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"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."

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Reverse Bias
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Where are they now?

Sharpton Fined, But Feels

Vindicated in FEC Probe
NEW YORK The Rev. Al Sharpton said he feels a weight has lifted,
now that his longrunning battles with the Internal Revenue Service and
the Federal Election Commission are finally resolved.
"This is the first time in years that nothing is hanging over our heads,"
he said in a recent interview.
The Federal Election Commission announced that his campaign and his
civil rights group would pay combined fines of $285,000 for breaking a
variety of election finance rules during his 2004 presidential campaign.
The FEC's findings included that Sharpton's National Action Network
had improperly subsidized his political campaign by paying for about
$181,115 in expenses that should have been covered by his election com-
News of the fine had become public nearly two weeks ago, but the set-
tlement wasn't official until now.
While acknowledging that the campaign did make mistakes, Sharpton
said investigators found no evidence that anyone meant to break the law.

Former Morehouse President
Named Chair of Bank of America
The former president of Morehouse College has
been named chairman of Bank of America, the
nation's second largest commercial bank.
The announcement came after shareholders
voted to create an independent chairman, ousting
former chair Ken Lewis and leaving him as presi-
dent and chief executive officer, reports the
Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Massey, 71, was president of the Atlanta-based
college from August 1995 to June 2007, and was a
director on the BankAmerica Corp. board from 1993 to 1998. His ascen-
sion to Bank of America's chair came as Lewis' responsibilities were
reduced by a slim margin by the board. The vote was 50.3 percent in
favor of creating the new independent chair, with 49.7 percent opposed,
bank officials said.
Lewis, who had been the bank's chair, president and CEO since 2001,
conceded shareholder's frustration over the company's $50 billion acqui-
sition of Merrill Lynch and Co.
Massey formerly was on the board of directors at Delta Airlines,
Motorola and BP PLC, and was named by former President George H.W.
Bush as director of the National Science Foundation, an organization that
led the government's support of research and education in mathematics,
science and engineering.

Sojourner Truth Becomes 1st Woman
of Color Memorialized at US Capitol
WASHINGTON The decade-long
quest to erect a memorial statue of
Sojourner Truth in the U.S. Capitol has
finally come to fruition. The bust was
recently unveiled honoring the aboli-
tionist and heroic activist for women's
rights who lived from 1797-1883.
The statue is the first to honor a Black
woman in the nation's Capitol. It has
been announced that her memorial will
soon be joined by the bust of Rosa
It was the late Dr. C. DeLores Tucker,
founder and a national chair of the
NCBW, who led the charge to have
Sojourner Truth memorialized within the Capitol. Tucker introduced
Congress to a bill that called for Sojourner Truth's inclusion in the suf-
frage memorial that consists of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott
and Susan B. Anthony. The bust unveiled last week, however, is a free-
standing work of art in Emancipation Hall.

Blacks Matched Whites in Voting
Rates for the First Time in 2008
Nearly one-fourth of voters in last November's election were minorities,
the most diverse election ever, fueled by high turnout from black women
and a growing Hispanic population, an independent research group

The study by the Pew Research Center, also showed that for the first
time blacks had the highest voter turnout rate of any racial or ethnic
group among people ages 18 to 29. Analysts said it remained to be seen
how fully the strong minority participation, a reflection of both changing
U.S. demographics and enthusiasm for Democrat Barack Obama, would
carry over to future elections.
In 2008, about 65 percent of blacks went to the polls, nearly matching
the 66 percent voting rate for whites. Black women had the highest rates
of participation among all voters at 69 percent; they were followed by
white women (68 percent), white men (64 percent) and black men (61
Blacks also had their sharpest increase in voter participation in more
than a decade, with 15.9 million casting ballots to make up 12.1 percent
of the electorate. Blacks previously had seen their share decline to 11 per-
cent in 2004 after their low turnout in Republican George W. Bush's re-
election win over Democrat John Kerry.

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Volume 23 No. 32 Jacksonville, Florida May 7 13, 2009

Class of 1959 Honored at 3rd Stanton All Class Reunion

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Class of 1959
Alumni, staff and friends of Stanton celebrated their third All Class Reunion honoring the Golden Anniversary of the Class of 1959. Food fun
and fellowship complimented by the Electric Slide highlighted the event that drew hundreds from around the community back to honor the
Blue Devil Legacy of the historic education institution. For more highlights of the event, see page 11.

Does a Black President Matter? bama

Administration Seeks Change in Crack Semtencing

The Obama administration
has joined a federal judge in
urging Congress to end a
racial disparity by equalizing
prison sentences for dealing
and using crack versus pow-
dered cocaine.
"Jails are loaded with peo-
ple who look like me," U.S.
District Judge Reggie
Walton, an African-
American, told a Senate

Judiciary subcommittee hear-
Assistant Attorney General
Lanny Breuer said the admin-
istration believes Congress'
goal "should be to complete-
ly eliminate the disparity"
between the two forms of
cocaine. "A growing number
of citizens view it as funda-
mentally unfair," Breuer tes-

It takes 100 times more
powdered cocaine than crack
cocaine to trigger the same
harsh mandatory minimum
Sen. Dick Durbin, an
Illinois Democrat who chairs
the subcommittee, said,
"Under current law, mere
possession of five grams of
crack the weight of five
packets of sweetener carries

Rhonda Bristol Tops Art

Honors at Shrimp Festival

American Beach resident and artist Rhonda Bristol won first place
honors in mixed media for "Kibbe" during the art competition at the
Annual Shrimp Festival. The event, traditionally held the first week-
end in May in Fernandina Beach, FL, brought thousands to enjoy
days of free music, arts and crafts and of course, a bevy of shrimp.




the same sentence as distribu-
tion of half a kilogram of
powder or 500 packets of
Congress enacted the dis-
parity during an epidemic of
crack cocaine in the 1980s,
but the senator said lawmak-
ers erred in assuming that
violence would be greater
among those using crack.
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Danette McQueen
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More than 81 %
of those convicted
for crack offenses
in 2007 were
although only
about 25 percent of
crack cocaine users
are Black

Senior super Star Ms. Danette McQueen was the
recipient of the Senior's Choice Award for volunteerism by the
Jacksonville Human Rights Coalition She won the award for her partici-
pation in the "Road to recovery" program where she drives cancer patients
to their treatments on a weekly basis. In 2008 she transported over 60
patients and amassed over 700 miles, she uses her own gasoline and has
transported to every Oncology Clinic In Jacksonville. Cody Photo

Leading U.S. Health Expert Urging Cautious Approach to Flu
U.S. officials have said that it's World Health Organization of a leveling off in the severity of "What we're seeing is an illness
oo early to say the swine-flu threat declares that the new virus has offi- the threat, but added that it's still that looks very much like seasonal
s receding, even though there are cially begun a pandemic, meaning too early to declare the problem flu. But we're not seeing the type of
ome signs the outbreak may not be it has spread pretty much globally, under control. severe disease that we were worry-
is serious as originally feared. That word describes "geography, "I'm not ready to say that yet," ing about," said Besser. He noted
Homeland Security Secretary not severity" and thus wouldn't Dr. Richard Besser, acting director that roughly 36,000 people die each
anet Napolitano said the outbreak change steps to stem infections that of the Centers for Disease Control year in this country from the winter
-ould die down with warmer have been confirmed in 380 people and Prevention, said when asked flu, so it's still a serious matter.
weather only to roar back during in more than half the states. about indications by Mexican There has been one death in the
all flu season. And she said the Another top U.S. health official health authorities that the disease U.S., a toddler who succumbed to
public shouldn't be alarmed if the said "there are encouraging signs" has peaked there. the disease after a visit to Mexico.

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Fraternities cleared of hazing charges
FAYETTEVILLE Officials at a state university have cleared two fra-
ternities of hazing accusations after an internal investigation.
The Fayetteville Observer reported today that one of the fraternities at
Fayetteville State University was cited for a nonhazing violation.
The university said Alpha Phi Alpha and the Delta Gamma chapter of
Omega Psi Phi fraternity were both cleared of hazing allegations that had
been reported in January.
The newspaper said Alpha Phi Alpha members allegedly used a wooden
paddle to beat some male students.

Governor Talks Issues with Black Media Governor Charlie Crist held audience with members of the state's
Black press last week to discuss critical issues. The members of the Florida Associatioin of Black Owned Media had the opportunity to discuss their con-
cerns which ranged from advertising and state budget dollars to addressing the critical needs of Florida's young Black males. Shown above are (L-R)
Jean A Cherubin, and Manny Cherubin Tele America WVFW Channel 34 North Beach, Dr. Linda Fortenberry WTAC 1450 AM Tallahassee, Charles W
Cherry II Florida Courier, Jonathan Sebastian Blount Heartbeat Radio for Women WRHB 1410 AM Leesburg, Keith Lovgmore Westorlandonews, Clara
McLaughlin The Florida Star, Governor Charlie Crist, Vanghn Wilson Capital Outlook, Jacqueline Miles The Pensacola Voice, Bobby Herry, Sr. -
Westside Gazette, Vernon Watson WBQP TV12 Pensacola Johnny Hunter Sr. Tempo News, John Wyche media consultant and Frank Powell -

Jacksonville Free Press.

NBA great Dave Bing wins

race for Detroit mayor

DETROIT Basketball legend
Dave Bing was elected Tuesday as
Detroit's mayor through the end of
the year, sweeping the incumbent
from office in the city with myriad
"The real work starts now," Bing
said to loud cheers.
"What we will bring ... is effi-
ciency, transparency, honesty and
integrity back to the mayor's
office," he said.
With 100 percent of precincts
reporting, Bing had 52.3 percent of
the vote, or 49,054 votes, to 47.7
percent, or 44,770 votes, for
Cockrel. Both are Democrats.
Bing, 65, will be mayor through
2009, serving the balance of the
term that belonged to Democrat
Kwame Kilpatrick, who resigned in
September and went to jail after
admitting he lied during a civil trial
to cover up an affair with his chief
of staff.

Bing must run again in the regu-
lar Aug. 4 nonpartisan primary and
win the Nov. 3 general election to
hold the mayor's seat for a full four
The founder of steel manufactur-
er The Bing Group announced his
run for mayor the day after
Kilpatrick stepped down as part of
pleas to two criminal cases.
Cockrel, 43, was City Council
president before Kilpatrick's depar-
ture automatically promoted him to
the mayor's office. He'll go back to
that job now.
In Detroit, Bing praised Cockrel
for running "a hard-fought cam-
paign" and said he looked forward
to working together when Cockrel
returns to the council.
About 15 percent of the city's
registered voters participated. A
proposal to revise the city charter
also was on the ballot and passed

Honor Your Mother with an Azalea for Mother's Day
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your Mom's honor will help a Mom in need. What is Azalea? The
Azalea Project, an initiative of the NEFL Healthy Start Coalition, helps
moms, ages 15-44, in Jacksonville's most at-risk neighborhoods. Moms
who struggle with poverty, abuse, neglect, substance abuse, and having
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FCC to get first Black

Female Commissioner

President for a five year term. As a
commissioner, Clyburn will be
instrumental in renewing or declin-
ing licenses to broadcasting stations
as well as issuing fines (like in the
infamous Superbowl XXXVIII
incident with Janet Jackson.)
Clybum was a member of the
South Carolina Public Service
Commission and publisher and
general manager of The Coastal
Times, a weekly newspaper in
Charleston. She is also a graduate
of the University of South Carolina.

Shown above are President Clinton and FAMU President John
Ammons following his address receiving an honorary doctorate.
Clinton ignites crowd at FAMU commencement

By Stephanie Lambert
Associate Editor/Outlook
It's a new day for more than 1,200
Florida A&M University Rattlers
and former U.S. President Bill
Clinton advised the Class of 2009
that they must be the class of doers.
"The world is a wash of people who
talk about the problem," Clinton
said during his commencement
address on May 3. "But we have a
shortage of people that can do
something about it. You are the
'How Generation.' How are you
going to make a difference?"
Clinton, the nation's 42nd presi-
dent, served as the keynote speaker
of the 9 a.m. graduation ceremony,
which was held in the university's
new Multipurpose Teaching Gym.
Rep. Kendrick Meek, and journalist
Soledad O'Brien spoke in the after-

noon and evening ceremonies.
"When people ask you what you
earned your degree in, you tell them
that you're in the 'How business,'"
he said.
With more than 7,500 seats filled
in the arena, Clinton spoke passion-
ately to the audience about the state
of the nation.
"America is back on the path of
humanity," he said, for which he
added is evidenced by the election
of the first African-American presi-
dent, Barack Obama. "You are liv-
ing in the most interdependent time
in history."
He cited the key to the future is
when citizens encourage debate.
"We have to do what we can so
that our children and grandchildren
will stand a chance in this world,"
he said.

High School Principal: Suggests

Segregated School Meetings

PASADENA, CA Parents and
students of Pasadena High
Schoolare furious after the school's
principal thought it would be a
good idea to have segregated
assemblies, according to the
Pasadena Star News. The separate
assemblies was an attempt to moti-
vate Latino and African-American
students to improve their test scores
but only resulted in outraging par-
ents and the student body.
Principal Derick Evans only got
the chance to meet with Black
female students before canceling
the other meetings and apologizing.
Evans, who is of African descent,
said he only wanted to let those stu-
dents see how their state test scores
will affect their overall grades.'
In 2008, 45 percent of Pasadena

High School's African-American
students scored on or above aver-
age in math and 54 percent in
English while 68 percent of White
students scored on or above aver-
age fin math and 66 percent in
English. -WLW

Mignon Clyburn
President Obama has named
Mignon Clyburn as a commissioner
to the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC), according to a
statement from the White House.
The FCC is an agency in charge of
regulating television, radio, satel-
lite, cable, and telegraph communi-
cations in the United States. There
are five commissioners in total who
are all appointed directly by the


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Getting better all the time.

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"Nice guys finish last." Well
many times that's the case in the
real world especially in politics.
But sometimes nice guys rise above
the system and are still able to suc-
Senator Tony Hill is one of those
nice guys that I am talking about.
And when I say nice I am not talk-
ing about in a passive or soft way. I
am simply talking about Hill being
a good guy.
He's probably one of the most
predictable politicians that you will
meet. And I mean predictable in a
good way. You can always count on
Hill being on the side of the "the
And I know that a lot of attorneys
and politicians claim that they are
"for the people," but whether it's a
labor related cause or civil and
human rights issue, Hill is a leader
that truly fights for people in need.
Whether he is fighting for more
funds and resources for public
schools or supporting the clean up
of the St. Johns River Hill has
been a as consistent in the issues
that he has supported throughout
his political career. It's always easy
to join in and do what's popular, but
the Senator has never been one to
follow the crowd.
He sponsored numerous bills that
may not have passed, but were
pushed for the right reason. For
example, Hill and several
Democrats like Audrey Gibson

Senator Hill Worthy of Anticipated

Well Earned Presidential Appointment

supported a bill that would increase
unemployment benefits to those
who have recently lost their jobs.
This is a great idea, because it
directly helps those in dire need.
Unfortunately, Republican law-
makers shot the measure down.
Of course, we all have our faults,
but throughout Hill's career he has
gone against the grain. And speak-
ing of going against the grain and
helping people, the Senator jumped
on board the Obama train long
before most of us thought that
Obama had a chance.
I remember a past conversation
and he was saying that Obama
could win and how they were
working on building an unprece-
dented campaign team and strategy.
I looked at the good Senator and
thought, man, I appreciate the pas-
sion, but Obama is probably a long
shot at best. Most of us figured that
the Clinton Democratic machine
would be unbeatable.
And while most people felt like
having a black President would be
great, but most of us felt that the
country might not be ready to make
such a drastic jump into a new
political and social age.
And yes, I was one of those peo-
ple. Of course, I haven't been the

most reliable when it comes to pre-
dicting political races. My predic-
tions have been about as off base as
Michael Jackson's nose.
During the Obama campaign the
word "bold" was commonly used.
Senator Hill has showed that same
Obama type of boldness several
years ago when he and then State
Senator Kendrick Meek, D-Miami,
held a sit-in in the office of Lt.
Governor Frank Brogan. .
In January of 2000, the two legis-
lators refused to leave Brogan's
office for 25 hours to show their
opposition to Governor Bush's One
Florida plan, which basically dis-
mantled the state's affirmative
action policies in contracting,
employment and educational
The men were definitely right -
minority enrollment has dropped in
almost all state schools and minori-
ties have seen a drastic drop in con-
tracting opportunities with the state
since the passage of One Florida.
But back to Hill, perhaps it's fit-
ting that a President that shares the
same demeanor cool, calm and
rarely rattled, appoints him.
Looks like the Senator will be the
top U.S. Diplomat to Bermuda
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political circles. Although I have
never been there, I hear that it's a
beautiful place.
I wonder can you have crab boils
at the Ambassador's Mansion?
Because Bermuda was a British
colony they are pretty formal so I
guess I can't wear my cut-off jeans
and flip-flops.
Congratulations to Senator Hill -
now the Obama administration just
needs to make it official, which
would have a domino effect of
State Rep. Audrey Gibson and
former state rep Terry Fields are
running for Hill's senate seat. His
term is regularly set to end in 2012,
but if his appointment is finalized
then a special election could be
held as early as the fall of this year.
Hill started his career as a union
leader then ran for a state house
seat and eventually defeated
Councilwoman E. Denise Lee for
the Senate seat he currently holds.
"The ear of the leader must ring
with the voices of the people," said
President Woodrow Wilson.
We are fortunate that some lead-
ers actually hear the people!
Signing off from Sweet
Tomatoes in Regency,
Reggie Fullwood

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Momma's Homegoing ?
African Americans born in the 1930s and 40s knew
another America. Their children have advanced their
station and now have different views. But, at the end
of the day the question is "How will you sent Momma

Back in the day, times from segregation shaped Black's funeral services in
the music, tone and tenor of tributes. The typical Black funeral was: a pub-
lic viewing, solos like "Last Mile of the Way", a thunderous sermon by a
preacher and an ad-hoc choir that rocked the house. After roaring tributes;
the preacher, then the family, congregation and choir would follow the
funeral director and pall-bearers to the hearse. The congregation caravanned
to the cemetery and all then gathered back at the church, or hall, to feast on
fried chicken and sweet potato pie.
Be on the alert, the rites of African American "Homegoings;" from the
fried chicken to the repast, are changing. Old customs and institutions that
were associated with the last rites of African Americans are fading. There is
little question that as today's generation of Blacks bury their 1940s and 50s
era parents mainstream values and institutions impact this final decision.
Before integration only African-American funeral home operators buried
African Americans. Almost all Black Family Homegoings involved the
services of a black funeral director, an ex-cop with a motorcycle that direct-
ed traffic, a caterer usually associated with a black-owned rental hall, and
leaving the body to rest in a traditionally Black-populated cemetery.
What you do at the time of last rites directly relates to recent trends: the
decline of black-owned businesses in 'traditional' personal services to a pre-
dominantly black clientele. The funeral home industry is big business. In
the U.S. it is a $7 billion-a-year industry. Tens of millions of dollars are at
stake for each operator. The average cost of a funeral today is $6,500. As
they and families of the nation's 4 million elderly Blacks prepare for the
inevitable, the nation's 4,000 mostly family-owned Black funeral homes are
themselves in a bad state.
Where Momma will lie in state has great economic impact. African-
American funeral homes grew out of the times of segregation to become
mainstays of Black community and culture. Black funeral directors became
pillars of their communities. Most provided their communities folding
chairs for parties, limousines for weddings; and, their hearses served as
standby ambulances at African-American sporting events. To avoid attacks
during the civil-rights movement, leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,
often were chauffeured from rallies in hearses by Black undertakers. They
are the last of Black-owned institutions catering to and supported almost
exclusively by African-American consumers.
White-owned funeral homes actively market in Black communities.
Large white-owned firms are buying up area funeral businesses and offering
both funeral and burial services to the African-American community.
International funeral firms such as Service Corp., Alderwoods Group,
Stewart Enterprises, Hillenbrand Industries and Carriage Services are as
likely to get the body of a deceased Black as the local African American
As African Americans become more mainstream oriented, institutions and
businesses, such as those of Black funeral directors, are suffering declining
market share. Many blacks have joined integrated church congregations and
now follow their practices for death and burials. Integration and today's
blacks' decline in racial identification has also all but eliminated the black
funeral home, lost revenues for Black newspapers for announcement of the
passing, and the use of the services of the black-owned food hall and that of
the discourteous traffic cop.
In the U.S., the nearly 22,000 funeral operators average 2 funerals per
week. The week your loved one passes will you be sending them home via
a Black or White-owned hearse? The question is more than about "how to
handle this particular passing?" it goes to a basic capitalistic issue of sup-
porting your own. In this case, and other purchases you make: Isn't it eco-
nomic suicide for blacks to take their consumer dollars outside our commu-
nities? In death, as in life in America, integration is undoing us as other eth-
nic groups build their communities' wealth with our dollars.

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Reverse Bias Suits Flourish

The issue of reverse discrimina- Parker, director of the American
tion first reached the nation's high- Civil Liberties Union's Racial
est court in the 1970s, when a stu- Justice Project.
dent with good grades named Allan Several states have recently faced
S- legal battles waged by
Affirmative action whites claiming they
were unfairly treated

policies designed in favor of protecting
and promoting blacks
and Hispanics.
to promote and Earlier this month
in South Carolina, the
protect groups uS. Equal
*u an Opportunity
previously and o pportuni t y
Commission sued a
i d historically black col-
currently denied lege on behalf of
three white faculty
equal standing members who com-
plained they were
forced from or denied
Bakke accused a University of jobs because of their race.
California medical school of twice Simultaneously, federal officials
denying him admission because he said they had reached a settlement
was white. agreement, with Benedict College
Strict racial quotas were uncon- paying $55,000 to each instructor,
stitutional, the court said affirma- including an art teacher who said
tive action was not. But that ruling she was denied promotion in favor
far from decided what many con- of a black professor. The institution
sidered the big-picture issue: does denied the accusations.
protecting minorities discriminate Last week, a white woman in
against the majority? Texas filed a federal lawsuit against
More than 30 years, and scores of an assisted-living center, contend-
lawsuits later, the question remains ing she was discriminated against
unanswered. Meanwhile, more and harassed by Hispanics because
Americans came to believe that she didn't speak Spanish.
affirmation action is no longer nec- And in Florida, two transporta-
essary, and that instead of leveling tion companies sued Broward
the playfield for minorities, it County over efforts to steer public
unfairly punishes whites. contracts to minority-owned busi-
Last week, the Supreme Court nesses. The firms, which had pro-
heard arguments in a case filed by vided car service for the handi-
white firefighters who claimed they capped and the elderly, claimed
were denied promotion because of they were paid lower fees than other
the color of their skin. contractors because they didn't
"The laws that Congress wrote comply with affirmative action
are clear everyone is protected requirements.
from racial discrimination," said Affirmative action policies
Roger Clegg, president of the designed to promote and protect
Center for Equal Opportunity, a groups previously and currently
conservative think tank that advo- denied equal standing originated
cates eliminating race and ethnic with Title VII of the Civil Rights
considerations. "Not just blacks, but Act. Broadly speaking, it outlaws
whites. Not just Latinos, but bias toward race, creed, color or
whites." national origin in school admis-
Those who favor affirmative sions, voting rights, employment
action say race divisions still exist and government contracting.
in this country, 40 years after the Sometimes those policies have
civil rights movement, set aside jobs, college admissions
"Race so permeates society that and government contracts for
you can't ignore it," said Dennis minority applicants, students and

"Quotas do not end discrimina-
tion. They are discrimination,"
Clegg said. "The law makes clear
that race, ethnicity and sex are not
to be part of who gets a government
contract or who gets into a universi-
ty or where someone goes to
But there is wide disagreement on
whether case law is clear at all.
In the Bakke case, the Supreme
Court ruled 5 to 4 that universities
could take race and ethnicity into
account when deciding student
admissions. But using rigid racial
quotas to increase minorities on
campus was unconstitutional, jus-
tices said.
In 1987, the high court said tem-
porary and "narrowly tailored"
quota systems were allowed. The
case stemmed from an affirmative
action plan that imposed a promo-
tion standard of "one black for one
white" in the Alabama state police
ranks. The quota was justified, jus-

school systems cannot try to
achieve or maintain integration
based on explicit race rules. In a 5-
to-4 opinion, Chief Justice John
Roberts wrote "the way to stop dis-
crimination on the basis of race is to
stop discriminating on the basis of
race." At issue in the case were pro-
grams in Seattle and Louisville,
Ky., that tried to maintain racial
diversity by limiting transfers and
"The Supreme Court case law
isn't clear. There aren't bright lines
and clear guidance," said attorney
Deborah Archer, director of the
Racial Justice Project at New York
Law School. "It's very difficult to
extract a rule from those cases that
can be applied across the board."
Instead, "they have tended to be
concerned with a specific aspect,
and the decisions are made on case-
by-case basis," said Archer, whose
group filed a friend-of-the-court
brief for the city of New Haven,
Conn., the defendant in last week's

In this 1978 file photo, Allan Bakke is trailed by news and television
reporters after attending his first day at the Medical School of the
University of California at Davis. Bakke,sued the university for
reverse discrimination after his application was rejected in 1973 and
1974. The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the university to admit Bakke,
deciding that the school had illegally discriminated against him
because he is white. The history-making 1978 decision far from decid-
ed the bigger issue of whether efforts protect minorities discriminated
against the majority. Courts across the nation have grappled with it
ever since, but in largely limited ways.

New Haven firefighters dubbed 'the New Haven 20' applaud a sup-
porter (not pictured) who joins them in solidarity outside New Haven
Federal Courthouse, in New Haven, Conn. The US Supreme Court
announced Friday that it will hear the group's reverse-discrimination

Supreme Court hearing.
In its first consideration of race
under the presidency of Barack
Obama, a divided court heard argu-
ments from white firemen claiming
the city discriminated against them
by jettisoning the results of a pro-
motion exam that no blacks had
The city contends it got rid of the
test results because it was con-
cerned that no African-American
firefighters, and only two
Hispanics, received passing scores.
Officials said they worried the test
was somehow flawed because it
had such a disproportionate effect
on minorities.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, as is
common on social issues, appeared
to have the swing vote. He ques-
tioned why the city didn't weigh the
test against a clear standard before
deciding it was deficient and setting
it aside.
That is the key legal question -
can the test and its results legally be
thrown out after the fact?
"Suppose an employer looked out
the window and saw a line of
Hispanics applying for jobs?" asked

attorney Michael Rosman of the
Center for Individual Rights, anoth-
er group opposing affirmative
action. "Suppose he told his secre-
tary to cancel the interviews
because he didn't like who was
lined up outside? No one would
argue that wasn't racial discrimina-
Others say that scenario misses
the point.
"We like to believe there is an
equal playing field. In fact, there
isn't," said Parker of the ACLU. "In
this country, whites are still advan-
taged in many ways. You can say
we shouldn't take race into consid-
eration, but that just continues the
The deep divide over who needs
help and at what price mirrors
the equally deep racial divisions
that still exist, Parker said.
"Clearly there have been changes.
We have a black president. But if I
were to go into any office on Wall
Street, I think it would be hard to
deny that white people aren't get-
ting jobs. You wouldn't see a lot of
black people and women," he said.

tices ruled, because of the depart-
ment's "long and shameful record of
delay and resistance" to black
employment opportunities.
Twenty years later, a more con-
servative court declared that public

Administration Seeks Change in Crack Sentences
Continued from front While politicians often support set of sentences for cocaine, and
Breuer said the best way to deal laws lengthening prison terms for Breuer urged Congress to overhaul
with violence is to severely punish various crimes, it is rarer to try to the current law, written in 1986 at
anyone who commits a violent reduce sentences, in part out of con- the height of public concern about
offense, regardless of the drug cern they may appear soft on crime, crack use.
involved. But recently, some states have been Since then, Breuer argued, prose-
"This administration believes our moving on their own to temper cutors' views of crack cocaine have
criminal laws should be tough, long-standing "get tough" laws. evolved to a more "refined under-
smart, fair," Breuer said, but also In New York last month, state standing" of crack and powdered
should "promote public trust and leaders reached an agreement to cocaine usage.
confidence in the criminal justice repeal the last vestiges of the He also suggested that until such
system." Rockefeller drug laws, once seen as changes are made, federal prosecu-
Walton said, "We were mistaken" the harshest in the nation. Kentucky tors may encourage judges to use
to enact the disparity. "There's no enacted changes that would put their discretion to depart from the
greater violence in cases before more addicts in treatment, and current sentencing guidelines. Such
me." fewer behind bars. departures are rare in the federal
Testifying on behalf of the The Justice Department is work- courts.
Judicial Conference of the United ing on recommendations for a new

States, the policy-making arm of
the federal judiciary, Walton added
that jurors have expressed an
unwillingness to serve in crack
cocaine cases because of the dispar-
President Barack Obama had
called for such a change while cam-
paigning for the White House.
Breuer said the government
should focus on punishing drug
trafficking networks, like the car-
tels wreaking havoc in Mexico, and
those whose crimes include acts of
The Obama administration is also
seeking to increase drug treatment,
as well as rehabilitation programs
for felons after they're released
from prison.
Miami's police chief, John
Timoney, also favored ending the
disparity, commenting, "It's the
same drug. It's just manufactured
Cedric Parker, of Alton, Ill., said
his sister, Eugenia Jennings, is serv-
ing nearly 22 years for trading
crack cocaine for designer clothes.
If she had been trading powder
cocaine, the sentence would have
been less than half of the time.
"She would be getting ready to
come home, probably already in the
halfway house. But, because she
was sentenced for crack cocaine she
will not be released from prison
until 2019," Parker testified.

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Inspection System at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry, San Diego
County, California.

This notice is to inform the public that a DEA has been completed
for the project noted above by the U.S. Customs and Border
Protection (CBP), Office of Information and Technology (OIT),
Laboratories and Scientific Services (LSS), Interdiction
Technology Branch (ITB). The project consists of the fielding and
operation of a High Energy Mobile X-Ray Inspection System at
the port of entry for the purpose of conducting non-intrusive
inspections of high-density cargo containers.

The DEA and instructions for submitting comments are available
for review at the following public libraries: Chula Vista Public
Library Civic Center Branch, 365 F Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910;
Campo-Morena Branch, 31356 Highway 94, Campo, CA; El Cajon
Library, 201 E Douglas, El Cajon, CA 92020; and San Diego
County Public Library, 836 Kempton Street, Spring Valley, CA
91977. The DEA can be obtained from Organizational Strategies,
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phone (801) 773-6459, facsimile (801) 525-1175. The DEA can also
be viewed and downloaded via the internet at the following
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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.

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.

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.

Greater Macedonia Spring Health
Fair Features Free Testing and Info
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 locat-
ed at 1880 West Edgewood Avenue. The Health Fair is free and open to the
community. 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-

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.

Summer Camp at Philippian
Summer Camp 2009, sponsored by Power for Developing Successful
Youth, Inc. and Philippian Community Church will begin June 8th and end
August 14th. An Extended Camp will be held during the week of August
17th. Camp hours are 6:30 am to 5:45 pm, Monday Friday for ages 3 to
15. Jacksonville Children's Commission funded seat are available. For
information visit our website PFDSY.org or call 765-7173.

Battle of the Choirs
Expanding Minds, Inc. is sponsoring a Battle of the Choirs Contest on
July 11th at 5 p.m.. A $500.00 grand prize will go to the winning choir and
they must have a minimum of 15 people in it. It will be held at the Cathedral
of Faith, 2591 West Beaver Street. For more information: www.expanding-
mindsinc.com or call 887-3309.

Greater New Mt. Moriah Anniversaries
Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate the
church's 64th Church Anniversary and the pastor's 1st Anniversary
throughout the month of May. A worship celebration will be held every
Sunday and on May 10th and 24th at 6 p.m. The church is located at 1953
West 9th Street. All events are free and open to the public. For more infor-
mation, call 374-1672.

Greater Grant 120 Years
Greater Grant Memorial AME, 5533 Gilchrist Road, will celebrate the
church's 120th Anniversary on Sunday, May 17th with church school at
8:30 a.m. and worship service at 10 a.m. Guest speaker will be Rev.
Thomas Benjamin DeSue, Reitred Presiding Elder. On Saturday, may 16th,
there will be a Variety Show at 5 p.m. The church family will show their
dance and lip sync talent. The theme for the event is "Celebrating and
Preserving our Great Legacy". Rev. Tony Hansberry, Pastor. For more
information, call 764-5992.

Jacksonville Unites to Pray
Christians of every race, denomination, gender and age group are setting
all differences aside to pray for their nation and their city. In the face of
uncertain times, economic shaking and rising crime, the Church in
Jacksonville believes that God answers prayer and that prayer makes a dif-
The 58th annual observance of National Day of Prayer will be held at the
Jacksonville Fair Grounds on Thursday May 7th, from 600-9:00 pm.
Musicians and prayer leaders from various Jacksonville churches will be
participating. Admission is free, and a supervised children's play zone will
be provided.
For additional information on National Day of Prayer, contact Sean
Killingsworth or visit www.firstcoastprayer.org.

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.

Gospel Tidbits

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Jesse Skips $75K Speaking Engagement What would you
have to say for $75K? Jesse must have been all out of rhymes and sound
bites because he was a no-show. Jackson was booked for a speech to the
United National Congress in November of 2007 and even though a private
jet was chartered (because that's how he rolls) and an agreement was signed
(because business is business) Jackson failed to show. According to the
Smoking Gun the AEI Speakers bureau is suing Jackson for $1 00K
Miss America Runner Stands Behind Marriage Stance -
Miss Carrie Prejean, the reigning Miss California told NBC's "Today
Show" that she will be working with the National Organization for
Marriage to "protect traditional marriages." She also said that she will pray
for blogger Perez Hilton to find Jesus. Hilton is the blogger who launched
Miss Prejean into her '15 Minutes' with his question about her stance on
homosexual unions. Prejean believes that her belief in traditional marriages
cost her the crown.
National Day of Prayer The National Day of Prayer is coming up
on May 7th. At thousands of city halls across the country, individuals will
gather to pray for a moral rebirth in our country. The National Day of
Prayer is an annual event established by an act of Congress, which encour-
ages Americans to pray for our nation, its people and its leaders.

Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20

Pastor Landon Williams

8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 am. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464

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-1 p.m.

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

Come share In Iol Communion on 1st Sundayat4:50 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.

Grace and Peace

Join Us for One of Our Services
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
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.
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Youth Church 7:00 p.m.

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Pastor Ernie Murray
Welcomes you!

Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr

School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.

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Is Florida Pushing Seperation of Church and State or Church and Plate?

Recently there have been a slew
of articles that question whether or
not America is a Christian nation or
a post-Christian nation.
Just the other day Pew Forum
on Religion and Public Life releas-
es a report that says 1 out of 2
Americans have changed religions
and that there is a fast growing
group of non-believers.
Now we have the state of
Florida proposing a license plate
on which one may chose a back-
ground picture of Jesus or a stained
glass window and a cross.
The timing makes this inter-
esting because the Republican
Party is struggling to redefine itself
and to re-connect with the

Christian conservatives. Not that a
mere license plate option would
shore up that crumbling relation-
ship. What it would do is add fuel

to the
burn of
the cur-
rent cul-
ture war,
h a s
only as a

strengthen the contention that this
is a Christian nation, built on
Christian values. What about a
plate for Buddhists? Jews? How



distraction to the real issues we
need to grapple with as a nation.
As we argue about the religion
of this nation, such an option, sanc-
tioned by the state would only

about one for
pagans and
Let's not leave
out the grow-
ing group of
could argue
that the state

doesn't force religion down our
throats; there is a separation of
church and state. Further, if Florida
wanted to offer this option, it's an
option. No one is forcing you to

choose. A valid argument, but
before you start dancing on holy
ground, tip-toe away from that
burning bush just for a moment and
slip your feet into someone else's
sandals. Now say you were a
Floridian and this measure passed.
Now head on over to the DMV, and
look for an option that advertises
your religious choice in this nation
that thrives on its choices and free-
doms. What? Your choice isn't
Come on Florida. How about
dialing down the culture wars for a
moment, and focusing on that
which unites us? How about offer-
ing a license plate that simply says

Do's and Don't of Refinancing in the Current Market

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The lowest mortgage rates in our
lifetimes are inspiring a huge vol-
ume of new mortgages. The
Mortgage Banker's Association, a
national organization representing
the real estate finance industry --
expects to see nearly $3 trillion in
business this year. But it's not only
new buyers that are tempted to
apply for home loans. Nearly 80%
of recent loans went to current
homeowners refinancing.
The association says that the
average buyer of a 30-year fixed
mortgage with 20% down now pays
4.63%.Last year the average rate
was 5.98%.
But, many people are finding out
that they don't qualify for those
great rates they've been hearing
about. If you're interested in refi-
nancing, you'll have to carefully
figure out whether it will work for
you right now. Here are some tips to
help you navigate the field of refi-
Clean up your credit first
You are going to have to have
great credit to get the best rates.
That may mean a score of at least
740. That could be hard if you're
motivated to refinance because
your budget is too tight.
Start by getting a copy of your
credit record and credit score. If
your credit score is not high
enough, consider working on it for
a few months by paying down debt,
removing errors and applying again
-- especially if you are within 100
points or so of 740. After all, of all
the factors banks consider when
you apply for a loan, this is the one
you can change the most easily.
Expect to wait longer & try
Instead of the usual 30 days it
used to take to refinance, count on a
four to six week process, says John

Holmgren, spokesman for the
California Association of Mortgage
Brokers. Banks are scrutinizing
loan applications a lot more than
they did in the recent past.
"As a general rule a lot of people
who have gotten loans in the past
will find there are a lot of changes
and challenges," he said.
Consider the same payment
over a shorter mortgage
If you can swing your current
payment, instead of just refinancing
to get your monthly bill down, con-
sider changing to a 15-year mort-
gage. Depending on your situation,
you may be able to do it with little
or no increase in your monthly pay-
ment. But you'll get out of debt
much sooner, so your overall inter-
est payments will be much lower.
And in case you sell your house in
the interim, you'll have built up
much more equity.
Don't overextend yourself
Lenders are getting back to the
traditional way of thinking about
debt to income ratios. And so
should you.
Just a few decades ago, lenders
didn't want you to pay more than
one-quarter of your monthly
income to your debts. In industry
jargon, that's a debt-to-income ratio
of 25%. So for example, if you
wanted to take out a mortgage with
a payment of $1,000 a month,
lenders expect that you would make
to make at least $4,000 a month.
The 25% ratio was what was
called a front-end debt to income
ratio -- just your house. Banks may
also look at your back-end debt
ratio, which includes all the other
monthly loan payments you make,
such as credit cards, car or student
loan payments.
The problem comes in when
some lenders began allowing the

debt-income ratio to creep
up to 30%, then 35%, with
back-end ratios going over
50%. Including a home
loan, that means some peo-
ple would end up spending
more than half their salary
solely on loan payments.
That's not a position you
want to be in, so set a debt-
income ration for yourself,
and stick to it.
Pay the points, especial-
ly if you plan on staying
for the long run
Back when you got your
mortgage you probably
chose not to pay points (a
1% fee on your principal
you pay upfront to lower
your interest rate) or closing
costs. Now, to get the best
rates, you're going to have to -- but
it's probably worth it.
Compare Real Estate Housing
"When people see statistics, they
assume that it's a loan with no
points," says Holmgren, but
changes in the way loans are priced
means there is often a big difference
in the average rate and what you
"Most people are electing to pay
a point or more because it makes a
huge difference," he says.
Paying higher costs up front will
reduce your monthly payment
more, but it also means you have to
stay in the house longer to make the
refinancing worthwhile.
Don't be shocked by what the
bank says your home is worth
This is the part that may break
your heart: if your home fell in
value by more than you added in
equity, you may not even have
enough for what amounts to the
20% down payment on your mort-
When you refinance, it's like
you're buying your house all over
again. The bank is only going to
loan you what they think your
house is worth now; what you paid
for it doesn't matter. You may have
a magical number stuck in your
head; the highest price someone
paid for a home in your neighbor-
hood, the price you wish you had
sold at, the price you think your
house is inherently worth.
The bank doesn't use those price
markers, but instead, looks at com-
parable sales, lots of them.
Traditionally banks wanted to see
three comparable properties recent
sale prices, Holmgren says. Now
they want to see more and possibly
what current sellers are asking to

detect further downward trends.
"A lot more property value data is
being required," he says. Every
home owner seems to tell them-
selves that their home is nicer than
their neighbors, so that they ignore
those current prices, he says. "If I
had a penny for every time people
say houses are selling for this, but
mine is so much better ..."
You'll pay more for condos and
investment properties
You always had to pay a little bit
higher of a rate for an investment
property, Holmgren says, but not
that much -- maybe one-quarter or
one-half a percent. Now you may
be looking at a whole percentage
point higher. The best rates you see
are for single-family homes that
you live in.
For condos, lenders worry that
buying just part of a building is
more risky than buying a single
family home. There are too many
other risk factors you can't control,
and they have higher default rates.
Fannie Mae recently tightened
restrictions on condo loans: they
won't guarantee loans in mostly
still-vacant buildings or ones where
15% or more of owners are behind
on their mortgage. They're also
charging an added fee unless you
have a 25% down payment.

Shown above are the diverse group of men in attendance waiting to
give their Christian testimony.
Prisoners in Christ Hold 19th

Annual Crime Prevention Breakfast
The Prisoners of Christ Ministry's (POC) held their 19th Annual Crime
Prevention Prayer Breakfast this week at the Prime Osborn Convention
Center. Free and open to the public, the breakfast is the only fundraiser
held during the year to help raise support for the organization. POC helps
about 100 men each year to acclimate back into society after being
released from Florida prisons. The Faith-based organization helps to
house, cloth and feed the newly released inmates and helps them with job
placement. The prisoners remain with the organization for about one year,
until they are ready to live independently. Since its inception in 1990,
POC has helped nearly 2,000 former inmates, with an 89% success rate
compared to the state recidivism rate of 33%.

Thousands Bid Last Farewell

To Rev. Timothy Wright

BROOKLYN,NY There were
tears and tributes aplenty in
Brooklyn, NY last week as thou-
sands of mourners bid an emotional
final farewell to gospel singer
Reverend Timothy Wright.
The man known as the "Godfather
of Gospel Music" was laid to rest
Rev. Wright died 10 months after
a car accident that killed his wife
and grandson making him the sole
survivor of a head-on collision with
a drunk driver.
At Pilgrim Renaissance Cathedral,
Rev. Timothy Wright's five sons
said their final goodbyes as more
than 4,000 people packed the
church to celebrate his life.
Reverend Al Sharpton remem-

bered how Betty
would try to get '
her husband to
make time for him-
"Every once in a
while, Betty would -
call me and say, Wright
'Call your friend and tell him to
slow down,'" Sharpton said. "I
would call him and say, 'Man you
need to slow down,' and he'd say,
'Betty called you again.' He'd say,
'look who's talking.'
Rev. Wright wrote more than
800 gospel songs and performed all
over the world. All five of his sons
are musicians, and say their mission
is to carry on their parents' legacy
of music.

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Make Soul Food Diabetic Friendly

There isn't nothing like Soul
Food to make your taste buds feel
good. So why not Soul Food for the
diabetics? Below are some recipes
to help you remember that southern
taste while maintaining your blood
sugar level.
Primarily, nothing works better
than taking your medication, exer-
cising and proper diet. Does this
sound familiar? It should because
these are all things you have heard
from your personal physician and
I can't help with the medication,
however, if you follow some simple
recipe guidelines you can still enjoy
deliciously prepared foods that taste
great. The ideal diabetic recipes
will have the following nutritional
Ideally, diabetic recipes should
Low sodium/salt

Low in saturated fat
Low in bad cholesterol
Low in calories
Low in total fat
That's the bad news. The good
news is you can easily make these
changes by making some simple
adjustments to your recipes ingredi-
ents. It's just that simple.
Now that doesn't sound too bad,
does it? You only have to make

slight ingredient changes and you
can still eat all of your favorites
such as desserts, chocolate cake,
peanut butter cookies, ice cream,
brownies, chicken, and more.
So what changes or substitutes
should I make? The simplest and
easiest may to strip away fats, sodi-
um, cholesterol and calories is to
focus on your grocery list. When
buying your recipe ingredients
choose food products that are:
Fat free, low fat, or reduced fat
Sodium free, reduced sodium or
low sodium
Reduced cholesterol or low cho-
Reduced calories, calorie free or
low calorie
This may seem difficult, but all
you have to do is review the labels
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Eating with friends and family
tends to increase the amount of
food we consume by one-third to
three-quarters more total calories.
Our friends can persuade us to eat
more, the question is: Why? Well,
there are a number of factors at
play here. It could be that your
guard is down, or that you're
focusing on your socializing so
you end up unconsciously eating
more food. Also, when friends are
involved, we tend to eat in restau-
rants where portions are bigger.
Quick fixes:
Eat something before you leave
to take the edge off your appetite or
have a big glass of water.
If you decide to have an alco-
holic beverage, try a light beer or
wine over mixed drinks. Fruity
cocktails may look inviting but
they average 400 to 600 calories a
Look for restaurants where there
are healthier menu choices, and
suggest non-eating social activi-

Relationship diet pitfalls
Go from single gal to half of a
couple and you may gain more
than just a partner. If you try to
keep pace with your guy at the din-
ner table, unwanted pounds will
also enter your relationship. Since
men are typically taller, more mus-
cular, and heavier than women,
they can eat more. When you start
spending more time with a guy,
your food consumption usually
goes up Men eat much larger por-
tions than women. They also tend
to eat foods that are higher in fat
and calories such as steak, pizza,
chips, and beer.
Quick fixes:
Influence your partner to eat
healthier. Look for tasty, nutritious
meals that the two of you can cook
together such as chicken stir-fry.
When prepared with just a touch of
olive oil, it's a great low-calorie
dish that is high in lean protein and
packed with fiber-rich, filling veg-
etables. Chili made with extra-lean
ground beef or ground turkey is a
guy favorite with a healthy spin.

Rather than spend your evenings
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for a rock-climbing course or go
for a bike ride together.
The family that eats together
Perhaps the most dangerous of
all situations is the family get-
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hindrance to eating well, but now
you also have the potential stress
of family members that don't get
along. There's also the pressure of
"mom's going to make me eat
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overeat not only because of the
celebrating, but to cope with the
stress of being around your family.
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Preplanned action plan is your
best defense. If your mom
becomes upset when you refuse
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you'll have one small piece of
chocolate cake, but stop at that.
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Somer. "If you're a vegetarian and
everyone you grew up with are
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PBS' "Great Performances" has purchased
Spike Lee's film adaptation of the rock musical
"Passing Strange" out of the Tribeca Film
Festival and announced plans to air the project
next year, reports Variety.
"Passing Strange" follows a young black man
who leaves behind his middle-class upbringing
in mid-1970s Los Angeles to travel to Europe,
where he finds he can exploit his "South Central" persona. The play
received seven Tony nominations and won for book of a musical.
The producers of "Passing Strange" said they're exploring a limited the-
atrical release for the film in late summer or early fall.
TNT's freshman drama "Hawthorne," starring Jada
Pinkett Smith as a single mom and the director of nurs-
ing at a southern hospital, will debut on Tuesday, June
16, at 9 p.m. Pinkett Smith plays Christina
Hawthorne, the tough-but-caring head of the nursing
unit at Richmond Trinity Hospital.
"When a patient's care is at risk, she will not hesitate
to violate hospital protocol, defend her staff against
egotistical doctors or firmly stand up to apathetic
administrators who seem to have forgotten a hospital's true purpose," the
network stated.
Chris Brown's lawyer Mark Geragos said he
!I. ^ intends to file a motion to dismiss the felony assault
case because of police leaks in the investigation,
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l- and set the next hearing for May 28.
Brown, 19, who has pleaded not guilty, was not required to appear at
the hearing and was not present.
As previously reported, Rihanna was also granted the return of her jew-
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$1.4 million in jewelry taken into evidence. All sides agreed that the items
were to be photographed by police and returned to Rihanna, who had them
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MiJack's Kids Shop with Daddy
Michael Jackson's Children finally get to shop without a mask or veil.
He recently took his kids shopping on LA's famous Melrose Ave. last
week and did some major damage at the Ed Hardy and Christian Audigier
stores, where he "walked out with over 20 bags and a mannequin," a
source tells People.com.
The boutiques were closed so that Jackson, 12-year-old Prince Michael
I, 7-year-old Prince Michael II (Blanket) and 11-year-old daughter Paris
could shop without being hassled by the public.
But the King of Pop, 50, ended up encouraging some of the fans who
lined the storefront to come inside and take pictures with him.
Jackson "was shopping for his closet and planning to wear some of the
items for his summer concerts on stage in London," said a source.





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Who Can't Forget Good Times

by M. Christian
Good Times" is one of Black
America's most beloved TV shows.
The sitcom, which ran from 1974 to
1979, looked at what society
deemed lower middle class family
who lived in a high-rise Chicago
housing development.
Though the family constantly
faced financial obstacles and hard-
ships, it was their love that helped
them make it through.
The Evans household was led by
two strong parents, James St. and
Florida Evans, played by John
Amos and Esther Rolle, and includ-
ed three children: James "JJ" Evans
Jr. (played by Jimmie Walker),
Thelma (Bern Nadette
Stanis) and Michael (Ralph
Florida's best friend and
neighbor, Willona Woods
(played by JaNet DuBois),
and the building's superin-
tendent, Nathan Bookman
(played by Johnny Brown),
helped keep the good times
rolling. Later, Willona
adopted an abused child,
Millicent "Penny" Gordon,
played by Janet Jackson.
What TV's "Brady
Bunch" was to White
America is what "Good
Times" is and still remains
to Black America--family.
As the shows continue to "
be shown thirty years later,
many wonder where the
cast is nw since the show's
cancellation in 1979. Despil
John Amos can currently day to
be seen on the ABC show
"Men In Trees." He also recently
recorded a country album, We Were
Hippies. This year he's producing a
virtual reality show, Gangs At Sea.
He also won fame for his portray-
al of an adult Kunta Kinte in
"Roots" land for his work in
Corning to America and on TV's
"The West Wing." Amos is proud
of the powerful image he portrayed
on "Good Times."
"It's a gratifying feeling," Amos
said. "I have so many people tell me
that the show provided them with a
father figure they never had. So
many children from different eth-
Walker, a veteran stand-up come-
dian, played the oldest Evans son.
An aspiring artist, JJ was the show's
comic relief and became known for
his exclamation "Dyn-O-Mite!"
Walker continues to do stand-up,
working 48 weeks a year on the
road. He also does a game show for
casinos called Dynomite Dollars.
"Good Times was a groundbreak-
ing show and the number of fans
only increases as new generations
watch for the first time," Walker
He said that excited fans still yell
and scream when they see him.
"One thing that has changed as a
result of increased airport security
is that fans don't yell out
DYNOMITE when they see me
boarding planes," he said.
Stanis played the sassy Thelma,

the middle child who aspired to
become a doctor.

Stanis continues to act and has
produced several plays, including
Whatever Happened to Black Love
and Sugar Daddy.
She authored a relationship book,
Situations 101, that deals with the
good, the bad and the ugly in affairs
of the heart.
"People talk about my character
of Thelma and how she was the 'It'
girl and set the standard," said
Stanis. "She was graceful, deter-
mined and she had dreams even
though she lived in the ghetto."
Ben Powers, who played

work as the character Mrs. Avery on
Eddie Murphy's animated TV show
"The PJs."
She recently released an inspira-
tional album, Hidden Treasures,
and a pictorial book, In Between
Acts. DuBois is also an accom-
plished artist who co-founded the
Pan African Film & Arts Festival in
Los Angeles.
"It makes me extremely happy to
be part of the greatest 'shaker' and
'mover' show on the television in its
time," said DuBois. "Each per-
former was unique."
Janet Jackson was added to the
show in 1977. Her abused charac-
ter, Penny, was eventually adopted

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:e your income level, everyone could appreciate and sympathize with the
day life adventures of Chicago's Evans clan.

Thelma's handsome, former pro
football-player husband Keith in
the sixth season, could not be
reached for this story.
Ralph Carter played Michael
Evans, whose race pride and
dreams of becoming the "first
Black Supreme Court justice"
inspired his TV nickname "the mil-
itant midget."
"That particular character is also
reflective of the wonderful con-
sciousness and pride that many of
our people had into the 1960s and
1970s," Carter said. "Black pride
was at an all-time high during the
times of 'Good Times.'"
Today Carter is a playwright and
TV writer. In 1996 it was reported
that Carter was battling AIDS. He
was rumored to have died.
"Innuendos that I've died over the
decades--I maintain that when peo-
ple don't have access to one's per-
sonal life, they create things,"
Carter said. "Therefore, I pay little
attention to outrageous suggestions
that I am a dead man. I'm alive. I'm
healthy. I'm well and I live in New
DuBois played the vivacious and
fashionable neighbor Willona, who
was divorced and worked at a "bou-
DuBois wrote and sang the the
theme for the TV show "The
Jeffersons." Her powerful voice
later earned two Emmy Awards
(1991 and 2001) for her voiceover

by Willona.
Jackson later appeared on the TV
shows "Diffrent Strokes" and
"Fame." Her work as an actress
branched into film, where most
recently she appeared in Tyler
Perry's film Why Did I Get
Married. Her feature film debut was
in John Singleton's Poetic Justice.
"Janet Jackson was a talented
child when she came into my life,"
said DuBois, who also played
Jackson's mother in the video for
Jackson's hit song Control. "I'm not
surprised at her success. It was all
over her from the start. It was just
my blessing to be given such a rare
opportunity when I needed her
most. She was the final ingredient
in Willona's development as a
three-dimensional character."
Brown played Nathan Bookman,
the building superintendent who
could sing and imitate characters.
Brown, who was mentored by
showman Sammy Davis Jr., got his
start as a nightclub performer and
still travels. He is also consulting
with his daughter, actress Sharon
Brown, and son-in-law, Billy
Blanks Jr., on a new workout video,
Cardioke, where people will sing
while working out to lose pounds.
"We've been really blessed," said
Brown about the show's success.
"Usually when a show goes off the
air, you're forgotten. The show has
gotten new life because young kids
see it. That's a blessing."

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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports

What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports


activities to self enrichment and the civic scene

OneJax 200UU9
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.

Stage Aurora presents
"The Negro Mother"
Stage Aurora will present "The
Negro Mother", an evening of
laughter music and poems celebrat-
ing the color and richness of
Mothers May 8 17th. The produc-
tion is an ensemble cast of nine
directed by Gloria Stephens.

performances will oe at me ,Aurora
Performance Hall, 5188 Norwood
Ave. (inside Gateway) For times
and more info, call 765-7372.

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

Relay for Life
If you like walking or having a fun
time with friends, you've got to try
this year's American Cancer Society
Relay For Life. It's an all-night,
action-packed event to fight cancer.
It will be held on Saturday, May
8th at FCCJ South Campus. To sign
up, call 391-3608.

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

Miracle on Ashley Street
The Clara White Mission's Annual
Miracle on Ashley Street featuring

celebrity chefs and servers, will
take place on Friday, May 15th
from 11 a.m. 1 p.m.Held at the
Mission located at 613 West Ashley
Street, the fundraising event fea-
tures a gourmet buffet and live
entertainment. Some of the partici-
pating chefs are from Juliette's
Restaurant, Publix, Hyatt Regency,
The Pepper Pot and Genesis Cafe
and Catering. For tickets call 354-

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.

Genealogical Society
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold their monthly
meeting on May 16th, 2009 at 1:30
in the Webb-Wesconnett Branch
Library. The topic will be the
Seminole Indian Wars. For addi-
tional information please contact,

Mary Chauncey at (904) 781-9300

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
open to the public. For more infor-
mation, call 359-KIDS.

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. $500.100 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.

The Jean Ribault
Class of 1979 Reunion
The Jean Ribault Class of 1979
will have their 30th Anniversary
Gala, "An Affair to Remember" on
Saturday, June 6, 2009 at the
Omni Hotel starting at 6 p.m.
Formal attire is requested. For more
information, call 322-7338.

Universal Sisters
Health Event
Universal Sisters, a unique one
day event will address specific con-
cerns for women of color including
health, well being and personal
safety. It will be held on Saturday,
June 27th from 8 a.m. 3:30 p.m.
at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront.
The event will include health
screenings, a luncheon and inspira-
tional keynote speaker Mother
Love. For tickets or more informa-
tion, call 549-2938.


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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 :
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CLASS OF 1953 Henry Newman, Luvenia Newman, May Hunter
and Claude Hunter.

CLASS OF 1953 Theresa Williams, Letha McBride, Mavis Tutson
and Charles Skinner.

CLASS OF 1952: Sam Muller, Leonard Wilcox and James Forest.

Donald McQueen ('62), CLASS OF 1953 Mary Lancaster, Ora
McQueen and Carol Williams.

Hostess Norma Brown ('54) and husband Samuel Brown.

OF 1954: Rosa Griffin, Kathryn Sykes and Rosa Smith.

CLASS OF '76 Linda Hills and Luther Coley.

ClASS of 1942 Virginia Scott and Martha Cummings.

Lloyd Pearson ('39), Frances Cook ('43), Wilhemenia Fisher and
Marion Sneed ('39).

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CLASS OF 1954: Top: Lillie Mosley, Mary Tutson, James Tutson, Linda Wilson and guest
Bottom: Sylvia and Warner Singleton, Elizabeth Butler and Edith Albright-Green ('57).

Ben Harris ('52), James Scriven ('59), Jeanette Goa ('52), Ida Shellman Harris ('52), Pepper and Joyce
Booker ('52), Elouise McBride ('53), Irene and James Orr ('56) and Jeanette Dock ('60).

Michelle Wilson ('77), Kenneth Drayton ('78), Jeanette Flenoy ('78), June Thomas ('77), Darlene Neil
('78), Harriette Evans-Jones ('78) and guest Art Jones.

CLASS OF 1956 To: Lillie Moore Weaver, Jakki Stubbs, Kay and Lewis Palmer and Thelma Savage'
Soots. Bottom: Vermell Sykes Bennett, Juanita Wilson, Willie Clayton and Mary Clayton.

Guiding the evening's program was Rev Charles Scriven ('51),
Delphenia Carter ('50), Gala Chair Kenneth Reddick (63), Gail
Walden Holley ('59), and Carla Whiteside ('71).

The 3rd Stanton High School All
Class Reunion was held at the
Prime Osborn Center last weekend,
celebrating the school's 140 year
legacy. The participants were grad-
uates of classes ranging from 1936
- 1978 from Stanton High School,
New Stanton and Stanton
The celebration feted the Golden
Reunion of the Class of 1959 who
had the most participants in atten-
dance. Other highlights include
Lighting of the Memorial Candle
by Delphinia Carter, Blessings by
Rev. Charles Scriven and
Reflections by Barbara Lang .
Established in 1868, "Old
Stanton" was the first high school

for African-Americans in
Jacksonville. In what seemed like
an impossible feat the gathering of
all classes of the historic Stanton
High School Kenneth Reddick led
a group of volunteers to the experi-
ence of a lifetime in uniting sixty-
night years of Alumni. Spanning
the gap of gender, class age, over
1000 Blue Devils traveled far and
wide to participate in their first All
Class Annual Reunion.
Seated by classes, entertained by
classmates, the after five attired for-
mer students answered the roll call
of Ronald Galvin to participate
answering the call of months of
arduous planning and representing
their class.

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Ronald Galvin co-authored a book on Stanton that was on display
and available for purchase.

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