ago, such as The Negro a Beast,
The Negro, a Menace to American
Civilization, and the Clansman
depicted blacks as apes, monkeys,
bestial, and animal like. The image
stuck in books, magazines, jour-
nals, and deeply colored the think-
ing of many Americans of that day.
Yes, Mr. Murdoch, it's true that
was a long time ago, and as Allan
intimated in his lame defense of the
Post cartoon, no sober person could
seriously believe that anyone
would liken the President or for
that matter any black to a chimp.
Unfortunately, a lot still do.
That's the second small point
about the Post cartoon. Post
Cartoonist Sean Delonas could so
casually and eas-
Obama as a ...
mo n k e y
n't die a
decade, or even
a year ago. In fact, exact-
ly a year ago, Penn State
researchers conducted six separate
studies and found that many
Americans still link blacks with
apes and monkeys. Many of them
were young, and had absolutely no
knowledge of the vicious stereo-
typing of blacks of years past. Their
findings with the provocative title
"Not Yet Human: Implicit
Contemporary Consequences," in
the February 2008 issue of Journal
of Personality and Social
Psychology, was published by the
Please keep in mind Mr. Murdoch
that the overwhelming majority of
the participants in the studies bris-
tled probably as undoubtedly you
would at the faintest hint that they
had any racial bias. But the animal
savagery image and blacks was
very much on their minds. The
researchers found that participants,
and that included even those with
no stated prejudices or knowledge
of the historical images, were
quicker to associate blacks with
apes than they were to associate
whites with apes.
This was not simply a dry aca-
demic exercise. The animal associ-
ation and blacks has had devastat-
ing real life consequences. In
hundreds of news
S. stories from
Likely to describe
A X fri ic an
Whites convicted of
e I capital crimes with
guage, such as "barbaric," "beast,"
"brute," "savage" and "wild." And
jurors in criminal cases were far
more likely to judge blacks more
harshly than whites, and regard
them and their crimes as savage,
bestial, and heinous, and slap them
with tougher sentences than whites.
The Post cartoon, Mr. Murdoch,
was the complete package. It
depicted violence, death, brutality,
incitement, and animal like
imagery. The topper was the not so
subtle inference that the target of
the chimp depiction and more was
an African-American male, namely
In recent days, Mr Murcdoch
you've dropped a hint or two that
you want to put the word balance
back into the vocabulary of those
who run your media empire. You
can start by issuing this statement.
"News Corporation pledges that
the Post's offensive cartoon will
not be circulated, or reprinted, or
syndicated. Further, we have zero
tolerance toward racially insensi-
tive and inflammatory cartoons or
editorial depictions of African-
Americans and other ethnic groups.
Finally, we apologize for the
Obama cartoon and pledge in the
future that the Post and other
Murdoch entities will hold to the
highest standard of editorial sensi-
tivity in our cartoons."
You'll issue that statement Mr.
Murdoch if you are personally
repelled by the comparison of
President Obama to a chimp. That
is so, right Mr. Murdoch?
Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author
and political analyst. His new book is
How Obama Won (Middle Passage
PrrP-v. January 2009).
Building a Constituency
for Haiti in the U.S.
Black History Month should never pass without people of African descent
remembering the amazing Haitian Revolution which produced the first
Black Republic in the world. While historians herald the contributions to
humanity of the American and French Revolutions, I believe the Haitian
Revolution was at least as significant in terms of advancing the concepts of
human rights and equality. We must never forget that this improbable
Revolution was consummated at a time when the holocaust of enslavement
was wreaking havoc on Africa. Though the trans-Atlantic slave trade was
initiated as an economic enterprise, it would not be long before the horrors
of this genocidal undertaking would be rationalized by theories of "race" that
designated Africans inferior beings. Pseudo-scientific theories gave birth to
the myth of white supremacy.
But, the Haitian revolutionaries, inspired and led by Boukman, Alexander
Petion, Henri Christophe, Jean Jacques Dessalines and the incomparable
Toussaint Louverture were unwilling to validate this perverted theory of
race. Over a tumultuous period from 1791 to 1803, Haitian freedom fighters
defeated the armies of England, Spain and France in the latter instance
humiliating the vaunted forces of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. An army of
"enslaved Africans" took destiny into their own hands and shattered the
myth of white supremacy! January 1, 1804, Jean Jacques Dessalines
declared Haiti the first Black Republic in the world. It was a declaration
which reverberated around the world, especially among enslaved Africans in
the U.S. and the Caribbean.
Despite the righteous platitudes of the American and French Revolutions,
the idea of an independent Black Republic created through force of arms did
not sit well with the powers that be in the Capitols of Europe and America.
There was virtually universal agreement among the European/White leaders
of the time, including President Thomas Jefferson, that the example of Haiti
was a threat to their national interests profiting from the slave trade and/or
colonialism in Africa, the Caribbean, Central and South America.
Therefore, it was imperative that Haiti be isolated, marginalized and ren-
dered weak as a "Black nation." Under threat of a new invasion, Haiti suc-
cumbed to demands from France to pay millions of dollars in reparations for
the loss of property (enslaved Africans and the plantations) incurred during
the Revolution. The burden of this debt would cripple Haiti's struggle for
development well into the 20th century. In 1915 the U.S. invaded and occu-
pied Haiti until 1934, and has treated Haiti as a neo-colony ever sense.
It is my contention that people of African descent everywhere owe a spe-
cial debt to Haiti for giving us back our dignity when we were on our knees.
With the onslaught of the slave trade, colonialism and segregation/apartheid,
the Haitian Revolution and the Black Republic it produced was a beacon of
inspiration, hope and promise for the entire Black World. Accordingly, rais-
ing Haiti to its rightful place in the sun must be a collective Pan
African priority in the 21st Century. As long as the first Black Republic is
ridiculed as the "poorest nation in the western hemisphere," people of
African descent everywhere are diminished. By uplifting Haiti and assisting
the Haitian people to achieve genuine self-determination and an improved
standard of living, Africans everywhere are elevated.
To that end, the Haiti Support Project (HSP) of the Institute of the Black
World 21st Century has been working to build a formidable constituency for
Haiti in the U.S. Our mission is to impact U.S. policy towards Haiti and to
mobilize humanitarian and developmental assistance to support people
based projects, programs and initiatives on the ground. As it relates to U.S.
policy, an immediate goal is to rescind the long standing discriminatory pol-
icy of routinely incarcerating and returning Haitian refugees to Haiti with-
out proper hearings. In fact, according to a recent Associated Press report,
some 30,000 Haitian refugees are currently facing deportation in the near
future. By contrast, Cuban refugees who manage to arrive on U.S. shores are
immediately taken in and put on a fast track to receive Green Cards and
eventually citizenship. While this racist policy is under review, Haitian
refugees should be granted Temporary Protective Status (TPS). In the broad-
er strategic sense, the U.S. should be constructively engaged in a long term
and sustained effort to strengthen democracy and development in Haiti
through assistance that will enhance the Government's capacity to build a
sound and growing economy, generate jobs, and deliver vital services like
education and health care.
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on Feb, 26th and March 1st. On Thursday, February 26th at 7 p.m., spoken
word will be given by Dr. John Guns of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church.
On Friday, February 27th at 7 p.m., acting Pastor Johnny Johnson of
Philadelphia Baptist Church will keynote the event. Services will culminate
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dancers, steppers poets, and musicians. Refreshments will be served and it
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Sweet Potato Pie
2 cups cooked mashed sweet
1 1/3 cups sugar (brown or f
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon extract .
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup milk or half-and-half ~
3/4 stick of butter
Peel and cube sweet pota- .-------
toes. Mash potatoes with all the
above ingredients. Beat with mixer on medium speed until smooth (or you can mix it by
hand until smooth). Place in pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour, or until firm
when touched in the middle.
Years ago, people could not afford to throw anything away. If they had a lot of leftover
old bread (the bread that was made with flour, not cornmeal), they would crumble and save
it. The whole message behind bread pudding is that people could not afford to waste or
F ". -- throw away food, so they rexyxled it. With
bread pudding, they used the stale bread to
S make this delicious dessert.
1 4 cups dried bread crumbs
2 eggs beaten
j. ,%.. 2 cups milk
r1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
~ 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 /1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups raisins
Mix all the above ingredients. Place in 350
degree oven. Bake for 45 minutes, or until the center is firm to the touch. Can be served hot
Banana Pound Cake
I package (18 1/2 ounces) yellow cake
4 eggs (room temperature) r.
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup water m P
1 1/3 cups mashed bananas (about 4 me- T
1 package (3 3/4 ounces) instant vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
I teaspoon vanilla
Combine all ingredients in large mixer .
bowl. Mix until blended, then beat at medium speed for 4 minutes. Turn batter into greased
and lightly floured 10 inch tube pan. Bake in 350 degree oven for 1 hour or until done. If
desired, dust with confectioner's sugar before serving.
6 -Pineapple Upside-
S-. bottom of well-greased
pan. Dot with butter. Drain
pineapple. Place slices in
:. 'pan with cherry in center of
each pineapple slice. Sift
'.together flour, baking pow-
; 4,-der and salt. Cream short-
ening. Add sugar gradually
and beat until fluffy. Add
egg and vanilla and beat
well. Add flour mixture, a
little at a time, alternately
with milk. Pour batter over
fruit. Bake at 350 degrees F. until brown, for 50 to 60 minutes. Turn upside down on serv-
ing plate. (Serves 8-10).
Fresh Peach Cobbler
4 C. sliced fresh peaches
1/3 C. brown sugar
fresh grated nutmeg
1 T. flour
Pinch of salt (optional)
1 C. all-purpose flour
1/4 C. sugar
1 t. baking powder
Pinch of salt (optional)
3 T. cold butter, cut into small pieces
1 beaten egg
In a medium bowl, mix together
peaches, sugar, flour, a couple dashes
of fresh grated nutmeg, and salt (if
using); set aside.
In a separate bowl, mix flour, f
sugar, baking powder and salt.
Add butter and cut in with pastry
blender or rub butter into flour with. ...
fingertips until mixture resembles
In a separate bowl, beat the egg and "
Add the egg mixture all at once to
the flour mixture.
Stir just until combined-don't over mix!
Pour peach mixture into a small baking dish (8"x8"x2"). Drop topping mixture by large
1 I.... ..Fil over the top of the peaches.
Bake for 30 minutes in a preheated 375 degree oven. Topping is done when golden
brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
I large package banana cream flavored pudding and pie filling (6 serving size)
3 egg yolks slightly beaten, 3 3/4 cups milk, 30 vanilla wafers
2 large ripe but firm bananas, sliced 3 egg whites, dash salt, 1/3 cup sugar
In a saucepan, combine pudding mix, egg yolks, and milk. Cook over medium heat, stir-
ring, until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat. Arrange a layer of vanilla wafers in
bottom of a 2-quart baking dish.
Add a layer of banana slices and then a layer of pudding. Continue layering the vanilla
wafers, banana slices, and pudding, ending with the pudding.
"B ] Beat egg whites with the salt until foamy. Gradually beat in
the sugar then continue to beat until mixture forums stiff
.... "' shiny peaks. Spoon meringue over pudding, spreading all the
way to the edge of dish to seal. Bake at 3750 for about 10 to
15 minutes, until meringue is cooked and lightly browned.
Serve warm or chilled. Store in refrigerator.
Cream Cheese Pound Cake :
3 sticks of butter (the real thing is best!) '
1 8oz pkg cream cheese
6 eggs 3 cups sugar 3 cups of flour
1 tsp lemon or vanilla extract
Cream the butter and cream cheese ';
together with an electric mixer until well
blended. Add 1 cup of sugar and blend ,
well. Add 1 egg and blend well. Alternate '.' .
1 cup sugar and 1 egg until sugar is de- "a .
pleted. Add 1 cup of flour, blend well. Add
1 egg and alternate flour with egg until r
flour is depleted. Add extract and blend
well. Pour into a greased and floured tube
pan and bake in a pre-heated 325 degree
oven for 1 hour and 25 minutes. Ice with
About 2 cups of confectioners sugar 1 tbsp butter melted,
milk 3 tbsp lemon juice
(all of these measurements are approximate)
Mix these ingredients until smooth and the consistency of a glaze (thicker than regular
milk, but as thick as Eagle sweetened condensed milk) Pour over the cake.
Poppy Seed Cake
1 package yellow cake mix 1 small package instant vanilla pudding 4 eggs
1/3 cup poppy seeds 1/2 cup cream sherry 1/2 cup corn oil 1 cup sour cream
Mix all ingredients together well. Pour into a greased tube or bundt pan. Bake at 350 de-
grees for 1 hr.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
1fistorW of the Africa/-Avmercav Kitchen
Back in this era, most African men were
farmers, cattle raisers and fisherman. Plant-
ing, sowing and harvesting crops were con-
sidered women's work. Cooking was one of
the most important skills a young girl needed
to learn. One traditional dish called fufu was
made of pounded yams. Fufu was served with
soup, stew, roasted meat and different
sauces. During this time in history, cooking
was done over open pits. Africans were very
skilled in roasting, frying, stewing, boiling and
steaming their foods. Their native foods were
yams, okra, watermelon, cassava, ground-
nuts, black-eyed peas and rice.
Indentured Servants and
In August, 1619, the first group of Afri-
cans landed in America at Jamestown, Vir-
ginia. These Africans were indentured ser-
vants. They gave up four to seven years of
labor just to pay for transportation to America.
Southern plantations consisted of Africans
from many different tribal nations. These Afri-
cans made up the slave population in south-
ern America. Verbal exchanges of recipes on
these Southern plantations led to the develop-
ment of an international African cooking style
in America. The slaves enjoyed cooking pork,
yams, sweet potatoes, hominy, corn, ash-
cakes, cabbage, hoecakes, collards and cow-
peas. On these plantations, cooking was
done on an open fireplace with large swing
blackpots and big skillets.
African American cooking techniques
and recipes were also influenced by Native
American Indians all across the United
States. When Africans were first brought to
America in 1619, they lived on farms. In many
areas, local Indians taught them how to hunt
and cook with native plants. Indian cooking
techniques were later introduced into the
southern society by black American cooks.
Dishes such as corn pudding, succotash,
pumpkin pie, Brunswick Stew and hominy
grits are a few examples of Native American
dishes found in African American cooking.
Between 1773 and 1785 thousands of
Africans were brought to America. They were
brought ashore in Virginia, Georgia and the
Carolinas (Sea Island). In America, slaves
were cooks, servants and gardeners. They
worked in the colonial kitchens and on the
plantations as field hands. At the Big House,
slaves cooked such foods as greens, succo-
tash, corn pudding, spoon bread, corn pone
and crab cakes. These foods were cooked on
an open pit or fireplace. On the plantation,
breakfast was an important and an early
meal. Hoecakes and molasses were eaten as
the slaves worked from sun up to sun down.
Both the northern and the southern ar-
mies hired black Americans as cooks. Most of
the cooking throughout the South was done
by black cooks. Slaves created their own reci-
pes and made the best of hard times and
scarce supplies. Cajun and Creole cooking
developed during this period. These foods
included jambalaya, bread pudding, dirty rice,
gumbo and red beans and rice. Cooking was
done on a great big old fireplace with swing
pots and skillets with legs.
Post Reconstruction -
Westward Movement -
At the end of the Civil War, black Ameri-
cans began to move westward. They mi-
grated to Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and
Texas. Black Americans became cowboys
The Classic barbecue was an invention of necessity
and cooks on the cattle drives. Many black
Americans were also pioneers and as farmers
they survived off the land. They adapted their
cooking habits and formed new ones when
necessary. It was a great challenge to create
good food with primitive tools and very limited
ingredients. They cooked such foods as: bis-
cuits, stew, baked beans and barbecued
The Great Migration
During this period, a large number of
black Americans worked as cooks in private
homes, shops restaurants, schools, hotels
and colleges. Many moved to such large cit-
ies as Chicago, New York, Ohio, Detroit and
Pennsylvania to work. Black cooks, chefs and
waiters also worked in Pullman cars of the old
railroads and on the steamboats. Many black
Restaurants such as Paschal's in Atlanta that ca-
tered to Blacks were not only safe havens for good
food and a symbol of entrepreneurship, but they also
were a haven for civil rights leaders.
Americans also started small businesses
such as fish markets, barbeque and soul food
restaurants throughout the United States.
These establishments specialized in fried fish,
homemade rolls, potato salad, turkey and
dressing, fried pork chops, rice and gravy and
southern fried chicken. Cooking was done on
wood burning and gas stoves.
Civil Rights Movement
In the early 60s and 70s, soul food, the
traditional food of black Americans, was very
popular. Soul foods were candied yams, okra,
fried chicken, pig's feet, chitlin's, cornbread,
collard greens with ham hocks and black-
eyed peas. Today in the 90s, soul food prepa-
ration has changed. Black Americans are be-
coming increasingly health conscious, thus,
they are avoiding foods with high levels of fat
and cholesterol, and increasing their intake of
fruit, vegetables and fiber. Black Americans
are still in the kitchen cooking, but now they
are owners and managers of restaurants. To-
day cooking is done on electric, gas and mi-
Steak and Gravy
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 beef round steak, about 2 pounds and 1
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups unsalted beef broth
1 cup light cream
Combine flour and next 5 ingredients.
Pound mixture into both sides of the meat
with a mallet. Saute meat in 2 tablespoons
of the butter and all of the oil over medium
heat until brown, about 5 minutes on each
side. Remove meat from skillet to a 2-
quart baking dish, cover, and keep warm.
In the same skillet, saute onion and garlic
over medium heat until onion is transpar-
ent; add to meat. Pour over additional but-
ter if necessary. Melt the remaining 2 ta-
blespoons of butter in skillet, blend in the 2
tablespoons flour, stirring constantly and
scraping bottom and sides of skillet, until
the mixture is smooth and brown. Cook
until thick, approximately 3 minutes. Stir
in broth and cook, stirring constantly, until
bubbly; simmer over low heat an addi-
tional 5 minutes. Pour over meat and bake,
covered, at 325 degrees F. for 2 hours or
until meat is tender. Remover cover and
bake an additional 15 to 20 minutes. Add
cream, stir, and serve. (4 servings)
Smothered Pork Chops
4 pork chops
I teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 cup bacon drippings or vegetable
1 large onion, sliced
3 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 cup water
Wash pork chops and pat dry. Mix sea-
sonings together. Rub on chops
(approximately 1/4 teaspoon per chop).
Reserve remaining seasoning for gravy.
Lightly dust chops with flour. Heat drip-
pings in a large, heavy skillet. Add chops
and brown each side, approximately 5 to
10 minutes. Remove chops from pan to a
warm, paper towel-covered platter. Re-
move all but 1/4 cup drippings from the
pan. Add sliced onion and brown. The
trick is to get the flour as brown as possi-
ble without burning it or the onion. Add
water and stir. Return chops to pan and add
sufficient water to cover. Bring to a quick
boil; reduce heat to low; cover and simmer
about an hour or until chops are fork ten-
der. Season to taste with additional season-
ing mix, if desired. (4 servings)
Fried Pork Chops
4 pork chops
1/2 cup flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 cups oil for frying
Wash pork chops. Mix flour, salt and
pepper together. Put chops in bag and
shake until covered. Drop chops in hot oil.
Fry until golden brown for 20 minutes.
Drain on paper towels. (Serves 2-4)
2-4 ham hocks (allow 1 per person)
pinch of salt
Put hock in a large pot. Add just
enough water to cover. Add a pinch of salt.
Cover the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce
heat and simmer 2-1/2 to 3 hours until
hocks are tender. Put hocks in a baking
dish. Place in 450 degree oven to brown
and dry out excess fat. Serve with greens.
1 1/2 2 cups chicken (cooked)
1/2 cup water
2 cans water chestnuts, sliced
2 cans cream celery soup
1 cup mayonaise
1 cup chopped celery
1 pkg pepperidge cornbread stuffing
4 cups noodles cooked
1/2 stick butter, melted
Combine soup, water, mayonaise. Add
chicken or tuna, noodles, celery, water
chestnuts. If you use tuna, add a little
lemon juice.) Put in buttered casserole
dish. Sprinkle cornbread crumbs on top.
Sprinkle melted butter over crumbs. Bake
at 350 degrees F. uncovered for about 45
minutes. (8 generous servings)
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Fried Catfish Fillets
8 to 10 catfish fillets
Salt and Pepper
3 teaspoons sea-
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon onion
1 1/4 teaspoons
3 tablespoons all-
2 eggs, well beaten
1 1/4 cups cornmeal
1/4 cup bacon drip-
shortening to deep-fry
(2 1/2 to 3 cups) Grits
Wash fish and pat
dry. Lightly season with salt and pepper
and set aside. Combine seasoned salt and
next 6 ingredients and mix well. Dip fillets
in eggs, then in cornmeal mixture. Place
fillets on a wax paper-covered plate and
refrigerate at least 1 hour to allow corn-
meal coating to set. In a large, heavy fry-
ing pan, preferably cast iron, heat bacon
drippings and shortening to 370 degrees F.
Oil is sufficiently hot when a hze forms
above the oil and a drop of water can
dance across the surface. Deep-fry fish
until golden brown, drain on paper towels,
and serve immediately. Excellent with
slaw and Hush Puppy Patties. (4 to 5 serv-
5 pounds frozen chitterlings thawed
5 cups water
2 stalks celery with leaves
2 large onions chopped
2 bay leaves
1 clove garlic minced
1/2 cup vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 red pepper cut in pieces (optional)
Soak chitterlings in cold water for at
least 6 hours. Cover pot. Drain. Strip as
much fat as possible from each piece and
wash thoroughly in cold water. Make sure
it is entirely free of dirt. Cut into small
pieces about 1 inch. Place in full pot of
water with salt and pepper. Add other in-
gredients to the pot and cover. Cook over
medium heat until tender about 2 1/2 or 3
hours. Serve with vinegar or hot sauce.
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Pictured (L-R) are alumni making a donation to Edward Waters
College: Juliet Fields, national vice-president of the EWC Alumni
Association, Inc., Claudette Williams, President of EWC, and
Marguerite Warren, national president of the EWC Alumni
EWC Alums Donate to Alma
to help church
The Lillian Bradley Toastmasters
club will conduct their second
workshop on public speaking
Saturday, February 28th from
12:00 -3:00 p.m. at Mount Zion
Baptist Church, 2825 San Diego
The topics on the agenda
include tips on gestures, prepara-
tion and presentation. Although
Toastmaster members facilitated
the workshop, attendees are each
given an opportunity to speak in
front of the group. They will be
coached through conquering their
fears and given practical advice
on speaking extemporaneously.
Club President and lead trainer
for the workshop, W. Earl
Mater Despite Economic Woes opptrtunsty to spr
In support of Edward Waters College (EWC) and the United Negro about the benefits o:
College Fund (UNCF), EWC alums recently donated $2,500 to their alma ing and Toastmaster
mater. The donation was a part of an ongoing effort to support the College "I am committed to
and UNCF while the economic crisis continues. Understanding the need club's access to those
for greater effort in securing funding, graduates from the 1960s, 1970s and improve their spea
1980s pooled resources. "We know finding monies is increasingly diffi- ership skills," said
cult as businesses and families struggle to stay afloat and make ends meet. os oas mas e
We are sending a clarion call to all HBCU graduates, not just EWC alums. one to four times pe
These institutions were there for us we when needed them. It's our turn to
give back. Please support your HBCUs," said Marguerite Warren, nation- ship and commune
al president of the EWC Alumni Association, Inc. while filling differ
EWC will host its spring concert featuring gospel great Dottie Peoples, roles. These roles ra
the EWC Concert Choir and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra on ing a prepared spe
Sunday, March 29, 2009 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing as evaluator. Thes
Arts. For more information, please call 904-354-5547 or visit from giving a prepay
www.jaxsymphony.org. serving as evaluator
Hampton Alumni Bowl-A-Thon nonprofit organiza
The National Hampton University Alumni Association, Inc. is hosting and comfortable it
their first nationwide Bowl-A-Thon on March 7, 2009 to provide funds to audience. As one (
assist needy/deserving college students. standing clubs in
Alumni chapters in many cities throughout the country will be partici- Lillian R. Bradley
pating. The Jacksonville Chapter event will be held on Saturday, March Club meets every
7th at Bowl America, 11141 Beach Blvd. from 1 3p.m. Bowlers, friends Tuesday of the mon
and the general public are invited to participate. Call Ken Reddick at 764- Beaver Street Enter
8795 for more information.
For Good Earth-Watch Your Mailbox.
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Black Catholics' Tea Shows African
Females Often Denied Education
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Pictured are members of the Red Hearts Tea Committee and guest speaker Natalie Halpern (L-R):
Claudine Pannell-Goodlet, Janice Hice, chairperson Regina Taylor-Murphy, Carey Cummings, Natalie
Halpern and Mattie Taylor. MLatimerj
by M. Latimer
The members of the St. Bernadette
Council, a community-service
organization comprised of African-
American Catholic women, hosted
their annual Red Hearts Tea this
past Sunday at St. Pius Catholic
Organized by chairperson Regina
Taylor-Murphy, the event's theme
was "Bridging the Gap" and fea-
tured the work of guest speaker and
noted documentarian Natalie
Halpern. Halpern created and pro-
duced 2008's documentary,
"Africa's Daughters," which fol-
lows the educational experiences of
two Ugandan youth, Hoctavia
Sabiti and Ruth Aringo.
According to Halpern and other
researchers, two-thirds of African
youth who don't receive an educa-
tion are female. "Disproportionate
numbers of women don't receive an
Fashion with a Purpose
The Women's Initiative of Holland & Knight will present an exclusive
evening of couture and caring for Fashion with a Purpose. It will take
place on Thursday, March 12th from 5:30 7:30 p.m. at the Bank of
America Building, 50 North Laura Street, 42nd Floor.
Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served throughout the evening which
will include a viewing of Stein Mart's Spring Line, with styling by the
Daniel James Salon. All proceeds from our Silent Auction will benefit
Community Connections, a service organization that provides day care,
after-school programs, transitional housing, and more. RSVP by
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 to email@example.com or 1-866-293-1921..
education in nations like Uganda
due to poverty and the belief that
daughters are of limited value.
Educating women is vital to any
nation's success to our success.
Statistics show that women who are
educated are better mothers, are
less likely to contract disease like
HIV/AIDS, have greater self-
esteem and better opportunities,"
said Halpern. Taylor-Murphy
added, "Showcasing the work of
women like Halpern is part of the
St. Bernadette Council's mission.
We want to support education in
any way that we can. Halpern and
the two subjects of her documen-
tary are extraordinary women,
bridging the gap by doing extraor-
Led by president TaKiesha
Washington, the St. Bernadette
Council will host its "Taste Off' in
March, featuring the culinary tal-
ents of its members. The communi-
ty is welcome. For more informa-
tion, please call 904-541-0263.
Project New Ground will soon begin to clean P R 0 J E C T
up ash deposited in several locations at or |n e w
near incinerator sites. GO n w
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Pai~e 10 Ms. Perry's Free Press February 26-March 4, 2009
Steve Harvey Bestseller's Advice to Women
Says Act Like a Lady Think Like a Man
Comedian Steve Harvey has cer-
tainly been known to wear hats, but
this time, it's not about a coordinat-
ing fedora to his well-known suited
style. This time, Harvey is wearing
a new "hat" as an author.
With a famous stand-up career and
popular radio show, "The Steve
Harvey Morning Show," Harvey
has now added a New York Times
Best Seller to his resume.
His book, "Act Like A Lady,
Think Like A Man," is described as
a relationship guide "for dealing
with men on their terms, on their
turf and in their way."
"We are very, very simple.
We're really simple," Harvey said
of men. "If I just wanted to write
exactly how men think, I could
have done it in about 35 pages.
We are really that simple. But
what complicates relation-
ships is that women start
expecting us to act like they
do and it's not going to
happen. They expect us to f
react like them, and it's
not going to happen."
giving up the game,
secrets to unlocking
the male mind and
understanding his /
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tions, but is quick 7' Of i
to explain that
he's no relation-
"I am not a
expert. I'm an
expert on manhood. I just
know all about men. If I was an
expert on relationships, I'd probably
still be married, but I ain't. I do
know men. What I don't know is
women; we can all agree on that."
The book was inspired by
Harvey's radio segments "Ask
Steve" and "Strawberry Letters"
where listeners call/and or write in
to ask Steve and his radio co-host
Shirley Strawberry for advice.
Well, 98% of people who write are
women, and 98% of what they are
writing about is a relationship prob-
lem and 98% of the time, when I
read the letter, somewhere in there
the woman does not understand
how men think," he explained.
"So I said, 'Man, I've got get some
information out to these women.'
I've got to write a book to empower
them; to show them how we think.
It's not a male-bashing book at all.
If women understood what drives
[men], how we exhibit love, what
we got to have if they knew some
of those things, they would under-
stand why we are the way we are
and they would quit laying all these
unreasonable, false expectations of
a man because it's not in our DNA
to perform that way over an extend-
ed period of time."
Since the book hit shelves on
January 27, Harvey has sold out
book signing around the country.
He told EUR's Lee Bailey that
sometimes he comes across women
who still are in a bit of denial about
how men are and will be in rela-
"What I tell women all the time
when they pick up this book and
when they call in, 'The information
I'm giving you, you may not like it;
you may not want to hear it; you
may not think it's correct, but it
does not change that it is what it is,"
he said. "You may look at these
pages and go, 'That ain't right, I
want a man that ...' I didn't ask you
what you like. This is how we
He even came across one woman
who bought the book for
to buy one for her-
self, and confidently proclaim-
ing that she already knew how a
"How can you possibly know how
a man thinks and you're not a man,"
Harvey asked. "That would be like
if I wrote a book on how a woman
thinks. First of all, do you know
how many volumes that book
would have to be? 1 would actually
have to write an encyclopedia.
How can I write a book about how
women think? I must be crazy. I
can't begin to tell you how a woman
thinks. Women are so much more
complex than men; there are so
many more variables."
Kidding aside, Harvey said that
women are "going wild" over the
book and that even men are giving
their approval and thanking him for
"The men who buy the book want
their lady to read it. In the first three
chapters I get women to under-
stand how your man
drives a man,
and what your
man's got to
have. If a
woman gets those
three chapters in
Usher head, then it
explains the rest of
the book: how we
feel about commit-
ment, how we feel
about intimacy, how we
feel about marriage, how
we feel about kids, how
we feel about our goals
and visions. It explains all
of that," he said.
The extensive look into the
minds of men wasn't just born
out of radio callers, though.
Harvey took it a step further and
even held focus groups; sitting
/ down with women and asking
them what their top questions
about men were. In fact, the back of
the book refers to the quick answers
to those top questions. One in par-
ticular, is the dilemma between
being independent and showing
independence. Harvey's advice? Be
a no show.
"If you show your strength and
independence, what's his purpose?
You don't need a man, then you ain't
gonna get a man," he said bluntly.
"Sometimes, just say you can't and
that allows your man to be a man.
There are a lot of good brothers out
there who have not been allowed to
be a man because there is some
woman out there proving she got it.
And there are a lot of strong, inde-
pendent lonely women out there."
Harvey, who said he ever really
saw himself being an author, will be
named as #1 on the New York
Times Best Seller next week and he
thanked the Lord for his new paths
"At first, the whole book came
from the listeners. Years ago when I
first got started on the radio in LA
Harvey attributes much of his suc-
cess and happiness to a harmonious
relationship with his wife Marjorie.
in 2001, I had a book deal. They
gave me a fee and in six months I
was suppose to turn in a script.
After six months, I did't have a
script because I did't want to write
just any kind of book. So I gave
them the money back. So I never
really thought of being an author,"
he said, "but it's been weird the way
my life has been going the past four
or five years. The more I've spent a
little more time talking to God, the
more he's leading me into places
that I did't even think about."
"Act Like A Lady, Think Like a
Man" is in stores now and on the
Steve Harvey website, www.steve-
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The Truth About Lace Front Wigs
I have been puzzled for years how
one week a celebrity can have a
H 1 Hcutesassy bob and then two weeks
later, a gorgeous head full of hair.
But then I started seeing women around town with hair
dos that would make some of the celebrities shame.
Soon after a beauty supply clerk told me a lot of
women are wearing lace front wigs and she can even
put it on for me right in the store. I am wondering if
non licensed people allowed to charge for performing
such a task and is this an easy look to pull off for every
day moms like myself? I don't want to look foolish or
start to look like a Wiggy Huton.
Easter Bowmen, Westside
Well your question sure is funny and a timely one.
Just the other night while watching the Oscars I saw
more than a few black and white celebrities sporting
the "lace unit" (AKA lace front wig). Well let me start
with a little history on the "lace front wig," originally
the wig was designed to help women that suffered
from long or permanent hair loss such as Alopecia or
women going through chemotherapy. But today, the
lace front wig has exploded in popularity.
And I can more than understand your not wanting to
look like a broke down version of the great Whitney
Houston, who has also been known to sport a lace
front, but the look is very easy to pull off.
As long as you properly maintain the wig, a human
hair wig can last four months. Just ask your hair styl-
ist or beauty supply person for tips on the best way to
maintain your synthetic or human wig. And while we
are on the subject of your friendly store clerk, he or
she may absolutely help you put on your wig. These
people have been trained to assist customers with the
products they buy out of their stores, but that's all they
can do. The unlicensed store clerk can not however,
shampoo, braid or do anything of that nature to your
hair. If he or she tells you that they are qualified to per-
form such services on you they are way out of bounds.
I hope this information helps. And please stop by and
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Diabetes Wellness Fest a Fit for AllAges
A Diabetes Wellness Fest was held Saturday February 21, 2009 at
Abzsolute Fitness Gym hosted by Channell2 news anchor Angela Spears.
"Educate your mind and change your lifestyle" was the theme. The sem-
inar featured speakers and various health officials offering free screenings
for foot, eyes, cholesterol, blood pressure, nutrition consulting and more.
Shown above are Shaded Henry and Marcus Johnson taking timeout from
their health screenings.
BET to Host National Women's Health
Symposiums at Raines H.S. March 14
The BET Foundation will join with the Florida Department of Health
Women's Health and the Duval County Health Department to kick-off the
"A Healthy BET: 2009 Women's Health Symposium" tour in Jacksonville,
Florida. The Symposium will take place on Saturday, March 14th from
8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., at William M. Raines High School, 3663 Raines Ave.
The day of health education promises to engage more than a thousand
women of color in fitness activities and discussions with local and nation-
al health experts on obesity, nutrition, diabetes, heart disease, strokes,
breast and cervical cancer, depression and mental health and other fitness
issues.Fitness classes, healthy cooking demonstrations, health education
panel discussions and workshops, health exhibits and health screenings .
Participants will also receive information from local vendors, breakfast
refreshments, lunch, special door prizes and give-a-ways. One lucky win-
ner will be the recipient of two tickets to attend the 2009 BET Awards.
Jazz saxophonist Dee Lucas will give a mid-day performance and R& B
singer Keri Hilson will also attend.. The day will conclude with a testimo-
nial and live performance by R&B singer Kelly Price.
Attendance is free to women 18 and older and requires advance regis-
tration. Call 1-866-356-7348 or visit www.ahealthybet.com to register and
for more information.
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February 26 Marcn h, 20suPa
iTony Dungy Remains Busy in Retirement
First Black Team to Win a State Championship
INDIANAPOLIS, In. Eight members of the 1955 Indianapolis Crispus
Attucks High School basketball team are honored during a halftime cere-
mony in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009. The 1955 Crispus Attucks
Tigers become the first all African-American team to win a state basket-
ball championship. From left, the players pictured are Sam Milton, Oscar
Robertson, John Gipson, John Clemons, James Enoch, Bill Hampton,
Willie Merriweather and Sheddrick Mitchell.
head coach of the
Indianapolis Colts at
'ipp /' the end of last season,
Tony Dungy has had
more time on his hands.
Much of that time has
S been used traveling and
S promoting his best-sell-
ing books, including his
children's book, "You
Can Do It!", which
debuted at No. 2 on the
New York Times Best
"As much as we've
had time, we've read
the book at different
schools and libraries,"
Dungy said in a recent
4 interview. "We've done
The history making NFL coach has decided to interview. "We've done
make kids and responsible fatherhood his banner. a lot of talking to young
people about carving out your own
Dungy's book encourages chil-
dren to follow their dreams and
work hard to achieve them. His
retirement has allowed him more
flexibility to choose where he wants
to go instead of the mapped out
schedule of his coaching days.
"I haven't missed it that much,"
he said of his coaching job. "I loved
coaching the Colts. We had some
really, really fun players to coach,
but I thought I wanted to do some
This time of year, Dungy would
normally be at the NFL Combine in
Indianapolis, where coaches gather
to test and view prospective NFL
"I would be looking at college
seniors, preparing for the draft,"
In his time off, Dungy also
attended the inauguration of
President Barack Obama and, at the
encouragement of Sen. Evan Bayh,
could become the president's leader
for promoting responsible father-
hood, partially thanks to his work
with the All Pro Dads organization.
Dungy said its probably not in the
cards for him to coach the Colts
again, citing new head coach Jim
"I don't know," he said. "I don't
think so. I hope they won't need me
to come back."
The first African American coach
to win a Super Bowl, also recently
wrote an opinion-editorial piece in
the New York Times calling on the
sport to keep its eye on the ball
when it comes to diversity.
Golf Great Calvin Peete Often
by Vaughn Wilson
Few sports have displayed exclu-
sion like professional golf. The
"caucasion only" clause that was in
the by-laws of the Professional Golf
Association from its inception in
1916 until 1961 when Charlie
Sifford's emergence, along with
pressure from the NAACP and
white attorney Stanley Mosk dictat-
ed it be removed, was as direct an
inhibitor as there has ever been in
But, determined to enjoy the sport,
blacks resorted to starting their own
tour called the United Golfers
Association. Blacks even devel-
oped their own country clubs.
Equivalent to what the Negro
Leagues was to Major League
Baseball, the United Golfers
Association was where blacks com-
peted on a professional level. As
with the Negro Leagues, legend has
it that many of the black players
were better than some of their white
counterparts on the PGA Tour. The
issue was because they were not
able to play head-to-head, the com-
parisons will always be subject to
As a result of the pioneers in the
struggle for equality in golf, black
PGA Tour players were eventually
able to earn their cards. Sifford and
former heavyweight boxing cham-
pion Joe Louis, helped open doors
in the sport of golf. Later during
this era, a cocky, straight-driving
force emerged. Calvin Peete didn't
pick up the game until the age of
23, when he was convinced by
friends to take up the game; but he
made a great impact on the tour
once he arrived.
He began pursuing his tour card in
1971, and attained it in 1975.
Known over his career as one of the
most accurate drivers of the golf
ball, Peete went on to win 12 tour-
naments on the PGA Tour including
the Players Championship in 1985.
On the show "Uneven Fairways"
on the Golf Channel, Peete gave a
surprising commentary. He
explained that he didn't experience
animosity or racism among the
white players on tour. In an exclu-
sive phone interview, he elaborated
saying, "Players didn't care what
color you were, they wanted to beat
you. They looked at you as a com-
petitor." "There was actually more
instigation from the fans and media.
The way questions were asked of us
by certain media persons, they
seemed to be baiting us or baiting
the issues. Fortunately, I didn't
experience racism from the fans
That was probably due to the fact
that Peete was winning. He was, by
many sources, considered the best
golfer on tour from 1982-1985.
On one occasion, in 1982, he was
asked by a reporter, "How does it
feel to be the best black golfer?" In
his cocky and confident manner
Peete said, "I'm not competing
against black golfers, I'm compet-
ing against the field."
Peete reflects on the diminished
number of black golfers on tour
today. "When I came in 1975, there
must have been 10-12 active black
golfers. Many of them fell by the
wayside because of their struggles
to retain their players cards.
Overall, the interest is not there
among the younger generation now.
There are so many options now, that
its hard to gain kids' interest."
When asked, which white golfer
inspired him and gave him the most
respect, Peete didn't hesitate to
name Jack Nicklaus. "He (Jack)
probably gave me the most respect.
Verbally he gave me compliments.
In 1976 when I played in my
U.S. Open, my last round was
Jack. We played several last rot
together over my career."
"One great experience was
and I were playing the Sawg
together before it was the homr
the Players Championship. On
particular hole, the bigger hi
like Jack were hitting 3-wood
the tee. Of course I hit driver
ended up farther down the fair
than Jack. Jack hit a great appri
about pin-high and then leaned
to his caddie Angelo and
'Watch Peete hit that 2-iron
without taking a divot.' I hit
best 2-iron of my career to abou
feet...without disturbing one b
of grass. Walking down the
way, Jack said, 'I'd like you to t
me that shot, and if there's anyt
I can teach you I'm there. Of co
I took him up on his offer.
The Golf Channel special was
emotional for Peete. He is reluc
to accept the title pioneer. He
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deserve those titles and tha
came in riding their shirt tails.
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power to the sport for ;blacks
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CHILDREN SHOULD NOT SMOKE
Maturity is Needed to Make an
We all agree that children should not smoke.
Until a person has the maturity to understand and
appreciate the consequences of smoking, they should
be discouraged on all fronts. Parents, teachers,
guardians and mentors should talk to young people
about not smoking. Retail stores must be diligent
in carding consumers to ensure that no one under
the legal age purchases cigarettes. These and
many other preventive
measures some funded 50% -
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The good news is
that these measures are 20%
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the teen smoking rates
are "at or near record lows."' The study also reported
that the smoking rate for 12th graders is at its
lowest rate since the study started tracking smoking
behavior 33 years ago.
The results in the black community are the most
encouraging. The Monitoring the Future study found
that smoking rates among African American youth
are dramatically lower than that of other race groups.
Specifically, the study of 12th graders showed the
rate of white students who reported using cigarettes
within the prior 30 days of the survey is more than
twice the rate for African American students; and
that the rate for Hispanics is nearly one and one-half
times that for African American students."
Lorillard Markets to Adults
Some claim that there is a conspiracy by the
tobacco industry to target African American youth.
We believe that such a claim has no basis.The people
who comprise LorillardTobacco Company have
families too, and are concerned about the health and
well-being of our children.
We represent all races and
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by growing tobacco, as
they have in this country
since before it was the
United States; that tobacco
companies have a right to
manufacture and market
products to adults who
choose to smoke; and that
convenience stores and
12 '97 '02 '07 tobacconists have a right
to sell them to adults.
Adults who understand the risks of smoking should
continue to have the right to choose to smoke and to
smoke the brand of cigarettes that they prefer.
To help preserve and protect those rights, visit
www.mentholchoice.com and learn more.
'Johnston, L. D., O'Malley, R M., Bachman, J. G., & Schulenberg, J. E. (December 11, 2008). "More
good news on teen smoking: Rates at or near record lows." University of Michigan News Service:
Ann Arbor, MI, http://www.drugabuse.gov/Newsroom/08/MTF2008Tobacco.pdf
"Johnston, L. D., O'Malley, P M., Bachman, J. G., & Schulenberg, J. E. (December 11, 2008).
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Happy Days "Clean Up Woman". Showtimes
the Musical include evening and matinee shows.
the Musical Call 353-3309 for tickets.
Happy Days a new musical based
on the 70s sitcom will be performed
at the Times Union center's Moran
Theater through March 1, for eight
performances only. Tickets range in
price from $26.00 to $66.00. For
tickets or more information, call
The Black Republicans of Duval
County will celebrate the grand
opening of their new offices on
Thursday, February 26th at 7.p.m.
The offices are located at 4963
Beach Blvd. For more information
Clean Up Woman
Telma Hopkins, Christopher
Williams, Jackee' and comedian
George Wilbom will all grace the
stage of the Florida Theater
February 27 and 28th for the play
Heart of a
On Saturday, February 28, 2009
from 11:00 1:00 p.m., the Women
of Color Cultural Foundation will
present the fifth annual Heart of a
Woman Luncheon at the Channel 7
Studios next to Metropolitan Park.
This educational forum instructs
participants about the risk factors
associated with heart disease and
how to maintain a healthy heart.
Keynote speaker will be Dr. Judith
C. Rodriguez, re-knowned nutri-
tionist and author. Call 635-5191
or 981-8793 for more information.
Palm Coast Black
Plans are sey for the Annual Black
Heritage Day Festival, sponsored
by the Afro-American Caribbean
Heritage Organization (AACHO).
It will be held on Saturday,
February 28th from 10 5 p.m., at
the Palm Coast Amphitheater of
Daytona State College at Colbert
Lane and Palm Coast Parkway East.
The festival will commemorate
community service, scholarship,
and the diverse population of
Flagler County. For further details,
call festival chairman Vivian
Richardson at (386) 446-6935.
Duval Extension is hosting a
Beginning Vegetable Workshop on
Saturday February 29th from 9
a.m. to noon. Learn about general
requirements for growing vegeta-
bles, organic gardening tips, con-
tainer gardening and managing
pests followed by hands-on practice
working with vegetable transplants
that you can take home for your
garden. Cost is $10 to attend. Call
387-8850 to register.
African Child Soldier
to Speak at FCCJ
Child soldier, refugee, best-selling
author and activist Ishmael Beah
will speak at FCCJ South Campus'
Wilson Center on Wednesday,
March 4, 2009 at 7 p.m. Author of
"A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a
Boy Soldier," the book chronicles
the Sierra Leone-born author's
experiences as a boy soldier, thrown
into battle and trained to kill at age
13. The program starts at 7 pm.
inside of the Wilson Center.
The world famous Harlem
Globetrotters will visit the
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
Arena on Thursday, March 5th at
7:00 p.m. Call 353-3309 for tickets.
PRIDE Book Club
PRIDE Book Club will hold their
next meeting on Friday March 6th
at 7:00 p.m. It will be hosted by
Shelly Casey, Danielle Owens, and
Lacreacia Seaborn. The book for
discussion will be "Holy
Lockdown: Does the Church Limit
Black Progress by Jeremiah
Camara. For directions or more
information, call 886-2071. The
April meeting will be held on
Friday, April 6th at 7:00 p.m. host-
ed by Gloria & Hezron Omawali
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Johnson YMCA 5KRun
The Johnson Family YMCA will
hold their 4th Annual Celebrate
Life 5K Run/Fitness Walk on
Saturday, March 7th, 2009 at
5700 Cleveland Road. The purpose
is to promote health awareness
within the community. For more
information, call Chelsea Reeves at
Zoo Garden Tour
Now is the time for spring cleaning
your garden! The Jacksonville Zoo
and Gardens' Garden Tour will take
place March 7th, from 9:00- 11:00
a.m. Learn how they beautify the
gardens by pruning, cutting back,
cleaning and fertilizing.
Participants should pre-register
online at www.jacksonvillezoo.org,
and meet outside the Zoo's ticket
booths at 8:45 a.m.For more infor-
mation, call Mercede New 904-
757-4463, ext. 211.
Frat House the Play
Frat House, the original play by
Stage Aurora's Darryl Reuben Hall,
centers around Thomas, the son of a
pastor, leaves home to attend col-
lege and joins a fraternity against
his father's advice. The play will be
performed on stage in March at the
Theater's Main Stage located at
5188 Norwood Avenue inside
Gateway Mall. For tickets or more
information, call 765-7372.
Bill Bellamy in Concert
Actor and comedian Bill Bellamy
will be in concert at the Comedy
Zone March 12-14th. The Last
Comic Standing host will bring his
stand up act to the main stage of the
Comedy Club located in the
Ramada Inn in Mandarin. For tick-
ets or more information, call 292-
A Day of Gardening
The Duval Extension Service will
offer A Day of Gardening on
March 14th from 9a.m. to 3 p.m. at
the Duval County Extension Office.
Spend the day learning about grow-
ing orchids, square foot gardening,
hydroponic gardening, irrigation,
tomatoes, citrus, green landscapes,
micro-greens, rain gardens, native
plants, and more. The Extension
Service is located at 1010 N.
McDuff Ave. Reserve your space
by calling 904-387-8850.
Jack & Jill Beautillion
The Jacksonville Chapter of Jack
and Jill will host their llth Les
Beautillion Militaire at the
University of North Florida
Ballroom on March 14th. The
biennial event recognizes the cul-
tural, social and educational accom-
plishments of young Black men in
their junior and senior high school
year. For more information call
May in Concert
The comic larger than life,
Ralphie May, will be in concert at
the Comedy Zone March 19-22nd.
The Last Comic Standing winner
will bring his stand up act to the
main stage of the Comedy Club
located in the Ramada Inn in
Mandarin. For tickets or more
information, call 292-HAHA.
Sinbad in Concert
Clean cut family comedian Sinbad
will be returning to Jacksonville for
one performance only on Friday
March 20th at 8 p.m. at the Florida
Theatre. Call 355-2787 for more
Doo Wop Reunion
The Times Union Center for
Performing Arts Moran Theater
will present the Doo Wop Reunion
featuring Little Anthony & the
Imperials, the Duke of Earl himself,
Gene Chandler, the Flamingos, the
Marcels and Kathy Young. on
Saturday, March 21st at 8:00 p.m.
For more info, call 353-3309.
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TYLER PERRY TO ADAPT 'I CAN DO
SBAD': Madea's weekend success prompts filnunak-
er to don fat suit again with a quickness.
m With Tyler Perry's Madea-assisted film earning over
$41 million at the box office this weekend, it's no sur-
prise that his next movie will also feature the larger-
than-life, gun-toting grandma.
Production Weekly is repoiirini. that the film-
maker will adapt his play "I Can Do Bad All By Myself" for his next film
project under Lionsgate. Filming is due to begin next month at Perry's
The 1999 play was the first to star Madea and deals with her grand-
daughter regaining control of her life after she leaves her verbally abusive
and cheating husband. Perry's following play, 2000's "Diary of a Mad
Black Woman," was the first of his big screen Madea production in 2005.
Perry's adaptation of "Madea's Class Reunion" was scheduled for 2010
and he stars in the upcoming drama "A Jazz Man's Blues"
NICOLE RICHIE PREGNANT AGAIN
"Nicole Richie and her boyfriend Joel Madden are expecting baby No.
2, according to an announcement on the Web site of Madden's band Good
"What's better than winning an Oscar? I am so happy to tell everyone that
Harlow is going to be a big sister!" Madden wrote in the posting. "God has
truly blessed my family. Hope you're all feeling as good as I am right now."
The couple welcomed daughter Harlow on January 11, 2008. Richie, 27,
and Madden, 29, have been together since December 2006
USHER'S WIFE CHECKS OUT OF HOSPITAL
The wife of R&B singer Usher was released
from a Sao Paulo, Brazil hospital after spending
11 days recovering from a cardiac arrest she suf-
fered shortly before undergoing plastic surgery.
Ellen Dastry, a spokeswoman for the doctor who
was to perform the plastic surgery, said last week
that Raymond suffered a cardiac arrest while
being anesthetized ahead of a "simple liposuc-
tion" at Sao Paulo's Sao Rafael Hospital.
Raymond was revived in less than a minute with
heart massage, and was placed in an induced
coma before being taken to the intensive-care unit, said Dastry, spokes-
woman for plastic surgeon Silvio Sterman.
Usher was supposed to perform at music mogul Clive Davis' pre-
Grammy party, but backed out to come to Brazil to be with his wife.
The 30-year-old R&B star and his 40 year old wife were married in
August 2007. They have two young sons, 2-year-old Usher Raymond V
and 2-month-old Naveid Ely Raymond.
CHRIS BROWN HIRES PR FIRM
Embattled R&B singer Chris Brown has hired the
Los Angeles based crisis management PR firm of
Sitrick & Company, as he attempts to counter a
wave of bad press following his alleged altercation
with his ex-girlfriend, pop star Rihanna. '
Sitrick is considered an expert in navigating celebs lh
through negative publicity because of unseemly sit- ,"
uations stars may find themselves in. Owner '-
Michael Sitrick, whom reportedly charges $695 an ~.~ 1
hour, is well known for handling high profiles
celebs when they find themselves on the wrong side of the headlines. From
Halle Berry's alleged hit-and-run mishap, Rush Limbaugh's oxy-contin
scandal to Kim Basinger's bankruptcy, Sitrick's client roster reads like a
dossier of by-gone scandals.
MICHAEL JACKSON MEMORABILIA FOR SALE
In April, Michael Jackson is scheduled to auction off more than 2,000
personal belongings from his debt-ridden Neverland Ranch estate at the
Julien's Auctions sale in Beverly Hills.
Investors at the Sycamore Valley Ranch Co., a joint venture between
Jackson and an affiliate of Colony Capital LLC, agreed to take over the
singer's $24.5 million debt on the property after he couldn't keep up the $3
million-per-year operating costs and was forced to sell.
Items on the auction block include a glittering white glove covered in
Swarovski crystals that Jackson wore for a stage performance of Billie
Jean estimated to sell for as much as $15,000; and the gates to the 120-
acre ranch, which are expected to go for at least $20,000. Jackson's 1999
Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph limo, decorated in 24-karat gold, is expected to
fetch another $140,000.
Jackson plans to donate a portion of the proceeds from the auction to
MusiCares, a charity which aims to help musicians in need.
A preview of the auction items will be held from March 24 to 29 at
the Hard Rock Cafe in New York's Times Square. The sale itself will take
place from April 22 to 25 and will be broadcast on television.
flammertime Returns to
Primetime with RealityA
MC Hammer, the hitmaking
1990s rapper, will star in a reality
series on the A&E cable network.
The performer, his wife and five
children will be the focus of the
half-hour, 11-episode show, which
will premiere this year.
The title, naturally, is
Executive producer J.D. Roth
said the show likely will have the
feel of an unscripted version of the
Huxtable family from "The Cosby
"Here's a dad with five kids, mar-
ried to the same woman for more
than 23 years, living in the same
place where he grew up and going
to church every Sunday," Roth said.
"He's had his ups and downs, and
it's what makes him such a charac-
ter you root for."
Hammer had a spectacular rise
and fall in the early 1990s, becom-
ing a household name and selling
millions of records before falling
into debt and bankruptcy because of
overspending on a lavish lifestyle.
Hammer "now lives a more eco-
nomically balanced life," according
to the show's press materials, as a
"New Age dad" in Oakland, Calif.
Earlier this month, he appeared
with Ed McMahon in a Cash4Gold
Super Bowl ad.
"MC Hammer is an iconic figure
in American pop culture, but many
people only know him for his music
and fashion sense. Now A&E takes
an unprecedented look behind his
larger-than-life personality and into
his life as a devoted husband, father
and business entrepreneur," said
Robert Sharenow, senior vice presi-
dent alternative at A&E.
Hammer has been offered reality
shows before. Roth said he told the
rap star he wanted to focus on his
future rather than the past.
"I really wanted to tell the future
of MC Hammer," Roth said. "What
kind of dad is he?"
play one of
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Woods Debuts Newest
Jazz Man Ellington is First Man of
Color on a Circulating U.S. Coin
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Ellington, the composer of clas-
sics including "It Don't Mean a
Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing"
appears on the "tails" side of the
new D.C. quarter. George
Washington is on the "heads" side,
as is usual with U.S. quarters.
The coin was issued to celebrate
Ellington's birthplace, the District
U.S. Mint Director Ed Moy intro-
duced the new coin at a news con-
ference Tuesday at the Smithsonian
Institution's National Museum of
Members of Ellington's family
were present at the ceremony, and
the jazz band of Duke Ellington
High School performed.
Ellington won the honor by a vote
of D.C. residents, beating out aboli-
tionist Frederick Douglass and
astronomer Benjamin Banneker.
Also on the coin is the phrase
"Justice for all." The Mint rejected
the first inscription choice of D.C.
voters, which was "taxation without
representation," in protest of the
district's lack of voting representa-
tion in Congress.
Edward Kennedy "Duke"
Ellington received 13 Grammy
Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, among
numerous other honors. His orches-
tra's theme song, "Take the A
Train," is one of the best-known
compositions in jazz.
Ellington was born in the district
in 1899 and composed more than
3,000 songs, including "Satin
Doll," "Perdido" and "Don't Get
Around Much Any More." "It Don't
Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That
Swing" helped usher in the swing
era of jazz.
Ellington performed with other
famous artists, including John
Coltrane, Louis Armstrong and Ella
Fitzgerald, and he traveled around
the world with his orchestras.
He died in 1974 at the age of 75.
The Woods family: Sam Woods, Elin Woods, Tiger Woods, Charlie
Woods and their dogs Yogi (L) and Taz.
Here's a look at Tiger Woods'
The beaming golfer, his pursuit of
a 15th major idled by knee surgery
last year, welcomed his second
child this month and posed Tuesday
with the whole family in Orlando.
Woods and his wife, Elin, greeted
son Charlie Axel on Feb. 8, with
sister Sam giving her new sibling a
kiss hello after his arrival at home.
The family dogs, Yogi (at left in
top photo) and Taz, joined the rest
of the clan for the family portrait -
with 20-month-old Sam smiling
and Charlie sleeping.
Woods' caddie says the world's
greatest golfer is looking forward to
returning now that Sam has arrived
- with some anticipating Tiger's
return from diaper duty later this
Woods has not played since win-
ning the U.S. Open in June and
then undergoing reconstructive sur-
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