Why Can't I
to do with it?
Condi Rice Commands Same
Speakers Fee as Pres. Bush
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is
charging the same fee $150,000 per speech as
does former President George W. Bush.
So, as Bush emerges again into the public eye,
he's finding that he's not the biggest star of his
Information about the speech fees Rice and Bush
charge comes from a corporate political adviser
who asked the Washington Speakers Bureau
about their speaking fees.
Rice last month addressed the NFL's annual owners meeting. She is
scheduled to speak to the Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan on
The Washington Speakers Bureau represents Bush and Rice as well as
former first lady Laura Bush and dozens of other political celebrities.
U.S. Mulls Asylum for Haitians
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said last week the United States
was considering granting temporary asylum to. illegal Haitian immi-
grants, thousands of whom face imminent expulsion.
The United States is set to deport more than 30,000 Haitians back to
their Caribbean homeland, the poorest country in the Americas which has
been hit hard in recent months by a series of hurricanes and natural dis-
Any changes to temporary protected status (TPS) to allow illegal
Haitian immigrants to stay in the United States would be retroactive to
before the start of President Barack Obama's administration in January,
Immigrants from Burundi, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Somalia
and Sudan are currently protected under the policN.
The Secretar) of State also announced $57 million in extra aid mainly
for roads and other infrastructure projects needed to boost the economy
as well as for food and counter-narcotics efforts.
FEC Fines Sharpton $285,000
The Rev. Al Sharpton has been fined $285,000 for violating federal
election rules during his 2004 Democratic campaign for U.S. president.
A Federal Elections Commission report obtained by the New York Post
contends Sharpton accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in contri-
butions from private sources, commingled campaign funds with those of
his civil rights group, National Action Network, and kept poor records.
The newspaper said Sharpton and former campaign manager Andrew
River signed an agreement with the FEC this month to pay the fine,
which was triggered by a complaint from the National Legal and Policy
Center, a conservative watchdog group.
A statement from Sharpton's camp accused the Post of engaging in a
"rush to smear" Sharpton, pointing out that "the settlement makes clear
that there is no evidence of criminality or intentional wrongdoing by
National Action Network, Sharpton or his campaign."
Black Journalists Cut from
Newsrooms at Alarming Rates
Newsroom jobs held by black journalists were cut by an alarming 13.5
percent in 2008, making African-Americans the single most targeted
group for job losses in newsrooms across the country according to a
study released by ASNE, the American Society of News Editors.
In all, nearly 400 black journalists lost their jobs in 2008, representing the
largest drop in all minority employment and scaling back progress
toward diversity in newsrooms to 1998 census levels.
Furthermore, 458 newspapers still have no minorities in their newsrooms
and only 111 out of 633 newspapers surveyed have achieved parity with
the minority population in their communities.
The decrease in minority representation in newsrooms runs counter to
general population trends, which project the United States will become a
"majority minority" country by mid-century.
Well-known Reparations Activist Dies
The man who inspired Democratic Congressman John Conyers to pro-
pose reparations bills, has died at 88.
Ray "Reparations Ray" Jenkins, a former Detroit real estate agent, was
among the nation's first individuals to devote his life to calling for the
American government to pay the descendants of slavery for their ances-
Affectionately called "Reparations Ray," Jenkins began his activism in
the 1960s when reparations was pushed by the Nation of Islam and only
a few other organizations as part of their larger Black liberation strate-
gies. But without major support or resources for his commitment to see-
ing Blacks compensated, Jenkins was a sort of voice in the wilderness.
He was ridiculed, even in his own community, as he tirelessly wrote let-
ters and carried out a mostly one-man campaign that garnered more seri-
ous attention decades later. Today, the debate around reparations earns
consideration at new levels: Influenced by Jenkins' continued passion,
Conyers has proposed a law each year that would explore reparations.
First discussed over a century ago, reparations supporters have argued
that slavery injured and continues to injure Black Americans by leaving
them economically disadvantaged. Centuries of free, forced labor left
Blacks collectively less wealthy, less educated and less powerful than
other races, they argue.Money and land are often the focus of activist dis-
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Volume 23 No. 30 Jacksonville, Florida April 23-29, 2009
First 100 Days: Key Civil Rights Leaders Give Obama
'A', With 'Incompletes' on Grassroots Economics
by H.T. Edney
This Sunday, April 26, will mark
the 100th full day since the inaugu-
ration of America's first Black pres-
ident. January 20 was a day marked
with tears of joy and painful remi-
niscing. But it will be most remem-
bered for the overwhelming glory
of the historic moment.
President Barack Obama's initial
accomplishments have included:
His immediate confrontation to
the nation's failing economy amidst
which he now sees "glimmers of
The reversal of a string of anti-
union executive orders issued by
the Bush Administration;
The establishment of the Middle during the G-20 economic confer-
Class Working Families Task ence;
Force; His trip to Mexico with hopes of
The closing of the controversial stopping violent drug cartels and
Guantanamo Bay lockup for preventing them from entering the
alleged terrorists; U. S.
His tour of Europe with First His reaching out to Cuba for the
Lady Michelle Obama, which renewed relationship, supported by
raised good will for America abroad Continued on page 9
Pastor John Guns and Mayor John Peyton
Public/private Partnerships Develop
ATOSS Centers to Battle Growing Truancy
Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton
joined Pastor John E. Guns at St.
Paul Missionary Baptist Church of
Jacksonville and other community
leaders to celebrate the official
opening of the five Jacksonville
Journey-funded Duval County
Alternative to Out-of-School
Suspension (ATOSS) centers.
The new ATOSS centers will pro-
vide an alternative to the current
out of school suspension model and
truancy centers, and help to keep
truant and suspended juveniles in a
Dr. Cornel West to Keynote
NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet
Shown above is American Beach property owner Jeanette McDonald
Legendary "Beach Lady" Immortalized
with American Beach Historical Marker
The American Beach Property Owners' Association unveiled an histori-
cal marker in commemoration of the preservation efforts of the late
Marvyne "Beach Lady" Betsch last weekend .Held at high noon on
Saturday, April 18, 2009 on American Beach across from the former
Evans' Ocean Rendezvous, the marker rests at the base of the dune so
dubbed "NaNa" by the Beach Lady years ago. FMP Photo
Chapter of the
and cultural intel-
West lectual Dr. Cornel
West, will be the guest speaker for
the 44th Freedom Fund Dinner.
The dinner will be held on
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at the Prime
Osborn Convention Center. The
event is part of the Jacksonville
Branch's celebration of the
NAACP'S 100th Anniversary. It
will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Call 764-1753 for more informa-
City Sponsors a "Passport to Housing" in a County
Where Foreclosures Exceed State and National Rates
According to RealtyTrac.com,
the nation's leading online foreclo-
sure marketplace, Jacksonville's
March 2009 foreclosure rate
exceeded state and national aver-
ages. In an effort to address this
growing problem in Duval County,
the City of Jacksonville and a num-
ber of public sector organizations
joined forces and hosted "Passport
to Fair Housing" at the Schultz
Center last Saturday. Agencies
including Jacksonville Area Legal
Aid (JALA), Jacksonville Housing
Authority (JHA), Human Rights
Commission, Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) and a host of
area community development cor-
porations (CDCs) presented work-
shops on foreclosures, predatory
lending, reverse mortgages, afford-
able housing and more.
Paul Tutwiler, president of the
Northwest Jacksonville CDC, said
his organization participated in the
event to educate Jacksonville resi-
dents and enco urage reinvestment
Pictured at the 7th Annual Fair Housing Symposium at the Schultz
Center are (L-R): Northwest Jacksonville CDC executive director
Paul Tutwiler, Kathy Wilson, Wanda Williams and Jax Housing
Authority senior service coordinator Terra Shaw. Shaw and Tutwiler
are agency volunteers who assisted Williams and Wilson in their
quests for affordable, quality housing. M Latimer photo and story
in communities. "Foreclosures they lead to a host of social ills.
indicate economic distress, and They can destroy neighborhoods,"
Tutwiler has seen the effects of
the nation's weakened economy.
He has observed decline in the
urban core for years, only to see it
worsen in the last twenty-four
months. Tutwiler is, however, opti-
mistic and encourages people
remain hopeful. "My organization
stabilizes communities through
home ownership and affordable,
accessible housing. We've enjoyed
considerable success with revitaliz-
ing the city's Northwest quadrant,"
Tutwiler refers to the area sur-
rounding the intersection of Golfair
Boulevard and 1-95. Since 2003,
there has been a 40% reduction in
crime, and property values have
doubled all through the efforts of
the Northwest Jacksonville CDC.
"A 1400-square-foot model home
sold for $70,000 in 2003. That
same model sold for $130,000 in
December 2008," he said.
Continued on page 5
King family draws fees from --- ..
DC national memorial project
The family of the Rev. Martin
Luther King Jr. has charged the
foundation building a monument to
the civil rights leader on the
National Mall about $800,000 for
the use of his words and image an
arrangement one leading scholar
says King would have found offen-
The memorial including a 28-
foot sculpture depicting King
emerging from a chunk of granite -
is being paid for almost entirely
with private money in a fundraising
campaign led by the Martin Luther
King Jr. National Memorial Project
Foundation. The monument will be
turned over to the National Park
Service once it is complete.
The foundation has been paying
the King family for the use of his
words and image in its fundraising
materials. The family has not
charged for the use of King's like-
ness in the monument itself.
"I don't think the Jefferson fami-
ly, the Lincoln family ... I don't
think any other group of family
ancestors has been paid a licensing
fee for a memorial in Washington,"
said Cambridge University histori-
an David Garrow, who won a
Pulitzer Prize for his biography of
King. "One would think any family
would be so thrilled to have their
forefather celebrated and memori-
alized in D.C. that it would never
dawn on them to ask for a penny."
According to financial docu-
ments, the foundation paid
$761,160 in 2007 to Intellectual
Properties Management Inc., an
entity run by King's family.
Documents also show a "manage-
ment" fee of $71,700 was paid to
the family estate in 2003.
In a statement, Intellectual
Properties Management said the
proceeds it receives go to the King
Center in Atlanta, where King and
his wife, Coretta Scott King, are
entombed. The statement said the
arrangement was made out of con-
cern that fundraising for the monu-
ment would undercut donations to
King's son Dexter serves as the
center's chairman, and his
cousin Isaac Farris Jr. is
president and chief exec-
utive officer. King's two
other surviving children,
Martin Luther King III
and Bernice King, are
lifetime members of the
board of directors.
A review of the King's
Center financial docu-
ments shows that public
support for the nonprofit
organization did decline
each year from 2004 to
2006, while fundraising
for the Washington
memorial was under way.
The monument will be
on the banks of the Tidal
Basin, between the
Lincoln and Jefferson
memorials, and would be
the first major tribute to
the 1964 Nobel Peace
-Prize winner outside
For years, King's fami-
ly has sued entitiers for a share of
the proceeds from the use of his
words and images in merchandise
and publications. In the 1990s, the
family reached settlements with
USA Today and CBS over their use
of King's "I Have a Dream" speech
But historians and the National
Park Service said they are not
aware of any other case in which
builders of a national monument
had to license the image of their
National Park Service spokesman
Bill Line said licensing fees are
"unfamiliar territory" for a memori-
al that will eventually be turned
over to the government.
Harry Johnson, president of the
Martin Luther King Jr. National
Memorial Project Foundation, said
that the fees were not a burden and
that the foundation has a good rela-
tionship with the King family.
The foundation hopes to begin
building the $120 million memorial
this year. It has raised $104 million
of that so far, including $10 million
from Congress. It has tapped chari-
table foundations, Fortune 500
companies and individuals, sending
letters to more than 1 million poten-
The intellectual property issue
first surfaced in 2001, when the
King family's efforts to seek a
licensing agreement briefly stalled
Johnson said the memorial's cen-
tral sculpture does not fall within
the family's intellectual property
rights, and nearly all the King quo-
tations being incorporated into the
design are in the public domain,
which means no licensing fees need
to be paid.
The foundation did not pay any
fees to the King family in 2008, but
it could face more licensing fees in
the future if it uses certain words or
images in its activities.
Rebecca Rimel, president and
CEO of the Pew Charitable Trusts,
which gave $1 million to the project
in 2007, said the group was not
aware of the licensing arrangement
but is now asking that its gift be
used only to support the memorial's
"We think the memorial is an
important and overdue recognition,
but we really don't want to get
involved with relationships with the
family and their estate," Rimel said.
Charon Darris, a New York
banker and alumnus of Morehouse
College, King's alma mater, said he
raised about $1,000 for the memori-
al project with friends and did not
have a problem with the fees.
"I don't think that's an unreason-
able amount," he said. "Ultimately,
the kids lost their father, the wife
lost her husband."
Shown above are Pastor Charity Newton, Pastor Leonard Dantzler, Lacree Carswell, Adult Services Chief
Sandra Hull Richardson, Joan Turner, Betty Smith, Veronica Eskridge, Ken Johnson, Claore Cooper and
Debra Vasquez. Shown below left is Comunity Development Chief Lacree Carswell presenting a surprise
award to Joan Turner for enhancing the image of the Independent Living program. R. Silver photo
Independent Living Program presents 17th
Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
., ..The Independent Living Program
,"-held their 17th Annual Volunteer
Appreciation Luncheon last week
at the Emmett Reed Community
Center. The program included
greetings by City Chiefs and words
of gratitude from several of the
Many volunteers contribute to
making the program a success log-
ging tens of thousands of hours
throughout the year. With every-
"thing from luncheons and holiday
baskets to media programs and
"senior companions", the programs
benefits are endless.
-With emphasis on the disadvan-
.taged elderly, the city sponsored
Program provides concentrated
-services to the northside of Duval
; County with emphasis on the
...Mayor's Neighborhoods Action
S- Plan Implementation Areas.
Applications Available for Zonta Club
Klausman Women in Business Scholarship
Applications for the 2009 Zonta International Jane M. Klausman Women
in Business Scholarships are now available from the Zonta of Jacksonville.
Thescholarships, first awarded in 1998, are open to women pursuing an
undergraduate degree in business leading to a business management
career. The program is designed to encourage undergraduate women to
enter careers and to seek leadership positions in business-related fields.
Applications can be obtained on-line at www.zontajacksonville.com and
are due to The Zonta Club of Jacksonville by May 30, 2009. Applicants
are asked to describe their academic and professional goals in a short essay
and provide a transcript and letters of recommendation. Students must be
in their third or fourth year of business-related studies by the Fall 2009.
For more information, contact Christina Salvatore at 904-465-5099. or
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I I Cancer Still Taking Greater Toll on Minorities
Shown above are First Place Winners with their parents: Victoria Brooks with daughter Ebonique Brooks
(musical vocals) and right, Deborah Orr with daughter Sandra Orr (music composition) RSILVERphoto
Parents Cheer Students on to Victory
at Annual ACT-SO Competition
Proud parents joined their talented students for the NAACP's Annual ACT-SO Competition held last weekend
at the Ritz Theater. Students competed in a variety of genres including chemistry, medicine, playwriting, poetry,
vocals, oratory, drawing,dance and dramatics among others for a chance to to win first place honors. Placed win-
ners from the local competition go on to compete regionally and nationally for cash and scholarships at the
National NAACP Convention..
DCPS Seeking Veterans to Honor at Local Graduations
World War II and Korean War
Veterans will now have the oppor-
tunity to participate in graduation
ceremonies with Duval County
Public Schools students.
Honorably discharged veterans
will receive their diploma through
the Florida Department of
Education, and can be recognized
during a High School graduation
ceremony of their choice or at a
regularly scheduled School Board
meeting. The veteran or the veter-
an's family (if deceased) must vol-
untarily submit an application to the
Florida Department of
Education/Division of Workforce
Education. A copy of the veteran's
DD-214 is required with the appli-
cation. Upon review of the applica-
tion, the veteran's name is submit-
ted to the Commissioner of
Education for approval.
Approximately 10 to 14 business
days after submitting an applica-
tion, the veteran is mailed a copy of
a Standard High School Diploma
and a letter from the Commissioner
thanking the veteran for his/her
faithful military service.
While local school districts are
not involved in the process of
awarding the diplomas, they may
choose to recognize the recipients
at local graduations or other cere-
Veterans are encouraged to con-
tact the Duval County Public
Schools' Guidance Department at
390-2090 for more information.
Iceberg Slim's wife/collaborator, passes
The woman who helped propel bestselling street fiction author Robert
"Iceberg Slim" Beck into literary fame has died. Betty Mae Beck had
begun preparing a memoir about her life with Iceberg Slim before she
passed away last week due to prolonged illness.
Born in Austin, Texas, Betty Beck met Iceberg Slim in California where
they became a couple and had two daughters together. By 1969, she had
assisted Beck in writing and publishing "Pimp: The Story of My Life,"
which influenced author Donald Goines and many writers who followed.
"It took us a great deal of time and work to get to that point," Betty Beck
recalled. "Hell, it took us a lot of getting to know each other and figuring
out how we would make a life together, let alone figuring out how to get
Bob's name on the map... A man who people called 'Iceberg Slim,' you
might imagine, wasn't always the easiest fellow to live with."
Betty Beck collaborated on other Slim books, including "Trick Baby,"
which became a film. Mrs. Beck is featured in the forthcoming documen-
tary "Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp," featuring actor and rapper Ice T.
While colon cancer rates are
declining nationwide, the disease
continues to take a greater toll on
black and other minority commu-
nities, according to the American
This week, National Minority
Cancer Awareness Week (April 19-
25), the society is encouraging
African-Americans and others to
focus on preventive actions,
including health screenings, and
corrective action upon early detec-
tion of the disease.
The group reports that racial and
ethnic minorities still tend to
receive lower-quality health care
than whites even when insurance
status, income, age and severity of
conditions are comparable; and are
still more likely to be diagnosed
with cancer at a later stage when
treatment is less successful.
About 50 percent of cancer
deaths can be prevented through
regularly screenings, healthy eat-
ing, regular exercise and not smok-
ing. Still, black Americans tend to
schedule fewer regular screenings
than whites, work out less than the
recommended 30 minutes of mod-
erate-to-vigorous physical activity
above usual activities on five or
more days per week and eat less
fruits, vegetables and whole
Walking for Cancer is a Family Affair
by M. Latimer
Louise and Kiesha Washington
spent Saturday night with their co-
workers not working, but walking
at the Fleming Island "Relay for
Life" site to raise funds for cancer
prevention and awareness.
As trained health care practition-
ers, they know that a healthy
lifestyle is one of the most effective AMCRI AN ANCER SOCIE
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As a nurse, mother and grandmoth-
er, I could think of no better way of
spending Saturday than with my
family in the fight against the sec-
ond leading cause of death in
America," said Louise.
Kiesha agreed and joined her
mother and nephew in Saturday's
cancer walk. She said, "I became a
nurse because of my mother and the
love and care she shared with peo-
ple in need. I respect her commit-
ment to 'Relay for Life.'
Volunteering with this project
affords us a way to give back, not
only as health care practitioners,
but as a family and a community."
Louise and Kiesha joined thou-
sands of other volunteers this past
weekend in "Relay for Life" walks
all over Northeast Florida. Started
in 1985 by the American Cancer
Society, "Relay for Life" is estimat- Pictured (L-R) at the Fleming Island "Relay for Life" site are moth-
ed to have generated more than er and daughter duo Louise and Kiesha Washington. Both
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If you walk around most college
campuses throughout the country
you will see the same scenario -
many more black females than
males. Black males on college
campuses are becoming endan-
Historically black colleges and
universities (HBCUs) are strug-
gling to graduate students, but it
gets much worse when you look at
the rate black males are graduat-
ing. The federal government desig-
nates 83 four-year colleges and uni-
versities as historically black.
Recently, the AP analyzed
Department of Education data on
black colleges that shows that just
37 percent of their black students
finish a degree within six years.
It is hard to imagine that less than
half of the black students who are
entering college are graduating. In
fact, the percentage is 4 points
lower than the national college
graduation rate for black students.
Again, back to black males One
of the reasons the numbers are so
bad is because black male are only
graduating from college at a rate of
29 percent within a six year period.
Certainly, that is cause for con-
cern. Not only are black males not
entering and graduating from col-
lege, but they are being jailed at a
rate four times higher than any
other race. The black male crisis is
upon us and no one seems to have
many answers on how we solve it.
The statistics I just outlined are
very disturbing because throughout
history, black colleges have been a
strong foundation in the African
American community. Because as
The only rea-
son that Somalia is in the news
these days 'is the spectacular des-
peration and criminality of the
Somali pirates, an American sea
captain held hostage by them, and
Hollywood image sharp shooting
by American Navy Seal comman-
does to free him. This news will
quickly fade but the reasons the
Somali pirates exist and make news
in the first place won't fade. In the
past year nearly forty ships have
been hijacked off the coast of
Somalia and millions have been
paid out in ransom.
But the Somali pirates are not the
modern day's sea going Robin
Hoods that some have tried to por-
tray them as who rob from the rich,
booty laden European and Asian
ships and turn their riches over to
their impoverished kin and vil-
lagers on the shore. They aren't
motivated as some Somali pirate
mouthpieces have hinted, and
backed up by some writers, as a
kind of unofficial Coast Guard pro-
tecting their sea waters from plun-
dering fisherman, and trying to halt
illegal chemical and radioactive
waste dumping off their coast.
A Somali pirate leader candidly
told interviewers in Kenya last
October after hijacking a Ukrainian
freighter loaded with tanks,
artillery, grenade launchers and
ammunition that their sole motiva-
tion was to grab the ransom money.
It's more than a money grab
though that drives the pirates. It's
Black Males Struggling to Finish College -
A Microcosm of a Much Larger Issue
James Baldwin once said, "A child
cannot be taught by someone who
despises him." Often we couldn't
get educated anywhere else.
James Comer once said, "Being
black in America is often like play-
ing your home games on your
You can still win the game when
you play on your opponent's court,
but you have to work a little harder
to win. Unfortunately, not enough
young black males are realizing the
need to work harder in order to be
successful. It almost seems like an
entire generation of black males
didn't get the memo.
What memo you ask the memo
from Dr. King, Harriet Tubman and
Dubois that stated that hard work,
determination and education are all
critical ingredients to success in
America for black folks.
Like many HBCUs, Edward
Waters College has a rich history of
educating blacks. The college was
founded in 1866 to educate African
Americans who had been recently
freed from slavery.
One of the challenges at Edward
Waters is that most students enter
college unprepared. The AP study
found that the majority of EWC's
students have to take remedial
courses prior to taking regular col-
lege level courses.
And speaking of EWC, the black
male graduation rate at the school
along with Texas Southern,
Voorhees and Miles College is less
than 10 percent. That's right less
than 10 percent!
Now don't be mistaken, I am not
blaming the institutions for
attempting to create educational
opportunities for students who in
many cases simply do not have the
financial resources or academic
history to attend college. The issues
are much deeper than what is hap-
pening on the campus at EWC and
Both low enrollment and dismal
graduation rates for black men are
byproducts of the social, historical
and economic conditions that
Blacks deal with every day.
On many college campuses black
women outnumber black males by
a 2-to-1 ratio and on some HBCU
campuses the ratio is 3-to-i.
Sometimes it hurts to turn on the
light and look at the man in the mir-
ror, but that's exactly what we have
to do. "The dueling realities of our
history steady progress and devas-
tating setbacks continue to burden
many black men in ways that are
sometimes difficult to explain,"
said journalist Michael Fletcher.
If you attempt to get to the root of
the black males in college dilemma
you will see that those social and
economic factors are impossible to
ignore. Black men are entering
college unprepared and not mental-
There is an unrealized self-
esteem issue with many black men.
We seem to have fewer role models
and many feel that success is a
dream and not a goal. There is a
stigma of not being an academic
achiever that is attached to being a
Then there is the blue-collar fac-
tor; many seek out many profes-
sions that do not require degrees to
be successful, which I applaud,
however education clearly puts you
in a better position to accomplish
your dreams and goals.
It's critical that we address this
problem at a very young age. We
need to increase mentorship in the
black community. And, we have to
stop using the racism crutch, yes,
sometimes there are discriminatory
issues, but as Arthur Ashe once
said, "Racism is not an excuse to
not do the best you can."
Going back to the man in the
mirror concept, we have to face the
facts that not everyone is made for
college. The U.S. Department of
Education's National Center for
Education Statistics reports that
over 75 percent of students who
enroll at the college leave without a
The parallel facing black males is
unprecedented and troublesome.
The more we achieve, it seems as if
the more many of us are left
behind. Maybe President Obama
can inspire a new generation of
black males hopefully it's not to
late for the current generation.
Signing off from EWC,
on shore bases. However the recent
announcement by Defense
Secretary Robert Gates, of defense
budget cuts, puts that up in the air.
Even if the ships are built that
wouldn't do much to stop the pira-
cy. There are always hundreds
more desperate, impoverished and
violence scarred young men who
, would happily take the place of the
pirates who American combat
forces knock out.
Meanwhile, President Obama's
tough talk to frontally combat pira-
cy is welcome and applauded by
all. But the ,far bigger problem
remains the never ending crisis of a
broken, war torn nation that pushes
thousands of men to high sea gang-
sterism. Navy Seal sharpshooters
can't do much to end that crisis.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author
and political analyst.
the never ending Somali crisis. The
UN has described the security situ-
ation in Somalia as the worst the
country has experienced since the
. early 1990s, while the UN's Food
Security and Analysis Unit (FSAU)
has described the level of human
suffering and deprivation in
Somalia as "shocking".
In the best of economic days
Somalia still ranked near rock bot-
tom on every economic and social
scale of the world's poorest coun-
tries. The same month that the
Ukrainian ship was hijacked 52 non
government organizations doing
relief and humanitarian work in the
country implored the UN to inter-
vene in the crisis.
There is good reason for the
urgent appeal. More than 3 million
Somalis, or about half the country's
population, are in desperate need of
emergency aid. This is a near one
hundred percent increase in the aid
stricken numbers from the start of
2008. The reasons for the despera-
tion are well known; a devastating
drought, record-high food prices,
and a horrific and expanding war
by gangster militia bands. The
fighting in 2008 drove hundreds of
thousands from their homes in the
cities. The war fleeing refugees
pushed the total of displaced per-
sons to a staggering 1.1 million.
The greatest impact of the suffering
as always has fallen on the chil-
dren. One in six children under
five, or approximately 180,000
children, is acutely malnourished in
South and Central Somalia.
Somalis are not the only ones
who are in mortal danger from the
raging violence. In 2008, 24 aid
workers were killed and scores of
others were kidnapped while carry-
ing out their work. There were
more than 100 reported :security
incidents directly targeting aid
agencies. The majority of the aid
workers are Somali nationals, but
European workers have also been
The non government organiza-
tions did not simply beg the UN to
intervene in the country's crisis.
They also lambasted international
agencies for not doing more to pro-
tect civilians and aid workers alike.
The piracy escapades have made
things worse in a couple of other
ways. They have taken the glare off
the dire conditions in the country
since much of the Western press
has fixated on the sensationalism of
the piracy acts and President
Obama's response to it. Worse, the
sea violence and the threat posed to
shipping could disrupt the always
precarious flow of food and med-
ical supplies to the 1 million and
daily increasing displaced persons
in the country.
Several international donor
groups have appealed to European
and American donor groups to
increase pressure on governments
to formulate a plan to insure that
the piracy doesn't stop the flow of
A year ago, the Navy announced
plans to build dozens of new small-
er, more mobile combat ships to
better chase down the pirates near
the shore and maybe even hit their
Black Caucus See Advantage
... -of Lifting Cuban Embargo
A recent Black Caucus delegation visitation to Cuba
S. V .has riled up America's anti-Fidel Castro forces. They
are against lifting the 47-year-old trade and travel
embargoes of that island nation. President Barack
Obama proposes lifting travel restrictions on Cuban-
Americans, but Black Caucus delegation members say the larger economic
blockade of Cuba should also be brought to an end.
Over the years the Black Caucus has sought trade and travel with the
Caribbean country just 90 miles off US shores. A Congressional Black
Caucus 2000 delegation set up a model for the two countries working
together. Regarding the subject of underserved medical needs of American
inner cities, Castro suggested granting scholarships to low-income youths
selected by the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to come to Cuba and
study medicine. The 2009 delegation found over 100 American students -
more than half of them black enrolled in the program at the Latin American
Blacks'views ofrela- School of Medicine (LASM). LASM is a
Blacks' prominent part of the Cuban healthcare sys-
tions with Cuba differ tem and is possibly the largest medical
vastly from those of school in the world. The CBC's scholars
most Cuban immigrants receive free educations as doctors, nurses
and Cuban-Americans. and dentists. Rev. Lucius Walker, executive
director of the Interreligious Foundation for
Community Organization, the New York-based group that receives and
processes the applications for the scholarship says "We see it as a tremen-
dous opportunity to help provide quality medical care in underserved com-
munities". (According to the U.S. Census, only about 5% of U.S. doctors
At the recent Summit of the Americas, President Obama suggested that the
U.S. could learn a lesson of goodwill from Cuba. In 1998, Cuba's govern-
ment began programs to send large-scale medical assistance to poor popula-
tions affected by natural disasters. Each year some 2,000 young people
enroll at the school, which operates from a former naval base in a suburb of
Havana. Cuba's 21 medical faculties all train young people of poor families
from throughout the Americas, as well as hundreds of African, Arab, Asian
and European students. The country sends teams of doctors all over the
world to respond to natural disasters. Cuban doctors have provided medical
services to the underserved in Africa for over a decade.
Blacks' views of relations with Cuba differ vastly from those of most
Cuban immigrants and Cuban-Americans. The former lily-white upper crust
of Cuban society wield political clout in Florida and are dead set against nor-
malizing relations with Cuba's government. Consequently most politicians
have chosen to adopt Cuban-American views. From 1960 to 1979, hundreds
of thousands of Cubans began new lives in the US. Most of these Cuban
Americans came were from educated upper and middle classes and form the
backbone of the anti-Castro movement. Cuban Americans are America's
fifth-largest Hispanic group and the largest Spanish-speaking group of white
Back home, Black Cubans made great advances in the past four decades
and are often cited as one of the signal accomplishments of Castro's revolu-
tion. The medical programs are an example. Cuban officials report there
being 13,000 black physicians among the country's 11 million people, com-
pared to America's 20,000 black doctors in its population of 290 million.
At present, the embargo limits American businesses from conducting busi-
ness with Cuban interests. It is the most enduring trade embargo in modem
history. Despite the embargo, the US is the fifth largest exporter to Cuba
(5.1% of Cuba's imports are from the US). Polling indicates that the
American public is ambivalent about continuing the embargo. A 2007
AP/Ipsos Poll indicates that 48% of Americans favor continuing the embar-
go, against 40% who favor ending it.
Mainstream media joined anti-Castro hardliners denouncing the Black
Caucus position on Cuba, but that view is also opposed by business leaders
who claim that freer trade would be good for Cuba and the United States.
Like the Black Caucus, US corporate interests are impatient to do business
with Cuba. Oil companies want to drill offshore, farmers to export more rice,
vegetables and meat, construction firms to build infrastructure projects.
Young Cubans from families exiled to Florida are less radical than their par-
ents and also advocate ending the policy.
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President Barack Obama said this
weekend he would soon announce
the elimination of dozens of waste-
ful or ineffective government pro-
grams as part of a broad effort to
restore fiscal accountability to the
Obama, speaking in his weekly
radio address, said he would use his
first full Cabinet meeting on
Monday to ask department and
agency heads for specific ideas to
trim their budgets.
He named two new officials as
part of a team of management, tech-
nology and budget experts that will
drive the process of trimming the
fat and waste from government
"As surely as our future depends
on building a new energy economy,
controlling healthcare costs and
ensuring that our kids are once
again the best educated in the
world, it also depends on restoring a
sense of responsibility and account-
ability to our federal budget,"
"Without significant change to
steer away from ever-expanding
deficits and debt, we are on an
unsustainable course," he added.
The United States posted a record
$956.8 billion budget deficit for the
first half of fiscal 2009, more than
three times the shortfall of a year
ago, the Treasury Department
reported earlier this month.
Much of the deficit was caused
by spending on financial and eco-
nomic rescue programs aimed at
propping up companies whose col-
lapse could worsen the global
Republicans have accused
Obama and the Democratic-con-
trolled Congress of wasteful spend-
ing. They say Obama's $3.5 trillion
federal budget plan carries too
much deficit spending and too few
"It's irresponsible to borrow more
than all previous American presi-
dents combined," Representative
Kevin McCarthy said in the
Republicans' weekly address. "And
it must stop if we want to get our
economy moving again."
He criticized high-priced govern-
ment spending programs, saying
the government should instead offer
more tax relief for small business.
NEW LOGOS AXED
Obama said Cabinet officials
already had begun cutting back
unnecessary expenditures, includ-
ing a consulting contract to create
new seals and logos that cost
Department of Homeland Security
$3 million since 2003.
The president also commended
Defense Secretary Robert Gates'
project to reform defense contract-
ing procedures to eliminate what he
said were hundreds of billions of
dollars in wasteful spending and
"If we're to going to rebuild our
economy on a solid foundation, we
need to change the way we do busi-
ness in Washington," he said. "We
need to restore the American peo-
ple's confidence in their govern-
ment -- that it is on their side,
spending their money wisely, to
meet their families' needs."
He named Jeffrey Zients, a man-
agement consultant and entrepre-
neur, to act as chief performance
office with the official title of
deputy director for management of
the Office of Management and
Zients is a director of Sirius XM
Radio and served as chief executive
of The Advisory Board Company.
His job will be to streamline
processes, cut costs and find best
practices throughout the govern-
ment, Obama said.
He named Aneesh Chopra, the
secretary of technology for the state
of Virginia, to be the U.S. chief
technology officer charged with
promoting technological innova-
City sponsors housing symposium to
address Duval County foreclosure epidemic
Pictured at the 7th Annual Fair Housing Symposium at the Schultz
Center are (L-R): Janice Love, Natasha Brereton of Jax Area Legal
Aid, Sharon Brown and Anna Roa Martinez of the Human Rights
Continued from page
According to Tutwiler, federal
stimulus dollars are taking fore-
closed homes and making them
available to families who couldn't
previously afford them. "We want
people to return to the urban core
and take advantage of the opportu-
nities," he said.
Janice Love, co-chair of the
Association, agrees with Tutwiler.
"I came to this event to get infor-
mation on reverse mortgages and
came away with so much more to
take back to my neighbors. Home
ownership makes a positive differ-
ence, but people need to be pre-
pared for it," she said.
JHA case manager Terra Shaw
says that one of the biggest factors
leading to foreclosures is lack of
information. "Home ownership is
desired, but we want to educate
people to get there. There are
numerous programs available to
subsidize rent until residents can
afford to purchase. Under the
Family Self-Sufficiency Program,
we train people to convert from
renters to home owners through
education, financial literacy and job
preparation. We want them to be
better off tomorrow than they are
today," she said.
Workshop attendee Janice Brown
is no longer frightened by the
national foreclosure crisis and
believes she has a chance at home
ownership. "This event really
made a difference for me. I plan on
getting the education I need to
make smart financial choices and
own a home. I have learned the
American dream can become a real-
ity for me," she said.
Second Vice Chairman Bernard Reed and Secretary Denise Mathis
of the Northeast Florida Veterans Council were among the many
resource participants in the city's Veterans Resource Fair.
Hundreds join forces to aid and assist
area veterans at Annual Resource Fair
The City of Jacksonville Military Affairs, Veterans and Disabled Services
Division will held its 11th annual Veterans
Resource Fair last weekend. The two day event /
provides opportunities for job placement and a ,
variety of social services at the Jacksonville -.
On Friday, more than 50 local businesses and
organizations were available to provide informa-
tion on job opportunities in a wide array of career
fields. Job related services such as resume writ- .'
ing assistance and State Identification Cards were also available.
On Saturday, hundreds of homeless and at-risk Veterans received VA
services, medical care, haircuts, food, clothing, shelter and housing infor-
mation, debt management and financial education, substance abuse infor-
mation, legal services and much more.
Statistics show more Whites, fewer
Blacks going to state prisons for drugs
For the first time since the war
on drugs became a national law
enforcement obsession in the mid-
1980s, the number of African-
Americans in state prisons for drug
offenses has declined, a criminal
justice reform organization said. .
A recently released study by the
Sentencing Project found a 21.6
percent drop in the number of
blacks incarcerated for drug offens-
es, a decline of 31,000 people,
from 1999 to 2005.
The corresponding number of
whites in state prisons for drug
offenses rose 42.6 percent, or by
more than 21,000 people, while the
number of Hispanics was virtually
unchanged, according to "The
Changing Racial Dynamics of the
War on Drugs."
Sne siuay, autnorea oy
Executive Director Marc Mauer,
found that the differences between
black and white imprisonments for
drug crimes are partly because of
how police target suspects and
court sentencing guidelines, which
vary by state.
Also, there, has been a decrease
in the use of crack cocaine in pre-
dominantly minority urban neigh-
borhoods and an increase in
methamphetamine abuse in many
primarily white rural areas.
Mauer said that 2005 offers the
most recent breakdown of racial
data but there was no analysis by
drug type. Nevertheless, "we know
in broad terms" that crack and
powder cocaine and methampheta-
mine have been key targets of law
enforcement, he said. Crack use
also is declining, he said.
"We know that blacks have been
disproportionately targeted for
crack offenses ... conversely for
whites," Mauer said Wednesday. A
growing proportion of people have
been imprisoned for abusing
methamphetamine, he said, most of
whom are white.
FDA: ILL-SUITED FOR TOBACCO REGULATION
The FDA is Clearly Overwhelmed feel the food recall process is only fair or poor, while
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is supposed 73 percent of adults say they are just as concerned
to approve new medicines, monitor the safety of those about food safety as they are about war on terror.4
already on the market, and keep
our food safe.
But, currently the FDA is not
doing a good job. In early 2008,
a blood thinner manufactured
in China which the FDA let into
the US was contaminated by a
mysterious ingredientand caused
a salmonella outbreak, blamed
first on tomatoes and later on
hot peppers, that infected 1,442
people and resulted in at least
286 hospitalizations in 43 states.2
Just this winter, salmonella in
peanuts killed six people, made
486 people sick and led to the
recall of more than 2,800 foods
with peanut ingredients.3
It's clear that the FDA is
Should they be given
the authority to regulate
the $80 billion tobacco
It's clear that the FDA is already overwhelmed.
Should they be given the authority to regulate the $80
billion tobacco industry, too?
Congress Wants the FDA to
Congress wants to add tobacco products to the
FDA's list. We think that's just wrong. The majority of
Americans are losing confidence in the FDA's ability to
protect our nation's food and drug supply. Recently, a
national survey revealed that 61 percent of U.S. adults
Before the latest FDA
blunders, a poll was conducted
which found that 82 percent
of likely voters are concerned
that a proposal in Congress to
let FDA regulate tobacco would
interfere with the agency's
core mission of regulating the
nation's food and drug supply.5
This is an issue which deserves
to be fully debated, and right
now, that isn't happening.
The FDA is Not the
Place for it
Lorillard supports additional
regulation of the tobacco
industry. But, the FDA is not
the place for it. Expanding the
FDA's role, when the ineffective food and drug safety
programs that are now in place pose an immediate
threat, is a health hazard all its own.
'Harris, Gardner. "Heparin Contamination May Have Been Deliberate, F.D.A. Says." New
YorkTimes. April 30, 2008.
2"Investigation of Outbreak of Infections Caused by Salmonella Saintpaul." Center
for Disease Control and Prevention. August 28, 2008. URL: http://cdc.gov/Salmonella/
3"Is the FDA a broken agency?"The Associated Press. March 3, 2009.
4"Food Safety: Majority of Americans Feel Industry Doesn't Do Enough." American
Society for Quality. March 11, 2009. URL: http://www.asq.org/media-room/press-
s"Zogby Poll: 82% Fear Tobacco Regulation Mandate Puts FDA Core Mission at Risk."
Zogby International. February 26, 2008.
Obama Says He'll Cut Dozens of Wasteful Programs
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Enjoy Gospel with Marc Little
Veteran broadcaster and author Marc Little will be hosting a late night
gospel show from 2 6 a.m., Monday through Friday, featuring cross gen-
erational gospel music, daily prayerand music by request at 766-9285. The
show can be heard online at www.WCGL.com and WCGL AM.
Church of the Master 1 Night Revival
The A.M.E. Church of the Master Lay Organization will be hosting a one
night revival on Friday, April 17, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. The speaker will be
Rev. James Graham. Join in celebrating a spiritual renewal and rejoice in
His name. We look forward to fellowshipping with you in praise and wor-
ship. AME Church of the Master Pastor is Rev. Mose Thomas
St. Andrew AME Hosts 6th Annual
Mother's Day Breakfast
St Andrew A.M.E. Church will present their 6th Annual Mother's Day
Breakfast at the Village Inn Restaurant, 200 3rd St. in Neptune Beach, FL.
It will be held on Saturday, May 9th from 7 to 9 a.m. For more informa-
tion, call 249-7624 for tickets.
African Children's Choir in Concert
The beautiful voices and charming smiles of the African Children's Choir
will bring the beauty, dignity and hope of Africa to Greater Macedonia
Baptist Church on Wednesday May 13th at 7 p.m. The concert will feature
a mixture of African songs and dances, well-loved children's songs, tradi-
tional spirituals and contemporary tunes. Admission is free.
For more information, call Verdell Wells at 764-9257.
Free 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
loved one. They will be held throughout the month of April.
The workshop will help attendees: Recognize the loss and begin to accept
the accompanying paid; Identify physical and emotional reactions to the
loss and 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.
Free Annual Ladies Inspiration Days
The Northside Church of Christ is celebrating its 29th Annual Ladies
Inspirational Days with two days of inspiration, education, and fun, on May
1-2, 2009, at 4736 Avenue B.
Activities and food is free to all visitors both days. Events begin Friday,
May 1st at 6 p.m. with registration, vendor stroll, speakers, and refreshments.
Saturday, May 2nd opens with a continental breakfast at 8 a.m.; the program
begins at 9 a.m., and features two dynamic speakers. Lunch will be served
immediately following the program. Other activities include prizes, and gift
The theme is Pearls of Wisdom, Scripture: Proverbs 31: 26, "She opens her
mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness..."
For further information please contact the church office at 765-9830.
Shhh...Just Worship Mime Recital
Anointed Kovenant Angels better known as A.K.A. Mimes will present
their 3rd Annual Mime Recital themed: "Shhh...Just Worship" on Saturday,
April 25, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
The celebration of praise will be held at One Accord Ministries
International, (Bishop, Dr. Jan D. Goodman is pastor), 2971 Waller Street on
the westside. Appearing on program is Darrielle Rucker, Pastor Jeff Johnson,
Tina E, The W.O.G. (Warriors of God), Silent Faces For Christ, The Faithful
One, The Men of Valor, and the anointed ones themselves, A.K.A. Mimes. It
is free and open to the public.
For more information, call 708-4788.
Greater Macedonia Spring Health Fair
Greater Macedonia Baptist Church will have their Annual Spring Health
Fair on Saturday, April 25, 2009 from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at the church located
at 1880 West Edgewood Avenue. The Health Fair is free and open to the com-
munity. Call 764-9257 for more information.
Open Arms Christian Fellowship
Celebrates 10th Anniversary with
Charity Walk to Benefit Local Schools
The Open Arms Christian Fellowship will host a 5K Charity Walk on
Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 9 a.m. The walk will begin at the church locat-
ed at 2763 Dunn Ave. The registration fee is $5. The event is open to the
community. All registration fees and proceeds will be donated to Garden
City Elementary School and Highlands Middle School. Founded on April
13, 1999 by Pastor Leofric W. Thomas, Sr. The church will celebrate 10
years of ministry the entire month. To culminate the anniversary, the church
will celebrate by gi, ing back to the two neighboring schools. The proceeds
will assist the schools that schools are experiencing here in the city. For
more information, contact Charis Scurry at 476-2104.
Free Lecture on Finding a
Secure Place in God's Economy
"Finding a Secure Place in God's Economy" is the subject of a free lec-
ture to be given by Martha Moffett on Thursday, May 7th at 7:30 p.m. The
lecture will be held in the Conference Room of the Mariott Courtyard Hotel,
11617 North First Street in Jacksonville Beach. Extra parking and childcare
will be provided. For more information, call 246-2632.
Men in B.L.A.C.K. Fellowship Service
Souls for the Kingdom Outreach Ministry (formerly Deliverance Center
for All People) will present a Men in B.L.A.C.K. Fellowship Service on
Sunday, April 26th at 4 p.m. The theme for the event is "Men of God mak-
ing a noise and making a difference." All men are asked to meet at 2039
Thomas Court (off St.Augustine Road) for the event. Women are invited as
well. For more information, contact Bro Tony Witherspoon at 993-6918.
Mt Zion AME Family & Friends Day
Mt. Zion AME Green Cove Springs, will celebrate Family and Friend Day
Sunday April 26, 2009 at 11:00 am. The Family with the most guest will
receive a $100.00 Gift Certificate. Dinner will be served immediately after
service in the church annex. Come one Come all and join us in a great spir-
itual experience. William Haywayd, Jr. will be the guest speaker. Reverend
Charles M. Jones, Sr. Pastor. For more information, please e-mail: bgar-
Church encourages PDA use during service
Next Level Church in Charlotte, North Carolina encouraged its members
to bring their cell phones or PDA's to Easter service and use the social media
network Twitter to "tweet" their experiences while the service was ongoing.
This church is known for its unorthodox proselytizing, earlier this year
church leaders placed shot glasses with the church name and logo in local
bars. Membership is up.
Creflo Dollar starving horses
Creflo Dollar might be feeding his flock, but the horses on his property are
starving. The Georgia Department of Agriculture is investigating Creflo
Dollar after receiving a complaint about the lack of clean water and that the
horses were malnourished. Dollar maintains that though the animals were
boarded on his property, he was not responsible for their care.
BET Cancels 106 & Gospel
It's official, BET will cancel 106 & Gospel according to a press release
issued last week. Calls were made to the network, yet we were unable to
determine the date the last show will be aired. BET cites its commitment to
faith-based programming and would like the community's continued sup-
Pastor Ernie Murray
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Local author and teacher
uses technology to help others
by M. Latimer
Local author and teacher Brenda
Jordan believes that technology
remains an underutilized tool. A
few years ago, she began writing a
series of e-books (electronic books)
to provide information and support
to other educators.
"We use computers to surf the
Internet and listen to music.
Teachers use them every day. Most
college classes now require com-
puter-access, but how often do
adults use them simply to read, or to
seek help for any real obstacles they
face?" she said.
Jordan observed that many edu-
cators, frustrated by challenges in
the classroom, expressed that they
found it difficult to cope. "If you
talk to teachers, many of them state
they need help, but don't know
where to find it. Others are embar-
rassed to seek help. In the class-
room environment, you are expect-
ed to be knowledgeable about
everything. It can be tough," she
With eight years in Duval County
Public Schools, Jordan understood
their plight. After a particularly
challenging day in the classroom,
she spent one night writing ideas
that she wanted to share with other
Pictured is local teacher Brenda Jordan, author of "The Dark Side of
Teaching," working on ideas for her next electronic book.
teachers. "I thought I might be able
to offer some insight, to let other
educators know they are not alone
and that resources are available.
The classroom can be isolating,"
Within months, Jordan penned
her first book, "The Dark Side of
Teaching," and decided to make it
an electronic text to reduce costs.
"Teachers work with limited budg-
ets, but use computers daily to input
grades and upload assignments to
the Internet. The e-book is an
accessible and affordable method of
communication," she said.
After positive feedback from
readers, Jordan decided to put her
other experiences to use and wrote
three additional e-books. She said,
"I'm a mother and a daughter. I'm a
former counselor and program
director. My years in social servic-
es allowed me to meet and assist a
lot of people. I want my books to
improve the lives of others. And
making them available via the
Internet is a way of using technolo-
gy to do something positive."
Jordan's other texts include:
"And Your Point Is," "Drama
Queen No More" and "Words &
Thoughts." They are available at
on April 23rd
The monthyl Wakaguzi Forum will
be held on Thursday, April 23rd
from 7:00-9:00 p.m.on the EWC
Campus. Prof.Roy Beckford,
University of Florida Agricultural
Reseacher will be the speaker dis-
cussing "Jatropha: A weed as a
Fossil Fuel Alternative?" Jatropha
is thought by to have potential as a
biofuel source. His research efforts
have been highlighted on CNN and
other national/internationas news
outlets. It will be held in the Schell-
Sarah Obama, grandmother of President Barack Obama
Kenyans dismayed over efforts to
convert Pres. Obama's Grandmother
NAIROBI -A Protestant church
in Kenya is trying to convert US
President Barack Obama's step-
grandmother to Christianity against
her will, a Muslim group said
Monday, condemning the move as
The Seventh Day Adventist church
in the western town of Kisumu had
invited 87-year-old Sarah Obama --
a Muslim -- to a function on
Saturday, where she was allegedly
to be baptised.
According to relatives in her vil-
lage of Kogelo, "Mama Sarah", as
she is popularly known in the US
president's paternal homeland, was
surprised by the offer and declined
"I regret the attempt by the
Christian religion to force her to
convert," Sheikh Mohamed
Khalifa, the organising secretary of
the Council of Imams and
Preachers of Kenya, told AFP.
"Why only her? Why not before
Obama became president? Didn't
they see her before he became pres-
ident? We are ready to protect our
religion," he said.
Said Obama, a step-brother to the
US president, said the church pas-
tors had approached Sarah Obama
with news that she could become a
"Mama (Sarah) was born a
Muslim and wishes to die a
Muslim. The issue of conversion is
neither here not there," he said.
Khalifa denounced the move as a
"They don't have permission from
Jesus to convert someone. I chal-
lenge them to quote a verse from
the Bible allowing them to convert
someone," he said.
Sarah became a national celebrity
when her grandson visited the
country in 2006 and her modest
homestead has become a tourist
attraction since the former Illinois
senator's November 2008 election
The Kenyan government last
month declared Kogelo a protected
national heritage site.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's International Chairman of the Honorary Members/Awards Committee,
Mae R. Carr (left) and former International President, Mattelia B. Grays (right) present Dr. Wangari Muta
Maathai with a gift basket following her induction into the Sorority as an honorary member.
Nobel Peace Prize Winner Inducted
Into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
activist and Nobel Peace Prize win-
ner Dr. Wangari Muta Maathai of
Kenya was inducted into Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority as an
Honorary Member during a special
members-only induction recently
held at the Sorority's Corporate
Headquarters in Chicago. Former
International President, Mattelia B.
Grays of Houston, TX and the
International Chairman of the
Committee, Mae R. Carr, presided
over the induction.
An honorary membership is the
highest honor the Sorority presents
Dr. Maatthai was the first African
woman to receive the Nobel Peace
Prize and has dedicated her life
struggling for democracy, human
rights and environmental conserva-
tion. Being presented the Nobel
Peace Prize, which she received in
2004, represents the climactic high
point of a life spent bettering the
lives of others.
Another milestone is being
inducted into Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority. Following the formal
induction, she said she was "hum-
bled, honored and privileged to be a
member." She expressed humility
and said that the only time she felt
so uplifted and transformed was
when she was baptized. She said
she would cherish membership in
Alpha Kappa Alpha "for the rest of
Following her speech, members
participating in the induction pre-
sented her with a host of gifts --
including the AKA Barbie. They
welcomed her as the newest mem-
ber of the Sorority and expressed
love toward her.
"We are honored and proud to
have Dr. Matthai join our great sis-
terhood," said McKinzie. "Her life-
long pursuit of justice, including
environmental equity, underscores
her will to fight for fairness and
commitment to service. The deter-
mination she's exhibited, along with
her courage, are qualities that
embody the Alpha Kappa Alpha
woman. She will make a great addi-
tion to our Sorority and we look
forward to supporting and embrac-
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activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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 info call 292-HAHA.
FAMU Jazz Ensemble
The FAMU Jazz Ensemble will be
at the Ritz Theater April 25, 2009
at 7pm. Tickets are available at
Ticketmaster. The PM Xperience,
Jacksonville's own youth jazz
ensemble will also be performing
along with Lindsey B. Sarjeant and
Longineu Parsons. Proceeds will
benefit students of the jazz pro-
gram. For more information call
Stage Aurora Step Off
On Saturday April 25th, Stage
Aurora will present a step off from
7-9 p.m. The show is about spirited
team work that sends a message of
pride in one's self and one's
schools. Prizes will be awarded. It
will be held at the Stage Aurora
Performance Hall located inside the
Gateway Mall. For tickets or more
information, call 765-7372.
Author Marc Little will have a
book signing of "Don't Blink When
God Calls" at Gospel World on
Saturday, April 25th from noon to
3 p.m. The store is located at 3000
Dunn Avenue next to Winn Dixie.
For more info call 764-7679.
Dancing with the Stars
& Golf Classic
On Friday, April 24 and
Saturday, 25, 2009, Lito Sheppard
and the Good Sheppard Foundation,
host a weekend of events including
a "Dancing with the Stars" charity
competition on Friday, April 24,
2009 at the Omini Hotel and a char-
ity golf classic on Saturday, April
25, 2009 at the Cimarrone Golf
Course. Proceeds will benefit The
Mitchell Center, a safe environ-
ments for teens. For tickets or more
information, call 260-446-2208.
Presented at Fort Mose
ST. AUGUSTINE Fort Mose
Historic State Park will host a
Living History day on Saturday,
April 25th. Step back in history
and experience a day in the life of
this Spanish outpost. Established in
1738, Fort Mose gave sanctuary to
Africans challenging enslavement.
Members of the St Augustine
Garrison will be demonstrating mil-
itary arts, including artillery and
musket firings. 18th century cook-
ing, crafts, and textile demonstra-
tions will also be presented. For
directions or more information, call
Employment & Training and
Economic and Community
Empowerment. Colleges, employ-
ers, and housing counselors will be
available to accept applications,
resumes and provide information.
The Summit will also feature JUL
Summer Camp Registration, and a
Resource and Health & Wellness
Fair. There will be free health
screenings, free breakfast and a gift
to the first 100 guests that arrive.
The free event will be held on
Wednesday, April 29th from 9 a.m.
- 4:30 p.m. at Urban League located
at 903 West Union Street. For more
information, call 366-3473.
NAACP to Discuss
State of Education
The Education Committee of the
Jacksonville Branch National
Association for the Advancement of
Colored People (NAACP) will
sponsor a Panel Discussion entitled
"The State of Education in Duval
County: Yesterday, Today, and
Tomorrow". It will be held on
Thursday, April 30, 2009, 5:00
P.M. at the Milne Auditorium at
Edward Waters College. Speakers
will talk about education from the
1950's through today and hope for
tomorrow. For further infor-
mation, please contact Mrs. E. G
Atkins at 655-3502.
17th Annual World
of Nations Festival
Jax Urban League The City of Jacksonville and our
Empowerment Summit community's multicultural commu-
nity organizations invite citizens
The Jacksonville Urban League and visitors to join in the 17th
will host a Empowerment Summit Annual World of Nations
featuring workshops and sympo- Celebration. The festival will take
siums on Education & Youth, place May 1-3 at Metropolitan parl
Travel the world at Metropolitan
Park. Experience the diversity of
the planet and enjoy the wonderful
sights, sounds and tastes of differ-
ent nations. On Friday, May 1st,
there will be an International Party
from 5- 10 p.m. with free admis-
sion. For more information, call
Ritz Amateur Night
Join Amateur Night at the Ritz on
Friday, May 1st at 7:30 p.m. Some
of the hottest talent in Jacksonville
will be on the stage like the Apollo's
show in Harlem. Contestants com-
pete for cash prizes and the cheers
or jeers of the audience decide who
goes home with the cash. Tickets
are available at the Ritz Theatre and
other outlets or call 632-5555.
3rd Annual Stanton
Alumni, faculty, staff and friends
of Old Stanton, New Stanton and
Stanton Vocational High Schools
will celebrate the 141st year found-
ing of Stanton at their 3rd Annual
Stanton Reunion Gala. It will be
held on Saturday, May 2, 2009 at
the Prime Osborne Convention
Center. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.and
the gala begins at 7:00 p.m. For
ticket information contact: Kenneth
Reddick 764-8795 or visit
The 2009 OneJax Humanitarian
Awards will be held on Thursday,
May 7th at the Hyatt Riverfront
Hotel. This years honorees include
Scott Ackerman, Ann Baker,
Elkenor Gay and Gregory
Matovina. The reception is at 6 p.m.
followed by dinner at 7 p.m. For
more information, call 354-1529.
Play Date Jax
Want to meet and greet fellow
Jacksonvillians ina casual fun envi-
ronment? Then you may want to
come out for the Friday May 8th
Play Date. Organizers call it a
"sophisticated nightlife option for
Jacksonville's professional". It will
be held at the Wyndham Riverwalk
at 8 p.m., the monthly event will
include food, fun, games and
music. For more information, visit
On Saturday May 9th, come out
to Metropolitan Park for Funk Fest
2009. This year's artist lineup
include Fantasia, Guy, Bell Biv
Devoe, Midnight Star, Dougie
Fresh and Alexander O'Neal. Gates
open at 3 .m. and the show start at 5
p.m.For tickets, go to your local
Chicken Coop or Athletes Foot.
You can also purchase online at
funkfest2009.com or by calling 1-
Ritz Singing in the
The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum will host the Ritz Voices'
"Singing in the Spring" concert on
Saturday May 9th at 7 p.m. The
inspirational singing extravaganza
stars the Ritz Voices and features
performances by Dr. Eugene
White's Alumni Singers and the
Terry Parker High School Chorus.
This concert will serve as a
fundraiser for the Ritz Voices as
they prepare for the McDonald's
Gospel Fest June 2009 where the
group will perform in competition.
For more information call (904)
Humane Society Night
at the Acropolis
Tickets for the Jacksonville
Humane Society's (JHS) Fur Ball
Gala, Jacksonville's only black-tie
event for people and their pets, are
now on sale. The fundraiser will
take place May 16 from 7 p.m. to
11 p.m. at the UNF University
Center Ballroom with the theme,
"A Night at the Acropolis." JHS
encourages attendees to dress cre-
atively, tying the event's theme into
their attire. Tickets are available
online at www.jaxhumane.org or by
calling 904-725-8766 ext. 230.
The 8th Annual Kids 4 Kids
Carnival hosted by the MaliVai
Washington Kids Foundation will
feature arts & crafts, games, prizes,
a live DJ, tennis clinics, bounce
houses & inflatables in addition to
over 30 community organizations
providing helpful information on
health & social services. It will be
held Saturday, May 16th from
10a.m.-2 p.m. at the MaliVai
Washington Youth Center located at
1096 W. 6th Street. It is free and
open to the public. For more infor-
mation, call 359-KIDS.
Reunion for former
Jax Semi-pro players
There will be a reunion meeting
for former members of the
Jacksonville Raiders/ Panthers
semi-professional teams that played
between 1968 and 1980. It will be
held at Odessa and lonia Streets on
Thursday, May 21st at 5 p.m. For
more information, call 502-0539 or
The Times-Union Center of
Performing Arts will be the site of
the 2009 Ms. Senior Jacksonville
Pageant. The one of a kind event
will be held on June 6th at 2:00
p.m. Pageant contestants age 60 and
above are invites to participate. For
more information, call 887-8156 or
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Nearly 1000 EWC alumni return for "Old School Weekend"
Pictured (L-R) at EWC alumni weekend activities are: event co-
chair and ewcroundup.com founder Eric Johnson (c/o '88), National
Alumni Association president Marguerite Warren (c/o '65), and event
co-chair Kerry Lofton (c/o '88). Not pictured is event co-chair Stanley
by M. Latimer
This past weekend was all about
good times and great memories.
More than 700 Edward Waters
College (EWC) graduates traveled
from as far as Alaska to renew
friendships and reminisce at the
annual "Old School Weekend."
Activities included a "meet and
greet" on Friday and church service
and brunch on Sunday. The week-
end's highlights, however, took
place on Saturday, as alumni and
friends ate southern-style BBQ,
played games and watched a fash-
ion show on Centennial Lawn,
cheered at the celebrity basketball
tournament in the campus gym, and
later enjoyed music and dancing at
Class of 1995 member Reggie
Robinson said,20"Seeing familiar
faces, remembering all the fun we
had this was a moving experi-
According to event co-founders
Kerry Lofton and Stanley
Crowmartie, the "Old School
Weekend" began a few years ago as
a reunion for Greek letter organiza-
tions. Lofton, a member of the
Class of 1988 and Omega Psi Phi
Fraternity, Inc., said, "We wanted to
be inclusive. So, we opened the
reunion to all EWC alums."
Greek letter organizations still,
however, played a critical role in
the event. Fraternities and sorori-
ties provided food at Saturday's
BBQ, and they played in the bas-
ketball game, which raised funds
for EWC's athletic department.
Lofton note d that while the "Old
EWC classmates from the late '80s participating in a college favorite
- a game of spades.
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EW "old school" alums celebrate at the weekends culminating activity brunch at River City Brewery
EWC "old school" alums celebrate at the weekend's culminating activity brunch at River City Brewery.
School Weekend" was always fun,
this year's event reached a higher
plateau with the involvement of
Class of 1988 graduate and former
EWC Student Government presi-
dent Eric Johnson. Lofton said,
"We have been meeting for a few
years, encouraging alums to return
and be supportive. But we didn't
get the numbers we wanted. Eric's
participation changed that."
Johnson says the key to the "Old
School Weekend's" success was
improved communication. A year
ago, he began developing EWC's
first social networking page on
ewcroundup.com, the site now
boasts about 600 members, as
alums from all over the country
reconnect and seek EWC news and
updates via the Internet. "With the
'roundup,' we were able to get larg-
er numbers of alumni to partici-
pate," said Johnson.
When asked, "what's next,"
Johnson said, "Our undergraduate
years were such happy times. We
want to capitalize upon that. Our
goals include generating funds and
increasing enrollment for the
College. We also want to bring
graduates back in a more formal
setting and support our alumni
Members of Greek letter organizations that supplied food and fun for
the "old school" alumni cook-out: Chenelle Hunter (c/o '94), Reggie
Robinson (c/o '95), Ernest Daniels (c/o '09) and Tracy Jones (c/o '93).
Scenes from the "old school" fas
Class of 1965 graduate and EWC
National Alumni Association presi-
dent Marguerite Warren added,
"These young people demonstrated
an amazing spirit and love for our
alma mater. We need their energy
and ideas to preserve our memories
and this beloved institution."
Coming EWC alumni events
include the National Alumni
Convention, Homecoming 2009
and a Bahamas cruise. For more
The President's First 100 Days
Contiued from front
the Congressional Black Caucus.
A new commitment to pour mil-
lions of dollars into the prevention
and awareness of HIV/AIDS in
But, specifically, how is the new
president doing on issues pertaining
to African-Americans from a civil
rights perspective? Pointing out that
100 days is simply not enough time
to tell, some civil rights leaders
give him an A so far; most also not-
ing an 'incomplete' on the grass-
"There are some A's and a couple
of incompletes" says the Rev. Jesse
Jackson in a phone interview from
Thailand. "I think the position
against torture, an A; the G-20 con-
ference, putting a credible face on
America's foreign policy where he
has trust capital and Bush had trust
Jackson also listed Obama's
reaching out to Cuba, Venezuela
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and the overture toward Iran as all
A's along with his dealing with the
student loan industry, which
Jackson described as a "$95 billion
a year rip off."
But, the incomplete mainly in
the area of economics are clear, he
"There's an incomplete on the
stimulus because it must be more
targeted to get to the bottom. As the
states get it, they're using the term
shovel ready. But, shovel-ready for
those who don't have a shovel
because of the lack of capital and
lack of credit means they may not
be ready. That could be seen as boot
straps without the boots."
To be fair, Jackson conceded that
the President could only demand
that the money gets out of
"But, we must demand that the
states get it down to where the peo-
ple are," he said.
"We have to be certain that it gets
down to the most unemployed the
most in need of training, the most in
need of business development.
That's an ongoing struggle there."
As Black unemployment surges
toward 14%, Natl. Urban League
President Marc Morial agrees.
On a scale of 1-10, Morial gave
the President a 9 for his first 100
days. In the Black community
Morial cited a need for greater civil
rights enforcement and the need for
help with job development.
"The creation of an agency task-
force to assist African-Americans in
securing construction jobs and
green jobs; and the hiring of
African-Americans in subcabinet
positions at Education, HUD, Labor
and Health & Human Services,"
The greatest help for the adminis-
tration must be everyone's patience
says Wade Henderson, president
and CEO of the Leadership
Conference on Civil Rights.
"I don't think you can judge
someone after only 100 days. That
said, he's accomplished more in his
first quarter than most presidents
achieve in their entire first term.
He's focused on creating jobs
where we need them and has signed
into law a number of backlogged
civil rights bills," says Henderson.
"We didn't get in the morass we're
in today overnight and we're not
going to get out of it in 100 days or
200 days or even in a year."
Perhaps Jackson put it in the most
succinct nutshell. "We're better off
than we were before he was inaugu-
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April 23-30, 2009
Twelve African First Ladies joined together with delegations and celebrities to address health issues in each
of the First Ladies countries. From top left to bottom right: Ida Odinga wife of Kenyan prime minister,
First Ladies Laraba Tandja of Niger, Penehupifo Pohamba of Namibia, Thandiwe Banda of Zambia, Maria
da Luz Dai Guebuza of Mozambique, Mathato Sarah Mosisili of Lesotho, Sia Nyama Koroma of Sierra
Leone, Adelcia Barreto Pires of Cape Verde, Chantal Biya of Cameroon, Ana Paula Dos Santos of Angola,
Queen Inkhosikati LaMbikiza of Swaziland and Turai Umaru Yar'Adua of Nigeria. Photo by Stephen Osman.
African First Ladies Host Health Conference
in California to Address Continent's Health
The African First Ladies' Health
Summit is took place in Los
Angeles, California this week. The
summit brought together first ladies
from a number of African countries
to address healthcare and girls' edu-
It was organized by two non-
profit groups, the US Doctors for
Africa and Africa synergy against
aids and suffering. The latter was
Formed by 22 African first ladies in
2002 in Yaound6 Cameroon to fight
against HIV/AIDS and other chal-
enges the Africa continent faces.
Themed "Leadership for
Health" it focused on the role of the
irst ladies in assisting their govern-
nents in the fight against all the
problemss concerning health and
First ladies who couldn't attend
sent delegations with almost 23
African countries represented.
US doctors for Africa delivers
teams of healthcare professionals to
resource-poor regions in Africa pro-
viding medical care, strategic plan-
ning, education, training, and other
By Kim Painter, UT
Can dark skin be a health hazard?
It might be if you are a dark-
skinned person who lives far from
the equator, gets little sun exposure
and consumes little vitamin D.
That describes many African
Americans and helps explain why
studies find that average African-
American children and adults have
much lower blood levels of the
vitamin than white Americans do.
Vitamin D is produced in response
to sun exposure in a process that
works most efficiently in pale skin.
It's also in fortified dairy products
Low levels and fatty
Low levelsfish, but
of vitamin D f e w
can increase Americans
chances of of any
premature death skin color
sume enough of those foods to meet
Just how much vitamin D
Americans need and how they
should get it is under debate.
Scientists also are debating evi-
dence that vitamin D, best known
for building bones, can lower the
risk of cancer, diabetes, heart dis-
ease and other ailments.
And they are asking this intrigu-
ing question: Could varying vita-
min D levels contribute to the
health gap between black and white
Boston University professor
Michael Holick, a leading vitamin
D researcher, says yes: "We think
it's why African Americans develop
more prostate cancer, breast cancer
and colon cancer and get more
aggressive forms of those cancers."
"All Americans, but particularly
people with darker skin, should pay
attention" to new guidelines due
next year, says Adit Ginde, a
researcher at the Denver School of
Medicine. Ginde led a recent study,
published in the Archives of
Internal Medicine, that found that
vitamin D levels are falling in all
racial groups but are especially low
in African Americans.
by Lora Garrick
The rate of morbid obesity is
higher than ever in America. So is
the rate of moderate obesity.
"Morbid" obesity means at least
100 pounds heavier than a person's
ideal weight. Many very over-
weight individuals insist they've
tried exercise and still, the weight
just never comes off. Maybe a few
pounds here and there do come off,
but for all practical purposes, the
frustrated person is unable to shed
the unwanted surplus fat.
It's true. Many obese people try
to lose weight to no avail. Not long
ago, I was perusing an online mes-
sage board about obesity. A woman
who described herself as being
morbidly obese wrote that she was
not lazy, and that she had given
exercise a try. She described how
she worked out on an elliptical
machine for just 15 minutes and
ended up with very painful knees.
I detected a lot of frustration in
that particular posting and it
seemed as though the elliptical
incident was intended to demon-
strate the struggle of trying to lose
weight and not succeeding. The
woman obviously thought that if
she adhered to elliptical workouts,
she'd damage her knees.
But here is what really hap-
pened: Her knees simply got
buzzed. That's all. They got awak-
ened from a long sleep, roused
from dormancy. They were not
used to what she put them through
for those 15 minutes. So after she
was done, the "pain" surprised and
frightened her. This woman was
just unaccustomed to the feeling of
worked joints and muscles, that it
scared her into giving up after only
We can safely assume that those
15 minutes were NOT spent pedal-
ing at high resistance as fast as pos-
sible. When a very de-conditioned
person gets on the elliptical, having
never used it before, he or she is
going to be reserved and err on the
side of caution, rather than go all-
out in a furious blitz. A person can-
not injure the knee joint this way,
unless the joint is already torn from
a recent trauma.
When the body is subjected to a
training stimulus that it is not
accustomed to, it often reacts with
"pain." But in her case, as well as in
the case of many unsure overweight
people, the "pain" was not from
injury (i.e., torn ligaments, ruptured
or strained tendons, damaged carti-
lage, torn muscle, hairline bone
fracture). The elliptical trainer is a
gentle, non-impact machine. While
you pedal, the knees are not forced
to turn or twist, as in skiing or bas-
ketball. Your weight does not come
bearing down on your knees, while
you pedal on this machine.
Essentially, she shocked her knee
joints with an unexpected stimulus,
and they reacted with lactic acid
buildup and a feeling of "pain."
This is a very foreign feeling to a
person who's never exercised.
Exercise, by definition my defini-
tion, anyways involves subjecting
the body to a training demand that it
is not used to. The demand can be
in the form of duration (length of
time), intensity (speed, pedal resist-
ance), and the actual activity itself
(body position, range of motion).
The body has the amazing capac-
ity to adapt to an unfamiliar training
stimulus very quickly. Had she
returned to the elliptical two or
three days later, and did the exact
same thing, same speed, same pedal
resistance, after 15 minutes, her
knees would not have been as sore
as they were the first time because
it takes only ONE session to stimu-
late a training effect. Had she then
gone on the machine a third time,
she would have felt even less sore,
but she didn't even go on the second
time. She gave up. This is the crux
of the problem: giving up!
Is exercise supposed to feel com-
fortable? Even thin people, who
don't exercise, experience "pain"
when jumping into a routine for the
first time. However, if we give the
woman the benefit of the doubt and
assume she truly was in dire pain,
then she could have tried walking
or swimming, but instead she
decided to do nothing! Nothing
does not cause weight loss.
Remember, the human body is
very good at adapting. When an
obese person says, "I have tried
exercise, and it didn't work," I
always wonder for how many
months (or days?) they stuck it out
before giving up.
So if you yourself have ever told
someone, "But I've tried exercis-
ing, and nothing happened!" then
ask yourself how many exercise
sessions you "tried." Did you really
give it a chance? Remember this
right here: Weight loss is a process,
not an event. In other words, it
takes TIME. It will not happen
overnight; you did not put the
weight on overnight.
Whether your exercise mode is
the elliptical trainer, the stationary
bike, an aerobics class, or the tread-
mill (do not hold onto the
machine!), you must stick with it.
For life. Do not give up just because
you get "pooped out." You're sup-
posed to get winded! That's what
aerobic and cardio exercise are all
about. People who have successful-
ly lost all of their excess weight all
have one thing in common: They
stayed with an exercise program
and made no excuses.
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Care fo0r Your Natural Hair proper nutrition. There are a number of
vitamin supplements on the market
Dear Dyrinda, I would like some
tips on how to care for my natural
hair. I have been having issues
with trying to get it to grow. It is
quite uneven and parts of it look like I've take a
razor and cut it off. My hair just doesn't seem to
want to grow. So I was wondering how I can take
care of this uneven hair problem and get my hair
back to a healthy growing course.
Barbara, one of the first things you may want to do
is see your doctor for a checkup. This will allow you
to make sure there is no medical reason for your hair's
apparent unwillingness to grow. There are medical
conditions that can effect hair growth. Certain medica-
tions will also affect the way the hair grows, and if you
are taking any medication, you should ask your doctor
if possible side-effects include those that affect hair
that claim to help you grow stronger, longer hair, but
apart from the general benefits of vitamin supplements
to the diet, these have no proven benefit in growing the
hair. You will be better served to use a basic multi-vita-
min and well balanced diet.
Aside from this, you should make sure to be caring
for your hair properly. The hair should be conditioned
every day, whether you wash it or not. In addition,
weekly deep conditioning is good to help strengthen
the hair and keep it free of split ends. Remember to
treat your hair gently. Always use a wide tooth comb
whenever possible as brushes and finger-tooth combs
can lead to stresses on the hair and breakage.
Be sure to look for signs of damage (frizz, rough tex-
ture, signs of breakage) and address these issues when-
ever they are encountered. Silicone based detangles
and sheen products can help you in combing the hair
to prevent over-stressing.
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ANOTHER BABY SEAL IN THE WORKS: Artist confirms
wife.,'s pregnant" during New )ork concert
During a Thursday night performance in New
York, singer Seal confirmed widespreadd
reports that hi's ife. supermodel Heldi Klum.
'i ,- Nis indeed ha ing another babh
Klum. who has r ,o young sons \ ith the
Gramm\ -\ inning singer and a daughter from a
past relationship, followed up a da\ later b\
officials announcing the pregnancy on her Web site.
The 35-\ ear-old German-born model married Seal in 2005 She is the
host of T 's "Project Runwa\." which h motes from Bra\o to Lifetime and
is set to premiere its 6th season on Aug 15.
SNOOP TOO HIGH TO WORK?
Snoop Dogg and Am\ \\inehouse. t-o artists
known for their loae of %acky toback\. reportedlB
tried to record a duet together last \ear in Los
Angeles, but were too high to finish it. "Due to con-
stant smoke breaks, the unlikely union didn't pro-
duce a song," reports the New York Daily News'
Gatecrasher column. As previously reported,
Snoop's wax statue is scheduled to be unveiled today
at Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas. He will also be around our area soon
in concert in St. Augustine on May 8th.
KESHIA KNIGHT PULLIAM AKA RUDY DOING A
REALITY SHOW ON COHABITATING
S Cameras for the Oxygen network will follow
Keshia Knight Pulliam and her live-in boyfriend for
a new reality series titled "Keshia and Kaseem," to
debut in the coming months.
The network announced that the series will explore
what it's like to be young, rich, single and co-habi-
Pulliam, who just celebrated her 30th birthday
last week, is dating Atlanta area entrepreneur
Best known for her role as Rudy Huxtable on "The Cosby Show," Pulliam
was last seen in Tyler Perry's "Madea Goes to Jail."
Since being bought by NBC Universal, Oxygen has been seeking an
audience of trendsetting women, generally aged 18 to 34. Its theme is "live
Unauthorized Bio Alleges
A new unautho-
rized biography of
Diana Ross claims
she slept her way to
the top of Motown -
in addition to her
Gordy in a quest to
become the label's
biggest star, reports
the New York Post.
"The Diana Ross
few knew outside of
the Motown colony
was on a fast track to
rise to the top from
the first day she got
to Motown; not inci-
dentally, that was
also the first day she
knew who[m] she
wanted to sleep with
to keep up the
Mark Ribowsky in
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 11
by N. Moody
Beyonce says one of the toughest
parts of summer tour has been con-
densing more than a decade's hits
into a two-hour show. Judging from
a recent photo shoot, figuring out
how to perform them in Thierry
Mugler's elaborate, over-the-top
costumes is just as difficult.
Beyonce strutted gingerly in one
such outfit, with a motorcycle han-
dle-type top and flashing light at the
center. But the camera brought out
Sasha Fierce, her alter ego moving
confidently in the outrageous getup
and stiletto heels.
"I'm never gonna go on stage or
do a video and not work until my
feet are blistered, and until I'm basi-
cally, I can't walk any more," the
giggly but exhausted entertainer
said later. "I always give, and I do
that because I know how lucky I
am, to do my job."
In a recent interview, Beyonce -
whose latest CD, "I Am ... Sasha
Fierce," is double platinum -
talked about concerts (her tour
kicks off June 21 at Madison
Square Garden) in the YouTube
age, what she will fight fiercely for
and why Etta James never had her
NM: How will this tour be differ-
ent from your 2007 "B'Day" tour?
Beyonce: It's going to be more
emotional, because this album, "I
Am," that portion was a lot more
real and raw and more sensitive. ...
The best part about this tour is I'm
working with Thierry Mugler, who
is an icon and a legend, and I've
Ross' Motown Misgivings
biography, "The Supremes: A Saga them "a fraction" of the $15 million
of Motown Dreams, Success and she'd get.
Betrayal," out in July from Da Capo According to the book, "[They]
Press. backstabbed Ross the pair
"That, of course, turned out to be refused to recede into her spotlight.
Berry Gordy, but only after" some Ross then tried to replace them with
other in-house romances, the book two nominal Supremes of the '70s,
says. "In no time, Ross would climb but Supremes fans were interested
beyond [the Supremes] onto the A- only in the original configuration of
list as a solo act, record six more the group and the tour was called
Number 1 songs, and earn millions off."
as well as top billing in two
Ribowsky also says Ross was
guilty of "quietly twisting the knife
in the other Supremes" as she rose
to the top, but "even as a pop diva
of epic dimensions, [she] never
shook her identity as a Supreme,
and has, in a way, been forced to
bow before it."
Mary Wilson, an original member
of the group, and Cindy Birdsong,
who replaced the late Florence
Ballard, got their revenge when
Ross tried to organize a 2000
Supremes reunion tour and offered
been a fan.
NM: Often snippets of concerts
end up on the Internet. Is it frustrat-
ing not being able to surprise peo-
Beyonce: It's very frustrating
now. ... It's great because people
can get a little sneak peak and say,
"Oh, I wanna come to the show" or
"I don't wanna go to that show"
(laughs), and I'm fans of people so I
go on there and check it out too. But
you put so much of your heart and
time into the wardrobe ... it's kind of
unfortunate that people can see the
show months before you get into
their city, but that's life.
NM: One YouTube video from
your last tour showed you falling,
getting up and continuing.
Beyonce: A lot of people with
heart can see that I have heart, and I
encourage other people to have that
same strength and fight, and I defi-
nitely get tired, I definitely mess up,
I definitely fall down stairs. I forget
the words, sometimes, but that's just
life. I guess the question is, what
are you going to do after that? And
I always get back up, and it just
makes me even stronger.
NM: In your new movie
"Obsessed," out on Friday, you play
a wife who fights to protect her
family. What is the hardest thing
you ever fought for?
Beyonce: Everything that's worth
anything you have to fight for. You
have to fight in your relationships, I
have to fight for my career, I have
to fight to stay in shape, because I
get tempted to eat good old choco-
late (laughs), and all this stuff
everybody loves. It's all a fight, but
it's worth it.
NM: When you sang "At Last"
for the Obamas at the inauguration
ball, Etta James said some pretty
harsh things about you but later said
she was joking. Did you know she
Beyonce: I played Etta James (in
last year's "Cadillac Records"), so I
did my research, I read her book. I
was not at all surprised. That's Etta.
She's hilarious (laughs).
NM: Your sister Solange twitters
all the time. Do you do it?
Beyonce: My sister is the Twitter
queen. She told me about the twit-
tering, but I don't get it, I feel like
I'm getting really old. I'm like,
what? I don't understand. Just call
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