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Not Quite There...
. Disney finally
chooses it's first
Black princess
but makes her

prince White
Page 9



What you

need to know
Page 7

Darker population becomes majority
in Brazil amidst stark statistics
Brazil and its almost 200 million population is no longer a country of
white majority. The credit now belongs to the 49.6% black or mulatto
population compared to the 49.4% defined as white and this is set to
increase in coming years with that percentage increasing to 54, accord-
ing to a recent report from the Rio do Janeiro Federal University.
The black birth rate is also higher than that of the whites or Europeans
descendents, so the big question is whether Brazil is prepared to face the
fact that blacks and mulattos are becoming a solid majority, and how this
will influence legislation.
But current reality shows another picture, with a considerable degree
of discrimination for the blacks: the basic food basket for a black person
demands 76 hours of work compared to the average 54 hours for a white
person. Similarly illiteracy among blacks runs as high as 20%, but only
6% for whites.
Since Brazil was the last country in the region to grant slaves freedom
in 1888, blacks have always been at a disadvantage in education and
work opportunities, points out researchers.
Similarly, access to tertiary education for blacks is far more up road,
since most of them are condemned to work to subsist, while white fami-
lies can afford to pay for their children's education.

Alabama councilman removes
Confederate flags from graves
AUBURN, Ala. Several Confederate flags placed on the graves of Civil
War soldiers got pulled up by a black Auburn city councilman, who
called them symbols of racism and hatred.
Mary Norman. president ofAuburn Heritage Association, said she was
at her family's burial plot in Pine Hill Cemetery when Councilman Arthur
Dowdell removed the small Confederate flag from her great-grandfa-
ther's grave last Thursday afternoon.
"He pulled up the flag, snapped it in two and put it in his car," said
Norman, who is white.
Dowdell said he did not break the flag's stick intentionally. Instead, it
broke when he pulled it out of the ground. But, he said, "I should have
broken them all. They represent racism and the Ku Klux Klan."
Dowdell, who was elected to the City Council in 1995, said he was
motivated to act when he went to pick up his daughter afternoon from her
school near the cemetery. He said some parents complained to him about
small Confederate battle flags being on graves throughout the cemetery
in downtown Auburn.
Dowdell said he drove to the cemetery and saw it decorated "like a Klan
rally or a skinhead rally."
"It's intimidating to black folks, and it's intimidating to me as a civil
rights leader," he said. Dowdell said he pulled up four flags and left.

Rep. Lewis arrested at Darfur rally
Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), no stranger to passive resistance, was arrest-
ed this week as part of a protest against the Sudanese government's
humanitarian policies in the
Darfur region.
Arrested along with Lewis dur-
ing a rally staged by the Save
Darfur Coalition were Reps. Jim
McGovern (D-Mass.), Donna
Edwards (D-Md.), Keith Ellison
(D-Minn.) and Lynn Woolsey
(D-Calif.). They were taken into
US Rep. John Lewis (left) is led away custody after crossing a police
in handcuffs by a Secret Service officer line and refusing to leave the
during an act of civil disobedience. area infront of the Sudanes
Embassy in Washington. They paid a $100 fine and were released.
"It is important to send a message not only to the people in this coun-
try and our own government, but to the people of the world that the geno-
cide in Darfur must end," said Lewis, who was arrested numerous times
with Dr. Martin Luther King during the Civil Rights Movement. "What
is going on there are crimes against humanity."
Lewis blamed the east African nation's for the deaths of almost 500,000
people in the western region known as Darfur.

Acclaimed artist Ernie Barnes dies
His work is striking and immediately recognizable. World renowned
artist Ernie Barnes has died at the age of
Barnes, one of the country's most cel-
ebrated African-American painters, is
considered one of the foremost figiura-
tive style artists of his generation.
Among his most well-known work is
perhaps the 1971 "Sugar Shack" dance
scene that was featured on the Marvin The popular scene from "Good
Gaye album, "I Want You," as well as in Times" remains in many fans'
the credits of the show "Good Times." mind.
Born in Durham, N.C., Barnes excelled at both art and athletics, attend-
ing North Carolina College on a football scholarship. He went on to play
for several seasons in the NFL. According to Barnes' Web site, "In 1965,
New York Jets owner Sonny Werblin recognized Barnes' artistic poten-
tial and replaced his football salary for one season so he could devote
himself 'to just paint.' One year later, Barnes made his debut in a critical-
ly acclaimed solo exhibition at Grand Central Art Galleries in Manhattan
and retired from football."


Volume 23 No. 31 Jacksonville, Florida April 30 May 6, 2009

Honors Continue to Flow for 1958 Gilbert Football Team


Shown above surrounding Go. Crist are the 1958 Gilbert Championship Football Team in the Capital Rotunda: Robert Clark, Bobby Grover,
Cicero Bell, Lef Fayson, Oliver Nelson, Roosevelt Morrell, John Bush, Othello Young, Kenneth Clair, Eddie L. Griffin, Earl Kitchings, Sr.,
Russell Davis, Walter Jackson, Gov. Charlie Crist, Alfred Chambliss head trainer, Bobby Newsome, Charles Sutton seated, Charles Sapp,
Charles Spencer, James Murphy, Enoch Webster, Harold Jones, Bernard Berry, Milton Griffin, James Whaley, Joe Lane, Leon Smith, Willie
Haywood, Charles Kohn, Willie Kohn, Louis Hill, Earnest Sheffield and Jesse Johnson. The teams trailblazing Coack Earl Kitchings, Sr. who

recently past is in the inset.FMP Phot
Accolades continue for
Jacksonville's championship 1958
Football Team of Matthew Gilbert
as they recently traveled to
Tallahassee to receive honors from
the Governor. The visit was a result

of a resolution of sponsored by Sen.
Tony Hill to honor the team.
Recognition is continuing for the
team following their 50th
Anniversary of their historic win in
1958 in the state's first Black High

School Championship highlighting
an undefeated season.
The team's legendary Coach,
Earl Kitchings who recently past,
attended the ceremonies honoring
the team by the Jacksonville City

Council. Though no accolades were
given at the time, the team has since
received rings, jackets and recogni-
tion as one of the Top Ten Teams of
the Century by the Florida High
School Athletic Association.

Supreme Court to weigh

Sweet 16 Rites of Passage Celebration Akia Joy Battle
was recently feted with a "Rites of Passage" Sweet 16 Celebration at First
Timothy Baptist Church. The theme for the event was "Crossing the
Bridge." Akia Joy Battle was born April 24, 1993 and was given to Karen
Battle as a gift from God on November 3, 1994 full of life, love and joy.
The sacred and festive ceremony included words of encouragement from
neighbors, families and friends. Presently involved in many community
and Christian activities, the sixteen year old is now in the 8th grade and at
Fathers Harbor Academy. The program was hosted by Aliza Glover. LFP

Voting Rights
By. James Wright
Special to the NNPA from the
Afro-American Newspapers
Three high-profile cases chal-
lenging the nation's civil rights
laws and efforts to remedy age-old
discrimination against African-
Americans and minorities in vot-
ing, employment and lending prac-
tices are on the docket for argument
before the U.S. Supreme Court this
The case that has drawn the most
national attention from many Black
groups and civil rights advocates
challenges the constitutionality of
Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act
of 1965.
The case, Northwest Austin
Municipal Utility District No.1 vs.
Holder, will be presented before the
court on April 29.
The court is being asked to

Act challenge
decide whether Congress over-
stepped its power by extending for
another 25 years Section 5 of the
Voting Rights Act, which requires
some states to seek approval from
the Justice Department before
changing their election laws.
The law is being challenged by a
utility district in Texas which is
within the city of Austin and Travis
County but is independent of those
two. Because the entire state of
Texas is covered by the Voting
Rights Act, the utility district is also
covered for its elections every two
years of members of its board of
The VRA was re-authorized in
1970, 1975, and 1982 for a 25-year
extension and then 2006. Since
1970, it has passed by wide margins
in both bodies of Congress and -
Continued on page 3

Beauties are all smiles at Lito Sheppard's Dancing with the Stars
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Rodney Hurst
Hurst to receive
Kennedy Award
"It was never about a hot dog and
a Coke" by local author and activist
Rodney Hurst is the winner of the
inaugural Stetson Kennedy Award
for a book based on investigative
research which casts light on his-
toric Florida events.
Hurst will receive the Stetson
Kennedy Award at the Awards
Luncheon of the Florida Historical
Society, May 21, 2009 during the
Florida Historical Society Annual
Meeting in Pensacola, Florida.

Diana Desqui, Shanai Dominique, Tina Danski, Cetera Bunche, Davena Merricks, Shenette Howard, Lisa
Meyers. L. Jones Photo
Hometown NFL star Lito Sheppard raised funds for area youth through his Good Sheppard Foundation with a
"Dancing with the Stars" event at the Omni Hotel last weekend. The festivities continued with a charity golf clas-
sic on Saturday at the Cimarrone Golf Course. Continued on page 5

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Senior Proms Giving Parents Sticker Shock

By Jason Alderman
Forget college just paying for
your kid's senior year in high school
can break the bank if you haven't
planned carefully. While it's always
a challenge to deny your kids
enjoyable experiences, today's
tough economy is forcing many
families to make difficult decisions
regarding these once-in-a-lifetime
One of the costliest senior
expenses is the prom. At the risk of
dating myself, my prom set me
back $150, mostly for a tuxedo
rental. These days, according to a
Your Prom magazine survey, the
average couple spends at least
$1,000 many pay much more.
It all adds up. Consider:

New prom dresses cost from
$100 to $700 or more. Plan on
another couple of hundred for
shoes, accessories, flowers and pro-
fessionally styled hair, nails and
A new tuxedo will set you back at
least a few hundred dollars, not to
mention the shirt, tie, studs and
shoes you'll need. Even renting all
this will likely cost $150 or more.
Figure at least $100 an hour plus
tip to rent a limousine, for a mini-
mum of four hours.
The national average for prom
tickets varies from $50 to $150 per
person, depending on venue, enter-
tainment, meals, etc. And don't for-
get about commemorative photos.
The couple probably won't want
to eat at McDonalds, so figure at

least $40 for a nice meal.
After-party. This could be any-
where from a few bucks at the
bowling alley to hundreds of dollars
for group hotel suites.
A recent survey showed prom
goers recently, 27 percent recalled
having paid for everything them-
selves, 26 percent had parents who
picked up the whole tab, 14 percent
split it 50-50 with their folks and 12
percent shared the cost with their
date. Bottom line: Don't feel com-
pelled to foot the whole cost. If
your kids have skin in the game,
they'll quickly determine what they
can and can't live without.
Here are a few cost-saving ideas:
Shop for formal wear at consign-
ment stores or online at sites like
eBay or Craig's List. As with tuxe-
dos, many outlets rent formal dress-
es and accessories for one-time use.
Have make-up done at a depart-
ment store's cosmetics department.
At the very least, split the cost
of a limo with other couples.
Team up with other parents to
host a pre-prom dinner buffet or
Take photos yourself- and buy
disposable cameras for candid shots
at various events. Cont. on page 5

From invitation design and
seating arrangements to celebrity
scheduling and band booking,
Associate Social Secretary
Samantha Tubman helps with the
details of every event and cere-
mony held at the White House.
Under the guidance of Social
Secretary Desiree Rogers, the
D.C. native makes sure all goes
according to plan.
Tubman, 29, cut her teeth in

event logistics as a member of the
Obama campaign advance team,
wherein she prepped town halls
for the candidate and assisted
members of the press. Sitting in
the stately reception room of the
White House's East Wing, her
BlackBerry constantly buzzing,
she explains what goes on behind
the scenes for the most influential
event planners in the world.

Unemployment rates for the college-educated, by race

9% -
I March 2007 E March 2009
8 1 7.2%
S5.0% 5.0%
S 4% 3.8%
C 4%
3% 2.7% 2.5
2% 1. 1.7%

White Hispfnic Black Asian

Source: Author's araiysis if nof seasoally adjusted Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Among college-educated, African

Americans hardest hit by unemployment

Fifteen months into a deep reces-
sion, college-educated white work-
ers still had a relatively low unem-
ployment rate of 3.8% in March of
this year. The same could not be
said for African Americans with
four-year degrees. The March 2009

unemployment rate for college-
educated blacks was 7.2%-almost
twice as high as the white rate-and
up 4.5 percentage points from
March 2007, before the start of the
current recession (see chart).
Hispanics and Asian Americans

Program Offers Micro-Loans to Minority and Women Business Owners
An organization called the their cash flow. 1.2 million companies in the U.S.
Minority Business Loan Project Applicants must be over the age yet reports show they generate a lot
(www.MinorityBizLoans.com) is of 18, must have an income of at a less in annual revenue and are
helping minority and women entre- least $1,200 a month for the past 6 more likely to go out of business in
preneurs get access to micro loans months or more, and must be will- their first 5 years of existence, than
to help fund their existing or newly ing to provide valid banking infor- their white counterparts.
started businesses. mation, to verify a checking The Minority Business Loan
Essentially the organization is a account. Aspiring entrepreneurs, project aims to offset those disad-
network of responsible lenders that existing entrepreneurs, home busi- vantages. The micro-loans can typ-
specialize in helping entrepreneurs ness owners, network marketers, ically be approved within 24 hours.
get short term loans and cash etc., are all encouraged to apply. Visit MinorityBizLoans.com for
advances of up to $1,000 to sustain Data shows that African-Americans more information.

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with college degrees were in
between, both with March 2009
unemployment rates of 5%.
Some argue that the problem of
joblessness among African
Americans can be solved by educa-
tion alone, but at every education
level the unemployment rate for
blacks exceeds that of whites. The
disparities among the college-edu-
cated and other evidence strongly
suggest that even if the black edu-
cational attainment distribution was
exactly the same as the white distri-
bution, blacks would still have a
higher unemployment rate than
whites. Without a renewed commit-
ment to anti-discrimination in
employment and job creation in
black communities, high rates of
black joblessness will likely persist.

Q: What's a typical day like for you?
SAMANTHA TUBMAN: Usually there's something going on the state
floor [the first floor of the White House, where formal receptions are held].
If we have an event at 11:30 in the morning, it involves working with the
usher's office and operations to make sure the room is set the way we had
planned. We work with audiovisual, making sure chairs and staging are all
placed where they're supposed to be, and we work with other departments
ensuring that the guests that day are getting in. I'm there to make sure that
everything's going as planned-that the pianist is playing in the foyer, that
there are markings for people standing on stage and that there's water at the
podium. You get the press in, the crowd in, get everyone seated. Then you
tell the AV folks it's time to announce the President, and I'm literally there
opening the door for the President to walk through and go in the East
Room for the event. And that's just one event!
Q: How would you describe the White House's point of view when it
comes to events at the White House?
TUBMAN: The idea that they really want this place to be the people's
house. When we're planning or thinking up any event, we're thinking about
how inclusive are we being in terms of the people who are coming to
attend. We always make sure that we're reaching out not only to DC, but
people from all over, and getting a diverse group.
Q: Have there been times when things didn't go as planned?
TUBMAN: There are schedule changes all the time, when you go from
having 30 minutes to do something to having it get cut down to ten. Or,
you'll get things added to the schedule, where you literally have to arrange
a room overnight. We get stressed out, but then you realize that there are
people here who are going to help make sure that we're going to get it done
and everything's going to be okay.
Q: Any tips for event planning?
TUBMAN: The thing is-it's not about you; it's about your guests. You
should want them to have the best experience that they possibly can. Even
if it's just a small dinner party or you're having people over for drinks,
you've really got to think about the guests' experience no matter what it is.

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Airport and concessions officials join Atlanta Daily World staffers for
the ribbon cutting for the official grand opening of the Atlanta Daily
World newsstand on Concourse C at Atlanta International Airport.
Atlanta Black newspaper breaks new

ground with airport newspaper store

ATLANTA (NNPA) The first
Atlanta Daily World newsstand has
officially opened at Hartsfield-
Jackson Atlanta International
Airport. The newsstand is located
on Concourse C, one of the Atlanta
airport's busiest concourses.
With much fanfare the grand
opening and ribbon cutting featured
book signing by authors Marvin
Arrington and Linda K. Miller.
The opening of the airport news-
stand marks another first in the
Atlanta Daily World's rich history,

said M. Alexis Scott, publisher and
CEO of the Atlanta Daily World.
It is the first Black-owned publi-
cation to have its name on a com-
mercial newsstand in an airport.
"This is a very exciting opportunity
for us," said Scott. "I know that my
grandfather would be very proud,
and I know that his brothers and
sisters would be very proud in
particular, his brother, C.A. Scott,
who served as the publisher of the
newspaper for an unprecedented 63

Some of Jacksonville's best jazz
talent was showcased last Saturday
night at the Ritz Theatre during
Jazzville, an event featuring the
Florida A&M Jazz Ensemble and
local youth group PM Xperience.
The audience was entertained by
FAMU's Jazz Combo and Faculty
Jazz Quintet featuring Lindsey
Sarjeant and Longineu Parsons
joined by special guest drummer
Vaughn Barlow.

The event was sponsored by the
Play Music Fund which is responsi-
ble for the development of the PM
Experience Band. The group is made
up of local youth musicians that
take an active interest in performing
jazz music. All of the band's gradu-
ates have continued their music
studies on the collegiate level and
received a scholarship from their
participation with the band. As stu-
dents matriculate, their spots are

City institutes Stay Home Jacksonville


to combat high
It could be someone you know -
the lady sitting next to you in the
church pew, the friendly checkout
person at your local supermarket or
you co-worker down the hall.
Someone you know may be facing
home foreclosure.
While Jacksonville is one of the
leading cities in the country for
foreclosures, the city and its service
providers are making efforts to step
in and help. The first step accord-
ing to developers, is for the home-
owner in need to reach out for
assistance before it's too late so
alternative solutions can be
Working with its community
partners, the City of Jacksonville
has developed an informational
Web page, www.coj.net, keyword:
"foreclosure", designed as a
resource to connect those home-
owners who are facing foreclosure
with the appropriate agencies for
For many homeowners, the idea
of foreclosure is so devastating that
they ignore the situation and wait
until it is too late to do anything.
The message is clear: do not wait --
you have options and there are peo-
ple who want to help! Most impor-

replaced by younger members.
The FAMU Jazz Combo featured
local students Jaren Walker (tenor
sax), Jeremiah Hunt (bass), C.
Landon Griggs (trumpet), Devin
Paschall (piano), Jeremy Smith
(drums) and Timothy Norris (trom-
Proceeds from the event will ben-
efit the FAMU's Adderley School of
Jazz and the PM Xperience Jazz

foreclosure rates

tantly, a homeowner should not
sign anything that they do not
understand. Unfortunately, there
are predatory agencies that prey on
vulnerable homeowners and prom-
ise to save their home from foreclo-
sure when they can not provide this
The Stay Home site serves as a
legitimate one-stop service that
provides information about foreclo-
sures and can help put the home-
owner in touch with a network of
counselors and legal representa-
tives who can help homeowners
contact their lenders and services
to explore viable options. Falling
behind on a mortgage or con-
fronting an interest rate reset does
not mean you will lose your home!
Homeowners must take charge of
their circumstances, explore all
options available and, most impor-
tantly, not wait until it is too late to
get help.

Supreme Cou
Continued from page 1
renewed repeatedly by
Republican Presidents Richard
Nixon (1970), Gerald Ford (1975),
Ronald Reagan (1982) and George
W. Bush (2006).
Just days after the most recent
extension became law, following a
unanimous Senate vote and a 390-
33 vote in the House, the law was
challenged by the utility district.
A three-judge federal court in
Washington, D.C., last year upheld
Congress' 25-year extension of the
Section 5 provision of the Voting
Rights Act.
The Texas utility district has
appealed to the high court.
Some governors, notably Govs.

Sonny Perdue of Georgia and
Bob Riley of Alabama, both
Republicans, have also argued
against keeping Section 5, saying
it's no longer needed because
Blacks have made significant polit-
ical progress since the Civil Rights
Movement of the 60s and 70s.
The governors, as many others
have lately, point to the election of
President Obama as a prime exam-
ple that Whites will vote for Blacks.
There is no longer a need for more
federal oversight of state and local
elections, they say.
NAACP Washington Bureau
Director Hilary Shelton disagrees.
"The VRA was just re-authorized
in 2006 with Republican support
and it was signed into law by
President Bush," he said.

"The re-authorization was fully
vetted because it went through 30
hearings in the U.S. House and
Senate. It was found by the
Congress that even though progress
had been made by minorities, there
were still many instances of trick-
ery and devices used to lock
minorities out of the voting
In addition to Georgia and
Alabama, states covered in their
entirety are Alaska, Arizona,
Louisiana, Mississippi, South
Carolina and Texas. Parts of
California, Florida, Michigan, New
Hampshire, New York, North
Carolina, South Dakota and
Virginia also need permission from
the Justice Department to change
their election laws and procedures.

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Legacy of A Jazzy Affair continues collegiate

aspirations of local youth jazz musicians

Pictured are members of PM Xpereince, Terrance Peters, Stephon Williams, Jahaan Sweet, Demitry
Glover, Eric Icbarra, Jaren Walten, Bryan Wilson, Robert Mitchell and Arthur Ward with FAMU Jazz
Ensemble director Lindsey B. Sarjeant. CG Photo

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Shown above is Prof. Roy Beckford receiving an award for his pres-
entation from Wakaguzi Director Prof. Baruti Katembo.A. Nealphoto
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The Wakaguzi Forum of Edward Waters College presented Prof.Roy
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Caribbean and parts of the Americas. It is believed to have potential as a
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Wait a minute stop the presses,
what happened with the Universal
Soul Circus? I used to take my son
every year and someone recently
asked me when is the circus com-
ing. I thought about it for a brief
moment and remembered that it
used to come.every February or so
- just in time for black history
Well, that black history month
connection is probably a stretch,
but it is appropriate since it's the
first major black-owned circus. I
went and checked the circus's web-
site and guess what it's still alive
and well.
It is still touring the nation, but
Jacksonville didn't make the cut
this year. Hopefully we can work
our way back onto the tour sched-
ule in 2010.
Where else can you go and hear
the song "Back that Thing Up,"
while an elephant actually backs
that big old thing up if you know
what I mean. Where else can you
go to watch a show and all of a sud-
den a Soul Train line forms and
people from the audience get an
opportunity to showcase their
The nation's only African-
American owned-and-operated cir-
cus was certainly missed this year.
Shifting gears drastically -
President Obama has been in office
for 100 days or so now. Yes, it's
hard to believe seems like.,I was
just trying to figure out who took
by wife's Obama magnet off of her
car ripped it up then placed it under
her windshield wiper.
Funny how time flies when you

100 Days in and Obama Still as

Determined and Focused as Ever

are trying to change the world or at
least the world's perception of the
United States. How would I rate his
performance? I give El Presidente a
Yes, I know some would argue
for either a better or worse grade.
It's funny how politics is polariz-
ing. If you are staunch Republican
and don't like the guy anyway you
are going to find fault with every-
thing he does.
If you are someone who believed
in Obama from the very beginning
and have been a staunch supporter
then you will probably say he
deserves an "A."
Although it's no secret that I sup-
ported President Obama, I do pride
myself on objectively when it
comes to politics well most times.
Some would obviously disagree.
Obama's first 100 days have cer-
tainly been interesting to say the
least, but not many Presidents have
had to walk into office with the
challenges that he and this nation
are facing.
Let's look at the President's
report card. Clearly he gets mixed
reviews based on his various
responsibilities. As it relates to
Presidential swagger that's an A+
all day. No other President can
clam to be as cool as Obama,
although Kennedy, Reagan and
Clinton could probably make pretty
good arguments.
Team Obama has been smart

from the beginning of course. No
one has ever run a presidential
campaign the way his group did.
Going into office they have been
very smart to lower expectations.
I actually think that the state of
the economy helps the administra-
tion, because most logical thinking
individuals will agree that it will
take some time to actually pull this
ox out of the ditch.
Obama does get another good
grade for redirecting the course of
the nation. Although many do not
agree with the way it was done, but
closing Guantanamo Bay was
needed and necessary. I guess that
means that the CIA will have to fig-
ure out other ways to "aggressive-
ly" interrogate prisoners.
Green technology was not just
campaign jargon the government
is looking at various ways to
encourage green building and ener-
gy conservation. Stem cell research
is back on the table, and scientist
are now able to do what they do -
research and innovate.
We have clearly changed direc-
tion in Afghanistan and Iraq. I am
still dumbfounded at the power of
the Presidency. George W. Bush
basically decided that he wanted to
dethrone Saddam Hussein and
invade Iraq and used the 9/11
tragedy as his excuse to do it.
It seems criminal to mislead the
public in that way. Federal agents
found more weapons of mass

destruction at the rapper T.I.'s home
than in Iraq.
Sure some feel that President
Obama shouldn't have meet with
Hugo Chavez because he is so anti-
American, but I disagree. I would
rather sit across the table from a
critic and attempt to address his or
her issues versus ignoring them.
Of course the federal deficit is
still spiraling out of control, but in
order to "stimulate" the economy
and pull out of this the hole we are
in you have to try and do some-
thing. Sitting and waiting for the
market to fix itself is simply not an
option in my opinion.
However, on economic policies I
give the administration a "B-"
because the effort is definitely
there, however now we have to
wait and see if there will be a true
trickle down effect.
I would caution the Obama
administration to not do too much
too soon. Of course we call want to
see immediate change, but again
that's not realistic. It took years and
almost a perfect financial storm for
us to get in the economic mess.
Surely it will take some time to get
Obama certainly is far from per-
fect, but it's hard to judge a guy 100
days in. So let's be realistic about
his evaluation.
In 1960 JFK promised to put a
man on the moon, the country
eventually did it, but not under

Are black athletes obligated to give back?

The salaries of all NBA, NFL
and MLB players combine for an
annual payroll of about $57 billion.
Now, keep in mind that 80 per-
cent of the players in the NBA, 70
percent of the players in the NFL
pnd 8.4 percent in Major League
Baseball are black. When you do

The recent
NFL draft will
create a whole
new crop of
young million-
aires, many of
them black.

the math,
$33.25 billion
moves through
the hands of
black athletes
every year. A
great amount
of money, but

to what great purpose?
Don't get me wrong; I'm not hat-
ing. But, when you make that kind
of money, what responsibility do
you have to give something back to
your community?
And I know there are those who
would argue that a black athlete is
no different from his white team-
mates; both are part of the "genera-
tion of me." But if you're white,
you're not part of a race of people
who are shackled with the highest
rate of imprisonment, the highest
unemployment rate, the highest
rate of death and illness as result of
inadequate health care, the highest
poverty rates.
So with a little more than $33 bil-
lion in the hands of approximately
1,425 black men the pool of profes-
sional athletes, do they have a
greater responsibility to address
these problems? Does anybody
remember that better off does not
make you better than?
In part, my argument relies on
some empathy and personal experi-
ence. Many of them would still be
living from hand to mouth if some-

one had not discovered and nur-
tured their talents. Whether it was
their height, size, weight or athletic
gifts, someone had to help them get
to this point of extraordinary
How did they get there? It does
not matter. The fact is that they are
at the mountaintop. And I say, we
have a right to expect more.
Our schools are failing, public
libraries are closing, community
centers and playgrounds are a thing
of the past. Black-on-black crime is
at its highest levels in American
history, and despite all the sexual
education that is put before our
young men and women, teenage
pregnancy and disease still run
Dr. Harry Edwards, political
activist, author and professor of
sociology at University of
California, Berkeley. His take?
"Unfortunately, today's athletes-
they don't have a broad scope of
Edwards, who has written exten-
sively about black athletes and con-
sulted for sport franchises on how
to deal with their young black play-
ers, said players have no grasp of
history and the responsibility it
imposes on them.
"You cannot compel them to do
something they are not taught to
do," he said. "I worked on the
Obama campaign and getting guys
to donate $2,300 was like pulling
teeth. I had some of them tell me:
'I'm a basketball player-that's what
Jesus is for."'
This is not about beating up on
the black athlete. We can make the
same argument about doctors,
lawyers, engineers and journalists
who have been successful, but a

pro-sports paycheck represents a
special vein of good fortune. It's the
American Dream on steroids. To
me it's about what's right and
what's wrong.
OK, we can talk about the Magic
,JohnsPns ,and Tiger Woodses of the
world. One of them, Magic, has
built a $750 million empire of
urban businesses focusing on fit-
ness centers, restaurants, travel,
real estate funds, media and enter-
tainment, and food services.
The other, Tiger, has built a high-
tech, 35,000-square-foot educa-
tional center that costs $25 million

and offers children in grades 4-12
educational programs in a building
that houses 100 computer stations,
a 200-seat auditorium and a 1,200
square foot multimedia center.
But that's two. For the most part,
athletes have done a half-hearted
job of being good role models,
because there is no money and no
commitment behind it.
Can you imagine what could be
accomplished if just 10 percent of
black athletes came together and
gave 10 percent of the billions they
make to some cause or causes in
their communities?

Service is Missing from the Service Industry near a flightatten-
dant who was eat-

by George Curry
A recent 10-day trip with Rev.
Jesse Jackson, Sr. to Kuala,
Lampur, Malaysia and Bangkok,
Thailand, reminded me of how gra-
cious Asians are, especially those
working in the service sector, and
the declining quality of service and
rising inconsideration we often
experience in the United States.
Speaking of inconsideration, let's
begin with my original trip, United
Flight 209, on April 16 from
Washington Dulles International
Airport to Los Angeles. Although I
was aware of the policy, my trip
began on a bad note when I went to
check my bag and was told that it
would cost me $15. After grudging-
ly paying the fee, I remembered
why I studiously avoided flying
United and USAirways when prac-
tical. In the case of USAir, they
came up with the stupid idea since
abandoned of charging for sodas
and water. That's on top of their
decision to charge for ticketed lug-

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gage as well. When it becomes nec-
essary to fly on either USAir or
United, I make a point of traveling
with carry-on luggage and either
eating before boarding the plane or
carrying food with me. Airline
food, an oxymoron in the U.S., is
bad enough. And having to pay for
it is even worse.
I left D.C. at 2:40 P.M., EDST,
arriving in L.A. almost six hours
later. On that cross-country flight,
we were offered free non-alcoholic
beverages in economy class and
given the option of purchasing what
they called food. I was hungry, but
as a matter of principle, I refused to
purchase anything. On a flight that
long or any shorter one, for that
matter I would have preferred
United Airlines increasing their
ticket price by $20 or $25 and skip-
ping the ordeal of paying to check
one suitcase and not even offering
flyers free peanuts on a flight that
lasted nearly six hours.
After uniting with Rev. Jackson

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and his team during a 5 hour, 51-
minute layover at LAX, we boarded
Thai Airways flight 795 for a 16-
hour ride to Bangkok and trans-
ferred to another plane for a 2-hour
flight to Kuala Lampur, or KL as
they call it. In L.A., we upgraded to
business class and I fly often
enough to know the difference in
the level of service offered in econ-
omy and that offered to customers
in business or first class. And there
is a difference. While there should
be a difference in what's offered to
passengers paying higher prices to
ride, there should not be a differ-
ence in the quality of customer
service. And there was.
This is not to say that U.S. flight
attendants were not polite. In gener-
al, most of them are. But it was the
extent that Thai employees went to
provide that extra effort that most
impressed me. For example, about
three-fourths of the way to
Bangkok, I got up to use the toilet.
Both were occupied. I was standing

ing some soup in the work area. I
threw my head back to squeeze a
lubricant into my tired eyes and at
the bat of an eye -- literally she
had put down her food and handed
me a paper towel. I was both grate-
ful and impressed. A couple of min-
utes later, another flight attendant
informed me that the lavatory on
the other side of the plane was
Those were two small gestures
clearly left a good impression on
me. When you combine that with
the exceptional service flight atten-
dants provided throughout the
flight, I am not surprised that many
U.S. airlines are in trouble.
Not all U.S. carriers provide poor
service. Southwest is a perfect
example. They don't charge for
sodas, as USAir tried for a while,
and they don't charge for checking
baggage unless it exceeds certain
levels. Now that they have elimi-
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Your Credit Cards
The credit card industry is one of the nation's most
powerful and lucrative businesses and President
Barack Obama says his administration will push for
more protections for credit card consumers. After summoning senior credit
card industry execs to the White House, the nation's consumer-in-chief said,
"The days of any-time, any-reason rate hikes and late-fee traps have to end".
The stakes couldn't be higher and the purveyors of plastic don't intend to
be forced into financial submission. The industry annually collects an esti-
mated $3 trillion in annual credit and debit card transactions, plus billions
more in late fees and other charges.
America is a nation propped up on credit card debt. The average U.S.
household carries more than $10,000 in credit card debt. Many consumers
have complained about the high-fees of credit card companies and the U.S.
House has approved a bill that would stop credit card issuers from imposing
arbitrary interest rate increases and penalties, while halting certain billing
A credit card is a pre approved loan with flexible repayment options. It's
distinguished from other financial instruments by the freedom it gives bor-
rowers to determine the size of the loan and the pace at which it is repaid.
Data collected by the Federal Reserve shows minorities most at risk of dam-
aging their financial futures due to poor credit card management. African
American households, in particular spend larger percentages of their
incomes paying credit card and other high interest rate debt, heading closer
to foreclosure bankruptcy while enriching lenders.
In 2001, 59 percent of African American families had credit cards, com-
pared to 82 percent of white families. Although African American house-
holds have lower rates of credit card ownership, African American card-
holders are more likely than whites to have credit card debt. Credit card debt
has caused African American families to use critical financial resources to
pay mounting monthly interest payments instead of saving or acquiring
assets. Unfortunately, most of the debt African Americans have accumulat-
ed is used for items that depreciate in value, such as cars, furniture, elec-
tronics, and appliances. This is an indication that blacks use credit inappro-
priately to stretch their incomes. Historic redlining by traditional banks has
left high-interest credit cards as one of the few easily accessible sources of
loans for minorities.
Close to two million African American households have annual incomes
of at least $75,000, but there are comparatively few affinity, co-branded and
reward cards targeted specifically to blacks. However, the high levels of
unbanked and underbanked blacks have spawn affinity and co-branded pre-
paid cards marketed primarily to them. One example is record industry
mogul Russell Simmons' Visa RushCard. Though Simmons wasn't in the
White House meeting on credit cards his company is a symptom of the prob-
lem. He claims to be solving problems for underbanked communities,
which often lack access top a bank account, but complaints are mounting
about the fee structure of his prepaid Visa RushCard. To utilize Simmons'
RushCard and "live the American Dream" requires an activation fee of
$19.95, a daily convenience fee of $1 (capped at $10 a month) and a $1.95
ATM cash withdrawal fee.
It's going to take more than Obama taking credit card executives to the
White House woodshed. Americans are used to credit cards and most have
at least one credit card. When they go shopping, they just use their credit
cards, since they don't have to pay cash many feel as if they're not spending
their own money. Good financial management for African Americans
requires actively tracking credit card usage and considering it a portion of
overall net worth. When the economy is good, people do not worry because
they know they can pay in one month when the credit card company sends
them a bill. But now the economy is so bad, many people can not pay for
the total amount and pay just the minimum which puts them in a 19 percent
to 24 percent high interest rate category.
A rule of thumb for credit card use in today's economic times if you can't
afford it, don't buy it.

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jril 30 May 6, zu2009

I1 Some HBCUs Hotbeds of Terrorism?

Shown above (L-R) TOP: Gene White, Yinka Ajirotutu, Brenda Priestly-Jackson, Esq, Tangela Johnson,
Dwayne Thomas, Irvin Pedro Cohen and Jermyn Shannon-El, Bottom: Kya Jackson, Tan Mayhew, Tangee
Huger, Veronica Mitchell and co-organizer Rudy Jamison. KFP
EPIC Seeks to Empower City's Young Leaders Businessman and entrepreneur Irvin
"Pedro" Cohen was among the co-hosts of the the EPIC (Empowered Professionals Impacting Communities)
Breakfast last week at Juliette's Bistro in the Omni Hotel. The guest speaker was Brenda Priestly-Jackson, Esq.,
Duval County School Board Member and Author of The Council: MK's First Commission. Mrs. Priestly-Jackson,
a Jacksonville native has an extremely interesting story of her life and career path. Ms. Jackson spoke about self
publishing her book and the fact that "a college degree is like a high school diploma". EPIC's mission is to edu-
cate, involve, and empower the leaders of Jacksonville's business, political, and educational communities. EPIC's
area director is Rudy Jamison Jr., and can be reached at 386-8926.

Sheppard Persuades NFL Friends to "Dance

with the Stars" to Benefit Jacksonville Youth

Winners of the competition were (L-R) Jevon Kearse, Tennessee
Titans Defensive End, Winner Andre Clinch, host Lito Sheppard and
Shaundra Henry.
Continued from front
The purpose of the weekend's Smim mons
activities was to bring awareness to _____ __
the programs and mission of the
Good Sheppard Foundation and
raise funds to benefit community
groups such as the Mitchell Center.
The Mitchell Center is one of
Jacksonville's safe environments ,
for teens. There teens are taught
invaluable skills to help them tran-
sition into adulthood. A portion of
the funds raised during the charity
weekend will be used to purchase i
computers, video equipment and
other high tech equipment for the
teens to use. They will specifically Charles E. Sim
use the equipment to learn valuable
skills and produce video and music | t
projects. I hospital
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Gator and current NFL Player Lito Ha ue -our ne Wo
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were impressive and the crowd was 1771 E dgewood
in awe as Jacksonville was feted
with their own dancing with the Jacksonville,

stars competition.
"I was born and raised in
Jacksonville and it is important to
give back to the community." said
Sheppard regarding his dedication
to the local community. As a gradu-
ate of Eugene Butler and Raines
High School, Sheppard said he was
faced with the challenges of being
an at risk student in his neighbor-
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have to believe they can reach their
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Does a new report highlighting
Virginia's historically Black col-
leges make unfair assumptions
about race, region and religion that
could undermine civil liberties for
African Americans?
A 200-page analysis produced by
the Virginia State Police singles out
Black-college campuses in
Hampton Roads and Richmond
areas at potential hotbeds for terror-
ist .activities and urges that they are
carefully watched.
While the report does not identify
the institutions by name, there is no
question that the reference is to
Norfolk State University, Hampton
University, Virginia State
University in Petersburg and
Virginia Union University in
Richmond. Campus groups "are
recognized as a radicalization node
for almost every type of extremist
group," the report says.
"Richmond's history as the capi-
tal city of the Confederacy, com-
bined with the city's current demo-
graphic concentration of African-
American residents, contributes to
the continued presence of race-
based extremist groups."

However, the report acknowl-
edges that none of the institutions
cited have ever been the center of
violence or terrorism, it calls for
close monitoring "In order to detect
and deter terrorist attacks."
The American Civil Liberties
Union calls the report outrageous.
Speaking before a Senate sub-
committee last week, Caroline
Fredrickson, director of the ACLU's
Washington legislative office, said
that reports like this one "would be
laughable except that they come

with the imprimatur of a federally
backed intelligence operation, and
they encourage law enforcement
officers to monitor the activities of
political activists and racial and
religious minorities," Fredrickson
said. "What is clear is that these
abusive intelligence reports do
nothing to improve security.
Sharing misleading information
about the ideologies and activities
of nonviolent groups only under-
mines public support for law

Percentage of Unemployed Black College
Grads Twice That of White Counterparts
The number of Blacks who graduated from college and are now unem-
ployed sits at 7.2%, which is almost twice the rate of Whites and is also
higher than that of Hispanic and Asian grads.
The numbers, released by the U.S. Labor Department, also reveal the
unemployment rate for Hispanic and Asian graduates both at 5 percent -
were higher than White grads, who had a jobless rate of 3.8 percent. The
disparity could partly be due to the high Black populations in some of the
U.S. cities hardest hit by the economic crisis, Algernon Austin, director of
the race, ethnicity and economy program at the Economic Policy Institute,
told the Sun Times.
But Austin also warns that one can't just blame the numbers on the reces-
sion, because even when the economy was doing well, the gap between
Whites and all other races still existed.



RE: Amended FY 2006 and FY 2007 Section 5316 Formula Grant


Jacksonville, Florida
Jacksonville Transportation Authority

Notice is hereby given that the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is providing an opportuni-
ty for a public hearing to consider its Amended FY 2005/2006 and FY 2006/2007 Program of Projects
from which federal funds are being requested from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Funding
is generally available on an 80/20 matching basis between federal and local sources for Capital projects
and on a 50/50 matching basis between federal and local sources for Operating projects. The public is
encouraged to comment on any and all projects listed below.

Agency: Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Project Description: Administrative Costs (up to 10%)
Agency Type: Local or Regional Transit Authority
Funding Amount: $76,645 (Federal)
Type of Project in Coordinated Plan: Coordinate Seamless Transportation
across Jurisdictional Boundhies and/or Between Services

Agency: St. Johns County Council on Aging
Project Description: Ride Request from St. Augustine to Jacksonville
Agency Type: Not For Profit (Community Transportation Coordinator)
Funding Amount: $256,302 (Federal) + $256,302 (Local) = $512,604
Type of Project in Coordinated Plan: Enhance Transportation Service Availability
and Accessibility

Agency: Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Project Description: Continued Operation of Existing Ride Request Service
Agency Type: Local or Regional Transit Authority
Funding Amount: $195,246 (Federal) + $195,247 (Local) = $390,493
Type of Project in Coordinated Plan: Enhance Transportation Service Availability
and Accessibility

Agency: St. Johns County Council on Aging
Project Description: Purchase one medium duty low floor cutaway
Agency Type: Not For Profit (Community Transportation Coordinator)
Funding Amount: $62,639 (Federal) + $15,660 (Local) = $78,299
Type of Project in Coordinated Plan: Enhance Transportation Service Availability
and Accessibility

Agency: Nassau County Council on Aging
Project Description: Purchase one vehicle for trips to low income workers
Agency Type: Not For Profit (Community Transportation Coordinator)
Funding Amount: $55,523 (Federal) + $13,881 (Local) = $69,404
Type of Project in Coordinated Plan: Enhance Transportation Service Availability
and Accessibility

Agency: Clay County Council on Aging
Project Description: Continue current routes and expand service in business districts of O.P.
Agency Type: Not For Profit (Community Transportation Coordinator)
Funding Amount: $120,096 (Federal) + $120,096 (Local) = $240,192
Type of Project in Coordinated Plan: Enhance Transportation Service Availability
and Accessibility

Total funding: $766,451 (Federal) + $601,186 (Local) = $1,367,637

Persons wishing to testify on this subject must notify the JTA in writing before 5:00 p.m. on May 30, 2009. If
a request is received by the stated time, a public hearing will be scheduled and the public notified. Mail requests

Notice of Public Hearing, Amended Section 5316 Grant
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Post Office Drawer "0"
Jacksonville, Florida 32203

These projects have been coordinated through the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Unified
Planning Work Program (UPWP) of the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization (North Florida
TPO) for the Jacksonville Urbanized Area, as well as being reviewed through the Coordinated Planning process
of the Northeast Florida Mobility Coalition. No business displacements are expected to occur as a result of
project implementation. These projects will have no substantial harmful effects on the environment, nor will
they adversely affect service levels to the elderly or disabled.

Details of the Program of Projects are posted in the JTA Lobby at 100 North Myrtle Avenue through May 30,
2009 during normal business hours. Persons with disabilities who need accommodations to attend the meeting
should contact the JTA Connexion office at 904-265-6001, CTC TDD 636-7402. This notice will constitute the
final publication unless the Program of Projects is further amended.
Kenneth R. Holton
(904) 630-3187
Manager of Capital Programming and Grants

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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.

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 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.

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 refresh-
ments. 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 bags.
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.

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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.

BCU Alumni to Celebrate Mary
McLeod Bethune at St. Paul AME
The Bethune Cookman Duval/Nassau Chapter will have a Celebration of
Life and Legacy of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune on Saturday, May 16, 2009
(her birthday) at 11 a.m. at St. Paul AME Church in the Fellowship Hall,
6910 New Kings Road. For more information, call Ms. Johnson at 962-2631.

Bible Study and Scrapbook Event
There will be a Women's Bible Study and Scrapbooking event featuring
food, fun and fellowship on Friday, May 8th from 10 a.m. 6 p.m. Attendees
are asked to bring a Bible, scrapbook materials and a covered dish for the free
festivities to be held at Webb Wesconnett Library, 6887 103rd Street. For
more information, call 766-0452.

Gospel Tidbits ---

*** Marion Wayans of the infamous Wayans clan will produce a
movie version of A.J. Jacobs best-selling book, "The Year of Living
Biblically: One Man's Quest to Follow The Bible as Literally as Possible."
For one year Jacobs followed not only the easy laws about tithing and char-
ity, but the not so easy ones as well, such as not wearing clothing of mixed
fibers and calling the days of the week by their numbers to avoid saying the
names of pagan gods. The book was insightful and funny and we hope the
movie turns out just as well.
***Just this past week actress Cicely Tyson and dynamic vocalist Lady
Tramaine Hawkins participated in a rites of academic passage ceremony
for College Bound a California based organization that prepares under-
served students for admission and graduation from four-year colleges and
universities. College Bound is celebrating its 16th year.
***The Joel Osteen train is pulling out of Texas and heading toward
New York. The pastor with the pearly whites and the perpetual message of
positive thinking is bringing his message, "A Historic Night of Hope to
Yankee Stadium, Saturday, April 25. This is the first non-sporting event to
be held at the newly built stadium.
***Can I get a witness? Who doesn't love the Clark Sisters? The sis-
ters, Karen, Dorinda, Jacky and Elbertina (Twinkie), are still riding off the
success of their latest CD, "Live: One Last Time" and have made plans to
record new music for EMI Gospel and Christmas CD later this year.

Pictured with her grandson, Jimmy Shambly, whom she lives with,
Rebecca Lanier celebrated another birthday with family and friends.
Credit: Mychal Lilly/Cleveland Call and Post
Cleveland Woman is 117 and Counting
A story issued by the NNPA News Service last week reported a 115th
birthday celebration for Ms. Gertrude Baines of Los Angeles, who turned
115 April 6. No doubt, eyebrows raised in amazement at this report of a
woman, born in 1894, identified as the "world's oldest person."
Turns out that Ms. Baines as amazing as she is is not the "world's old-
est" living person after all. In fact she was born two years after Ms. Rebecca
Lanier of Warrensville, Ohio, who turned 117 on March 24.
The Cleveland Call and Post was quick to point out the error by issuing
the paper's story that celebrated Ms. Lanier last month.
"Born on March 24, 1892, in Eutaw, Ala., Rebecca Lanier has witnessed
one century, one decade, and seven years of life. That means she's survived
the rise and fall of the Jim Crow South in addition to two world wars, saw
African Americans assert their civil rights, the turning of two millennia, and
the free world elect a Black man as president," the story reports.
It reported that Lanier's family and friends celebrated her as "Queen for
a Day" at the Warrensville Heights Senior Civic Center, where she'd taken
a Tai Chi for Health class. Ms. Lanier also loves traveling, her family says.
Both "queens" Baines and Lanier are enjoying good health.
According to the Call and Post, "Lanier's family credits her longevity to her
forgiving nature, quiet and gentle spirit, obedience to God's word, fervent
prayer life, love of good food, lack of longing material things, and her faith
in Jesus Christ."

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Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.

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

Noon Day Worship

Youth Church 7:00 p.m.

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Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Weekly Services

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

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

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

Come share In Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 4:50 p.m.


Bishop Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

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

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Sunday School
9 a.m.
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10 a.m.
Lord's Supper
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3:00 p.m.
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Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.

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(904) 765-5683 Email:dccfmbc@yahoo.com

11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
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Found And Lost: 1786 Slaves' Freedom Site

Black history is again bittersweet
in this old Hudson River city.
On May 1, 1786, seventy-six
years before the Emancipation
Proclamation, the very first libera-
tion law of its kind in America was
passed. It freed a tiny number of
slaves in an act of freedom of
earth-shattering importance.
Now, a further startling discovery
has been made:
The long-lost formal lawn and
garden where these slaves actually
toiled and then walked in free-
dom has been found.
Also discovered have been the
names of the slaves themselves.
Slaves Tom, Mary, Betty, Caesar,
Wall, and Cato unknowingly
blazed the trail of liberty for the
millions more of their fellow
African-Americans remaining in
bondage into the next century.
These Yonkers slaves belonged
to the richest man and woman in
old New York.
The lawn they walked, both in
slavery and in freedom, was trod
by George Washington, John Jay,
and other founding fathers of
America. It was the actual entrance

Now Doomed by Developer

to the Philipse Manor Hall, and
was an epicenter of both white and
African-American life in the New
York City area.
The house in which the slaves
slept in the attic rafters was
named a National Treasure by
President Clinton.
And the thirteen old buildings
ringing the old "liberation lawn,"
now a vacant overgrown lot, were
recently landmarked.
The land's lure to fugitive slaves
escaping to freedom, continued in
the nineteenth century. It became
an island of freedom, surrounded
by a sea of slavery. Quakers owned
local property, and the
Underground Railroad operated
Documentation has been discov-
ered that in 1859 on the very site
of Tom and Mary's legacy the
first Baptist church in Yonkers col-
lected money for "securing the lib-
eration of a brother and two sisters
from slavery."
But as the freedom anniversary
approaches, a developer is on track
to obliterate the land. The soil will
be hauled away, including its

archaeological contents, the pit
filled with concrete footings, and a
garage and high-rise glass condo
will rise. Old maps shows many
parts of the lot have never been
developed, since Indian times.
No other place in the United
States has been found combining
these documented roles in slavery
and freedom spanning three cen-
turies, including slaves freed by
this first such law in America, with
their names.
Hidden in plain sight, in the
fourth-largest city in New York, is
this proud legacy of the African-
American culture that literally
built Yonkers, reaching back over
three centuries.
A member of the Historical
Society remarked, "It took 223
years to rediscover this 'ground
zero' of African-American free-
dom. But the 'Liberation Lawn' is
once again captive no longer by a
slave master, but by a developer
and the City. Tom and Mary's free-
dom site the first of its kind in
America probably will not be
here on May 1, 2010, for its 224th

COGIC Church leaders break 107-year tradlton

and move nalenal convention Irem Memphis

The city of Memphis is a little
Since 1907 the world's largest
African-American denomination,
Church of God in Christ, has held
its annual convocation in Memphis,
Tennessee. Last year the gathering
brought over 50,000 visitors and
$35 million dollars in revenue to
the city in just one week. Next year,
much to the surprise of Memphis
city officials, the convention will be
held in St. Louis.
Otis Sanford, a journalist for the
Memphis Commercial Appeal, the
daily newspaper wrote in an opin-
ion column, "So what does St.
Louis have that Memphis doesn't? I
know St. Louis is the gateway to the
west, big deal. Memphis is the front
door to the Delta."
Kevin Kane, President and CEO
of the Memphis Convention and
Visitors Bureau puts the blame on
the economy. "It's very competitive
out there. Cities with larger build-
ings, larger hotels, are literally out
there trying to buy business," Kane
said. "Do whatever they can do to
help this economic shortfall people
are feeling."

Swine Flu: What you need to know

The Obama Administration has
declared a public health emergency
in the U. S. in response to an out-
break of a swine flu virus that has
reportedly killed as many as 103
people in New Mexico and caused
at least 20 non-deadly influenza
cases in the U. S.
President Obama has said while

avoid it," said Dr. Rubens J.
Pamies, chair of the congressional
advisory committee for the U. S.
Office of Minority Health and a
vice chancellor at the University of
Nebraska Medical center.
"African-Americans are not
genetically predisposed to getting
viruses quicker," Pamies said.


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People wearing surgical masks stand in line to enter the General
Hospital in Mexico City, Friday, April 24, 2009. Federal health author-
ities closed schools Friday across this metropolis of 20 million after at
least 16 people have died and more than 900 others fell ill from what
health officials suspect is a strain of swine flu new to Mexico.

the country is in a constant state of
alert, there is no cause for alarm.
Meanwhile, two top African-
American medical experts, inter-
viewed by the NNPA News Service,
are reiterating key ways to avoid
getting this strand of the flu, given
the disparate impacts and outcomes
that medical conditions often have
in Black communities.
"African-Americans should be
indeed concerned about this, but
there are a number of things that
they can do and should do to
decrease the likelihood of develop-
ing this infection," says Dr. Louis
Sullivan, a former secretary of
Health and Human Services and
founder of the Morehouse School
of Medicine.
"It seems to be a very aggressive
type of virus so the main thing is to

But, he stressed that socioeco-
nomic and pre-existing medical
conditions can exacerbate the
spread or affect of the virus in the
Black community. Lack of health
care plans, lower quality health care
and resistance to seeing a doctor
quickly have also caused disparate
illness in Black communities,
experts have said.
"My thinking on any viral syn-
drome is that the best approach is to
avoid contracting it," says Pamies.
While fear of the virus has all but
shut down Mexico City where mil-
lions of people are staying home or
wearing masks, the Obama
Administration, including represen-
tatives from the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention and
Homeland Security, held a special
press briefing on Sunday with

hopes to thoroughly educate on
what's being done to stop the
spread of the virus, which has
shown up in at least five states in
the U. S. At NNPA deadline
Monday, they included eight cases
confirmed in New York City, one
case in Ohio, two cases in Kansas,
two in Texas, and seven in
California. No one has died from
the flu in the U. S.
"Both the U.S. and Mexican gov-
ernments are taking steps to reduce
the potential for further transmis-
sion. Our goal is simple: to commu-
nicate information quickly and
clearly for our citizens, to rapidly
address any new cases that emerge,
and to have the capacity to effec-
tively limit the spread," said John
Brennan, assistant to President
Obama for Homeland Security and,
counterterrorism, speaking to
reporters in the White House Press
Room. "At this point a top priority
is to ensure that communication is
robust and that medical surveillance
efforts are fully activated. This will
enable both the rapid identification
and broad notification of any new
cases that may occur in the U.S., as
well as in Mexico."
Obama Administration officials
said Sunday that the flu strain most
likely developed naturally.
However, surveillance from the
Department of Homeland Security
is monitoring the situation as well
as conducting surveillance to ward
against bioterrorism.
Sullivan and Pamies gave the fol-
lowing instructions on how to help
avoid catching the swine flu:
Avoid large crowds to the great-
est degree possible, since a lot of
the spread comes from the close
Get plenty of rest to build up
resistance to illness.
Practice good nutrition.
Avoid contact with people who
may have symptoms of flu or cold.
Wash hands or using hand sani-
tizers frequently before eating or
contact with mouth or nose.
Avoid going to areas where the

outbreaks have occurred.
Beware of people coughing and
sneezing around you and avoid
unnecessary close contact.
Go to a doctor quickly if symp-
toms arise.
Symptoms are similar to "garden
variety flu-like symptoms only
more severe", says Pamies. "They
include a fever, but slightly higher,
101.5 or greater, more muscle
aches, more coughing; then I would
immediately seek help."
He added that if someone already
has underlying chronic conditions
like "diabetes, chronic obstructive
lung disease, asthma, heart condi-
tions and so on that predisposes you
to having worse outcomes, I would
be doubly careful about going to
areas that are at high risk and
[affected] areas."
Among the most .important
actions is listening to information
and instructions being dissiminated
by the Centers for Disease Control,
the White House and medical
experts, the doctors said. Although
dispelling myths and rumors are
important. Experts have said the
virus can not and is not being
spread by eating pork; but has been
transmitted to humans from contact
with livestock or other humans with
the virus.
Also, this swine flu virus has
been a threat to the health of young
adults as much as the elderly, sick
and infants, who are normally pre-
disposed to catching viruses.
"The worrisome thing about this
current flu bug, particularly in New
Mexico, this has been really affect-
ing young adults. So, whether or
not that will prove to be the case in
the United States, I don't know,"
says Pamies. "The other thing is
that, thus far, it appears that in the
United States for reasons that are
not yet clear people in the United
States have not been as severely
affected... But, it's too soon to
know whether this will be the gen-
eral pattern."

While the city officials and busi-
ness owners bemoan the loss of rev-
enue, hotel and restaurant service
workers tell another story.
Hospitality workers are rife with
tales of being routinely mistreated
by loud and rude groups that did not
tip wait staff, and of missing hotel
towels, bed sheets and TV's that
had to be replaced.
The saints tell yet another story.
While most appreciate the lengths
the city went to accommodate
them, they also contend that
Memphis fit the convocation like a
coat too small and that the city sim-

ply lacked enough centrally located
resources to make the convention
work efficiently. They are also
happy enough to break with tradi-
tion and move on to something new.
Clearly the split between Memphis
and the COGIC convention is a bit
messy, as break-ups tend to be.
There is blame on both sides. You
can't characterize the whole for the
actions of a few. Nor can you take
something for granted; just because
that's the way it has always been,
even if it has been for 102 years.
One Memphis citizen put it suc-
cinctly, "We'll only miss the hats."

Sugar of the Crop

Author's new book reveals untold
stories of children of former slaves


African Americans have long
researched and studied the ramifi-
cations of slavery. Many of our
culture's greatest sociologists and
philosophers have diagnosed vari-
ous stigmas stemming from the
struggles of slavery.
Journalist/Arthur Sana Butler has
a story titled "Sugar of the Crop:
My Journey to Find the Children of
Slaves," which explores an untold
story of our past and present.
"I felt that, if I didn't pursue it
the story would never be told,"
explained Sana Butler to EURweb's
Ricki Morris on what drove her to
spend 10 years of her life searching
for a generation that many didn't
know still existed.
The idea of finding the family
stories of former slaves presented
itself to Ms. Butler twice, the first
was when she realized her Great
Grandmother was a child of a for-
mer slave, and then years later the
idea was revisited by her Network
television job.
"My Great Grandmother, Larue
Johnson, was born in the back
woods, and I say that not as an
insult but as a beautiful thing. She
was born in the (southern) country
and across the street from church.
She was buried -- in the backyard
of the farm she used to own,"
explained Butler. "Here I am at this
funeral, but yet in the back of my
mind, I'm thinking 'A funeral' but
yet we are all laughing and joking
and clowning and happy. How in
the world did we get to be this

Like many African Americans,
Sana Butler thought people/fami-
lies from slavery were traumatized
and broken, so looking at her per-
fectly healthy family, she wondered
if there were families like hers, and
how interesting their stories would
be for other African Americans to
"Sugar of the Crop" is a chronicle
of human stories never told before,
of how slaves emerged from the
Civil War to become selfless par-
ents, and how they faced a new
America with a powerful energy
that resulted in some of history's
greatest Negro challenges. The
book is based on interviews of the
sons and daughters of slaves, which
were all conducted by Butler.
"Obviously as an African
Americans we know there is a con-
nection to slavery, but you just
don't know where the connection
is. As I evolved to the story and
doing research, (I realized) people
didn't consider themselves as
slaves, people didn't consider their
parents as slaves, so there was no
need to have a conversation (with)
them as slaves. They only knew
their parents as Mom and Dad,
which is very logical," said Butler.
Former CNBC writer, Sana
Butler can proudly say "No one
will ever be able to interview as
many children of slaves as she."
Much of the generation was dying
off, and now all of her sources have
passed way.
"When the historians and every-
one I spoke to, when I called, when
I thought that this generation had
been found before, (they had a) 'Do
you know when slavery ended?'
kind of attitude, (but) I was able to
ignore those sort of responses," said
Butler. "When they told me that
nothing had been done, I thought
there could maybe be a possibility."
As a result of Ms. Butler's undy-
ing curiosity, and determination to
get this remarkable story told,
"Sugar of The: My Journey to Find
the Children of Slaves," is a com-
pleted work and available in hard
cover, for $24.95, at your neighbor-
hood bookstore.

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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
The City of Jacksonville and our
community's multicultural commu-
nity organizations invite citizens
and visitors to join in the 17th
Annual World of Nations
Celebration. The festival will take
place May 1-3 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 avanaole at me rutz iiieatre aniu
other outlets or call 632-5555.

Ritz Jazz'n Jam
Ritz Jazz'n Jam Hosted by "Jazz
Man" Na'im Rashid will be held on
Saturday, May 2nd at 8 p.m. It's an
evening of jazz flavors, smooth
sounds and cool people. Experience
the Ritz Jazz'n Jam in an atmos-
phere of relaxing music, beverages
and musical surprises. Na'im and
the Jazz Band welcome you to bring
your instrument or vocals and jam
with the band. Or just bring your
"Ear On Jazz"! Call 632-5555 for
more information.

3rd Annual Stanton
Reunion Gala
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

First Wednesday
Art Walk
The City of Jacksonville's Art
Walk is a free, self-guided tour of
Downtown galleries and museums,
as well as cultural venues, restau-
rants and businesses on the first
Wednesday of every month, rain or
shine. This onth it will be held on
May 6th from 5 9 p.m. Choose
your own route, or begin at
Headquarters at 100 N. Laura St.

Call 630-CITY for more informa-

Executive Circle
at TPC Sawgrass
Executive Circle Networking will
be held at the Sawgrass Suite on the
16th Hole, Wednesday, May 6th
from 4:00 7:00 p.m. The event
will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres
and open bar. RSVP to (904
)642.8313 or at tpeacock@execu-
tive-circle.com Space is limited.
OneJax 2009
Humanitarian Awards
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.

Forum on Women in
Executive Leadership
JCCI will host a free forum
themed "Women in Executive
Leadership: A Crack in Ceiling?" It
will be held on on Thursday, May
7th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at JCCI
Headquarters, 2434 Atlantic Blvd.
The one-night forum will discuss
recent and current involvement of
women in local executive leader-
ship and explore the different ways
that women are advancing and
encouraged to lead, and to deter-
mine what the future holds. RSVP
by mailing Lashun@jcci.org.

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
FunkFest 2009
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
Spring Concert
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)

NBA Preseason
Basketball in Jax
The Atlantic Hawks vs. Miami

Heat will play in Jacksonville on
Friday, May 15, 2009 at 10 a.m. as
part of the NBA pre-season. It will
be televised Thursday, October 22,
2009. The game will be held in the
Veterans Memorial Arena with tick-
ets starting at $10. Call (800) 745-
3000 for tickets, or online at

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.

Mal Washington
Kids Carnival
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

Appeal For Your Excess Clothes
The Millions More Movement Jacksonville Local
Organizing Committee Inc.,'a non-profit organiza-
tion is now in the process of gathering clothes for
it's next 'Clothes Give-A-Way.
Please bring them to 916 N.Myrtle Avenue from
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
JLOC will also come pick up your donation.
For more information, vist their website at :
www.jaxloc.com or call 904-240-9133.

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San Kei's 1st Annual
Fashion & Hair Show
San Kie will present their first
annual fashion and hair show on
Sunday, May 17th at 5p.m. doors
open @ 4p.m. $500.00 1st prize and
trophies for all other winners.
Categories: Short Hair, Long Hair,
Natural Hair, and Barber. Show will
take place at Club Uptown 21, 5941
Richard Street Jax. F1 32216. For
more information, call Sandy at
673-0837 or Keisha 537-7940.

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

Ms. Senior
Jacksonville Pageant
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
email kdemps@aseasonedaffair.com.

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b A.. BET and VH1 Soul team for new network to take on TV One

NIGHT': Ensemble cast teams for routine date night gone awry.
Rapper Common and Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson join
the ensemble cast of "Date Night," a comedy about a married
couple who find themselves in harm's way after their routine
date night goes horribly wrong.
Tina Fey and Steve Carell play the ill-fated daters. The 20th
Taraji Century Fox film, due in 2010, also includes Mark Wahlberg,
James Franco, Leighton Meester and Kristen Wiig.
Wahlberg plays a successful and crazily buff securities expert who flirts
with Fey's character. Franco portrays a not-too-bright con man and petty
criminal. Meester is onboard as the couple's babysitter. Henson plays the
one good cop who believes the couple is in danger, and Common portrays
a villain. Wiig, who worked with Fey on "Saturday Night Live," rounds
out the cast as the actress' best friend.
While promoting a new documentary about his life, former heavy-
weight champion Mike Tyson was inevitably asked this week about the
situation regarding Chris Brown, who has two felony
charges in connection with the beating of Rihanna.
The former boxer, who was accused of being abusive
by ex-wife Robin Givens, expressed empathy for the 19-
year-old singer, telling a reporter, "My personal opinion
about that is, he's just a baby. He's just a little baby that
don't know how to handle his emotions when it comes to .
a woman."
Tyson added, "It's none of my business, but you know what I say about
that? I understand the situation. I understand passion with young kids."
Documents show wifey will leave marriage empty handed.
The prenuptial agreement between Tyrese Gibson and his estranged wife
Norma Gibson was uncovered and put on blast by TMZ.com.
"According to the docs, Norma doesn't get a piece of any of Tyrese's pos-
.- sessions -- not his production company, not his cars, not
his house ... nothing," the Web site reported.
The prenup does state that Norma would get a lump sum
of $50,000 for every year they were married -- maxed out
at 10 years. The couple was only married 10 months.
According to the prenup, if either side files for separation
or divorce, Norma has to move out of the house within 60
days -- or else Tyrese can get a court order to make her
move out.
Diversity is coming to the Golf Channel thanks to Anthony Anderson.
The actor, 38, is about to get his Bryant Gumbel on as host of an upcom-
ing news magazine for the Golf Channel.
Launching June 23 at 10 p.m., the series will focus on "real stories, real
lives and real people ... soldiers, kids and celebrities (who) come from all
different walks of life but can share the same passion for the game of golf,"
said Golf Channel senior vice president of programming, production and
operations Tom Stathakes.

As previously reported, TV One
will take on new competition this
fall from an upstart cable channel
targeting the same demographic -
African Americans between the
ages of 25-54.
Viacom's BET J and VH1 Soul
are combining resources to form
Centric, a network designed to
attract older African Americans
who are perhaps impatient with the
younger-skewing mix of program-
ming on Viacom's venerable BET
Centric is set to launch in October
with 45 million subscribers, putting
Viacom in direct competition with
the Comcast/Radio One-owned TV
One, which also targets 25-to-54
African-American viewers and
reaches 47 million subscribers.
"What we're creating is a brand-
new network targeted to adult,
upscale, sophisticated and aspira-
tional African-American and multi-
cultural audiences," said BETN

president and COO Scott Mills at
the company's recent Upfront pres-
entation in New York. "We think we
have a unique way of serving that
demo that no one else can in the
As for the type of individuals
Centric hopes to attract, Mills told
the New York Times "a perfect
example would be" Barack and
Michelle Obama.
Centric will kick off with several
original entertainment and reality
shows, such as "Model City," an
unscripted program about African-
American models in New York City
and "Keeping Up With The
Joneses," which follows a Houston-
based family of entrepreneurs.
As previously reported, BET
booked R&B singer Monica and
comedienne/actress Mo'Nique for
their own programs this fall. Both,
however, are now slotted to air on
Centric. "Monica: Still Standing" is
a reality show following the artist

as she records a comeback album,
while Mo'Nique, a Baltimore
native, will have her own nightly
talk/variety show.
The budding channel will also
bring back the "Soul Train Music
Awards," and offer a number of
demo-targeted content including
movies and music programming
from MTV, VH1, BET and other
MTV Networks outlets. News and
public affairs programming are said
to be coming in the near future.
BET (Black Entertainment

Television), headquartered in
Washington DC and seen in 89 mil-
lion homes, launched its BET J
channel (formerly BET on Jazz) in
the late 90s as a vehicle for mostly
reality series and music programs.
Both BET J and VH1I Soul will
continue to operate as channels sep-
arate from Centric. According to
Billboard, Centric will start with
BET J's distribution and annex
channel slots allocated to VH1 Soul
or possibly some other small MTV
Network service, rather than merge.

NFL Commissioner Says

Vick Must Show Remorse

NFL commissioner Roger
Goodell has set a few guidelines for
Michael Vick to meet before the,
jailed quarterback is allowed back
into the league.
Goodell participated in a panel
discussion about leadership in

Anger Growing Over Disney's First

Black Princess' Non Black Suitor

Princess Tiana
Apparently black-on-black love
doesn't exist in Walt Disney's
world. At least, that's what critics of
the studio's first animated film star-

ring a black princess are claiming
after finding out that the prince in
the story is not also black.
The studio has already had to
make several changes to its film
"The Princess and the Frog" after
complaints of racial insensitivity.
Princess Tiana, voiced by Anika
Noni Rose, was originally named
Maddy until folks complained that
it was too similar to the popular
female slave name, "Mammy."
A second wave of controversy
arose after it was revealed that
Tiana would find love with a prince
described as "olive-toned" and
voiced by Bruno Campos, a
Brazilian actor.
"What? No black prince? What's
up with this?" blogged James
Collier on Acting White, an anti-
racism Web site, in a posting typical
of the general disbelief among the

film's most vocal black critics.
"Perhaps Disney doesn't want the
future mothers of dwindling white
America being imprinted so early in
their lives with the notion of a black
Another blogger, Angela Helm,
attracted nearly 3,000 comments on
the Black Voices Web site when she
complained that "even though there
is a real-life black man in the high-
est office in the land with a black
wife, Disney obviously doesn't
think a black man is worthy of the
title of prince."
According to leaked details of the
film's storyline reported by
London's Times Online, the
princess is transformed into a frog
after kissing one and has to venture
into the mystical bayous of
Louisiana to find a cure from a
voodoo queen.

sports last week
at Washington
& Lee
After taking ,
questions from
the audience,
he said that he
has not kept up
with Vick's
legal issues since suspending him
after his conviction in a federal
dogfighting case.
"I don't stay in touch with them,"
Goodell said after the panel discus-
sion, reiterating that he'll consider
Vick's case only after all his legal
issues have been resolved."
"At that point in time, I will want
to meet with Michael, I will want to
meet with his people, I will want to
meet with other professionals to
understand: does he understand the
mistakes he made and is he genuine
and have remorse for those actions
and is he prepared to handle him-
self differently going forward. That
will ultimately be my decision," he
Vick is serving a 23-month prison
term and has a team of lawyers try-
ing to settle his finances in bank-
ruptcy court. A major component of
the bankruptcy lawyers' efforts to
find a way for Vick to satisfy his
creditors is based on his ability to
again earn millions in pro football.


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