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Radio One Revenue Tumbling Fast
Radio One, Inc the nation's largest Black radio network announced
last week that it had suffered a net operating loss of $64.2 million in the
fourth quarter of 2008.
According to the Washington, D.C. area owner of over 60 radio stations
across the nation, it had net revenue of $74.3 million for the last three
months of the year.
However, the firm recorded a $85.3 million non-cash impairment charge
which led to the net operating loss.
Radio One CEO Alfred C. Liggins, III issued a statement saying in part:
"The market for radio advertising continues to deteriorate sharply.
While we outperformed our markets by 540 bps [basis points], our core
radio revenues were down 7.1 percent in the fourth quarter."
The firm also finished the year with a debt slightly above $675 million.
Gary demanding $100M from SkyTel
on behalf of Kwame Kilpatrick
DETROIT An attorney for Kwame Kilpatrick says he is demanding
SkyTel Communications pay $100 million for releasing text messages
from the ex-Detroit mayor's city-issued pager.
Lawyer Willie Gary in Stuart, Fla., says that Detroit's former communi-
cations provider violated Kilpatrick's privacy and constitutional rights.
The news release from Gary's office didn't say if a civil suit has been
filed against the Jackson, Miss.-based company.
Gary claims SkyTel violated state and federal statutes by turning over
the texts in connection with litigation dating back to 2003.
Many of the messages were between Kilpatrick and ex-Chief of Staff
Christine Beatty. The Detroit Free Press first released some of the texts
in January 2008.
World Bank gives Haiti $5M to
rebuild storm ruined schools
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti: The World Bank is giving Haiti $5 million
to rebuild 15 public primary schools damaged last year in four hurricanes
and tropical storms.
The Washington-based bank's grant will also help the Caribbean coun-
try develop a safe schools action plan and train school officials to enforce
new building codes.
Most Haitian students attend underfunded private schools that are often
The World Bank's announcement said 964 schools that served 200,000
students were damaged in storms last August and September.
Nearly 100 people were killed when a school near Port-au-Prince col-
lapsed during a party in November.
National Urban League publishes
Foreclosure Prevention Workbook
Wells Fargo has announced that with the National Urban League it will
co-sponsor a new edition of The Foreclosure Workbook: The Complete
Guide to Understanding Foreclosure and Saving Your Home. The work-
book, will be free-of-charge to at-risk customers across the nation
through Wells Fargo's "Leading the Way Home" initiative.
The hands-on guide will help homeowners experiencing challenges
making their mortgage payments and who may face potential foreclo-
sure. Copies of the workbook will be distributed at Wells Fargo home
preservation workshops held across the country and at all 101 Urban
League affiliate offices.
Rights 44th Anniversary March
- The nation's
first black attor-
ney general and U -
Gov. George C. .
Wallace's daugh- !"g
ter celebrated the i
ing rights march
last weekend -
44 years after
from her father's
beat marchers as they started the landmark journey.
Selma's annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee, commemorating the 1965 vot-
ing rights march, brought together civil rights leaders Jesse Jackson, Al
Sharpton and Joseph Lowery in addition to the attorney general and sev-
eral members of Congress, including Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., who was
beaten in the original Selma march. More than a thousand people took
part in recreatinithe march Sunday.
In an earlier teech at Wallace Community College, Holder said it's
vital to protect a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. The U.S.
Supreme Court agreed in January to review a lower court ruling that
upheld a portion of the law that requires all or part of 16 states, including
Alabama, to get federal approval before implementing any changes in the
way elections are held.
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Over half a million bikers flocked
to Daytona Beach last weekend for
the annual Bike Weekend.
The economy may be in a reces-
sion, but bikers weren't passing up
the chance to soak up some sun and
rev up their engines for a few days
in Florida for the biggest motorcy-
cle event in the country.
Events like Bike Week and its lit-
tle brother, Biketoberfest, are what
keep Daytona Beach running, as it
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Supreme Court rejects expanded voting
rights protections of gerrymandered districts
The Supreme Court limited the
reach of the Voting Rights Act this
week in a decision that could make
it harder for some minority candi-
dates to win election when voting
districts are redrawn.
In a 5-4 decision, the justices ruled
that a portion of the law aimed at
helping minorities elect their pre-
ferred candidates only applies in
districts where minorities make up
more than half the population.
The decision could make it more
difficult for Democrats, particularly
in the South and Southwest, to draw
electoral boundaries friendly to
black or Hispanic candidates fol-
lowing the 2010 Census.
With the court's conservatives in
the majority, the court ruled that
North Carolina erred when trying to
preserve the influence of African-
American voters even though they
made up just 39 percent of the pop-
ulation in a state legislative district.
While not a majority, the black
voters were numerous enough to
effectively determine the outcome
of elections, the state argued in urg-
ing the court to extend the civil
rights law's provision to the district.
The state said the district should be
protected by the section of the law
that bars states from reducing the
chance for minorities to "elect rep-
resentatives of their choice."
Justice Anthony Kennedy,
announcing the court's judgment,
said the court had never extended
the law to those so-called crossover
districts and would not do so now.
The 50 percent rule "draws clear
lines for courts and legislatures
alike," Kennedy said in ruling
against the North Carolina district.
In 2007, the N.C. Supreme Court
had struck down the district, saying
Congressional Districts held by
powerful democrats such as Rep.
Corrine Brown (left) and Rep.
Kendrick Meek (right), were cre-
ated through gerrymandering to
provide minority representation
the Voting Rights Act applies only
to districts with a numerical major-
ity of minority voters. The district
also violated a provision of the state
constitution keeping district bound-
aries from crossing county lines, the
Hampton Alumni Doing Their
Part for HBCU in Tough Times
Former Fire Marshall and Former Acting Fire Chief and Past
IABPFF Ted Holmes holding a copy of Synthia James artwork.
Brotherhood of Firefighters
Celebrates 25 Years of Service
The Jacksonville Brotherhood of
Firefighters (JBOF) a strong unit
of African American firefighters
dedicated to rescuing and saving
citizens of Jacksonville, held their
25th Anniversary Celebration and
1 st Annual Retirees' Luncheon last
The host of the program and JBOF
President Adrian Johnson presented
awards and discussed the organiza-
tions past and present future.
Keynote speaker for the event was
Jacksonville's first African-
American Fire Chief Ray Alfred
who spoke on the leaders whom
came before this generation and
paved the way for their success.
Fallen firefighters were also hon-
ored and a lone bell tribute was
rang each time their name was
called in honor for the firefighters
that risked their life in the pursuit of
fire and rescue. Witnessing the cel-
ebration was Glenda Hopkins, the
first African American female to
graduate from the Firefighters
training academy. Hopkins, now
retired, was a firefighter for 27
years. The program also paid trib-
ute to firefighters John Corley, D.B.
Bonner, Elijah Fishburne, Glenda
Hopkins, Chief Ray Alfred, Joseph
Mosley and Willie Jones.
The seven honorees lauded in the
program each received a signed
commissioned print of "In Unity"
by renowned international artist
Synthia James. The original paint-
ing was commissioned by the
International Association of Black
Professional Fighters, in honor of
the 12 black firefighters lost in the
terrorist attacks of September 11th.
In related firefighter news, a new
generation of black firefighters has
partially won its' quest for diversity
with a judge reopening a nearly 40-
year-old civil rights lawsuit about
hiring discrimination in
Jacksonville's fire department.
A hearing has been scheduled in
June for the city to show why it
hasn't violated a 1982 hiring -
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Kenneth Reddick, Omar Dickenson, Monique Mc Carthy, Carol
Marshall, President, Sandra Levy Donowa, Tonya Barnes Franklin,
The Jacksonville Chapter of the National Hampton Alumni Association
(NHAA) Inc. joined other alumni chapters throughout the United States
participate in a joint effort to raise $100,000 to purchase a window in
Hampton's new $5 million student cafeteria. The Jacksonville Chapter
made a commitment of $1,000. The window will display the name of
NHAA and serve to let others know that alumni are important to the pres-
ent and future of their institutions of higher learning. T Austin photo
has dwindled as a Spring Break
With 8.5 million visitors each
year, special events bring in about
$1.3 billion. The two biker events
alone generate $650 million.
500,000 + Flock to Daytona for '09 Bike Week
Shown above are members of the J'Ville Ryders Motorcycle Club including Andrea Hannon, Earl
Mitchell Tank Bladdey, Mimi Blackley, Bobby Green, Pam Green, Rudy Mitchell, Kenny Barlow, Floyd
Sisco, Yolanda Michael, T.C. Crew, Jessica Sorrano, Curtis MKcBride, Blondell Sisco, Lonnie Butler,
Vickie Hicks, Debra Butler, Danny Joseph, Erick and Dangie Parmley, Sionette and Melvin Jackson,
Almalena Brown, Dennis Willis, Rod Mills, Michael Richardson and Ogden Lee.. FMP Photo
March 12-18, 2009
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Companies Reaching Up and out for
- and plentiful black dollars
i : r-
Still image from the E-Trade Baby "Wings" commercial.
Ever see an inner-city schoolyard will.i.am, is a collage of images
filled with white, Asian and black from the '60s and today that cele-
teens shooting hoops? Or middle- brate generations past and present.
aged white and Latino men swig- Whites and blacks are shown
going beer and watching the Super returning from war, surfing, skate-
Bowl on their black neighbor's boarding, dancing and waving
-African-American buying power has risen from
$318 billion in 1990 to $845 billion in 2007 a 166
percent gain. Whites' buying power rose 124 percent
during that period.
-The combined buying power of African-
Americans, Asians and Native Americans was $1.4
trillion in 2007, a gain of 201 percent since 1990.
Meanwhile, the economic clout of Latinos rose by
307 percent, to $862 billion, over that span.
-The number of black-owned companies rose 45
percent from 1997 to 2002 4 1/2 times faster than
the national average and their receipts grew slight-
ly faster than all others. Native American-owned
businesses increased by 67 percent, Asian firms 24
percent, Latino companies 31 percent.
-The black population grew 27 percent from 1990
to 2007, compared to 15 percent for whites and 21
percent overall. And the percentage of multiracial
citizens, though just 1.6 percent of America's 302
million people, is swelling at 10 times the rate of
white population growth.
-Black college graduates earn 80 cents for every
dollar made by their equally qualified, counterparts,
and salaries of $100,000 are disproportionately less
likely for Black managers and professionals.
-Sixteen percent of large advertising firms employ
no black managers or professionals; in the:overall
labor market, 7 percent of companies are without
blacks in those positions.
-Blacks are only 62 percent as likely as whites to
work in the powerful "creative" and "client con-
African-Americans' median income is just 61
percent that of whites, and blacks are twice as likely
to be unemployed. Whites 65 or older receive 25
times as much income from retirement investments
as elderly blacks, and poverty rates for black chil-
dren are 2 1/2 times higher than for whites.
couch? Or Asians and Latinos danc-
ing the night away in a hip-hop
All it takes is a television.
Yes, that mesmerizing mass pur-
veyor of aspiration, desire and self-
awareness regularly airs commer-
cials these days that show
Americans of different races and
ethnicities interacting in integrated
schools, country clubs, workplaces
and homes, bonded by their love of
the products they consume.
Think about one of Pepsi's
newest spots, "Refresh Anthem,"
which debuted during the Super
Bowl. The ad, which features Bob
Dylan and hip-hop producer
at political ral-
lies, while a
and a present-
in his signature
Or, take the
latest hit spot
which stars the
Baby, a 9-
white boy, and
buddy a black
from his own
agrees with the
ing even in a
these are part
of a subtle, yet
refer to as "visual diversity" com-
mercials that enable advertisers to
connect with wider audiences while
conveying a message that corporate
America is not just "in touch,"
racially speaking, but inclusive.
It wasn't always like this. For
much of the past century, "minori-
ties were either invisible in main-
stream media, or handed negative
roles that generally had them in a
subservient position," says Jerome
Williams, a professor of advertising
and African-American studies at the
University of Texas at Austin.
"Today, you're starting to see a
juxtaposition of blacks and whites
together, doing the things people do
... Now, advertisers are not in a
position of pushing social justice.
But to the extent that they can put
whites and blacks together in situa-
tions, I think that's a good thing."
These "multiculti" ads may be
evidence of the vitality of assimila-
tion, America's distinctive, master
trend. To advertisers, though,
they're simply smart business a
recognition of a new cultural main-
stream that prizes diversity, a recog-
nition that we are fast approaching
In the days when Aunt Jemima
appeared on boxes of pancake mix
as a servile "Mammy" character a
plump, smiling African-American
woman in a checkered apron and a
kerchief advertisers aimed largely
for the so-called "general market,"
code for white consumers, rather
than smaller, satellite "ethnic" mar-
Whites still hold most of the eco-
nomic clout in the United States -
85.5 percent of the nation's annual
Companies are npow far more conscious of what they put on their
products and who they are marketed too. The images above were pop-
ular stillwell into the '70s.
a day when the predominant hue in
America will no longer be white.
And yet, some critics wonder if
depicting America as a racial nir-
vana today may have an unintended
downside that of airbrushing out
of the public consciousness the eco-
nomic and social chasms that still
separate whites, blacks and Latinos.
Even on Madison Avenue, which
is generating the inclusive mes-
sages, recent studies find few non-
whites in decision-making and cre-
ative positions within the advertis-
ing industry itself.
Are multiculti ads, then, an accu-
rate barometer of our racial
progress, a showcase of our hopes
in that direction or a reminder of
how far we still have to go?
buying power of $10 trillion,
according to a 2007 study by the
Selig Center for Economic Growth
at the University of Georgia.
If current trends continue,
demographers say, nonwhites will
be in the majority in America by
2042 a prospect not lost on adver-
tisers, says Melanie Shreffler, editor
of Marketing to the Emerging
Majorities, an industry newsletter.
Marketers "aren't turning out
multicultural ads for the good of
society," says Shreffler. "They rec-
ognize there is money involved. If
you skip out on a group that is
going to be half the population by
2042 good heavens, who are you
Be Aware of Overlooked
Available Tax Deductions
If You Travel for Medical as "miscellaneous itemized tax
Treatments This one's tremen- deductions." And even if didn't get
dously helpful if you need fre- the job, your expenses may still be
quent medical treatments outside deductible. Possible deductions
the home, such as physical thera- include agency fees, resume
py, regular blood work, or even preparation, advertising, postage,
chemotherapy. The IRS allows long-distance phone calls, and
you to deduct mileage if the drive travel. You can claim these job-
is "primarily for, and essential to," seeking expenses as long as the
medical care. The IRS evaluates amount of all miscellaneous item-
the standard cents-per-mile ized tax deductions is more than
allowance each year. For 2008, it 2% of your adjusted gross income
was 19 cents a mile between (AGI).
January and June, and 27 cents a If You Have Child Under Age
mile between July and December. 17 Here's another tax credit if
If this little-used tax break applies you have children under 17 living
to you, take advantage of it! at home: You can reduce the
If You Pay PMI on your mort- amount of taxes you owe by up to
gage When you take out a first $1,000 for each qualifying child
mortgage with less than 20% under the age of 17 through the
down, you pay a monthly private Child Tax Credit. The amount of
mortgage insurance (PMI). If you this credit begins to reduce once
took your mortgage on or after your income reaches $75,000 or
January 1, 2007, that PMI expense more ($110,000 for married, filing
is now deductible. Simply use jointly and $55,000 for married,
Line 13 on Schedule A -- the same filing separately). The credit does
form that you use to deduct mort- not affect the exemptions you take
gage interest and property) ... fo''r dependents -- in fact,
taxes. Your lender shouildl- u can take it in addi-
make this easy by telling \ ou- o.iiorin t- your exemptions.
the amount of your PMI pre-'EJ S it you have two chil-
mium in Box 4 of your Form dien under 17, you can
1098. This deduction is. t. ake up to a $2,000 tax
scheduled to disappear aflerL cred
2010, so make the most of it N Ii s miscellaneous
Good News for Medical Expenses -
Investors Funny ho. -' i you hIave chronic
so many investors can be 'c -- bronchitis or asthma and
SO careful with what they put in
their portfolio, yet can be almost
careless when it comes to deduct-
ing investment-related expenses
on their taxes. Don't let that be
you! Be sure to write off any and
all investment publications you
subscribe to. And don't forget
other expenses, such as your bro-
ker's annual fees, mileage for vis-
its to your broker, safety deposit
boxes and other investment fees
you may pay directly.
If You Lost Your Job Did you
look for a job in 2008? If you
looked for a job in the same field
and, at the same level as the one
you left, you might be able to
deduct your job search expenses
your physician has told you that
you need to add an air conditioner
or a humidifier to your home, this
type of equipment can be partially
deductible. Also included are spe-
cialty beds or mattresses, portable
oxygen tanks, heaters and even
special telephones. You can even
deduct the additional electricity
costs needed to operate these pre-
scribed necessities. Remember
that as far as ANY medical
expenses go, only the amount over
7.5% of your income is
deductible. Also make sure that
the medical expenses are for you,
,your spouse, or any dependents
for whom you paid more than half
The Federal Fair Housing Act protects your right to live where you want. In fact, in
any decision regarding rental, sales, or lending, it is against the law to consider race,
color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or family status. If you think you've
been denied housing, please call us. Fair Housing. It's not an option. It's the law.
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Dames Point Celebrates 20th Birthday
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority Celebrated the 20th birthday
of the Dames Point Bridge, the city's beautiful bridge of lights this week.
The two mile crossing built in 1999 linked the Beaches and Arlington to
Jacksonville's northside. Shown above at the festivities held at the base of
the bridge are JTA Leadership (L-R) Executive Director Michael
Blaylock, Board Chairman Atty. Ava Parker and past Board Chair Cleve
Warren. The bridge serves over 70,000 vehicles day. FMPPihoto
2009 Stanton Gala Committee Meeting
Current class leaders, faculty and staff of Old Stanton, New Stanton and
Stanton Vocational high schools are urged to attend a Gala/Reunion
Meeting Monday, March 16, 2009 at 6:00 P.M. at Bethel Baptist Church,
215 Bethel Baptist Street (First Street entrance) to discuss plans for the
May 2, 2009 Stanton Gala. For more information,call Kenneth Reddick,
Gala Chairman at 904-764-8795.
President Announces Plans
to Improve Nation's Schools
President Barack Obama
announced this week his plans to
improve the nation's school system,
which include pushing for a longer
school day and raising pay for good
In his speech his first on educa-
tion as president he stressed that
the success of the American econo-
my depends on the strength of the
schools, and challenged ideas from
both Democrats and Republicans
on school reform.
"Too many supporters of my
party have resisted the idea of
rewarding excellence in teaching
with extra pay, even though it can
make a difference in the class-
room," President Obama said, in a
likely reference to teacher unions
that have long argued against merit
pay. "Too many in the Republican
Party have opposed new invest-
ments in early education, despite
compelling evidence of its impor-
Obama also pushed districts to
crack down on bad teachers.
"Let me be clear: If a teacher is
given a chance but still does not
improve, there is no excuse for that
person to continue teaching. I reject
a system that rewards failure and
protects a person from its conse-
quences," he said. In addition to
getting pay raises good teachers
will "be asked to accept more
responsibility for lifting up their
The president gave his speech in
front of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber
of Commerce, in an effort to high-
light the fact that Hispanics are a
growing part of the nation's school
population, according to officials.
In addition to having a high dropout
rate, Latinos "are less likely to be
enrolled in early education pro-
grams than anyone else." The stim-
ulus package has money dedicated
to Head Start programs.
Obama also said he'd like to
allow for more federal grant pro-'
grams in an effort to make college
more affordable, as well as push for
allowing more states to increase
their number of charter schools.
Under the stimulus package
passed last month, public schools
are set to receive about $100 billion
from the federal government,
which could allow for sweeping
Douglas Anderson Student Wins
Scholarship Based on Negro Spirituals
Miss Azschrielle Jackson, a
vocal senior at Douglass Anderson
School of the Arts, recently won
The Grady-Rayam Prize Sacred
Music collegiate scholarship.
Awarded annually by The
"Negro Spiritual" Scholarship
Foundation, Inc. It is named for a
deceased Roman Catholic bishop
Thomas J. Grady and for Curtis
Rayam Jr., voice teacher and
renowned opera singer. She
accepted the prize last weekend in
a glamourous banquet in Orlando,
African-American senior high
students from across the State of
Florida entered the vocal competi-
tion requiring them to rehearse
and perform Negro spirituals. Ms.
Jackson won a $3,000 scholarship,
$300 dollars for participating, a
trophy and singing rights with the
Orlando Opera company.
She is the daugther of Ms. Yvette
Harlem Globetrotters Meet
and Greet Jacksonville Fans
Local Author Launching 2nd Series of Books
Twyla Prindle, author of the two children books, "Can I have some
money" and "Where is my money" will soon release her new children
book entitled "Why did I get this credit card?" Twyla has been traveling
all around the country with her mascot promoting her books. Twyla's next
stop is a webinar on Monday,March 16th at the West Jacksonville Church
of God in Christ from 7- 9p.m The local author he is shown above at a
recent book signing.
Barnes & Noble Defending Itself
Against Internet Circulated Photo
The founder and chairman of be punishable under federal
Barnes and Noble said the customer statutes."
Officials from the book
sZ retailer claim an unknown
person placed a copy of
"Monkeys: A Captivating
erLook at These Fascinating
Animals" in the display
S then snapped a photo.
A* imStore workers removed the
book as soon as someone
noticed it, decrying claims
S that it was put there by an
"This malicious and des-
This window display at a Barnes and Noble picable act is nothing short
store in Coral Gables, Florida created an of a hate crime, which
uproar. should be punishable under
who placed a placed a book on federal statutes," said Leonard
monkeys among a display on Riggio, founder and chairman of
President Barack Obama and the Barnes and Noble, in a statement.
first family committed "nothing
short of a hate crime, which should
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The world famous Harlem Globetrotters delighted Jacksonville fans on
their annual stop during their tour full of antics and hijinks. The team also
took thet time to sign autographs and meet and greet their fans at the game
held at the Veteran's Memorial Coliseum. Shown above is Ribault student
Cody Floyd with "Sweet Pea" of the Harlem Globetrotters. The final score.
forthe game featuring the historic team was Globetrotters 74- Washington
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Town Hall Meeting
City Council District 10
COUNCILMAN REGINALD "REGGIE" BROWN
Council District 10 Town Hall Meeting Notices
1. Westside Precincts:
(10C, 10D, 10L, 10N, 10P, 10Q, 10S, 10T and 10V)
Date: Thursday, March 19th, 2009
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Edward H. White High School
1700 Old Middleburg Road
Jacksonville, FL 32210
2. Northside Precincts:
(10, 10A, 10B, 10E, 10F, 10G, 10H, 10J, 10L and 10R)
Date: Thursday, March 26th, 2009
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: William M. Raines High School
3663 Raines Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32209
Please come to discuss various issues and projects going on in
your neighborhoods. Representatives from various City
Departments and Agencies will be available to provide updates on
projects or to address any questions you.
For additional information, call 630-1684.
Bring a neighbor with you!
MEETING DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO CONFLICTS
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Theodore Roosevelt once said,
"The unforgivable crime is soft hit-
ting. Do not hit at all if it can be
avoided; but never hit softly."
It's that type of spirit that led
President Obama to continue being
bold as he presented his first budg-
et to Congress last week. "Freedom
lies in being bold," said Robert
Frost, one of my favorite poets.
This same boldness that I am
speaking of will undoubtedly lead
to a showdown with Republicans in
Congress. But that's nothing new
right? That will certainly be the
theme of his first term.
As Republicans try to find their
way back to political relevance,
Congressional Republicans will do
whatever they can to regain a
foothold with their conservative
constituency. But here's the prob-
lem, everyone is feeling this reces-
sion and even the most conserva-
tive citizens are cheering Obama on
- secretly of course.
Obama's budget is unprecedent-
ed as he introduces major new pro-
grams for health care, energy and
He certainly will not be accused
of being one of those politicians
who makes these outlandish cam-
paign promises that he or she rarely
keep. Obama is doing just what he
said that he would do. Again, tak-
ing bold steps and looking to spend
about $3.6 trillion next year to pull
the country out of the recession and
make good on many of those cam-
paign promises he committed to.
One of the most intriguing initia-
tives included in the budget is the
increased dollars for Pell Grants,
which hopefully will provide addi-
tional incentive for minority youth
from low-income families to get a
I consistently write about the
importance of education, and how
it is truly the passport out of pover-
ty. It's not only what I believe, but
it's what I experienced personally.
And while we are talking about
poverty, Obama's first budget will
address healthcare for the poor
Some are calling it the most dra-
matic healthcare proposal of any
American President. Obama is ask-
ing for the creation of a $634 bil-
lion reserve fund that would pro-
vide healthcare to 46 million peo-
ple without insurance.
How do you pay for something
this unprecedented? The plan calls
for a tax increase on couples mak-
ing more than $250,000 a year and
individuals making more than
$200,000 a year.
David Axelrod, the president's
chief advisor may have said it best.
"We are not in a position to think
incrementally," he said.
Here's a brief synopsis of the
President's budget and where the
money is going.
Education: In another bold step,
the President said that he proposes
that we stop giving banks subsidies
for providing educational loans and
in turn make the government a
major student lender. The Pell
Grant, which helped me get
through college will be raised to
$5,550 per year with future
increased tied to inflation.
The President is also proposing a
$2.5 billion fund to help low-
income students complete college.
Taxes: the goods news is that
recent new tax cuts would be
extended so individuals would con-
tinue to receive $400 and families
would receive $800 annual cuts for
the next decade. The bad news is
for folks making over $200,000 a
year. In 2011, those individuals and
families making over $250,000
would see their income tax rate
increased from 35percent to 39.6
Environment/Energy: Green is
the way to go these days. The
Environmental Protection Agency
is tapped to get a 34 percent
increase over last years budget and
receive $10.5 billion. The admin-
stration is looking at higher fees for
companies drilling for oil and gas
on federal land and $646 billion
from 2012 to 2019 from companies
that emit gases linked to global
Veterans: Who said that
Democrats don't support the mili-
tary? Obama's budget seeks to
increase the Department of Veteran
Affairs budget by about 10 percent
to $52.5 billion next year. The
President is reaching out to more
Veterans and expanding VA health
care to an additional 500,000 veter-
ans by 2013 through lower income
eligibility limits. The budget also
would increase funding for mental
health screening and treatment and
services to rural areas.
continues to play a critical role in
the Obama administration's eco-
nomic recovery efforts. The
President plans to spend $5 billion
over the next five years on high-
speed rail. Of course that doesn't
include the $8 billion in the nearly
$800 billion stimulus package.
There is also an allocation of $800
million to modernize the nation's
air-traffic system and adds $55 mil-
lion to help smaller airports
Foreign Affairs: On the cam-
paign trail Obama pledged to help
repair the United State's image
worldwide. That's why he propos-
ing a 9.5 percent increase for the
State Department. The House
already recently passed a bill that
adds 800 foreign service officers to
the Hillary Clinton lead team. We
are also adding non-military aid to
Afghanistan and Pakistan.
So will the budget make it
through Congress yes, but it will
certainly face many amendments
and "tweaks." People voted for
change and that's what he is giving
them. Last week he told reporters,
"I work for the American people.
I'm determined to bring the change
that the people voted for."
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by Ron Daniels
In a calculated move to "reinvent"
itself the Republican National
Committee recently elected
Michael Steele as its Chairman. As
a former Lt. Governor of Maryland,
Steele- was the --first African
American to hold statewide office.
Now, he has the distinction of
being the first African American to
be elected Chairman of the
Republican National Committee,
an achievement that might seem
odd for a party where Black mem-
bership is miniscule. After Barack
Obama soundly defeated John
McCain to win the White House,
the election of Steele is a not so
subtle attempt to put a "new face"
on the Republican Party. There is
an obvious need for the Party to
broaden its base among growing
constituencies of people of color
minorities in the country. It is not
by accident that the Republicans
have also trotted out Louisiana
Governor Bobby Jindal, who is of
Indian descent, as a potential presi-
dential candidate for 2012.
The question is whether putting
a Black face on the Republican
Party will make a difference. The
likely answer is no. In the first
instance, Republicans should
understand that Blacks and people
of color did not vote for Barack
Obama simply because of the color
of his skin. They voted in record
numbers for a Black man because
of his vision for America and the
content of his politics. Had some-
one with the political views of Alan
Keyes, Condoleezza Rice or
Clarence Thomas been the candi-
date, Blacks would have avoided
them like the plague. The problem
with the Republican Party is not the
color of the person who serves as
its Chairman but the content of its
politics and policies.
The GOP is virtually lily White
because its brand of conservatism
is antithetical to the interests of
Blacks and other people of color.
Moreover, its failed pro-rich, pro-
corporate, unfettered market, anti-
poor and working class economic
philosophy have virtually bank-
rupted the economy. Rather than
cooperate with President Obama as
he strives to lift the nation out of
the worst economic disaster since
the Great Depression, the
Republicans have responded by
railing against the stimulus pack-
age, the mortgage foreclosure relief
initiative and the new budget. They
have offered nothing but the same
old exhausted Reagan-Bush pre-
scriptions. Smarting from a crush-
ing defeat in the last election and
devoid of any substantive new
ideas, from the perspective of most
Blacks, they have once again
revealed themselves as the Grand
Obstructionist Party (GOP).
Viewed in that light, the election
of Michael Steele is superfluous.
Recent events have made it abun-
dantly clear that Michael Steele is
only the titular leader of the GOP.
Even before the recent flare-up
with Rush Limbaugh there were
fears among conservatives that
Steele was a closet moderate. He
was able to quiet his critics by
promptly parroting the conserva-
tive line. But then he made the mis-
take of assuming he was the real
leader of the GOP only to face the
rude awakening that the real "boss"
appears to be the rabid radio talk
show host and gadfly of orthodox
conservatism, Rush Limbaugh.
Appearing before the
Conservative Political Action
Conference, Limbaugh lashed out
at President Obama's efforts to res-
cue the economy and defended his
call for the President to fail!
Attempting to assert his leadership
as Chairman of the GOP, Michael
Steele labeled Limbaugh's speech
"incendiary." Within days it was
clear who the real boss of the GOP
is when Limbaugh publicly chas-
tised Steele, forcing him to give a
"yes suh boss" style apology. Steele
said his condemnation of the talk
show host was "inarticulate." The
unmistakable conclusion to be
drawn from Limbaugh's smack
down of "Chairman" Steele is that
the GOP is firmly in the grasp of
the right wing of the Party.
There was a time when the
Republican Party was much more
diverse ideologically. It had a
robust liberal and moderate wing in
the 50's and 60's. Republican
Senators Jacob Javits and Kenneth
Keating of New York, Senator
Clifford Case of New Jersey, New
York Mayor John Lindsey and
Governor Nelson Rockefeller were
well known liberals who champi-
oned the cause of civil rights.
Governor William Scranton of
Pennsylvania was a highly respect-
ed moderate. Senator Edward
Brooke, an African American
Senator from Massachusetts, and
notable personalities like baseball
legend Jackie Robinson were
prominent members of the
Republican Party. In fact for gener-
ations most Blacks identified with
the Republican Party because of
memories of Abraham Lincoln and
the Emancipation Proclamation --
and the brutal reality that the most
stalwart defenders of segregation in
the South were Democrats. It was
not until the election of John F..
Kennedy in 1960 that Blacks final-
ly made the decisive shift to the
The lesson for the Republican
Party is that people vote their inter-
ests. As long as Blacks saw some
hope in the Republican Party -
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The Mayor's Commission on the
Status of Women, in partnership
with the UNF Thomas G Carpenter
Library, will hold their Women's
History Month Reception and
Exhibit on Thursday, March 19,
2009, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This
year's honorees are Roslyn
Phillips, Sandy Barata, Carol
Hladki and Dawn Lockhart. The
reception will be in the Carpenter
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For more information, contact
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Putting a Face
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because there were liberal and
moderate political leaders who sup-
ported civil rights, a sizeable seg-
ment of the Black electorate voted
for Republicans. However, as the
Party began to dramatically move
to the right, Blacks increasingly
viewed the Republican Party's strat-
egy, tactics and political agenda as
a direct threat to the interests of
Black America. Richard Nixon
unabashedly sought to expand the
base of the Republican Party by
reaching out to White southerners
with veiled appeals to their racism.
Ronald Reagan blatantly associated
the "burden of government" social
programs with Black people and
attacked affirmative action as
reverse racism. The Republican
Party emerged as a major "obstruc-
Cynthia Griffin Appointed by Governor
Crist to Florida Board of Pharmacy
Florida Governor Charlie Christ
has appointed Dr. Cynthia Griffin
to the Florida Board of Pharmacy
making her only the second African
American woman to be appointed
to the position.
The Florida Board of Pharmacy is
the governing body responsible for
pharmacy practice, regulations,
licensure and certifications of
interns and pharmacists.
Additionally, the Board responds to
disciplinary actions, analyze
changes in the practice of pharma-
cy, examine changing trends in
pharmacy services, and continuing
education monitoring, to name a
few of the Board?s responsibilities.
A 1983 graduate of FloridaA & M
University (FAMU), Griffin is the
director of Pharmacy Government
Programs for Blue Cross Blue
Shield of Florida.
Dr. Griffin is married to Rev.
Mark L. Griffin, pastor of Wayman
Ministries. They have two daugh-
ters, Whitney and Crystal, who are
pharmacy students at FAMU.
Outside of her work in the phar-
macy field, Dr. Griffin is active in
the community as a tutor preparing
students for the FCAT, and as a
tion" to Black interests and aspira-
In the most recent period, the
Republican Party has sought to
expand its base among Blacks by
identifying or breeding "Black con-
servatives" to carry their water. But
because these talking heads, ana-
lysts and pundits are simply Black
faces mouthing the conservative
cause, the GOP has gained little
traction in the Black community,
and they never will. Michael Steele
is simply the latest and most glaring
example of the flawed strategy of
attempting to put a Black face on
the Grand Obstructionist Party.
Rush Limbaugh has shown Blacks
and people of color the real face of
Dr. Ron Daniels is President of
the Institute of the Black World
21st Century and Distinguished
Lecturer at York College City
University of New York.
Dr. Cynthia Griffin
mentor to young children. She is
also the leader of the Wayman
Ministries Women's Ministry in
addition to serving as the State
President of the AME Church
Ministers Spouses Alliance.
The four year appointment to the
Florida Board of Pharmacy will be
completed in October of 2012.
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hiring decree, the last previous
court activity in the decades old
class-action case. At this time, City
Hall lawyers may also be able to
dissolve the decree and dismiss the
hearing based on the amount of
time that has passed.
The 1982 order required the city
to hire one black firefighter for
every white firefighter until the
department's diversity mirrored
that of the city. It was determined
that goal had been met and discon-
tinued the arrangement in 1992.
The question now is whether the
city had the right to unilaterally
stop following the decree.
Lawyers for the Black firefighters
argued claim the number of black
firefighters in the Jacksonville Fire
and Rescue Department has
remained in the 220s since 1993,
while the number of total personnel
jumped from 917 to 1,131. That
means roughly 20 percent of the
department is black, compared to
about 30 percent of the city's over-
Unemployment numbers far worse for blacks
ed U.S. jobless rate of 8.1 percent
shook America on Friday morning.
It was a stat not seen since
December 1983 -- except in black
America, which has had
rates above 8.1 percent for
all but six months since
The unemployment rate
for blacks in the United
States hit 13.4 percent in
February, the U.S.
Department of Labor
About 851,000 jobs were
lost in February. January's
unemployment rate was
7.6 percent. About 4.4 million jobs
have been cut since the recession
began in December 2007.
Blacks are particularly impacted
by recessions. They commonly
trail other groups in employment,
impacted by discrimination in the
labor market, as well as differences
in education, career selection and
length of time on the job, Austin
Shown above is Frank Powell with President Bill Clinton last Friday
at the River Club to raise money for Cong. Kendrick Meek.
President Clinton on the First Coast for Meek
Former President Bill Clinton, stomped for fellow Democrat Kendrick
Meek in Jacksonville last week at a breakfast to raise money for his senate
*bid. The popular politician discussed elements of the economy and how he
feels Congressman Meek is one of the of the trailblazers who can make a
much needed difference in the Capital. The $1000 per plate breakfast was
closed to the public and the general media.
Hispanics have had the highest
percentage-point increase in
unemployment since the beginning
of the recession, disproportionate-
ly working in the housing con-
struction market that tanked.
Blacks and Hispanics are
overrepresented in sectors
that have taken the hardest
hits in the recession -- con-
struction and manufacturing.
Employment in profession-
al and business services fell
by 180,000 last month; man-
ufacturing lost 168,000 posi-
tions; the durable goods
If industry, 132,000; construc-
tion, 104,000, and the tem-
porary industry, 78,000.
The health care industry gained
about 27,000 jobs.
President Obama today launched
the White House Internship
Program for his administration and
announced that applications are
currently being accepted for the
summer of 2009.
In addition to normal office duties,
interns will supplement their learn-
ing experience by attending a
weekly lecture series hosted by
senior White House staff, help at
White House social events, and
volunteer in community service
The 2009 Summer Internship pro-
gram runs from May 22 to August
14, and the submission deadline is
March 22, 2009.
Those interested must be:
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and enrolled in a college or univer-
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have graduated from college in the
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Southside COGIC issues AIDS
Pretty in Pink Presented
Ministry challenge to local churches by Souls in the Kingdom
The Balm in Gilead along with the Duval County Health Department and
other local faith-based communities are requesting your prayer participa-
tion March 1-7, 2009. The Southside Church of God in Christ is request-
ing that you include prayer for HIV/AIDS in your Morning service, Bible
Study, or Prayer time at your local church.
They are also challenging all Pastors to pledge and include HIV/AIDS as
an integral part of your local church ministry. HIV/AIDS has affected our
community and it is time to educate, and bring healing to our community.
For more information please contact Tabitha Robinson (904) 253-0071.
Ark of the Covenant Global Ministries
The Ark of Global Ministries have set a Revival set for March 15-2oth at
the church located at 960 Rogero Road, Building #9. The community is
invited to all services which will begin nightly at 7:30 p.m. The anointed
Prophet of God, Bishop Samuel Huff of Detroit, Michigan; will be the
Revival speaker. For directions or more information, call (904) 619-8691.
Church and Pastor's Anniversary
Set for St. John Missionary Baptist
St John's Missionary Baptist Church, located at 135 Brickyard Rd. in
Middleburg, Fla., will celebrate the church's 128th and Pastor's 19th
anniversaries. The church promises a a dynamic evening for everyone to
enjoy March 15th and 22nd at 4PM. Everyone is welcome.
Faust Temple Church of God in Christ
Planning Special March Events
The public is invited to an old fashioned spirit filled Song Service on
Sunday March 8th at 4:30 p.m. Planned on Sunday March 15, 2009, at 4:30
p. m will be The Colors of Spring". The church is located at 3328 Moncrief
Road on the northside. Bishop R.L. Dixon is Pastor and admission is free
for all events. For additional information, call the church at 353-1418.
"Tried and True"is theme for St.
Andrew Miss. Baptist Anniversaries
The St. Andrew Missionary Baptist Church 2600 West 45th Street; will
celebrate their Church and Pastor Henry River's Anniversaries, at services
on Sunday, March 15, 2009. "Tried and True" from Psalm 34:8, celebrates
the 31st Anniversary of the Church, and the Pastor's 3rd Anniversary. The
Chairpersons are Phyllis Mike and Christopher Bradley. For information or
directions, please call Sis. Mann (904)302-2075.
Souls For The Kingdom Outreach Ministry (Formerly Deliverance Center
For All People), located at 2039 Thomas Court, will be presenting "Pretty
In Pink" on Sunday March 22, 2009 at 4:00 P.M. The church is requesting
all women to come and fellowship in their pink attire men are welcome
also. Minister L. Bennett is Chairperson .
Woodlawn Presbyterian Church to
Celebrate Annual Women's Day
Woodlawn Presbyterian Church, 3026 Woodlawn Road, at Cleveland
Road; Rev. R. J. Rigsby, Pastor; will celebrate "The Gifts of Women" at 11
a.m. on Sunday, March 15, 2009. This Annual Observance encourages
Congregations and individuals to recognize the gifts women bring to God,
the Church, and the Community. Mrs. Betsy Berry will be the guest speak-
er. She has served on several levels in the Presbyterian Women's
Organization of the St. Augustine Presbytery. Most recently she traveled to
Eastern Europe, as the Representative to the Global Exchange Mission.
An invitation is extended to all Women, and Men, in the Jacksonville Area.
For directions, please call (904) 765-9763.
B-CU Wildcats to celebrate
Alumni Day, March 15th
The 22nd Annual Bethune-Cookman University Alumni Day will be cel-
ebrated beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 15, 2009, at the Simpson
Memorial United Methodist Church, 1114 Cleveland Street (across from
General Post Office on Kings Road). The world renowned Bethune-
Cookman Concert Chorale, led by Dr. Rebecca Steele, a B-CU Icon, will
perform. The chorale consists of over 100 members and is inclusive of
strings, guitarists, the instrumental ensemble and liturgical dancers. B-CU
Alumni members of Simpson include the Pastor, Dr. Moses Johnson; his
sister, Diana J. Dingle; also, Priscilla Simmons, Jamal Simmons, Gail
Tremble, Lois Young, Elizabeth Williams, Lillian Dennis and Pedita
Wilson. The community is invited.
Genesis Missionary Baptist to Honor
Youth Pastor Francois Sylvine
The Genesis Missionary Baptist Church, 241 South McDuffAve., Rev.
Calvin 0. Honors, Pastor; will honor their Youth Pastor, Rev. Francois
Sylvine, with an Appreciation Program at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 15,
2009. The Spoken Word will be deliVered by Rev. Thomas Mitchell, Pastor
of First Coast Christian Ministries. The community is invited to join this
celebration for one who gives freely to God and the community at large.
Friendship Primitive Baptist
to Celebrate Men's Day
Friendship Primitive Baptist Church, 1106 Perch St., Elder Bobbie
Sheffield, Pastor; will celebrate Men's Day, Sunday, March 15, 2009.
Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. Rev. Aaron Flagg Jr. of Emanuel Baptist
Church will be the guest preacher for Morning Worship at 11 a.m. Bro.
Johnny Britton, chairperson, is inviting the community to attend.
Masons to hold 139th Grand Lodge
Communication March 27th
Bishop Lorenzo Hall Sr. & The Anointed Voices, Dr. Charles Green &
Singers, Brother Joseph Tolbert and a host of other performers will kick off
the 139th Grand Lodge Communication Friday, March 27th; at the Masonic
Annual Gospel Concert, which is free and open to the public, at the Historic
Masonic Temple, 410 Broad Street, Jacksonville. Rev. Dr. Michael
Moore, 33rd Degree, KYCH, is the Most Worshipful Grand Master. Of the
Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons, Florida,
Belize, Central America, St. John, U. S. Virgin Islands Inc., Prince Hall
Affiliated. For directions or information, please call (904) 710-1586.
Grief Workshops Sponsored by
Community Hospice of N.E. Florida
"New Grief: Good Grief' is a program designed to help individuals iden-
tify common grief reactions and to learn that healing is possible after the
loss of a loved one. This one-hour group workshop provides healthy and
effective ways to cope and achieve a balance in life after the death of a
The workshop will help attendees: Recognize the loss and begin to accept
the accompanying paid; Identify physical and emotional reactions to the
loss ; Learn ways to help alleviate bereavement-related stress and become
familiar with the healing process
To be eligible, attendees must be 18 years of age or older and the death
must have occurred within the last 90 days.
To reserve your space and find locations, call Roxanne C. Miller, LCSW,
Manager of Bereavement and Community Grief, at 407-6330.
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HIV-negative prior to their mar-
riage. Five days later, the test came
back positive and Sandra was dev-
astated. That evening she tearfully
told her husband of her positive test
results. Later that night he went to
the store...never to return. She later
discovered love letters her husband
had written to his former prison
mate. Today, Sandra and her two
children reside in her parents' base-
ment while Sandra struggles with
depression, illness, and debt.
"Unfortunately Sandra's story is
one of many e-mails we receive on
a daily basis," says Joy Marie, the
author of the explosive book, The
Straight-Up Truth About The
Down-Low: Women Share their
Stories of Betrayal, Pain and
Survival (Creative Wisdom Books-
March 2008). Joy Marie is the pen
name of two women who have sur-
vived marriages to down-low men.
Once the down-low was exposed,
its link to the spread of HIV/AIDS
in African-American women was
obvious, despite the lack of scien-
tific data. African-American
women are no more promiscuous
than their white counterparts, how-
ever there is a higher HIV infection
rate amongst black women. One
reason, as Sandra's story suggests,
is the high incarceration rate of
"Prisons have become a revolving
HIV/AIDS factory in the black
community," says Marie. "Cycles
of imprisonment and release
among black males help contribute
to the high HIV/AIDS rates in
African American women. Black
men in the prison system engage in
high-risk sexual behaviors and
many of them continue to sleep
with men upon their release. Many
of these men lie to their wives and
girlfriends about their homosexual
activities and their HIV status as
well. One prison guard shared how
during his twelve years on duty, he
witnessed countless married
inmates engaging in sexual acts
with other men."
"The black community needs to
wake up and address this elephant
in the room," says Marie. "Our
community leaders would rather
turn their heads than admit that the
secretive homosexual practices of
many black men are endangering
the lives of innocent black women
and their children. We have to take
control of our lives. We must
demand HIV tests in our presence.
We must demand monogamy. We
must demand respect and accounta-
bility from our men. In addition,
we as black women should learn all
we can about HIV/AIDS and how
it's transmitted and the lifestyle fac-
tors that put us at risk for this dis-
ease, especially our involvement
with secretive down-low men."
"There are many warning signs to
detect men on the DL, which we
addressed in our book," says Marie.
"We believe the account of our
experiences and what we have
learned from other women will
bring about awareness and a
heightened sense of self-responsi-
bility. March 10, 2009 is the
National Women and Girls
HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and we
want black women to become
informed and protect themselves
and their children against others
who may not have their best inter-
est at heart."
For more information, please visit
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
by the tobacco industry-
are being aggressively
Measures Are Working
The good news is
that these measures are
working. According to
the 2008 Monitoring the
Future study conducted
by the National Institute
of Drug Abuse and the
University of Michigan,
the teen smoking rates
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 Lorillard Tobacco Company have
families too, and are concerned about the health and
well-being of our children.
60% We represent all races and
walks of life. Further, we
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40% beliefs: that farmers have
a right to make a living
30% by growing tobacco, as
they have in this country
since before it was the
20% United States; that tobacco'
companies have a right to
manufacture and market
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12thGmrmm choose to smoke; and that
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to sell them to adults.
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
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, P. 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, R M., Bachman, J. G., & Schulenberg, J. E. (December 11, 2008).
"Trends in 30-Day Prevalence of Use of Cigarettes by Subgroups in Grade 12" University of
Michigan News Service: Ann Arbor, Ml, http://monitoringthefuture.org/data/08data/pr08cig8.pdf
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports
activities to self enrichment and the civic sceneW
activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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
inside Gateway Mall. For tickets,
showtimes or more information,
BET Host National
Symposiums at Raines
"A Healthy BET: 2009 Women's
Health Symposium" tour will stop
in Jacksonville on Saturday,
March 14th from 8:00 a.m.-4:00
p.m., at Raines High School. The
day of health education promises to
engage more than a thousand
women of color in fitness activities
and discussions with local and
national health experts on obesity,
nutrition, diabetes, heart disease,
strokes, breast and cervical cancer,
depression and mental health and
other fitness issues. Attendance is
free to women 18 and older and
requires advance registration. Call
1-866-356-7348 or visit
www.ahealthybet.com to register
and for more information.
Bill Bellamy in Concert
Actor and comedian Bill Bellamy
will be in concert at the Comedy
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, call 292-HAHA.
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 UNF
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.
Girls Inc. Daddy
Girls Inc. will present it's second
annual Daddy Daughter Dance -
affectionately called the Daddy
Daughter Golf Ball. It will be held
from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on March
21st at the Hyatt Regency
Riverfront. The evening will
include a full dinner and dancing.
Cost to attend the event is $75 per
couple and $25 per additional
daughter. Dressy attire is suggested
and space is limited.
To make reservations, go to
www.girlsincjax.org. For more
information, call (904) 731-9933.
Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation
Jacksonville and the Jacksonville
Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha
Psi Fraternity, will be hosting their
15th Annual Charity Golf
Tournament on March 21, 2009 at
the Golf Club at South Hampton in
St. Augustine. The Golf
Tournament has a 1:45pm Shotgun
Start with Check in at 11:00 am.
There will be prizes awarded for the
Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin
and Hole-in-One Prizes for all Par
3's. For more information or to reg-
ister for the tournament forms can
be downloaded at www.jack-
Art After Dark
The Florida Theatre will host Art
After Dark on Friday, March 27,
2009 from 7-10 PM. Tickets are
priced at $25 for an evening show-
casing the community's most
exceptional visual artists. It also
includes a silent auction, live music
and food. For tickets or perform-
ance information please call the
Florida Theatre Box Office at (904)
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Original artwork created lawyers,
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and for sale. The event is free and
open to the public. For more infor-
mation, please contact Deborah R.
Reid, Esquire at 904-996-1100 or
by e-mail at Reid@rumrelllaw.com.
Crawford in Concert
Comedian Lavell Crawford will be
in concert at the Comedy Zone
April 2 4th. The former BET
Comic View host will bring his
stand up act to the main stage of the
Comedy Club located in the
Ramada Inn in Mandarin. For more
information, call 292-HAHA.
Bring the entire family to cele-
brate blues music and the arts at
George's Music Springing the
Blues, April 3-5. The three-day
oceanfront event is free and fea-
tures a number of renowned blues
performers as well as numerous dis-
plays and activities geared for the
entire family. The annual event is
held at the Sea Walk Pavilion in
Jacksonville Beach. www.spring-
PRIDE Book Club
PRIDE Book Club will hold their
next meeting on Friday April 6th
at 7:00 p.m. hosted by Gloria &
Hezron Omawali discussing Like
Trees Walking By Ravi Howard. For
directions or more information, call.
Comic David Alan
Grier in Concert
Actor and comedian David Alan
Grier will be in concert at the
Comedy Zone April 16-18th. The
actor rose to fame in "In Living
Color" and other films will bring
his stand up act to the main stage of
the Comedy Club located in the
Ramada Inn in Mandarin. For tick-
ets call 292-HAHA.
The Jacksonville Human Rights
Commission will have their 2009
Fair Housing Symposium on
Saturday, April 18th 2009. Get the
latest information from vendors and
attend workshops on foreclosure,
housing, and more. There will also
be a continental breakfast & awards
luncheon. This is a FREE event for
citizens of Duval County. For more
info or to RSVP call 904-630-4620
or email JHRCRSVP@coj.net
Jax Beach Elementary
The Jacksonville Beach
Elementary Preservation Fund will
hold their annual Golf Tournament
on Monday, April 20th, 2009. The
tournament will be held at The
Jacksonville Beach Golf Club, 605
Penman Road Jacksonville, FL
32250. The tournament will begin
at 10 am. All proceeds will benefit
our after school enrichment pro-
grams for the youth. For more
information please contact Mrs.
Lillie Sullivan 904-249-2422.
Kevin Hart in Concert
Actor and comedian Kevin Hart
will be in concert at the Comedy
Zone April 23-25th. The former
BET Comic View 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-
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What's in your collection: The Top 25
Ir _M_____ost Significant Black Movies of All Time
PHYLICIA RASHAD TO JOIN 'AUGUST' IN MAY:
Actress will take over role of vicious matriarch Violet Weston.
Phylicia Rashad has booked yet another Broadway
gig, this time joining the Tony Award-winning
August: Osage County beginning May 26.
Variety reported that she'll play vicious, drug
addicted matriarch Violet Weston, an Oklahoma
mother who reunites with her three grown daughters
when the family patriarch disappears.
Rashad was nominated for a Best Actress Tony
for her work in August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean.
Her Broadway credits include Cat On a Hot Tin
Roof, Cymbeline, Jelly's Last Jam, Into the Woods, The Wiz and
TARAJI TAPPED FOR NEXT MADE FILM
Tyler Perry has swooped up Oscar nominee Taraji
P. Henson to star in his next Madea film, "I Can Do
'Bad All By Myself," based on his stage play.
Production will begin on March 16 at the new Tyler
Perry Studios in Atlanta. It is scheduled for nation-
wide release via Lionsgate on Sept. 11.
T After "Bad," Perry will immediately begin filming
"Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too," a sequel
S" to 2007's "Why Did I Get Married." Lionsgate said it
will arrive in theaters on April 2, 2010, Easter week-
LIL WAYNE ESCAPES ATLANTA DRUG CHARGES
Lil Wayne is free of felony drug charges in
Atlanta after a judge agreed to dismiss the case,
reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The artist, whose real name is Dwayne Michael -
Carter Jr., was arrested in August 2006 at a hotel.
Atlanta police said they found unmarked bottles
containing hydrocodone and a generic form of
Xanax, along with a small amount of marijuana.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Michael
Johnson granted the rapper's request to suppress
evidence on the basis of an illegal search. Carter's
attorney, William Head, said his client was not staying in the room where
the arrest was made
Lil Wayne still faces drug charges in Arizona, stemming from a January
2008 arrest, and a weapons charge from 2007 in New York.
AMERICAN BLACK FILM FEST SET FOR MIAMI:
Film Life's American Black Film Festival (ABFF), will be held June 24-
27 on South Beach in Miami, FL. Home Box Office, Inc. (HBO) is the fes-
tival's Founding and Premier Sponsor.
"We began 13 years ago as an annual film retreat, showcasing and cele-
brating the best and brightest filmmakers of color. We are returning to that
model, and will restore the tropical intimacy the ABFF has always been
known for," said Jeff Friday, CEO of Film Life, Inc. and Founder ofABFF.
This year's event will open with a star studded Hollywood premiere and
close with the ABFF Independent Film Awards. Festival and registration
information is available online at www.abff.com, via phone 646-375-2144
ext 1 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
WENDY RAQUEL ROBINSON TALKS 'GAME':
EUR caught up with actress Wendy Raquel
Robinson to find out if there is any truth to the
rumors that her CW sitcom "The Game" is about
to get the boot.
"Nothing's final until it's final, but it is up in
_- B the air," Robinson said while working the red
carpet at the recent NAACP Image Awards.
"The CW they don't have a comedy develop-
i ment right now. So if "Everybody Hates Chris"
'/ does not come back, which they are not coming
back, it's gonna be very difficult to match us
Shifting to a more optimistic tone, Robinson
added, "We're the little engine that could. Our numbers have done amaz-
ing and the show is so good. So I think they're finding a way to keep the
show on and BET has already put in interest, so I don't know. It's in God's
for 3 days and
2 nights at the
beautiful Crystal Palace
in Nassau, Bahamas
As the annual celebration of movies character "What do
that was the recent Oscar telecast, they call a n---r
like you in
one thing was abundantly clear. Philadelphia?" His
Despite black nominees like Taraji P. answer: "They call
Henson and Viola Davis and previous me MISTER
winners like Jamie Foxx, Forest Tibbs!"
Whitaker, Denzel Washington and 6. SWEET
Halle Berry, the Oscars still have a BAADASSSSS
long way to go toward acknowledging SONG (1971) -
the contributions of black actors,
writers and directors. That's why
we're taking the time to compile our
list of the top 25 most important
black movies of all time. The one
requirement is that our choices of
significant black films must have
been originally released in theaters.
1. THE EXILE (1931)-
Directed by Oscar Micheaux. You
may not have heard of him, but
Oscar Micheaux was the most pro-
lific director in black movie history.
He made 44 films, of which this one
is the most significant as it was the
first black movie helmed by a black
director, with sound.
2. STORMY WEATHER
(1943) Directed by Andrew L.
Stone. Starring Lena Home, Bill
"Bojangles" Robinson and the
Nicholas Brothers. One of two
musicals released in the same year
starring Lena Home, both "Stormy
Weather" and "Cabin In The Sky"
showcase the music and perform-
ance skills of some of the time's top
actors, singers and dancers.
"Stormy Weather" is in the National
Film Registry of the Library of
Congress for its historical and cul-
3. CARMEN JONES (1954) -
Directed by Otto Preminger.
Starring Harry Belafonte and
Dorothy Dandridge. A black film
classic that helped Dorothy
Dandridge emerge as Hollywood's
first black sex symbol.
4. NOTHING BUT A MAN
(1964) Directed by Michael
Roemer. Starring Ivan Dixon and
Abbey Lincoln. One of the most
compelling black movies ever
filmed if just for the simplicity of
the story about a man struggling to
succeed despite racism and finan-
5. IN THE HEAT OF THE
NIGHT (1967) Directed by
Norman Jewison. Starring Sidney
Poitier and Rod Steiger. This
Southern police drama is lifted out
of formula territory by a searing
performance by Poitier, who plays a
Philadelphia police detective
stranded in a small Southern town.
It features one of the most defiant
lines ever spoken by a black man
onscreen. When Steiger, as redneck
Sheriff Gillespie, asks Poitier's
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Fri-Sun on a chartered plane from JIA
Call Casino Steve
Star and director:
Peebles. Shot over
19 days and fin-
ished with a
$50,000 loan from
Bill Cosby, this
film is credited
with starting the
blaxploitation genre as well as
becoming the precursor of black
7. SHAFT (1971) Directed by
11. CLAUDINE (1974) -
Directed by John Berry. Starring
James Earl Jones and Diahann
Carroll. A struggling single mother
finds love with a garbage man. No
guns, drugs, gangs or any of the
other blaxploitation staples; just a
simple classic love story.
12. BLAZING SADDLES
(1974) Directed by Mel Brooks.
Starring Cleavon Little and Gene
Wilder. As Tom Joyner's favorite
movie, this comedy classic must
make the list, but it's certainly wor-
thy as a tongue-in-cheek parody of
western films that brilliantly skew-
ers racism and its sheer idiocy.
13. COOLEY HIGH (1975)
Directed by Michael Schulz.
Written by "Good Times'" Eric
Monte, starring Glynn Turman and
Lawrence Hilton- Jacobs. Arguably
the best black coming-of-age film
of all time. It's still a tearjerker
more than 30 years later.
"Goodfellas" came out and sur-
19. BOYZ IN THE HOOD
(1991) /NEW JACK CITY (1991)
- Director for "Boyz": John
Singleton; starring Morris Chestnut
and Cuba Gooding, Jr. Director for
"New Jack City": Mario Van
Peebles; Starring Wesley Snipes
and Allen Payne. These two films
are considered two of the first "hip-
hop" genre films and amazingly,
they came out the same year.
20. WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO
DO WITH IT? (1993) Directed
by Brian Gibson, written by Tina
Andrews based on the Tina Turner
bio, "I, Tina." Starring Angela
Bassett and Laurence Fishburne.
Two simple reasons the perform-
ances of Bassett and Fishburne as
the dysfunctional musical couple
Ike and Tina Turner.
21. MALCOLM X (1992) -
Directed by Spike Lee, this is
Great acting and a talented cast on the real life story of a struggling single mother, keeps the 1974
movie Claudine on the list starring Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones..
Gordon Parks, starring Richard
Roundtree. Roundtree plays the
coolest black detective alive; leg-
endary photographer Gordon Parks
helms the movie, and Isaac Hayes
creates the classic blaxploitation
soundtrack. It is also in the Library
of Congress as a historical and cul-
8. LADY SINGS THE BLUES
(1971) Directed by Sidney J. Furie.
Starring Diana Ross, Billy Dee
Williams and Richard Pryor. The
Billie Holiday biopic scored its star,
Diana Ross, an Oscar nomination
for her unglamorous portrayal of
the iconic jazz singer.
9. THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY
THE DOOR (1973) Produced and
directed by Ivan Dixon, screenplay
by Melvin Clay and Sam Greenlee
(from his book of the same title).
One of the most radical black
movies ever made, it tells the story
of a non-threatening black man who
rises in the CIA, only to quit and
use his training to start the black
revolution in Chicago. Hmmm.
10.WATTSTAX (1973) -
Directed by Mel Stuart. Starring
Richard Pryor, The Staple Singers,
Isaac Hayes. A Los Angeles concert
where tickets cost just one dollar,
it's viewed as the "black
Woodstock." To this day, perform-
ances still amaze.
14. RICHARD PRYOR LIVE
IN CONCERT. (1979) Directed
by Jeff Margolis. Starring Richard
Pryor, music by Patti Labelle. The
king of comedy at his best; this was
the first of his shows to be released
15. PURPLE RAIN (1984) -
Starring Prince. It could have been
a musician's vanity project, instead
it's still the most significant musical
film ever made by a black recording
16. THE COLOR PURPLE -
(1985) Directed by Steven
Spielberg, starring Whoopi
Goldberg, Danny Glover and Oprah
Winfrey. Based on the Alice Walker
book of the same title, this story of
a woman's triumph over abuse is
still amazing, as was Goldberg's
17. SHE'S GOTTA HAVE IT -
(1986) The debut that launched
several careers, including of course,
director Spike Lee's and just about
everyone else's, except ironically
enough, the stars of this seminal
18. EDDIE MURPHY RAW
(1987) Directed by Robert
Townsend, starring Eddie Murphy.
Every sketch, almost every minute
of Murphy's second film is classic
comedy. At the time it set the record
for use of the "f' word, until
undoubtedly one of Denzel
Washington's best performances
ever. A powerful tribute to one of
history's most principled men.
22. BAD BOYS (1995)
Directed by Michael Bay, starring
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.
Even Will Smith would probably
tell you that this was the movie that
set him up to be Hollywood's most
bankable movie star.
23. FRIDAY (1995) Directed
by F. Gary Gray. Written by Ice
Cube and DJ Pooh., starring Ice
Cube and Chris Tucker. You know
those white Hollywood slacker
marijuana movies? Well, score one
for black folks in this still quotable
24. LOVE AND BASKET-
BALL (2000) Written and directed
by Gina Prince-Bythewood, star-
ring Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps.
One of the only mainstream black
films ever to be written and direct-
ed by a black woman.
25. ANTWONE FISHER:
(2002) Not only is it Denzel
Washington's directorial debut; it's
Derek Luke's film acting debut.
This is one of the few black films
that deal honestly with the benefits
of therapy and the havoc that a dys-
functional childhood can wreak in
BAW Ms. Pendleton
Next Real Housewife Selected
NeNe, Kim, Sheree, and Lisa,
make room for one more. DeShawn
Snow's replacement on Bravo's The
Real Housewives of Atlanta is
Kandi Burruss, a singer-songwriter
from the platinum-selling '90s R&B
girl group Xscape (which also
included sisters LaTocha and
Tamika Scott, as well as Burruss'
best friend Tameka "Tiny" Cottle).
Burruss is undeniably the most
notable member from Xscape.
Since the group parted ways in the
late '90s, she had a somewhat suc-
cessful solo singing career (her
biggest hit: "Don't Think I'm Not")
but has seen ever greater successes
with songwriting. Along with
Cottle (who's married to rap super-
star T.I.), she wrote TLC's 1999
smash hit "No Scrubs." Burruss has
also penned jams for Mariah Carey,
Destiny's Child, Boyz II Men,
Alicia Keys, and Faith Evans. The
singer-songwriter has a daughter, 6-
year-old Riley, from a previous
relationship, and a boyfriend.
Burruss fills the spot vacated by
DeShawn Snow, who is the wife of
Cleveland Cavaliers NBA player
and NBA TV announcer Eric Snow.
She was known on the show for her
ridiculously large house and exten-
sive staff, as well as a rather poorly
received fundraiser she threw for
the DeShawn Snow Foundation,
which helps teenage girls with self-
esteem issues. When the news came
out that Snow would not be joining
Housewives for season 2, she was
quoted on Essence.com as saying a
producer called her "and said that I
was 'too human for a circus show'
and that because the show did so
well, they are about to pump up the
drama and they didn't think that I
would fit in." Snow is now pursuing
a degree in divinity.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
was Bravo's highest rated freshman
series since Queer Eye for the
Straight Guy, back in 2003. The
series' first season was also the sec-
ond highest rated Real Housewives
season ever, behind only season 3
of The Real Housewives of Orange
County. It averaged 1.3 million
viewers per episode and scored the
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V-- a!arm mii mA~ ii' Prosecutors Will Retry Miss. THE ___ ____
Mayor in Crack House Attack 'S'. uS iiSr !u
Cong. Sherley Chisholm Remembered by Congress
- Artist Kadir Nelson, left, is congratulated by House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi, third from left, and Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Rep.
Barbara Lee, D- Calif., second left, and members of the CBC including
Reps. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., fourth from left to right, Eleanor Holmes
Norton, D-D.C., and Donna Edwards, D-Md., at the unveiling of the por-
trait of the late Rep. Shirley Chisholm, marking the 40th anniversary of
Congresswoman Chisholm's swearing in as a Member of the House of rep-
resentatives, Tuesday, March 3, 2009, in Washington. In 1968, Chisholm
became the first African-American woman elected to Congress
JACKSON, Miss. Federal pros-
ecutors have announced they will
retry the mayor of Mississippi's
largest city on civil rights charges
for leading the destruction of a
duplex apartment the mayor con-
sidered a crack house.
U.S. District Judge Daniel P.
Jordan III declared a mistrial last
month after a jury failed to reach a
verdict in the trial of Jackson
Mayor Frank Melton and his for-
mer police bodyguard. They're
accused of leading a group of trou-
bled young men to vandalize the
house in a vigilante-style raid in
The new trial for Melton, 59, and
Michael Recio, 39, is scheduled
May 11, a week after Jackson's
Democratic mayoral primary. The
first-term mayor entered the race
with over twelve candidates.
Jordan set the date based on the
recommendation of prosecutors,
who said they gave no considera-
tion to the election.
This will be their third trial. They
were acquitted on state charges in
April 2007 before federal prosecu-
tors indicted them on three charges,
including conspiracy to deprive the
duplex's owner and tenant of their
Prosecutors say Melton was drunk
on power and scotch when he
destroyed windows in the duplex,
then ordered a group of teenagers to
tear down an exterior wall and
damage the interior with sledge-
Melton has not denied participat-
ing, and says he was only trying to
rid the city of a drug haven. The
federal jury deliberated for five
days before giving up Feb. 24.
First African-American comic book up for auction
A comic book produced in 1947
by a black journalist billed as the
first ever created by African
Americans for a black audience -
is being auctioned in New
"A copy of All-Negro
Comics No. 1 is up for
sale by comics entrepre- -:
neur Stephen Fishler. He eI
says the comic is very rare
- lasting only one issue.
All-Negro Comics sold for
15 cents and was the brainchild
of Philadelphia journalist Orrin
C. Evans, who in a 25-%ear
career wrote for the Afro-
American newspapers, the
Chicago Defender, the Philadelphia
Tribune, the Philadelphia
Independent, the Philadelphia
Bulletin and the NAACP's the
Crisis, among other publications.
He died in 1971.
In his introduction to the comic,
"Dear Readers: This is the first
issue of All-Negro Comics, jam-
packed with fast action, African
adventure, good clean humor and
'W pen line
^ in the drawings on
these pages are by Negro
artists. And each drawing is an orig-
inal; that is, none has been pub-
lished ANYWHERE before. This
publication is another milestone in
the splendid history of Negro jour-
"All-Negro Comics will not only
gile Negro artists an opportunity
gainfills to use their talents, but it
%\ill glorify Negro historical
"Through Ace Harlem, we hope
dramatically to point up the out-
standing contributions of thou-
sands of fearless, intelligent
Negro police officers engaged
in a constant fight against
crime throughout the United
"Through Lion Man and
Bubba, it is our hope to give
American Negroes a
reflection of their natural
-. spirit of adventure and a
finer appreciation of
their African heritage.
"And through Sugarfoot and
Snakeoil. we hope to recapture the
almost lost humor of the lovable
wandering Negro minstrel of the
"Finally, Dew Dillies will give all
of us young and old an oppor-
Prta rsinw AiothrtFIRST i Ntgro History:
.. -.. ...
unity to romp through a delightful,
almost fairy-like land of make-
"And we're proud, too, of our big
contributions of the Negro to world
history will be set forth in each
The ComicConnect Event
Auction Web site shows 25 bids
tendered so far; the highest, $6,500.
tendered so far; the highest, $6,500.
Above are New Yorker Magazine Obama covers pre and post election.
Mainstream media having a change of
heart when depicting Obama images
Last summer, The New Yorker
magazine set off a firestorm of con-
troversy when it published a con-
troversial cover image depicting
Michelle Obama as part of a clan-
destine terrorist cell in the White
House. The magazine said it was
satire meant to reflect the caricature
of Mrs. Obama presented by her
critics in the media.
That was then.
In the most recent cover illustra-
tion, Mrs. Obama is depicted in
three colorful runway poses suit-
able for New York's fashion week.
Gone is the huge Afro, the combat
boots and fatigues, the assault rifle
over her shoulder and the fist bump
with her husband that was shown in
last summer's controversial image.
In last year's image, Barack
Obama was shown winking at the
viewer while wearing Muslim
headdress and outerwear. An
American flag was shown being
burned in the fireplace and a por-
trait of Osama bin Laden hung
above the mantle. This time Mr.
Obama is left out of the scene.
Back then, Obama was a candi-
date for president and conservative
critics predicted that some damning
information about his wife might
surface by election day. It never
did. Instead, Obama went on to win
the White House and his wife's
popularity soared and remains high'
But The New Yorker said then
that it never intended to impugn the
Obamas, which is why the cover
illustration was called "The Politics
Not everyone was convinced
back then. "It's the most gross, sick
and pathetic attempt at satire I've
ever seen in my life," columnist
Maggie Van Ostrand wrote.
"Shame on The New Yorker for
stooping so low to increase their
circulation, which must be in the
toilet, where it belongs," she said.
AlterNet columnist Don Hazen
described the magazine's decision
as "arrogant and indulgent" and
said the cover "turns the magazine
into a potential Molotov cocktail, to
be gleefully tossed by Fox News
and the conservative blogs, into the
already combustible tinderbox of
race and muslim stereotypes just
below the surface ofAmerica's pub-
But Chicago Tribune columnist
Clarence Page called it "quite with-
in the normal realms of journal-
ism." Speaking on Howard Kurtz's
CNN media program, Page said the
cover is "just lampooning all the
crazy ignorance out there."
Today there doesn't appear to be
much talk about Michelle Obama
as a closet radical, and the new
magazine cover hasn't drawn any
notable criticism. Of course, today
the Obainas live in the White House
and many of the more outrageous
fears have been discounted.
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