Big Boned or
AKAs Get Apology After Confederate
Flags Waved During Anniversary
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. The University of
Alabama chapter of Kappa Alpha fraternity has
apologized for having its "Old South" parade
pause in front of an event hosted by the school's
chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Alumnae of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority were on
campus attending events celebrating the chapter's
35th anniversary last month when the parade paused.
Fraternity officials say an investigation determined that the flatbed
trucks carrying the members, who were wearing Confederate Army jack-
ets and hats, stopped "for a very short period of time" to pick up sorori-
ty members in period dress from another house nearby.
A petition signed by 71 alumnae was sent to university President Robert
Witt calling on the school to "commit to ending permanently 'Old South
Week' and any other such events."
"At a public institution, especially at the University of Alabama, given
our history, we have to look at what's appropriate," said senior associate
dean Joyce Stallworth.
$6000 a Month Ordered for
Kilpatrick to Pay Detroit Back
DETROIT, Mi Kwame Kilpatrick will have .1
to scale back his lifestyle instead of his restitu-
tion payments, a judge ruled today.
A Wayne County Circuit Judge rejected the ex- .
mayor's bid to avoid paying the city of Detroit
$6,000 per month to help defray the $1 million "
he agreed to pay the city as part of a plea deal to
resolve his infamous text message scandal that
cost him his job as Mayor.
His attorney had argued in a court filing that
Kilpatrick could only spare $6 a month from his $120,000 annual salary
after paying for expenses like his Cadillac Escalade and the home his
family is renting in a posh suburb of Dallas, Texas.
But the judge ordered Kilpatrick to make the payments after learning
about the ex-mayor's high living since being released from jail in
February. He wrote that the former mayor "must realize that he is a con-
victed felon, and will have to balance meeting all the conditions of his
probation, including restitution payments, with the lifestyle to which he
has grown accustomed."
"In other words," Judge Groner added, Kilpatrick "may not be able to
sustain an upper middle class existence while he still owes a debt to soci-
ety and a substantial financial debt to the citizens of Detroit."
Black Joblessness Soars Past 15%
Nation's Unemployment at 8.9%
The nation's unemployment rate jumped from 8.5 percent to 8.9 percent
last month the highest jobless rate since 1983.
However, the burden of lost jobs fell primarily upon African
Americans. The Black unemployment rate soared from 13.3 percent in
March to 15 percent in April.
At the same time, joblessness among whites showed only a modest
increase rising from 7.9 percent to 8.0 percent and the Hispanic unem-
ployment picture actually improved.
In March 11.4 percent of those looking for jobs could not find them.
However, in April Hispanic unemployment fell slightly to 11.3 percent.
Overall, 539,000 Americans lost jobs last month. The increase brought
total unemployment to 13.7 million people. The Labor Department's
Bureau of Labor Statistics also reported virtually no increase in weekly
earnings. In March, the average person earned $614.20 a week. In April
that figure improved a bit rising to $614.53 a week.
The only positive aspect of Friday's report was that the rate of increase
in job loses was not as bad as most economists had expected. The current
recession has gripped the nation since December of 2007.
Howard Hands Out Degrees and
Sanitizer Amid Swine Flu
There was hand sanitizer-a-plenty on hand Saturday at Howard
University's commencement ceremony as the school stepped up efforts to
prevent the spread of swine flu.
A university student now fully recovered was identified as having
had a probable case of the condition that has made its way around the
world and led to three deaths in the United States.
The university wasn't taking any chances. Folks attending the gradu-
ation ceremony were given hand sanitizers along with their programs,
and a statement was released warning that the traditional commencement
handshake would "be held in abeyance."
Hundreds of people among the estimated 20,000 assembled on the uni-
versity's quadrangle were seen using the sanitizer, which came in spray
tubes, a witness told the Washington Post.
In a statement, Howard quoted news accounts saying that other uni-
versities, including the University of Michigan and Northeastern
University, had decided to forgo the ceremonial handshake.
In the end, officials said, the day was brilliant, the ceremonies were a
success and all 97 PhD candidates -- the only degree recipients who
crossed the stage -- got a handshake from Howard President Sidney
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Lasting Contribution to Jacksonville Community
As over 1,000 members of the Links, Inc.'s membership from the southern area prepared to descend on
Jacksonville for their bi-ennial conference, the organization's leadership was leaving their mark on the city with
the kickoff of their comprehensive program focusing on battling the chronic childhood obesity epidemic currently
crippling the nation. Shown above at the kickoff of the festivities at the Pearson Community Center is Southern
Area Director Mary Currie, surrounded by her Link sisters and area children who will benefit from the program
locally through their partnership with the City of Jacksonville. R Silver photo Continued on page 5
Kappas' Annual Meeting Lauds Unsung Heroes
Shown above are honorees and Kappa men at the recent Community Meeting (L-R): Jean Aikens,
Carlton Jones, Dr. William Cody, Mrs. Betty Cody, Dr. Herman Miller and Polemarch Allen Moore.
The Jacksonville Alumni Chapter Council Chambers, is different There is no fundraiser to attend.
of Kappa Alpha Psi's Annual Public from the typical non-profit event. The event is simply about recog-
Meeting, recently held in City There are no tickets to purchase. Continued on page 3
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First lady Michelle Obama (above) says the White
House is a place where people should feel free to
speak their minds. To that end, she and President
Barack Obama welcomed actors, poets and writers
to the East Room on Tuesday. The evening featured
James Earl Jones; Esperanza Spalding and Lin-
Manuel Miranda. The night also included musical
interludes, modern poetry and excerpts from
Jacksonville Police Remember
Their Own The Jacksonville Sheriffs Office
honored the 60 officers that have fallen in the line
of duty since 1840 in a ceremony outside the Police
Memorial Building last week. The solemn ceremo-
ny included a gun salute and roll call of all of the
fallen as the Police flag was at half staff.
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was filled to capacity with participants for a free workshop on stir
funding for businesses (profit and non-profit) that would like to app
the governments grants and loans that will soon be coming avai
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" unemployed for 14 months, Carnel
Hawkins and his wife, Tugba,
decided to go into business for
themselves, starting a home preser-
vation and maintenance business,
H&H Preservation Services.
Hawkins said he got the seed
money y from savings and unemploy-
ment benefits. The one thing that
has eluded him is securing a line of
. credit the lifeblood of most busi-
nesses -- to pay for marketing mate-
top rials, equipment and payroll.
to "Without it, basically, it can kill
you before you can get started,"
rs Hawkins said.
Hawkins, who is black, is not
Mall alone. Black people, who according
nulus to various reports have been hit
ly for harder by unemployment and fore-
lable. closures than any other ethnic
dining group, are flocking to entrepreneur-
)urces ial ventures in record numbers.
e City But many have found the door
shut because of the lack of credit,
sapped home equity and jobless-
Inland officials involved with the
Sb black business community said they
have seen a dramatic increase in the
number of blacks requesting infor-
mation on how to start and success-
fully operate a business.
Nationally, the unemployment
rate for blacks, 13.3 percent, is
nearly 2 percentage points higher
than the next-highest ethnicity,
Hispanics, and 6 percentage points
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While unemployment has given
many blacks an opportunity to
explore the entrepreneurial world, a
primary source of income has dried
up -- their homes.
Like everyone else, black people
have been affected by the loss of
home equity, said Vincent McCoy,
the executive director of the Inland
Empire Small Business
The group, an arm of the Inland
Empire Economic Partnership, pro-
vides services and support for
entrepreneurs and businesses.
"During the growth, people used
that equity as part of the down pay-
ment on these projects. It's gone,"
Also exacerbating the situation is
the credit crunch. Fewer people
across the board are getting loans,
but the crunch and tightening of
credit-obtaining criteria has severe-
ly hampered many blacks, which as
a group have historically had more
difficulty getting credit and at high-
er interest rates than other ethnic
groups, McCoy and others said.
The final piece of the puzzle is
the same thing driving many blacks
into business for themselves: unem-
"As a requirement for most loans,
the lender will want a secondary
source of repayment, such as a job
or a spouse's job," McCoy said.
"With the job loss, especially more
striking in the African American
community, those opportunities for
that secondary income source have
Despite the grim outlook, black
business officials said there are sev-
eral programs and developments
that may make it easier for blacks -
- and others -- to get into business
First, the U.S. Small Business
administration has received a boost
in its ability to lend, as officials
authorized the raising of the loan
guarantee from 75 to 90 percent.
In order for that program to get
off the ground, however, the sec-
ondary lending market needs to
thaw, McCoy said.
Additionally, groups like the
Black Chamber of Commerce are
hosting more workshops than ever
on how to start and operate success-
"The tools are there," Wallace
said. "People just need to know
where to find them."
Hawkins said he relies on his
family for capital support, as well
as not overreaching during the
formative stages of his business
"You have to take on smaller
jobs, inch your way to the finish
line in a way," Hawkins said.
"But I consider myself fortunate
to be in the position that I am, oth-
erwise, I wouldn't probably stay in
business longer than a month."
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business profitable. Sounds like a great deal.
Franchises also help you plan sales and pro-
motions, like the recent free meal giveaway that
KFC teamed up with Oprah for. Oprah's Midas
touch turned the KFC coupons into a feeding
frenzy with thousands of people trying to cash in
on the free meals. Unfortunately, franchise own-
ers bore the brunt of this giveaway, when their
supplies ran short and they were unable to
accommodate their customers. Angry consumers
complained and KFC released an apology.
As always there are a few cons to buying a
franchise. Since you don't own the brand name,
you have to pay royalty payments each year. You
are obligated to follow uniform operating proce-
dures and start up costs can be a lot higher than
starting your own non-franchise business.
If you are thinking of starting a franchise busi-
ness, the best place to start is by meeting with a
franchise consultant to get some preliminary
franchise business information. They can also
help you get an idea of what kind of franchise
you want to start. Franchise consultants are like
the matchmakers of the franchise business and
are a great way to introduce buyers to people
who are selling a franchise.
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Dr. Ezekiel Bryant Councilman Reggie Brown
Florida Launches New Program to
Assist Vets with Higher Education
Governor Charlie Crist has launched a new statewide campaign, Boots
to Books to help veterans with their education. With the passing of the
New GI Bill, or Post 9/11 GI Bill, federal resources are now available to
help veterans meet their educational and career goals.
Veterans with three years of active service qualify to receive the full ben-
efits for up to 36 months, including full tuition and fees, a monthly hous-
ing allowance, and $1,000 a year for books and supplies. Partial benefits
are also available to veterans who have been:
Deployed for 90 days in the Armed Forces since 9/11.
Discharged due to service connected disabilities.
Currently enrolled in the Montgomery GI Bill and meet the Post 9/11
GI Bill criteria. These applicants can transfer from receiving the current
benefits to the new program.
Officers who graduated from a service academy or received ROTC
Applicants must also meet the admission requirements of the college or
university they plan to attend.
Information is available to veterans at www.FLBootsToBooks.org.
HBCUs Fight to Keep Crucial Dollars
Continued from page 1
-nizing individuals and organiza-
tions that improve the quality of life
in Northeast Florida.
Event chairperson Cleveland
Ferguson said, "It's important to
acknowledge community trustees,
particularly those who mentor
youth. We host the Annual Public
Meeting to make their contributions
For example, the Jacksonville
Alumni Chapter honored ten mem-
bers of the Guide Right Kappa
League Program, established
approximately three decades ago to
assist male high school students in
becoming leaders and volunteers.
The Kappas also identified people
who excelled in the fields of educa-
tion, medicine and politics. This
year's honorees included
Councilman Reggie Brown, Dr.
Charles McIntosh, Ezekiel Bryant,
Wendell Holmes, Barbara Darby
and Alvin White.
The Chapter showcased the work
of organizations such as the Duval
County Supervisor of Elections
Office, Office of General Counsel,
Canvassing Board, Jack and Jill of
America, and the Bold City and
Jacksonville Chapters of The Links,
Incorporated for the much-needed
services they provide to the com-
The Kappas even honored one of
their own. Scott Channing
Armstrong was recognized as the
2009 "Kappa Man of the Year" for
his commitment to developing
The scholarship presentations
were, perhaps, the highlight of the
Annual Public Meeting. In partner-
ship with the Kappa Alpha Psi
Fraternity, Inc. Foundation, the
Jacksonville Alumni Chapter hosts
an annual golf tournament to raise
funds for scholarships and mentor-
ship programs. To date, the organi-
zation has distributed more than
$150,000 in scholarships to high
One scholarship recipient, Robert
Gaines, said he plans to use the
funds to attend FAMU in the fall.
"I'm graduating from Ribault in
June. Receiving this scholarship is
a huge accomplishment for me and
will help me fulfill my dreams of a
college education," he said.
Dr. Wendell Holmes
Kappa Foundation Chair Carlton
Jones added, "Youth are our future.
Everyone here tonight has touched
the lives of young people in some
positive way. The Annual Public
Meeting is about celebrating that."
Stoty by M. Latimer.Photos by M.
Latimer and J. Ferguson
Continued from page 1
Negro College Fund. However,
some have struggled with low grad-
uation rates. An AP analysis earlier
this year found that, overall, black
students at four-year HBCUs have
lower graduation rates than black
students at other schools.
HBCUs have about 132,000 stu-
dents receiving Pell grants, accord-
ing to an Associated Press analysis
of federal figures collected by the
nonprofit group The Education
Trust. Even if all got the maximum
$200 Pell Grant increase, that
would provide HBCUs new rev-
enue totaling only about one-third
of the funding cut outlined in the
"We believe it is in the best inter-
est of our country to ensure that
(HBCUs) are strong," said John
Donohue, UNCF's executive vice
president for development.
Donohue said the federal pro-
gram was responsible for important
college readiness efforts at Dillard
University in New Orleans, where
he previously worked.
Sen. Richard Burr, a Republican
from North Carolina home to 11
HBCUs questioned the adminis-
tration's priorities, considering its
decision to spare $9 million in
funding for whaling history muse-
Education Department officials
said the additional $85 million the
HBCU program enjoyed the last
two years was temporary and that
HBCUs shouldn't have counted on
Lezli Baskerville, president and
CEO the National Association for
Equal Opportunity in Higher
Education, a group representing
predominantly black colleges, said
giving money directly to the col-
leges is justified considering "the
nation's sorry history of support for
HBCUs." She noted government
provided more support favoring
other kinds of institutions, like
Ultimately, higher education offi-
cials believe Congress won't let the
funding decline. Terry Hartle, sen-
ior vice president of the American
Council on Education, said HBCUs
have strong support in both parties
and both houses of Congress.
"To see the federal support
decline significantly would have a
real, substantial impact on the insti-
tutions right away," Hartle said. "A
lot of the philanthropic support is
not as available as it was two years
ago. They can't raise tuition."
Even the administration sounded
like it expected Congress to step in.
"I think (HBCUs) understandably
will try to encourage Congress to
continue it anyway, and I under-
stand that strategically for them,"
said deputy undersecretary of edu-
cation Robert Shireman.
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May 14-20, 2009
May 14-20, 2009
When is a governor no longer
focused on being governor? Well,
when he's running for a U.S. Senate
seat of course. Florida Governor
Charlie Crist maybe leaving his big
pond in Tallahassee and attempting
to swim in the deep ocean of D.C.
Most people think that Crist is a
pretty moderate Republican that's
a good thing in some case and a bad
one in others. While Gov. Crist has
broad appeal with moderates and
independents, as a Republican
being a moderate hurts you with the
party's conservative base.
But that's the struggle or dilem-
ma that the Republican Party finds
itself caught up in these days.
In order to regain some national
footing the party will certainly have
to move to the center, but of course
the hard right factions within the
party don't agree.
Whether you are a Rush
Limbaugh fan or not, most rational
minds would agree that a talk-show
host shouldn't be the face or voice
of your political party.
The problem that Governor Crist
is facing is simple his party is no
longer appealing to the vast major-
ity of Americans. While
Republicans have criticized
President Obama's stimulus spend-
ing most Americans view them as
Republicans supported epic
deficits to pay for the wars in Iraq
and Afghanistan, as well as vast
expansions to Federal entitlement
programs. So it seem a bit insin-
cere to slam Democrats and say
Crist Set to Run for Senate,
But Republican Party in Limbo
that Federal spending in times of
economic crisis is nothing more
Republicans simply can't have it
Historically, Democrats have
been slammed for being tax-and-
spenders, but the GOP has become
the borrow-and-spend party.
Arlen Specter, the senior Senator
from Pennsylvania, switched par-
ties to basically save his seat in a
state that shifted heavily for
Democrats during last year's elec-
tions. Specter realized that his
chance of winning as a Republican
was a long shot. But Specter's
defection from the GOP is yet
another sign of the party's current
Republicans have focused so
much on being the party of individ-
ualism and what they perceive as
issues related to "freedom" that
they missed the fact that strong
urban and suburban communities
are important and that working and
middle class families can't be
And by the way, the upper mid-
dle class and folks with money
really care about the environment,
which Republican leadership does-
n't even acknowledge is a problem.
But back to Governor Crist,
many would ask why would a guy
give up a gubernatorial seat to run
for U.S. Senate? Duh, that's an easy
one there are no term-limits as a
U.S. Senator or Congressman, and
Crist ultimately wants to run for
President one day.
Crist has been running for office
or some seat for the past 20 years,
so it's no surprise that he has his
sights on Washington, D.C.
Being in the Senate will give him
an opportunity to build his national
image and name recognition.
Again, the challenge for Crist
will be how do you continue to be a
moderate or populist Republican
when the folks on the far right of
the party are trying to pull you fur-
ther over to their side.
Undoubtedly, Crist probably is
not Rush Limbaugh's ideal candi-
date, but that probably makes him
even more attractive to Democrats
who may be willing to cross over to
support the Republican.
What's interesting about Crist
leaving the Governor's Mansion
early is that he leaves at a time
when Florida is at an interesting
Florida voted for President
Obama, but has a Republican con-
trolled House, Senate and
Governor. There are signs that the
Democratic Party's national gains
may have a trickle down effect on
state and local politics.
I would not be surprised if next
Banks Bomb on Stress
Tests for Minority Lendinq
A buoyant Treasury Secretary
Timothy Geithner reassured the
public that the big 19, that's the 19
giant banks and financial houses
that to hear Geithner tell it the fate
of Western capitalism rests on,
have passed the Treasury imposed
"stress" test with if not flying col-
ors, at least steady drip colors. That
wasn't hard to do. Taxpayers
greased the skids of the 19 with
more than $50 billion in handouts.
And the stress tests were puff ball
tests that imposed neither tough nor
new government enforced financial
requirements or restrictions on the
The debate rages just how much
taxpayer cash the banks and finan-
cial houses really need, how much
more they'll need, how long they'll
need it, and will the money really
ensure permanent solvency. But
forgotten in the hubbub over the
Geither glossed report is the painful
fact that thousands of black and
Latino homeowners are still left
holding the financial bag for the
sub prime mess that taxpayers are
forced to bail the banks out of.
Two reports by Fair Finance
Watch and the Center for Public
Integrity on mortgage lending prac-
tices, issued on the eve of the
Geithner bank stress test report,
revealed that from 2005 to 2007 the
19 bailed out banks and financial
houses got into hock to taxpayers to
nearly one trillion dollars. They ran
up the bulk of the debt through the
toxic sub prime loans to mostly
minority home buyers. The banks
ran up the debt through holding
companies, investment houses,
financial and real estate sub-
sidiaries and through stock pur-
chases and sales.
The reports also showed that the
sub prime loans did little to help
revitalize grossly underserved
minority communities. In fact Bank
of America which holds its cup out
for another $ 34 billion taxpayer
hand out had one of the lousiest
records in lending to minorities.
The loans that it did make were far
more costly than loans to whites.
But B of A was hardly the sole loan
bad actor. The top bank welfare
recipients raked in tens of billions
in profits and taxpayer handouts
while engaging in scrooge like
lending. When they lent they
charged rates that would make loan
Wells Fargo charged African-
Americans more than twice as
much as whites for home loans. JP
Morgan charged African
Americans and Latinos more than
twice that of whites. Citigroup, US
Bancorp and Wachovia charged
minorities one and half times more.
Blacks and Latinos were more than
one and half times more likely than
whites to be denied a loan by the
top banks that received taxpayer
bail out cash. Income had little to
do with who the lenders pitched
their sub prime loans to. Race and
the neighborhoods they lived in
were the prime determinants. A
HUD study found that upper
income blacks were one-and-a-half
times as likely to have a sub prime
loan as persons that lived in low-
income white neighborhoods.
Sub prime lending at times took
on elements of loan racketeering; a
racket that hurt and still hurts tens
of thousands of would be black and
Latino homeowners. The lender's
bait and switch tactics, the deliber-
ately garbled contracts, deceptive
and faulty lending, questionable
accounting practices, and charged
hidden fees, all with the con-
nivance of sleepy-eyed see-no-evil
oversight of federal regulators, are
well known and documented. Their
snake oil loan peddling wreaked
havoc with thousands of mostly
poor, strapped homeowners.
The recent reports on the lending
practices of the top banks, though,
make clear, that they continued to
rake in big profits from the loans,
even while padding their bottom
line with taxpayer dollars. The
banks and holding companies can
suffer huge losses from their sub
prime loans but still make money,
lots of it. HSBC Holding, for
instance, reported losses of $10 bil-
lion from bad loans in 2007 but it
still reported a 5 percent rise in its
Sub prime lending albeit highly
profitable for a brief time was not a
crushing risk for the banks when
the loans went sour. The banks off-
set their losses through tax write
offs, increased loan and service
fees and charges, lower saver inter-
est rates, and stock sales and swaps.
They have one more trump card to
cleanse their toxic debt: the taxpay-
They have played that card mag-
year's elections ushered in new era
of Democratic resurgence in
Florida. Alex Sink, the state's CFO
will most likely run for Governor
on the Democratic side.
Sink is very popular around the
state so it will be hard for
Republicans to find a candidate to
beat her. I know that this maybe
counting chickens before they
hatch, but if Democrats take the
Governors Office back and have
major gains in the House and
Senate then we should see a major
shift in state policies.
Democrats will not have enough
gains to be the majority in the
House and Senate, but 2010 could
be the start of a major party shift on
the state level.
If you thought that last years
elections were heated then hold on
because over the next 20 months
Florida politics is about to kick into
There will be the fight for the
Governor's mansion, a United
States Senate seat, three other
statewide offices will be on the bal-
lot, a number of seats in Congress,
and with at least 9 open State
Senate seats and 22 open State
Let the fun began again!
Signing off from the Supervisor
of Elections Office,
nificently. The great flaw
in all this is that banks are
still largely left to self-
g police themselves. They
determine how much
they'll lend, and to who. They will
continue to make loans to minority
home buyers, they are required to
do that under the terms of the much
Reinvestment Act, and many of
those borrowers will continue to
pay dearly for those loans. That's a
stress test that the banks won't have
to take, let alone pass.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an
author and political analyst. His
weekly radio show, "The
Hutchinson Report" nationally
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Are You Ready to Fight
for Free Fried Chicken?
Thanks to Oprah promoting a free meal, KFC is
popular again. Demand was so rampant for coupons
good for two pieces of Kentucky Grilled Chicken, two
individual sides and a biscuit at participating KFC
restaurants in the US that the site experienced significant "technical diffi-
culties". The overwhelming interest in the promotion to download the
grilled chicken coupon amounted to a harrowing power struggle between
those who secured coupons and those of only a proverbial "wing and a
And, in spite of the hapless mother who complained: "I've been trying to
access the kfc coupon for over an hour now... i don't know what's
wrong...and I really needed that coupon to feed my year old," the promo-
tion was a huge success. KFC and Oprah did what they intended to do;
which was to create awareness of KFC Grilled Chicken. They let consumers
taste the product and in doing so they created an overwhelming demand.
People talked about it, they send coupons to everyone they knew. The char-
itable downloaded coupons and gave them to the homeless. The "chicken
coup" may be the greatest PR strategy ever.
Every day, 23 million chickens are prepared for food in the U.S.
Louisville-based KFC, a subsidiary of Yum Brands, hopes grilled chicken
will lure back health-conscious consumers who dropped fried chicken from
their diets, or cut back on indulging. KFC's new "Unthink What You
Thought about KFC" initiative is a Web-based user-generated content cam-
paign to push the company's new grilled balanced lifestyle items. The
"Unthink KFC" site offers a fun way for users to get involved in the brand
as well as a source of nutritional information.
Last year, Yum had 30 percent operating profit growth in its China divi-
sion. where KFC is a dominant fast-food brand, while U.S. operations had a
3 percent decline. Yum and KFC say they want health-conscious customers
back. Their objective was to show the other side of KFC that isn't fried. The
grilled chicken breast has 17 less grams of fat than the fried counterpart.
KFC has over 14,000 outlets in 105 countries and territories around the
world. The breakthrough to the new offering came when the company
solhed operational problems with a new oven that grills a batch of chicken
in just o'er 20 minutes Customers in select U.S. cities will soon be greet-
ed at KFCs by lighted "Now Grilling" signs. Even the brand's ubiquitous
chicken buckets will get a makeover. Buckets will still feature founder
Harland Sanders but will get a redesign to promote fried and grilled chick-
African Americans' affinity with "the yard bird" and KFC is long and leg-
end. T\vel\e percent of the U.S. population, Blacks have represented over
20 percent of KFC customers from the beginning. In the 1970s and 80s, the
company negotiated and signed a "covenant" with PUSH for increased rec-
iprocitr and franchises with Blacks. The company has been named one of
FORTUNE magazine's "Top 50 Employers for Minorities".
KFC has a long presence and has made a distinctive outreach to urban
markets. The new restaurant design is adorned inside and out with paintings
bN famed African American artist Charly (Carlos) Palmer. A prototype
restaurant is in Washington, D.C. where they updated an old KFC urban
location. The restaurant increased business by more than 20 percent and,
most importantly, changed how KFC team members and customers felt
about the KFC brand.
In addition to their Oprah Connection, KFC is marketing public service
across the nation KFC has sent a letter to U.S. mayors, offering to fill up
potholes in their cities' streets. Mayors must nominate their cities to be
refreshed, and those that win will have their potholes filled and marked with
the \\ords "Re-freshet by KFC" in non-permanent street chalk. The phrase
refers to the fact that the chain uses only fresh chicken, which is shipped
weekly to its stores.
In the end, we now know that: 1) Oprah is a media phenomenon with the
reach and credibility to create a trend and influence; 2) People love chicken
and 3) People loae chicken even more when it's free.
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Shown aboie is Southern Area leadership, members of the Bold Vit3
Chapter of Links who coordinated
the event and area children who will utilize the facilities.
Links Blaze New Ground While in Jacksonville
Continued from front
New fitness equipment, designed to
promote family fitness, will be
installed along the "Rails to Trails"
project S-Line, a 5-mile urban
walking trail that runs from the
Rutledge Pearson Community
Center on Myrtle Avenue to the
Norwood Plaza on Norwood
The kick-off of the Southern
Area's major initiative addressing
childhood obesity is the brainchild
of Area Director Mary Currie of
Atlanta, Georgia. Locally, the Links
program is designed to support the
involvement of families in physical
activities. Similar innovations will
occur throughout the southern area
over the next two years.
Recreational activities that encour-
age children ages 6 to 12 to use the
trail will be implemented by
Jacksonville's Bold City Chapter of
Links, the conference's host chap-
ter. Future sessions will be pro-
vided on nutrition healthy foods,
healthy living and physical activi-
ties. The Emmett Reed Center and
the Malivai Washington Center will
both be utilized as facilities for
workshops. The trail ends near the
Emmett Reed Center.
The City of Jacksonville began
development of the trail in 2002 at
a cost of $1.6 million in the place of
abandoned train tracks. The cooper-
ative was assisted by City
Councilman Warren Jones' alloca-
tion of funds for interactive play-
ground equipment at a cost nearing
The Southern Area Links, travel-
ing from 74 chapters from through-
out the southeast, will be in town
through Sunday headquartered at
the Hyatt Hotel. Their bi-annual
conference is a for a four day con-
fab of education and camaraderie as
they set their gendas for change
throughout their communities.
The Links, Incorporated, founded
in 1946, is one of the oldest and
largest volunteer service organiza-
tions of African-American women.
There are over 12,000 women
throughout the Diaspora who have
committed countless hours of serv-
ice and millions of dollars to
improving our communities.
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MASACARA speakers included Ronlene Canady, Dia Young, Beverly White, Angela Williams, Aida and
Correa and Fiecha Crosby.
MASCARA Motivates and Inspires Area Women Fiechia Crosby, CEO and founder of
M.A.S.C.A.R.A (Mothers and Sisters about Reaching Above), a new and exciting social network for women who
are focused on bridging the gap in their communities recently held her first symposium to educate and inspire fol-
lowing eight months of planning. Motivating speakers and excited attendees equaled an afternoon of success.
Women cried and shared stories of sisterhood relating to past hurts, joy and pain. Featured speakers for the inti-
mate event include Lynn Jones, Host/Producer of the Lynn & Friends Show; Aida Correa, Florist and designer;
Ronline Cannady, Realtor; Beverly White, Health Administrator and Evangelist Angela Williams.
Jacksonville Commemorates National Train Day
On Friday, May 8th,
Congresswoman Corrine Brown
spotlighted "National Train Day" at .
the Jacksonville Amtrak Station on
the Northside. National Train Day .
celebrates the 140th anniversary of
the "golden spike," which was driv-
en into the final tie in Promontory
Summit, Utah, and marked the ,..
completion of our nation's first
transcontinental railroad in 1869.
Passenger and freight service are
increasing dramatically nationwide, .
For many rural Americans in fact,
Amtrak represents the only major
intercity transportation link to the
rest of the country.
In recent years, Amtrak has set
records for ridership, exceeding 25
million passengers.. Ticket rev- Shown above is Amtrak employee Rodney Patterson,
enues have also increased dramati- Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Darrell Macon Manager OBS
cally, and continue to grow steadily Jacksonville and Thomas Guerin Superintendent Passenger at
thus far in 2009.. In Florida, Amtrak National Train Day in Jacksonville. FM Pihoto ,,
employs over 700 Florida residents, whose wages totaled over $40 mil- lion for FY08.
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Calling All Youth Public Speakers
The Duval County Farm Bureau Women's committee is hosting a Youth
Speech Contest on Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 4:00 pm at the Duval
County Extension Office.Duval County contestants must be between 14
and 18. The speech length is 4/2 5V2 minutes.on "What challenges will
affect the sustainability of Florida Agriculture for the future?" Cash prizes
will be awarded at this level. Please see www.floridafarmbureau.org and
follow the link under "Programs" to "Youth Speech Contest" for addition-
al rules and information. Deadline to register for the Duval County con-
test is May 14. To register, download the registration form at the Farm
Bureau website and send to DCFB, 5542 Dunn Avenue, Jacksonville, FL
32218, attn: Youth Speech Contest.
NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY
SUBJECT: DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT (DEA)
PROJECT: Deployment of a High Energy Mobile X-Ray
Inspection System at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry, San Diego
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,
Inc., 1436 S Legend Hills Dr, Ste 140, Clearfield, UT 84015, tele-
phone (801) 773-6459, facsimile (801) 525-1175. The DEA can also
be viewed and downloaded via the internet at the following
The DEA will be available for a 30-day review beginning May 15
and ending June 15, 2009. Comments must be postmarked, e-
mailed or faxed by June 15, 2009 to ensure that they receive full
consideration. Please address all comments to the attention of Mn.
Gary Armstrong of Organizational Strategies, Inc. at the above
address or facsimile number.
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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.
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 962-2631.
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 24th at 6 p.m. The church is located at 1953 West 9th
Street. All events are free and open.For more information, 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.
Men Lead the Way as Head of Your Homes
S~-- -^ by Pastor Bryan
I am convinced
that men must
role within a
Godly home. In
the book of Genesis it says, "Then
the Lord God took the man and put
him into the garden of Eden to culti-
vate it and keep it" Genesis 2:15.
God's original intent for man was
to give him a role as a CULTIVA-
TOR and CARETAKER. A cultiva-
tor is one who fosters growth and
who improves things with care-in
other words-as men we are to fos-
ter growth in our homes and provide
care for our spouses, children and
families. That's the bigger picture.
Three specific tasks that will suc-
cessfully contribute in your role as a
daily cultivator and caretaker...
1. Men must GUARD the goods in
their homes by providing consistent
prayer, along with physical and
emotional protection. The Bible
says in Ezekiel 22:30, "I looked for
a man among them who would build
up the wall and stand before me in
the gap on behalf of the land so I
would not have to destroy it, but I
have found none."
What an indictment! The Lord is
looking for men who will build their
families and stand before Him in the
gap for their spouses and children.
My question for you is, "Does God
find you doing that daily?" As cul-
tivators and caretakers, we should
guard our homes by providing (1)
consistent prayer (not just praying
over dinner but leading the charge in
covering our families with prayer)
and (2) physical and emotional pro-
We should protect both physically
(which most men have no problem
doing) but also emotionally. Be a
man who doesn't abuse his wife and
children but knows how to cover
and care for them in an emotionally
2. Men must GUIDE the growth of
their families by promoting Godly
values. We lead by example NOT
Florida Passes on Christian Plate
Ten days ago the state of Florida proposed a bill that would allow a license
plate on which one may choose a background picture of Jesus on the cross
with a crown of thorns or a stained glass window and a cross and the words
It was proposed as an 'option' for Florida drivers, however no other reli-
gious iconography was going to be made available. The bill came under
heavy criticism from the Americans United for Separation of Church and
State and the American Civil Liberties Union, died in the Friday legislative
More than 100 specialized plates are available to Florida drivers, the pro-
ceeds of which go to support various causes and groups.
"License plates are not a license for the government to prefer one reli-
gion over others," Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of the Washington-
based American United, told USA Today. "I'm glad the legislature in
Florida seems to have finally realized that."
by word only! God told Moses in
the book of Deuteronomy, "But as
for you, stand here by Me, that I
may speak to you all the command-
ments and the statutes and the judg-
ments which you shall teach them,
that they may observe them in the
land which I gave them to possess."
Deuteronomy 5:31 (NASB).
Moses stayed close to God and in
return was able to be promoted and
disseminated Godly values to the
'family' of Israel. So, as cultivators
and caretakers, we must guide the
growth of our families by promoting
values that we get directly from our
intimate relationship with our
3. Men must GOVERN their gold
by prospering with integrity.
"Moreover it is required in stewards
that a man be found faithful" I
Corinthians 4:2 (KJV) says. It's not
ok to prosper the world's way as
men of God. As cultivators and
caretakers of our families, it is a
man's responsibility to wisely gov-
ern all that God has entrusted to
As you grow in prosperity (richer
relationships with your spouse and
children; more money in the bank;
more responsibility on your job),
it's imperative that you grow in
integrity. Integrity is simply doing
things the way that God would. In
governing the gold, remember what
Proverbs says, "Honor the Lord by
giving Him the first part of all your
income, and He will fill your
barns... to overflow" Proverbs 3:9-
10 (LB). And don't forget that,
"The blessing of the LORD, it
maketh rich, and he addeth no sor-
row with it" Proverbs 10:22 (KJV)
If we operate by these three princi-
ples as committed cultivators and
caretakers, then we'll see God bless
us as men and we will have no prob-
lem leading as heads of our homes.
Pastor Bryan Crute Founder
and Sr. Pastor of Destiny
Metropolitan Worship Church, a
6,000 member Purpose Driven
Church in Atlanta, GA.
Dayspring Baptist Church
Celebrates 125th Anniversary
Dayspring Baptist Church will celebrate it's 125th Church Anniversary on
Saturday, May 16 through Sunday May 17, 2009. On Saturday from 10am
3pm there will be a Community Fun Day which will include: games,
sports, music and food. The celebration will conclude with a 4pm worship
service where Rev. Rudolph W. McKissick, Sr. and Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church will join us in worship. For additional information
Summerville Missionary Baptist
Presents Women in White
The Deaconess Missionary Ministry of Summerville Missionary Baptist
Church will present "Women in White" on Sunday, May 17th at 5 :00 p.m.
The church is located at 690 West 20th Street. For more information call
Seeking the lost for Christ
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Pastor Landon Williams
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Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
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Sunday Morning Wors p
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Noon Service
Church school "Miracle at Midday"
9:30 a.m. 12 noon-1 p.m.
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Grace and Peace
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Are You Black, Black Eno
and Who Decides?
By Robert James Taylor
In the wake of the claims of Tiger
Woods and the election of a mixed
race but Black president, a question
has been raised in dialogue
around the country as to whether
there is a legal or biological defini-
tion of who is black
Actually, there is no law operable
today which defines what percent-
age of "black blood" makes one
black. The oft-repeated notion that
one drop of black blood makes one
black is a cultural definition which
has neither a legal nor biological
foundation. The history of the
notion can be traced to slavery and
the period right after slavery called
Reconstruction. Originally, in a bid
to stop slaves who had been
fathered by white slave owners and
overseers from claiming freedom,
property rights or possible inheri-
tance, several Southern sates passed
laws that in effect defined a black
person as anyone with any "dis-
cernible" amount of "colored" or
"African" blood. But after slavery
ended in 1865, these laws began to
either die a natural death or were
actually repealed during
The controversy which brought
the race definition issue back up
again was the infamous 1896 U.S.
Supreme Court "separate but equal"
decision in Plessy v. Ferguson. Our
high school history classes and
Black History Month presentations
have given us a distorted idea of
who Plessy was and what he was
about. We have generally been led
to believe that Plessy was a black
man arguing that blacks should be
allowed the same accommodations
as whites. This is not true. Plessy
was actually a light skinned black
man arguing that "he" should be
given the same accommodations as
whites because he had "7/8
Caucasian and only 1/8 African"
blood. Thus, he argued that he
should not be treated as "black"
under an 1890 Louisiana law
requiring blacks and whites be seat-
ed in separate railway cars. It was
the Supreme Court which largely
ignored Plessy's "I am not a negro"
argument and told him if he did not
think he was black he would have
to go back to Louisiana and argue
that issue on the state level. The
Court then went forward and
assumed Plessy to be black and ren-
dered its decision saying a state was
within its rights to mandate
for blacks in order to
keep the races apart.
Thus, the net result of
the Plessy v. Ferguson
decision was two-fold:
It legalized the racist
"separate but equal"
doctrine AND it left
an attitude or mood
within the nation that
the highest court in
the land considered all
"blacks" no matter
how light in complexion
or how absent of African
features to be black. This cul-
tural attitude stuck. Although
technically the Supreme Court
never ruled on Plessy's con-
tention that he should be treated
as a white man because he had
been accepted as white in the
Louisiana community in which e
lived and because his "African
blood was not discernible."
Nevertheless, the ruling helped to
foster the notion that the govern-
ment considered you black if you
had just one drop of "black blood."
But, down to this very day, there is
no law operable defining what
makes one black, or white for that
matter. It is basically a socio-cultur-
al attitude based in major measure
on how a person looks.
Simply put, in America, if you
"look" in anyway black, you "are"
black. That is not law. That is not
science. It just is a practical reali-
ty. Thus Tiger Woods' mother may
be from Thailand and Tiger may
object to being called black. But it
does not make a practical differ-
ence. Further, it may be too late in
history as well as potentially dan-
gerous to be tampering with the
socio-cultural definition of black-
ness even though the definition is a
product of slavery. When the
Census Bureau decided a few years
ago to include a category called
"mixed race" in the census, many
people rightfully saw it as potential-
asking what i-
placticail good g
does tlhe .
further divide people along largely
artificial lines. Finally, if one just
has to ask the question, the real
question should not be "who is
black" but instead "who is white."
The scientific theories of Evolution
and "Out of Africa" are very clear:
There is only one "race" on the
planet Earth and it had its origin in
East Africa (around present-day
Ethiopia) and then spread to all
other parts of the world. Adapting
to environmental conditions such as
the degree of sunlight and develop-
ing in relative isolation, some
groups evolved lighter skins and
others evolved darker skins.
Technically, every person on the
planet from the darkest skinned
person in the Congo to the lightest
skinned person in Sweden is of
African ancestry. In other words,
like Plessy, we all have a degree of
"African blood" whether "dis-
cernible" or not. Therefore the
answer to the question above is
YOU decide if you are Black
enough and whether you realize it
or not that gives you tremendous
New credit scoring formula rolls out
By Jason Alderman
In the old days, if you paid cash
for everything and carried no debt,
you were considered a great
prospect for a mortgage or car loan.
Fast forward a few decades and the
rules have changed considerably.
Today, your ability to borrow is
largely determined by your credit
score, a three-digit number lenders
use to calculate how likely you are
to repay debt.
A new version of FICO, the most
widely used credit-scoring formula,
has begun rolling out. FICO is
named for Fair Isaac Corporation,
whose proprietary software is used
by the three leading credit bureaus.
Under the new version, FICO 08,
weighting factors used to determine
scores will change as lenders grad-
ually adopt the new system.
A few FICO 08 highlights:
It continues to grade scores
from a low of 300 up to 850 for
stellar credit risks.
Unpaid collections, judgments
and tax liens where the original
debt is under $100 (like small
library fines, parking tickets or
medical bills) are no longer fac-
tored in so they won't ding your
One-time credit setbacks, like a
charge-off or car repossession,
won't impact your credit as serious-
ly, provided your other accounts
remain in good standing. However,
persistent late payments likely will
be penalized more heavily.
FICO 08 still factors in a certain
amount of "authorized user" activi-
ty (adding a spouse or child to an
account to make credit convenient-
ly available). However, you can no
longer pay a credit repair agency to
"piggyback" on a stranger's strong
credit record to improve your own .
FICO 08 is more sensitive to
how much of your credit you use;
so if your lender lowers your credit
limit, you might suddenly be tap-
ping a higher percentage of avail-
able credit and be penalized.
If you maintain credit cards you
seldom use, lenders may adjust
their credit limits or close them
altogether, thereby lowering your
overall available credit and possi-
bly, your credit score. One strategy:
Make occasional small charges on
these cards so lenders will be less
inclined to close the accounts. Just
be sure to pay off balances each
month, otherwise you'll defeat the
Because not all credit 'bureaus
are adopting FICO 08 at the same
time, it may not always be apparent
which factors are being used to
assess your creditworthiness.
However the following guidelines
will always help you maintain a
sound credit score:
Stay well below your overall
and individual credit card limits.
Never exceed credit limits or
make late payments that could
damage your credit score and result
in greatly increased interest rates.
Carefully review your credit
reports. You can order one free
report annually from each of the
three major credit bureaus at
for errors and fraud that could
lower your score.
You can also estimate your
score using the free FICO Score
Estimator at What's My Score, a
financial literacy program run by
Gee's Bend Quilts on Display at the Cummer
The Cummer Museum of Art & what was deemed the -
Gardens has opened it's latest poorest county in the *
exhibit, "A Survey of Gee's Bend United States during ."
Quilts" this week. The exhibition, the Great Depression.
on view through August 2, 2009, The residents' ances-
features 21 quilts created by the tors were the-
women of Gee's Bend, Alabama, enslaved workers of .
almost exclusively the descendents cotton plantation _
of African American slaves, owner Joseph Gee,
The quilts are designed with inno- whose land was TR:
vative pattern variations, reinter- located in the hairpin '
pretations, and abstract designs bend in the Alabama f '
that are rooted in tradition, but still River now known as
hold an original artistic expression. "Gee's Bend." Later, 7
Until recently, the quilts were the Mark Pettway i
exclusive products of thrift and acquired the planta- '.
necessity, being assembled from tion and imposed the .. "
discarded fabric scraps and created name "Pettway" on ,--.-n
to "keep the children warm." In those he enslaved.
2002, the quiltmakers of Gee's Pettway still remains
Bend made their national debut the most popular sur-
through their critically acclaimed name in Gee's Bend. Quilts such as "House Top" by Nancy Pettway
art exhibition; since that time the Holly Keris, Cummer are one of 21 on display (2003).
artists are now re-inspired to create curator, said, "We had been look- hand-selected all 21 quilts that
quilts both for everyday use and ing for a high quality textile col- appear in this exhibit. This is an
for artistic purposes. election for a long time. When the example of fulfilling the Cummer's
Gee's Bend had very little; it was opportunity came to showcase the goal of bringing quality artwork to
among the poorest communities in quilts we jumped at it. We even Jacksonville."
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Look 'em in
A new study has found that
women who make direct eye con-
tact with people they talk to are
perceived as being more likable
than those who don't. The study's
Chances are, you've probably
heard these lines before:
"I've always been a big woman.
I'm big boned!"
"He's a big guy; he's not over-
weight. It's just that he has a large
Somewhere along the way, many
people have mistaken bones for fat,
especially on overweight people
who are very tall. First of all, unless
you have X-ray vision, you can't
tell if someone has big bones if
there's a lot of body fat over them.
Tall people who are over-fat are
often referred to as "big boned" or
"large framed." It's fascinating,
because the size of a thigh bone
does not determine how much body
fat is stuffed into that thigh. And
how do big bones create a 40-inch
the Eye Ladies
lead author, Malia Mason, a Ph.D.
candidate at Dartmouth College in
New Hampshire, says that this
is probably because eye contact
sends the message that the per-
son being spoken to and
listened to is more interesting
than anything or anyone else.
The study also found that
eye contact increases your
ability to persuade others. If
you are perceived as likable
then people will be more
open to paying close
attention to you and being
convinced by your point
A of view, Mason says.
So what can women
glean from this study? If
you're trying to get your
husbands or other peo-
ple to do something for
vyon, it might be better
to talk to them face to
face rather than on the
phone. And when you do raise a
topic, fix your gaze on the person
you're talking to and you'll be
more likely to get cooperation.
someone is overweight.
Excess body fat can be so dense-
ly packed within a particular space
(such as thighs), that it almost mim-
ics the appearance of muscle
because it's not a "fluffy" or jiggly
kind of fat. When this tightly-
packed fat is on a tall frame, the
person is perceived as being big-
Resistance training, not height, is
what influences bone density and
thickness. Next time you see a "big-
boned" person, imagine what his or
her body fat reading would be with
a caliper skin-fold test.
And even when a person has
thick bones, this doesn't necessarily
mean generous girth. A thick bone
on a six-foot-tall woman can still be
surrounded by a thin layer of body
fat and lean muscle. Look no fur-
Tall people who are over-fat are often
referred to as "big boned" or "large framed. "
It's fascinating, because the size of a thigh
bone does not determine how much body fat
is stuffed into that thigh. And how do big
bones create a 40-inch waist?
A 5'10" woman who's over-
weight is hardly referred to as
plump or pudgy. But a 5'2" woman
with proportionately the same
amount of excess body fat is typi-
cally called plump or pudgy.
Size of fat cells and height of
person are not related
A tall person has longer than
average bones. But bone length has
nothing to do with bone mass or
body fat. A "solid" build is not to be
confused with a muscular build.
"Solid" is a polite way of saying
their than many competitive tennis
players such as Venus Williams
(6' 1") and Maria Sharapova (6'2").
And a delicate, thin bone on a
six-foot-tall woman can be sur-
rounded by layers of fat, creating
the appearance of that "large
frame." There is no relationship
between bone length and fat cells,
period. Diet and exercise are the
key players here. Thus, a very tall
person can have a light or delicate
frame, such as fashion models and
skilled high-jumpers. Likewise, a
very short person can have a com-
Dairy's Important Role in African American Health
by Jack Diamon
Got dairy? If the statistics are any
indication, the answer is probably
no. According to the National
Medical Association, the largest
African American physician's
group in the USA, African
Americans should get 3-4 servings
of milk, yogurt or cheese daily.
However, recent studies show that
African Americans are getting less
than 1 serving of dairy foods per
day and over 80% fail to get the rec-
ommended daily amount of calci-
um. Getting adequate calcium in
your diet is extremely important as
it can help reduce the risk of high
blood pressure, obesity and osteo-
How Much is a Serving?
1 serving of dairy provides about
300 mg of calcium. Some examples
of serving sizes are: 1 cup of milk,
1 cup of low-fat or non-fat yogurt,
or 1.5oz of cheese (2 thin slices).
Lactose Intolerance is the body's
inability to digest lactose, a sugar
that is found in milk and dairy prod-
ucts. Lactose Intolerance affects up
to 80% of African Americans.
Every person is different, but most
people who are lactose intolerant
are able to eat a small amount of
dairy. The trick is to eat dairy prod-
ucts in combination with other
foods that do not contain lactose
and not eat too much dairy at once.
It can also help to keep a food diary
to learn which foods your body can
or cannot tolerate. Some ideas to
help improve your body's sensitivi-
ty to lactose:
Try yogurt: yogurt with active
cultures contains less lactose.
Drink milk with meals, and try
drinking it in smaller quantities.
Cheese is naturally low in lactose,
so try adding a slice to your sand-
Try lactose reduced/ free milk.
Some non-dairy foods that are
high in calcium include dark green
vegetables (such as broccoli) and
fish with soft, edible bones (such as
sardines and salmon.
Hypertension or high blood pres-
sure is a risk factor for heart dis-
ease, kidney disease, and stroke -
particularly among African
Americans. One in three African
Americans suffer from hyperten-
sion, and may develop it earlier in
life and with greater consequences
than Caucasians. Results from the
DASH study found that a low-fat
diet that included 3 servings of
dairy foods and was rich in fruits
and vegetables significantly low-
ered blood pressure.
Osteoporosis is a metabolic bone
disease characterized by low bone
mass, which makes bones fragile
and susceptible to fracture.
According to a recent analysis, 38%
of African Americans have low
bone density. Between 80-95% of
fractures in African Americans over
the age of 64 are due to osteoporo-
sis and African American women
who sustain osteoporosis related
fractures suffer increased disability
and decreased survival rates com-
pared to white women.
In most cases, osteoporosis can be
prevented by adequate intake of
calcium, Vitamin D (foods such as
Try yogurt: yogurt with active
cultures contains less lactose.
milk, eggs and tortitied cereals and
breads) and appropriate exercise.
It is estimated that over 60% of
African Americans are overweight.
Research is showing that a bal-
anced, reduced calorie eating plan
that includes milk, yogurt and
cheese is associated with a lower
body weight. You can keep your
calories down by choosing fat-free
and low-fat varieties of your
favorite dairy products.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor
Is there anything I can do to make your job easier?
This is a "no-brainer," because the answer is crystal clear. The answer
involves the patient being open and honest in providing accurate informa-
tion to enable accurate diagnosis, as well as to support the doctors' ability
to follow-up and track the progress of the treatment plan.
2. Regardless of what my insurance company will or won't pay for,
will you please inform me of all treatment options, which could help.
This is extremely important because it allows you the patient to have the
right and the ability to decide. For example, if there is an option for treat-
ment that appeals to you, this allows you to find the money to pay for it
out-of-pocket, if necessary.
3. How are the tests you are ordering going to help you in making
your final diagnosis, and what are the risks (if any) of these tests?
Here we have the infonnation to not only understand what's going on as
you take what could be a battery of tests, but also to play an active role in
the diagnostic process without "playing doctor."
Charles E. Simmons, III, M.D.
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pact structure, such as some gym-
nasts and wrestlers.
Let's examine two body types
Excess body fat tends to distrib-
ute evenly throughout the meso-
morph's naturally athletic-looking
build. But endomorphs have natu-
rally below-average muscle mass,
are rounder in shape and have a nat-
urally higher body fat percentage
than mesomorphs. Body fat tends to
concentrate in the endomorph's
hips, thighs and upper arms. All of
this is a tendency. Weight lifting
and food intake are potent variables
that affect apparent body type.
A 5'10" female mesomorph who
is 30 pounds overweight will carry
the weight more proportionately
than the 5'10" female endomorph.
Yet both women can have identical
body fat percentages. It's easy to
see how the tall mesomorph with
extra body fat can be perceived as
big-boned, rather than overweight.
"She's a big girl!" is a common
expression for the tall, overweight
mesomorph. And even endomorphs
with extra pounds are called "natu-
And let's not forget tall men with
weight to lose. Does "big guy"
come to mind? Let's face the truth:
In a society that serves up huge por-
tions of high-calorie foods, big
screen TVs with their remotes,
computers and electronics making
life increasingly immobile, a very
tall person is just as prone to carry-
ing excess fat as is a shorter indi-
vidual. Stop blaming the bones!
Slow metabolism is also a cul-
prit, and with an unhealthy lifestyle,
any "body type" can fall victim to a
stunted metabolic rate. Next time
you think someone is "just natural-
ly big," ask yourself what the big
bone inside? If you think it's mus-
cle, ask him to flex
it. Fat cannot be
people who get
time? Do bones get bigger? Or do
fat cells get bigger? The opposite is
true when it comes to bones; as we
age, bones become smaller: less
dense, less "thick." But something
else increases: body fat. This fact of
aging occurs to people of all
Height and weight charts-
Such a standard chart says that a
5'8" woman can weigh up to 165
pounds and still be within a normal
weight range. Even when a compet-
itive female bodybuilder of this
height builds up a lot of muscle
(which is heavier than fat), she still
may weigh only 150. So how can
165 pounds translate to "normal" or
"healthy" weight for the average
Chuck these charts. Reach for
the skin-fold calipers instead.
According to the American Council
on Exercise, the "athletic" range for
a woman's body fat is 14-20 per-
cent; and for a man, 6-13 percent.
People who are blessed with sur-
plus height need to exercise and eat
healthfully as much as anybody
else. Never use your regal stature as
an excuse to avoid working out.
Body fat percentage is just one of
several elements used in gauging a
person's physical fitness-and the
importance of a healthy body fat
percentage is equally applicable to
men and women of all heights. The
other elements are: muscle strength,
muscle endurance, cardiovascular
fitness, and flexibility.
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Kenyan Man Sues Over
Female Sex Boycott
NAIROBI, Kenya A Kenyan
man has sued activists who called
on women to boycott sex to protest
the growing divide in the nation's
James Kimondo said the seven-
day sex ban, which ended this
week, resulted in stress, mental
anguish, backaches and lack of
sleep, his lawyer told the state-run
Kenya Broadcasting Corp.
The lawsuit filed Friday claims
lack of conjugal rights affected
Kimondo's marriage and seeks
undisclosed damages from the G-
10, an umbrella group for women's
activists, KBC said.
The women's caucus caused a
national debate when it urged
women to withhold sex to protest
increasingly frosty relations
between President Mwai Kibaki
and Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
Citizens of the east African
nation are frustrated by a shaky
coalition government, which was
formed after post-election violence
killed more than 1,000 people in
2008. The wrangling between
Kibaki and Odinga has sparked
fears of more violence.
Gender activists say they are not
worried about the lawsuit.
"I have not been served with the
papers, but I was told they are com-
ing and I am eagerly waiting," said
Ann Njogu, executive, director of
Centers for Rights Education and
Awareness. "It will be interesting to
see the face of a man who is not
willing to abstain for the sake of his
Despite the lawsuit, Njogu said,
the boycott was successful.
"The principal leaders met as a
result of the boycott, and I under-
stand that they are setting up
reforms to look into the country's
Ann Njogu from the Centre for
Rights Education and Awarness
and one of the organizers of the
Kenyan sex ban speaks to
reporters Nairobi. Thousands of
Kenyan women have vowed to
begin a sex strike to try to protest
their country's bickering leader-
ship, which they say threatens to
revive the bloody chaos that con-
vulsed this African country last
year.Leaders from Kenya's
largest and oldest group dedicat-
ed to women's rights, the
Organization, said they hope the
boycott will persuade men to
pressure the government to make
peace. Eleven women's groups
are participating in the strike.
The groups have also called on
the wives of the President Prime
Minister to abstain.
internal security," she said.
Plans are under way for women
activists to meet with Kibaki and
Odinga, according to Njogu.
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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 through May 17th. The
production is an ensemble cast of
nine directed by Gloria Stephens.
Performances will be at the Aurora
Performance Hall, 5188 Norwood
Ave. (inside Gateway) For times
and more info, call 765-7372.
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 event features a gourmet
buffet and live entertainment. Some
of the participating chefs are from
Juliette's Restaurant, Publix, Hyatt
Regency, The Pepper Pot and
Genesis Cafe and Catering. For
tickets call 354-4162.
The Duval County Health
Department is sponsoring a Teen
Tobacco Extravaganza on May 16
at the studios of WJCT, 100 Festival
Park Avenue, from 10 a.m. 3 p.m.
The free event targeting ages 11-17
will encourage youth to nhance
their leadership skills, develop
effective time management skills,
and think outside the box to create
and implement advocacy ideas.
Youth will be engaged by guest
speakers, networking and a "sur-
prise" entertainment. Food will be
served. For more information or to
RSVP, call the DCHD at (904) 253-
Humane Society Night
at the Acropolis
Tickets for the Jacksonville
Humane Society's (JHS) Fur Ball
Gala, Jacksonville's only black-tie
event for people and their pets, are
now on sale. The fundraiser will
take place May 16 from 7 p.m. to
11 p.m. at the UNF University
Center Ballroom with the theme,
"A Night at the Acropolis." JHS
encourages attendees to dress cre-
atively, tying the event's theme into
their attire. Tickets are available
online at www.jaxhumane.org or by
calling 904-725-8766 ext. 230.
The 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
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. $500.00 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, 3541
Richard Street Jax. Fl 32216. For
more information, call Sandy at
673-0837 or Keisha 537-7940.
How to Sell Your
Ideas and Yourself
JCCI is sponsoring a free seminar
dubbed, "How to Sell Your
Organization, Your Ideas and
Yourself'" on Tuesday, May 19 from
5:30 7:30 at JCCI Headquarters on
Atlantic Blvd. Join Rudy Jamison
of eBack9 for a training that will
teach you as much about yourself as
hone your skill sets. .because every-
one is selling something! RSVP by
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
Girls Night the Musical
Girls Night the Musical will be on
stage May 26-31st at the Wilson
Center for the Arts. The show is on
the U.S. premier tour of the UK hit
play. It has been described as
"Desperate Housewives meets
Mamma Mia!". Hilarious and
touching, it follows live friends in
their 30s and 40s during a wild and
outrageous girls night out at a
karaoke bar. For tickets to one of
the eight performances, call (904)
Explosion at EWC
The Youth Explosion, a risk
reduction intervention conference
that brings youth, ages 8-18, togeth-
er for a twenty-four hour intensive
health education experience on sub-
stance abuse, HIV/AIDS, violence
elimination, and nutrition and fit-
ness, will be held at Edward Waters
College on May 29th and 30th.
The event is free but space is limit-
ed. For more information, call 899-
6300, ext. 4600. It is sponsored by
River Region Human Services.
Book Club Meeting
The June Book Club Meeting will
be held on Friday, June 5, 2009 at
7:00 p.m. The book for discussion
is "Life is Short but Wide" by J.
Calfornia Cooper. For location or
more information on Jacksonville's
oldest book club of color, call
Romona Baker at 703-3428.
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
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.
Journey Into Womanhood will
have their Fifth Annual Scholarship
Banquet on Saturday, June 6th
from 1-4 p.m. at the Jacksonville
Mariott on Salisbury Road. The
evening will include food, enter-
tainment, inspirational speakers and
more. For more information on the
rites of passage program for young
woman or the banquet, call (904)
Clown School 2009
Learn the art of clowning and get
involved with Jacksonville's #1 vol-
unteer clown club clown school is
open to adults and minors accompa-
nied by adult/parent and is a great
way to earn an extra income or vol-
unteer your time and good nature.
The 2009 Clown School will begin
on Thursday, June 11th at 7:00
p.m. for the eight class series. For
more information, visit www.gator-
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Want to meet and greet fellow
Jacksonvillians ina casual fun envi-
ronment? Then you may want to
come out for the next Play Date on
June 12th at the Jaguar Stadium
(Touch Down Club). Organizers
call it a "sophisticated nightlife
option for Jacksonville's profes-
sional". 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 playdatejax.com.
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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 Riverfront. The event
will include health screenings, a
luncheon and inspirational keynote
speaker Mother Love. For tickets or
more information, call 549-2938.
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JAMIE FOXX TO HOST 2009 BET AWARDS?: Academy
Award winner Jamie Foxx, currently starring opposite Robert Downey Jr.
in "The Soloist," has signed on as host of the 2009 BET Awards, to be held
on June 28 in Los Angeles. Previous hosts of the annual awards show
include Mo'Nique, Steve Harvey, Cedric The Entertainer, Damon Wayans,
D.L. Hughley, and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith.
WILL.I.AM LAUNCHES I.AM SCHOLARSHIP: Peas
singer wants to send deserving kids to 4-year colleges
During a visit to "The Oprah Winfrey Show" last week, will.i.am
launched his new scholarship program aimed at providing at least one
graduating high school student with full tuition, books, and fees to a four
year accredited college or university. will.i.am created the "i.am scholar-
ship" program to assist students who want to attend college but need finan-
cial assistance to make it a reality. For additional information, please visit
www.iamscholarship.org or www.dipdive.com.
BETTYE LAVETTE TO RELEASE NEW RECORDING
Bettye Lavette is set to release her digital-only EP, "A Change is Gonna
Come Sessions," exclusively through iTunes beginning June 16. The EP
from Anti-Records opens with the title track, which Lavette sang with Jon
Bon Jovi in January as part of the "We Are One: The Obama Inaugural
Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial" concert. A mix of standards and soul
classics from Lavette's 1970s nightclub repertoire rounds out the six-song
set, including songs by Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Bill Withers,
Billie Holiday and Jimmy Reed.
10,000+ Enjoy Funkfest Over 10,000 music lovers converged on Jacksonville's Metropolitan Park last weekend for the annu-
al Funk Fest Concert. The talent lineup included Aaron Hall, Fantasia, Bell Biv Devoe, and Alexander O'Neal. Also on the lineup were no shows Teddy
Riley and DJ Dougie Fresh. Bell Biv Devoe performed briefly for fifteen minutes before being rushed off the stage due to time constraints which angered
many attendees. Some of the artist performed following the show at the Big Apple Night Club. Shown above (left) are Lisa Mack and Vanessa Payne
and former American Idol Fantasia belts out a tune.
Forbes Oprah Winfrey is one of the most lucrative
brands in the world. Today The Oprah Winfrey Show
airs in 144 countries, drawing 44 million U.S. viewers
With a net worth of $2.7 billion, Winfrey tops the
inaugural Forbes list of the Wealthiest Black
Americans. She is the only billionaire on the list of 20
tycoons, all of whom are self-made. The group built
their fortunes across a spectrum of industries spanning
athletics and entertainment, media, investments, real
estate, construction and restaurants.
Black Entertainment Television founder Robert
Johnson became the first African American billionaire
in 2000 after he sold the network to Viacom for $3 bil-
lion in stock and assumed debt. Since then, sagging
Viacom and CBS stock, plus investments in real estate,
hotels and banks--industries pummeled in the past year
amid the recession--have dragged Johnson's net worth
to $550 million, we estimate. He ranks third on the list;
his former wife and BET co-founder, Sheila Johnson,
ranks seventh with $400 million.
Between Winfrey and Robert Johnson, in second
place is golf phenom Tiger Woods, worth an estimated
$600 million. Woods left Stanford University after two
years at age 20 to turn pro and has dominated the links
ever since, winning 66 PGA tournaments--including 14
Woods' career winnings exceed $80 million, but his
real money is made off the course. His annual prize
money represents less than 15% of his income, with
splashy sponsorship contracts from Nike, Gatorade,
Gillette, Accenture, AT&T and others raking in at least
$100 million each year.
Rounding out the top five are two basketball greats:
Michael Jordan ($525 million) and Earvin "Magic"
Johnson, Jr. ($500 million), both of whom parlayed
their time on the court into lucrative endorsement and
business deals in retirement.
Two real estate mavens who have survived the recent
property slump appear on the list.
The grandson of a hotel doorman, Don Peebles,
worth $350 million, runs one of the country's largest
minority-owned real estate development companies.
Peebles Corp.'s portfolio includes hotels, apartments
and office space in Miami Beach and Washington, D.C.
Peebles left Rutgers University in 1979 to become a
real estate agent in the District of Columbia, later work-
ing on Capitol Hill as a page and an intern. Today he
owns 13 acres of prime Las Vegas land behind Steve
Wynn's Encore casino that are slated for redevelop-
Quintin Primo III is worth $300 million. The min-
ister's son grew up in Chicago. He earned his MBA at
Harvard in 1979 and took a job in Citicorp's real estate
lending division. Primo founded Capri Capital in I1'
with childhood friend Daryl Carter and achiet ed ini-
tial success extending mezzanine loans 10to m.ll
borrowers that larger firms neglected to ser\e
Today Capri's portfolio is larded '. ith aparmnent
complexes; the firm's assets under nmnagenient '
have swelled to $4.3 billion.
Last June Capri announced it \ ll n1 esti 2 ,-.
billion in a Saudi venture, buildiiin hotels, office
towers and condos in one of King Abdullah'_
anointed "economic zones." Primo: als'o plans to i
invest $1 billion in distressed a.sets and lIf--*
built construction projects in thle Li S vth
financing from the U.S. Treasury "
Ulysses Bridgeman, Jr. garnered hi.s dl
$200 million through a combination of ath-
letic grit and business savvy. "Junior" \\a *'
picked in the first round of the 10-5 NB.A
draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. but .as. ;'
promptly traded to the Milwaukee Bucks
with three others for Kareem Ahdul-.lJabbair
He went on to rack up 11,517 career points.
Upon retiring in 1987, Bridgeman bought
five Wendy's franchises to generate income
while he planned his next career Ti:da\ he con- .-i
trols a sprawling dining empire v. itl !t \\eInd,,] ...
and 118 Chili's locations. Last eai. sales otf Ii .
Manna Inc. holding company were $530 million ."
With a net worth of $125 million. Kenneth
Chenault, chief executive of American
Express, rounds out the group. Chenatult : i,.
attended Harvard Law and held posts as a Oprah Winfrey continues to not only reign
consultant and a lawyer before joining
Amex in 1981. He became the company's
chief executive in 2001. The company's shares are
down nearly 50% in the past 12 months as profits
shrink, delinquencies rise and cardholders throttle back
Near misses include former Merrill Lynch chief
Stanley O'Neal and Citigroup chairman and former
Time Warner head Richard Parsons. Both ONeal and
Parsons were compensated primarily with stock and
options while at the helms of their respective compa-
nies; the value of their stakes in those companies has
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languished since the onset of the recession, shoving
their fortunes below the $100 million mark.
Def Jam founder Russell Simmons barely misses the
cut with a fortune of $110 million.
Also not on the list: Linda Johnson-Rice, chief exec
of Johnson Publishing Co. Her father, John H. Johnson
(died 2005), founded the company with a $500 loan
from his mother in 1942 to publish Negro Digest. Over
time he added such keynote brands as Ebony and Jet
magazines, Fashion Fair Cosmetics, plus television,
fashion and book publishing divisions.
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The Rev. Al Sharpton, former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and New York Mayor Michael
Bloomberg meet with White House press corps after meeting with President Obama. KhalidNaji-Allahphoyo
Sharpton Tells Why He is Attending White House
Meetings With Ultra Conservative Newt Gingrich
(NNPA) Republican Newt
Gingrich is the former Speaker of
the House who once outlined a 10-
point-plan called the "Contract
With America". A plan civil rights
leaders fiercely attacked as a
"Contract on America."
He also once encouraged the
Republican Party to disregard
authentic Black leaders, saying, "It.
is in the interest of the Republican
Party and Ronald Reagan to invent
new Black leaders, so to speak."
Gingrich's leadership style has
been described by political com-
mentators such as Dr. Ron Walters,
as "aggressively narrow, mean-spir-
ited and even hateful".
Why then would Black activist
and civil rights leader Rev. Al
Sharpton be planning a march and
rally near the White House this
Saturday at which Gingrich has
been invited to speak? Not to men-
tion attending a meeting together
last week with President Obama?
Sharpton answered these ques-
tions during an interview with the
NNPA News Service:
"There is no agreement. He and I
are not working together," says
Sharpton. "He's coming to say, 'Yes
there is a race gap.' But, he and I are
not working together."
It all started at Sharpton's
National Action Network annual
convention last month, Sharpton
recalls. Gingrich attended the con-
vention in order to debate Sharpton
"Every year, I debate a right
winger at my convention,"
Sharpton said. He noted that he has
also debated conservative talk show
hosts Sean Hannity and Bill
"When I challenged Gingrich on
racial inequality, he disagreed with
me on vouchers, but he agreed with
me that there was racial inequality.
'I said you ought to be at our march
commemorating Brown vs. Board
of Education. He said,' I will',"
That convention also featured a
speech by Vice President Joe Biden
while Obama was on his tour of
Europe. When NAN reached out to
the White House for a meeting on
educational inequities, Sharpton
said it was the Obama
Administration that asked Sharpton
to attend the meeting with
Gingrich, along with Secretary of
Education Arne Duncan and may-
ors of two of the nation's largest
cities, New York Mayor Michael
Bloomberg, and Los Angeles
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Villaraigosa was not able to attend.
"The White House said that since
he came to my convention, they
would invite him to this meeting so
they could hear all sides," Sharpton
recounted. "We had a very frank
and blunt meeting for 45 minutes. I
thought it was good."
He said the President has "Asked
us to frame something that the
administration can deal with to
close the race gap in education.
Gingrich and I don't' agree on
vouchers, we don't agree on other
things. I'm not supporting
Bloomburg for mayor of New York.
I'm supporting Bill Thompson.
But, we have agreed to work with
the president in framing an educa-
tion policy that will deal with the
racial inequality," Sharpton said.
Buying Black Gathers Momentum
ATLANTA It's been two months black businesses are just as good as more than $800 billion in expend-
since 2-year-old Cori pulled the everybody else's." able income each year.
gold stud from her left earlobe, and Now, the Andersons are follow- The Andersons track their spend-
the piercing is threatening to close ing up with 4,000 people who ing on their Web site and estimate
as her mother, Maggie Anderson, signed up for the experiment on about 55 percent of their monthly
hunts for a replacement. their Web site to gauge their com- spending is with black businesses
It's not that the earring was all mitment and set up online accounts for things like day care, groceries,
that rare but finding the right to track their spending. Hundreds car maintenance and home
store has become a quest of major have also joined the experiment's improvements.
proportions. Facebook page. One of the businesses highlighted
Maggie and John Anderson of Gregory Price, chairman of the by the Experiment is Brenda
Chicago vowed four months ago economics department at Brown's Atlanta wine boutique, a
that for one year, they would try to Morehouse College, said black shop with a growing black clien-
patronize only black-owned busi- visionaries like Booker T. tele. She said the project can help
nesses. The "Empowerment Washington and Marcus Garvey overcome the problems many black
Experiment" is the reason % consumers lament.
John had to suffer for hours "When we were a community
with a stomach ache and of black folks who could not go
Maggie no longer gets that to the white stores, our commu-
brand-name lather when she nity of black stores flourished,"
washes her hair. A grocery Brown said. "When we were
trip is a 14-mile odyssey. given the opportunity to go into
"We kind of enjoy the sac- the white store, it was like noth-
rifice because we get to ing else mattered anymore and
make the point ... but I am we wanted to go to the white
going without stuff and I am store, regardless of what the
frustrated on a daily basis," black store provided. We could
Maggie Anderson said. "It's have the same or better products
like, my people have been if we supported (black business-
here 400 years and we don't- es) in the same way."
even have a Walgreens to Dallas Smith, who owns a
show for it." t commercial real estate firm in
So far, the Andersons have Atlanta, said mainstream retail-
spent hundreds of dollars ers have undervalued black con-
with black businesses from summers. He lives in a black
grocery stores to dry clean- neighborhood in southwest
ers. But the couple still has- Atlanta, where he tries to dine at
n't found a mortgage lender, Maggie Anderson prepares a presentation of black restaurants. He lamented
home security system vendor "The Empowerment Experiment" at the the lack of quality businesses
or toy store. Nonetheless, black-owned Vino Libro wine bar in Atlanta. catering to black customers and
they're hoping to expand the Anderson and her husband are founders of the said blacks should appreciate
endeavor beyond their movement in which people pledge to only such businesses more.
Chicago home. patronize black owned business' for a year. "We've still got that 'the white
Plans are under way to man's water is colder' mentali-
track spending among supporters made similar calls to action, ty," he said. "When we go to our
nationwide and build a national "The idea is a sound one, given establishments, it's almost like
database of quality black business- that black Americans are still we're doing a favor. That ought to
es. The first affiliate chapter has underrepresented in the ranks of the be a given for us."
been launched in Atlanta, and the self-employed and that entrepre- The Andersons remain encour-
couple has established a foundation neurship is a key component to aged by their momentum online and
to raise funds for black businesses wealth," Price said. in the media. At the end of 2009,
and an annual convention. There are 1 million black busi- they hope to show $1 million in
"We have the real power to do nesses in the United States account- spending with black businesses
something, to use the money we ing for more than $100 billion in among supporters nationwide.
spend every day to solve our prob- annual sales, according to the "The response has been so huge,"
lems," Maggie Anderson said National Black Chamber of Maggie Anderson said. "We think
recently at a meet-and-greet in Commerce. The latest U.S. Census so much can come out of this. We're
Atlanta. "We have to believe that numbers report that blacks have in movement-making mode now."
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