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High court refuses to step
in on ex-congressman's case
The Supreme Court has refused to settle an
ongoing dispute over the prosecution of former
| Rep. William Jefferson on corruption charges.
The justices' denial of Jefferson's appeal
means his criminal corruption trial is likely to
proceed to trial this month.
The Louisiana Democrat claims that he was
the victim of an overly aggressive FBI raid of his Capitol Hill offices in
May 2006. He was indicted 13 months later on public corruption charges.
At issue in the appeal was whether he had constitutional protection as a
lawmaker, so that evidence obtained in that search should not have been
presented to the grand jury to obtain the indictment.
Jefferson, who lost re-election to his seat last fall, said he should have
been afforded a chance "to segregate privileged legislative materials and
shield them from review" before the search warrant was executed.
The 62-year-old Harvard Law School graduate faces criminal counts of
racketeering, bribery, money laundering and obstruction of justice. His
private homes in Washington and New Orleans were raided in 2005, and
FBI agents say they found $90,000 in cash in one of his freezers.
Officials say the money was part of a payment in marked bills from an
FBI informant, in a transaction that they say was captured on video.
Jefferson denies the criminal allegations.

First black female rabbi to
take the pulpit in North Carolina
The first African-American female rabbi will take up a new pulpit in
North Carolina in August.
Alysa Stanton, who will be ordained June 6 at Hebrew Union College-
Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, has
been hired as the spiritual leader of
Congregation Bayt Shalom in Greenville. Bayt
Shalom is a small Conservative congregation
that two years ago also affiliated with the
Reform movement.
Stanton, a convert and mother to an adopted
14-year-old daughter, is a trained psychothera-
pist who specializes in trauma and grief.
She will be the first African-American rabbi
to lead a majority white congregation, despite the fact that about 20 per-
cent of the American Jewish community is ethnically and racially
diverse, according to the San Francisco-based Institute for Jewish and
Community Research.
Stanton's ordination will provide young black Jewish Americans "with
an important role model," says Diane Tobin, associate director of the
institute. "Hopefully over time they will see themselves reflected in the

Veteran astronaut tapped
to be first NASA Chief of color
WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama met
with veteran shuttle astronaut Charles Bolden
whom the White House hopes will agree to become
NASA's first African-American chief.
The discussion included their support for space
exploration and ways to make NASA a stronger
agency in future, an Obama administration official
Earlier, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs
voiced hopes that Major-general Bolden, a retired Marine pilot who saw
service in Vietnam, and who flew on the first of four space flights in 1986
as a pilot on board the shuttle Columbia, would agree to take the top
NASA job.
The 62-year-old aviation consultant has widely been reported as
Obama's pick to become administrator of the National Aeronautics and
Space Administration, a post that has remained vacant since the president
took office in January. -
Bolden joined NASA's astronaut program in 1980 and also held sever-
al technical and administrative posts at the civilian space agency.
He would take over at a challenging time for NASA, after Obama's new
budget ordered a review of a problem-plagued rocket that the agency
hopes will replace its aging shuttle fleet to extend the future of manned
US space flight.

FAMU student headed to
prison in grade changing case
TALLAHASSEE One of three former Florida A&M University stu-
dents involved in a computer hacking case has been sentenced to almost
two years in prison.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says Lawrence Secrease was sentenced
Monday to 22 months in prison and three years supervised release in the
case, which involved changing students' grades.
Secrease and Christopher Jacquette both earlier pleaded guilty to
charges of hacking the school's computers to change grades. Jacquette,
who was sentenced in mid-April, got the same sentence. A third defen-
dant, Marcus Barrington, was convicted at trial and is awaiting sentenc-

The indictment in the case said the three co-defendants changed the
grades of about 90 FAMU students, including raising 114 F's to A's.

hWEEKLY50 Cents

Volume 23 No. 34 Jacksonville, Florida May 21-27, 2009

No Stone Unturned: Churches Forced to Also

Make Tough Choices in Tough Economic Times

Briana Lundy
Miss Paxon Middle School
Teen Queen Crowned
a Second Time
Miss Briana Lundy was crowned
for a second time Miss Paxon
Middle School for the 2009-10
school year. Miss Lundy will repre-
sent Paxon Middle School in the
community and at school events.
Briana is the daughter of Tyrica
Lundy-Young and Ervin Young Jr.;
the great granddaughter of Mamie
Lundy Haynes and the late Eddie

by H.T. Edney
The doors of the historic Black
Church, a fortress of healing from
social pain, have opened even
wider during the economic crisis.
But, as church membership increas-
es across the nation, offerings are
decreasing, causing even houses of
faith to make difficult decisions,
pastors say.
"I think the story that has not
been told is that the churches across
the country have been hard hit,"
says Dallas' Bishop T. D. Jakes.
"The church has no more resources
than from the parishioners from
which it comes. And so, when the
parishioners are in straits, churches
are in straits too. And so it puts us in
a bit of a precarious situation."
Jakes says he has had to take
drastic, but practical measures to
cut costs at his more than 30,000-
member Potter's House.

"Membership has gone up.
Income has gone down. We've laid
off about 40 people from our staff.
We've had to make some hard
choices. We've had to curtail some
of the services that we've normally
had to provide to the community
because our resources are hard hit.
I'm getting calls from pastors all
over the country who are down-
sizing, cutting back on servic-
es, cutting back on office hours
because they are being ad% erse-
ly affected by this also."
Last months' Black unemplo' -
ment rate leaped 1.7 percent from
the month before, now at 15 percent
overall. That is nearly double that
of the 8 percent White unemploh.i -
ment rate and the national average,
which is 8.9 percent. For Black
men, the unemployment rate is 17.2
percent, more than double that of
White men, at 8.5 percent.

Americans have
typically turned to the Black
church when community is in cri-
sis. Continued on page 3

Local Celebrities Raise Funds for the Homeless at Annual Miracle

The Clara White Mission presented the 15th Annual "Miracle On Ashley Street Celebrity Chefs & Servers" fundraiser with hundreds in attendance
last Friday enjoying gourmet delicacies by the city's top chefs. Under the Big Top tent erected especially for the event, local celebrities met and greeted
the community at large in addition to the city's homeless and disadvantaged amidst a lively atmosphere. The event is the historic non-profit 's primary
fundraiser. Shown above (L-R) are Jacksonvile Jaguars Scott Starks, Brian Witherspoon, Rashean Mathis and Chef Celestia Mobley. Shown right enjoy-
ing the meal are Kennth Lathrop, Lisa Ranson and Adrianne Lathrop. KFP photo.

Seven-State Women's Conference Makes Mark on the

First Coast in Celebration of Friendship and Service

Shown above at the Southern Area Links' Civic Luncheon honoring local civic leaders are (L-R) luncheon chair Levon Burnett, Cyrus
Jolivette, National Links President Dr. Gwendolyn B. Lee, Southern Area Director Mary Currie, honoree Dr. William Cody, honoree Carol
Alexander, honoree Dr. Thomas Chiu and Valerie Crispin accepting on behalf of Sen. Tony Hill. FMP
by M. Latimer Conference of The Links, Inc. Hotel last Tuesday through within their organization and
More than 1000 African- Hosted by the local Bold City Saturday to share programming Jacksonville citizens for significant
American women traveled from Chapter, the diverse like minded ideas about how to better serve their contributions in the areas of health
seven states in the southeast last volunteers and leaders were head- respective communities. They con- care, education, the arts and servic-
week for the 40th Southern Area quartered at the Hyatt Regency ference also recognized chapters es for youth. Continued on page 5

School Voucher
or "Opportunity
are Still Not
the Answer to
Education Woes
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Didn't I Just
Scratch Your Back?
Nothing breaks a good network-
ing connection faster than abuse
of it. When I have a specific job or
goal and it requires plugging into
a network connection, I am
always careful to respect what
that connection can or cannot do.
Remember that when someone
in your network calls upon you
for your help, it is probably ten
times more important to them
than it is to you. On the other

hand, do you expect your network
partners to respond to every note
or telephone message immediate-
ly? Do you expect them to act as
references every time you apply
for a job'?
You cannot ask someone for
more than they can reasonably
and comfortably give. And you
must be willing to give as well as
receive. It isn't always easy to be
straightforward, but it is better to
be open in the beginning than risk
a damaged network later.

What you give may be different
from what you receive, but over
time, I have found that the law of
increasing returns often is trig-
gered once you become involved
in the networking process. So
hinor their request and your com-
mitment to the network relation-
ship by showing integrity.
Bottom Line: It is important
never to put someone on the spot.
That is why it is vital to build
mutually beneficial relation-
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by L. Floyd, Mortgage Broker
First time home buyer loans allow
buyers to get into a house more eas-
ily. However, just because you're a
first time home buyer doesn't mean
you should use a first time home
buyer loan. These programs have
restrictions and strings attached.
While they are a perfect fit for
some, first time home buyer loans
are the wrong choice for others.
What is a First Time
Home Buyer Loan?
A person's first home purchase is
a big deal. It takes time, energy, and
money. To help with the money
hurdle, some people use first time
home buyer loans. These programs
vary depending on where they're
offered, but the general idea is this:
first time home buyer loans give
financial assistance to qualified
borrowers. They may do this in the
following ways:
Allow for a very low (or no)
down payment
- Subsidized loans and closing cost
(they pay all or part of it)
- Offer grants
Forgive loans
Limit fees that lenders are
allowed to charge
- Defer Payments
Note that first time home buyer
loans available to you might offer
any or none of the benefits listed
You should research first time
home buyer loans available in your
area. A good place to start is the
HUD web site or
www.InVestusGroup.com, under
assistance programs and down pay-
ment assistance. On the HUD web
site look under home buying pro-
Who Gets First
Time Home Buyer Loans?
As you might imagine, individu-
als who have never owned a home
are good candidates. In addition,
some programs offer first time
home buyer loans to people who
have not found a home within the
last three years. Again, check to see

what's available to you.
You may have to meet certain
income restrictionsto qualify for a
subsidized first time home buyer
loan. In general, these programs try
to limit benefits to people with low
and moderate income levels. If you
carn too much, you won't qualify
for the program.
First Time Home
Buyer Loan Restrictions
Most programs put a dollar limit
on the property you're buying. You
probably can't use a first time home
buyer loan to buy the more expen-
sive properties in your area.
Instead, you'll be limited to proper-
ties on the lower end of the spec-
trum. Again, the idea is to benefit
people who have the most need.
You also have to live in the home
as your primary residence. If you're
going to rent the place out, don't use
the first time home buyer loan.
Finally, the home you buy most
likely has to meet some physical
requirements. It must be in good
condition and free from any safety
hazards (such as lead-based paint,
for example).
First Time Home
Buyer Loan Pitfalls
For some first time home buyers,
these programs are perfect. They
open the door to home ownership
where a family would not have
been able to buy a home.
Communities also benefit from first
time home buyer loans homeown-
ers take care of their property, get
involved, and contribute to the
economy. Nevertheless, first time
home buyer loans can be the wrong
choice in some cases.
With a subsidized first time home
buyer loan, you face some chal-
Lower value home may not be
the home you want
- You might lose some of the ben-
efits of the program if you sell your
home too soon
You may have to pay recapture
tax for some of the benefits you


PROJECT: Deployment of a High Energy Mobile X-Ray Inspection
System at the Port of Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida.

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 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: Main Branch, 303 N. Laura
Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202; Regency Square Branch, 9900 Regency
Square Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32225; Highlands Regional Branch,
1826 Dunn Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32218; and University Park
Branch, 3435 University Blvd N, Jacksonville, FL 32277. The DEA
can be obtained from Organizational Strategies, Inc., 1436 S Legend
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facsimile (801) 525-1175. The DEA can also be viewed and down-
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The DEA will be available for a 30-day review beginning May 22 and
ending June 22, 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 Mr. Gary Armstrong of
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- You may be limited to a short list
of loan types (only 30 year fixed,
for example)
- You may have to share increased
home values with the program
Given these restrictions, you may
do best to avoid subsidized first
time buyer loans. You'll probably
come out ahead using a plain-vanil-
la mortgage if you've got decent
credit. With a credit score above
720, you probably won't see an
advantage with the subsidized first
time home buyer loan. Once you
get below 680 and lower, the subsi-
dized program will start to look bet-
ter. These days, you can get tradi-
tional mortgages with very little
The best thing to do is to explore
all your options. Take a look at
what your traditional mortgage
lender is offering, and compare it to
the subsidized first time home
buyer loans. Once you see how the
numbers compare, consider the cost
of flexibility.

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Advantages and Disadvantages

of First Time Home Buyer Loans

May 21-27, 2009

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Ma 12.20 s PrysFe rs Paei

MasjidAl-Salaam Celebrates Malcolm

X's Birthday with Star Treatment
Brother Joseph Carswell, a former Jacksonville native was invited to
speak/ co-teach at Masjid Al-Salaam on North Pearl Street last Sunday to
celebrate the birthday of the Late Malcolm El-Hajj Malik Shabazz
(Malcolm X), whose Birthday was May 19th. The focus of Carswell's
presentation was economic power & unity, using an anology of the Wizard
of OZ. Also in attendance was Professor Griff: The XMinista, of Public
Enemy's Hip Hpo Mind Revolution. He used a slide presentation to set the
record straight "The Revolution will not be televised!". He is shown above
with the Masjid's Imam Brother Omar Sharif (right). R. Silver photo.

King Siblings at Odds Again

Over Film Deal Struck by Brother

ATLANTA DreamWorks
Studios plans to tell the Rev. Martin
Luther King Jr.'s story on the big
screen in a film to be co-produced
by Steven Spielberg, the studio
announced Tuesday.
The studio describes it as a monu-
mental project but two of King's
children threatened legal action
over the film deal because it was
brokered without their blessing.
Dreamworks touted the project in
a press release as the first theatrical
motion picture authorized by the
estate using King's intellectual
property, including copyrighted
speeches and other works, as the
basis for the film.
Dexter King, one of the late civil
rights leader's sons, said in a press
release that he hoped the movie
would "be the definitive film" on
his father's legacy. Two other King
siblings Bernice King and

Martin Luther King III said they
oppose the deal, which they say
was brokered by Dexter without
their input.
Dexter is the chairman and chief
executive officer of King, Inc.
"This is a deal that Mr. Spielberg
and his people ... have entered into
believing that they have the bless-
ing of The King Estate. They don't
have the blessings of Bernice and
Martin King," Bernice King said
after finding out about the deal in
an e-mail from Dexter King.
The three siblings have been
involved in several legal disputes
regarding their parents' intellectual
property in the past year. Bernice
King and Martin Luther King III
have accused their brother of tar-
nishing their parents' legacy with
his business decisions, and say he
has been operating The King Estate
for years without their input.

Prosecutors Block Access to

DNA Testing for Inmates

In an age of advanced forensic
science, the first step toward ending
Kenneth Reed's prolonged series of
legal appeals should be simple and
quick: a DNA test, for which he has
offered to pay, on evidence from
the 1991 rape of which he was con-
Louisiana, where Reed is in
prison, is one of 46 states that have
passed laws to enable inmates like
him to get such a test.
But in many jurisdictions, prose-
cutors are using new arguments to
get around the intent of those laws,
particularly in cases with multiple
defendants, when it is not clear how
many DNA profiles will be found
in a sample.
The laws were enacted after DNA
evidence exonerated a first wave of

prisoners in the early 1990s, when
law enforcement authorities strong-
ly resisted reopening old cases.
Continued resistance by prosecu-
tors is causing years of delay and,
in some cases, eliminating the
chance to try other suspects
because the statute of limitations
has passed by the time the test is
A recent analysis of 225 DNA
exonerations by Brandon L.
Garrett, a professor at the
University of Virginia School of
Law, found that prosecutors
opposed DNA testing in almost one
out of five cases. In many of the
others, they initially opposed test-
ing but ultimately agreed to it.
In 98 of those 225 cases, the DNA
test identified the real culprit.

In Economic Crisis: Black Church Memberships Increase While

Continued from front
One would speculate that small-
er churches may be fairing easier
with less overhead. But in coast to
coast interviews, most pastors are
telling the same story even con-
gregations with less than 1,000
"We have probably experienced
about a 30 percent decline a sig-
nificant, noticeable decline in the
giving," says Pastor Levonzia
Stevens Sr., senior pastor of the
700-member Hope Aglow
Empowerment Center in
Woodbridge, Va. "The people are
trying to do what's right in God's
eye sight. Unfortunately sometimes
the pressures of normal bills cause
individuals to make decisions that
cut back on their giving. It's been
more noticeable over the last year."
To prevent staff layoffs, Hope
Aglow has been forced to dip into
its reserve funds.
"Of course, as your reserves are
depleted, that puts you in a very
precarious situation," Stevens says.
"But, your hopes are that the giving
will take place soon."
Economic forecasters say unem-
ployment could reach double digits
for everyone before it gets better.
The pain is indiscriminate.

"I don't think anyone is not
affected by the economy right now
from Wall Street to Main Street,"
says the Rev. Dr. Tecoy Porter, sen-
ior pastor of the 1000-member
Genesis Church in Sacramento,
Calif. "California just got out of the
budget crisis so our members are
furloughed twice a month and
things like that."
Because of a 20 percent drop in
offerings, Porter says he has had to
lay off some staff members and
restructure his church organization.
That includes cutting two Sunday
services down to only one.
Fortunately, because of the Black
community's history of struggle,
Black institutions have a special
knack for endurance.
"We've been here before. We're
not strangers to any type of depres-
sion or oppression or things like
that. And so there's a resiliency of
Black churches that cannot be over-
looked," says Porter. "I am a
preacher's kid, a third generation
pastor, so I am a product of the
Black church and so I believe it is
the strongest institution that we
have for African-Americans in our
community because it has survived
so much."
The messages through the years
have been consistent.
"We preach hope. We've been
here. Don't panic. This too shall
past," Porter says.
Meanwhile, some pastors say
their churches are supplementing
messages of faith and hope with
practical teachings on finances, job-

searching, entrepreneurship and
business ownership.
Porter has written a book,
"Releasing Your Inner Treasure, 8
Kingdom Keys to Unlocking the
Wealth Within You", based on his
personal experiences with financial
management. Now in his 10th year
of pastoring, he retired from man-
aging his information technology
firm when he was only 29 years old.
"If you manage your money
right, then everything else will be
right" he says. "I'm so surprised at
how we just don't want to talk
about money and deal with those
issues. So, that spurred me to write
the book and really preach about
how He has empowered us eco-
nomically and financially and to
use those practical scriptures to
build us up."
In addition to scriptures, tangible
know-how to correct and add bal-
ance to some of what has been
taught in churches over the years
will be key, says Bishop Noel
Jones, pastor of the 17,000-member
City of Refuge in Los Angeles,
which he says is down only 6-10
percent on income.
Jones says unbalanced teachings
in the church are partially to blame
for the crisis.
"We have endured 25 years of
health, wealth and prosperity
preaching and the prophet should
have told us that we were going to
be in this kind of situation and cir-
cumstance since they have such
prophetic words," Jones says.
"What happens is the church has

Offerings Decrease
capitalized the gospel and we have
preached Americanism for gospel
and ultimately we ended up crash-
ing because there is no credulity
and authenticity in the whole pres-
He continues, "The only people
who were making any real money
were those who were expostulating
the theology that left the psycholo-
gy that debilitated the minds of
those who were involved. The
debilitation is that everybody
expected to bring an offering in
church and just get rich though
nobody participated and partnered
with God. Because at the end of the
day nobody receives a check in an
envelope postmarked from heaven.
It's your participation that makes it
happen... The ministry and the
preachers have taken so much
money from the church and lived
lavish lifestyles. We need to put
something back. We need to equip
our people. As James puts it, very
explicitly, 'Faith without works is
dead'. We co-create, we perpetuate
God's creation by functioning
Jones said many Christians have
basically lived on credit and owned
"So, what everybody was talking
about as God's blessing was people
living on credit. And the Bible says
that the borrower is subject to the
lender. So, Christian America sim-
ply joined the capitalistic bandwag-
on and in the name of God artic-
ulated a theology that has no

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Nearly 10,000 Attend Annual Job

Close to ten thousand job seekers turned out for Cong. Corrine
Brown's Annual Job Fair at FCCJ this week where sixty vendors were
present to do on the spot interviews, Shown above are Cong. Brown,
Alvin Brown and larry Williams, Sr. who was there with resume in
hand looking for a second career. FMP



RE: FY 2008 Section 5309 Bus and Bus Facilities Allocation Grant

URBANIZED AREA: Jacksonville, Florida
RECIPIENT: Jacksonville Transportation Authority

Notice is hereby given that the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is providing an opportunity for a
public hearing to consider its FY 2007/2008 Bus and Bus Facilities Program of Projects in which federal funds
arc being requested from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Funding is generally available on an 80/20
matching basis between federal, state, and local sources. The public is encouraged to comment on any and all
projects listed below.

Rolling Stock Earmark #E2008-BUSP-0721 $612,500
Total Program of Projects: $612,500

Persons wishing to testify on this subject must notify the JTA in writing before 5:00 p.m. on June 21, 2009. If
a request is received by the stated time, a public hearing will be scheduled and the public notified. This notice
will serve as the final notice. Mail requests to:

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These projects have been coordinated through the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) of the North
Florida Transportation Planning Organization (North Florida TPO) for the Jacksonville Urbanized Area. No
business displacements are expected to occur as a result of project implementation. These projects will have no
substantial harmful effects on the environment, nor will they adversely affect service levels to the elderly or dis-

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nothing of
School Voucher or Opportunity value to fa-
ilies who

Scholarships are Still Not the Answer nup with the
rest of the

Imagine if I told you that I would
give you an education voucher that
allowed you to take little Johnny or
Sue to whatever private school you
felt would benefit your child. That's
right this voucher would allow
your child to go to local prestigious
schools like Riverside
Presbyterian, Bolles, Episcopal,
etc. You get my point.
That's actually what the folks
who support school vouchers want
you to believe. School vouchers
allow parents to have choice.
Again, sounds great, but as grand-
ma says, "Everything that glitters
ain't gold."
There are several fundamental
problems with the pro school
voucher argument. The number one
issue is related to admissions into
these private schools. Just because
you have a voucher certainly does-
n't mean that you can go to whatev-
er private school you want.
Proponents tout that vouchers
allow low-income families to
choose which school their child
attends. They also argue that more
competition between public and
private schools will lead to effi-
ciency and results from students.
Maybe in a perfect world these
arguments make sense. So now that
we have left the alternate universe
and are back Earth let's deal with
the reality of the voucher issue.
As I just said, having a voucher
in hand doesn't guarantee anything.
Public schools must accept all stu-

dents regardless of disabilities reli-
gious affiliations, test scores,
income, etc.
Private institutions are quite the
opposite. They can accept based on
test scores, religion, background,
income, social status and whatever
other factors they want.
So since we are being "real"
about the issue let's just tell it how
it really is.
For most minority students the
prestigious schools only want you
if you are a great athlete or already
an exceptional student. They are
not looking for average or marginal
students well unless their parents
have money of course.
And I am saying that there is
anything wrong with the way these
"private" institutions conduct them-
selves. They certainly have that
right as "private" school, however
that brings up another issue.
Private schools normally are not
subject to the same rules as public
schools, so in some cases you don't
the same standards. For example,
some private schools don't require
their elementary education teachers
to have bachelor degrees.
Of course the public school sys-
tem requires all teachers to have
degrees and pass the state teaching
I have been writing about vouch-
er programs for some time now and
I am still amazed that some people
still think that a "voucher program"
is the key to solving the woes of

public education.
We certainly are not living up to
the goals in which the public school
system was formed to accomplish,
but let's not totally give up on pub-
lic education yet.
I say let's invest our resources
into making public schools better
and providing more public school
options for parents and students?
Let's target and concentrate of
low performing schools, instead of
feeding into this conservative prop-
aganda that the public school sys-
tem is completely flawed.
Who will ultimately benefit from
the voucher program? Proponents
say the children, but I say the pri-
vate institutions will benefit from
the increased revenues. They will
also benefit from the ability to pick
and choose the most talented of the
public school students.
The policy of inclusiveness has
made public schools the backbone
of our great American democracy.
Another issue is the reality that
some vouchers may cover child's
tuition at certain schools and but at
many of private schools the vouch-
ers are only a drop in the bucket. A
$2,500 to $3,500 voucher supple-
ment may make the difference for
some families, giving them just
enough to cover the tuition at a pri-
vate school (with some schools
charging over $10,000 per year,
they would still have to pay several
thousand dollars).
But voucher programs offer

money to cover tuition costs. This
eats away at the notion that vouch-
ers provide "choice."
In fact, some local private
schools cost between $18-25K a
year, and that's if a low-income
family can even get their child in
without them being a star athlete.
So why not simply put more of
the resources in place to fix failing
schools? Why not give the best
teachers incentives such as better
pay to teach at the failing schools?
Why not enforce the class size
amendments and take these corpo-
rate tax credits and hire teacher
assistants or use that money to pro-
vide schools with additional
From my perspective here is the
most prominent problem with the
voucher system and why it will
have more of a long-term negative
impact on urban schools.
With the help of taxpayers' dol-
lars, private schools would be filled
with well to do and middle-class
students and a handful of the best
students from inner cities.
Some public schools, especially
those currently not performing well
would be left with fewer dollars to
teach the poorest of the poor and
other students who, for one reason
or another, were not private school
material. Such a scenario can hard-
ly benefit public education.
Signing off from Central
Riverside Elementary,
Reggie Fullwood

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fI The higher they go in America's institutions African
Americans are bound to buy into the system. Though
these Blacks know how establish practices have
encumbered us here, they've bought into 'the White Man's Burden" mind-
set and paternalistic practices toward Africans.
Blacks in Congress continue treating Africa and Africans as charity cases
and are willing partners in the exploitation of their resources. Whites'
exploitation of Africa stems from their presumed responsibility to govern
and impart their culture to uncouth nonwhites. The colonial mentality is
now manifesting itself through benign meddling by Blacks following White
Folks' lead in foreign aid and intervention practices toward Africans.
In the latest in a series of "America knows best for Africa" events, three
African American Members of Congress allowed themselves to be arrested
in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington "urging world leaders to
take a stand against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's decision to expel
13 aid agencies from Darfur". Western-based humanitarian leaders joined
forces with five U.S. lawmakers, including Black Representatives Donna
Edwards of Maryland, Keith Ellison of Minnesota and John Lewis of
Georgia to say the Sudanese government's decision to expel the agencies
will leave "1.1 million civilians without food aid, 1.5 million without health
care and more than 1 million without potable water. Ellison calls it "wrong
to deny aid to the most vulnerable people on our planet."
Whether or not aid for people in Darfur is being denied differs as to per-
spective. When al-Bashir threw the Western aid agencies out, he said
"Sudanese would take care of the distribution". But, Ellison, et al, view al-
Bashir as another hapless African leader needing to be removed from office
and Sudanese operations as incapable, lacking in agency, and in permanent
need of external direction.
The three Black Congressional Crusaders went spastic because al-Bashir
banned the aid groups, willingly taking the word of the aid agents known
to be antagonistic to al-Bashir. But Africans, and many other nonwhites,
could fathom that some among the foreign aid groups "aided" the
International Criminal Court (ICC) in their indictment of al-Bashir for "war
crimes". Why is it beyond Western reason that aid agencies' agents tattled
on Bashir's government; or that Sudanese can handle relief efforts there?
Al-Bashir says the 13 agencies he expelled "used the Darfur conflict to
embezzle money from Sudan". He says that the humanitarian groups
"claim to spend billions of dollars in Darfur", but his government calculates
"they spend less than $100 million a year". Al-Bashir says his government
is ready to "match that amount", and ordered Sudanese aid groups to take
over all relief distribution. Westerners call him "defiant" in saying: "If they
want to bring relief, let them drop it at airports or seaports. Let our organi-
zations deal with our citizens."
Who wrote rules that only Westerners can provide humanitarian aid in
Africa? There is a $1.05 billion aid operation planned for Darfur in 2009
and other countries in the region say they will assist in Darfur. Yet Ellison
& Crew are wary of giving money to Sudanese, or regional agencies, with-
out the involvement of Westerners. Al-Bashir's alleged Great Expulsion of
the Humanitarians must be put into perspective: 85 nongovernmental organ-
izations are still working in Darfur and less than 200 aid workers have left.
Surely "do-gooders" Ellison, Edwards, Lewis, et al, need to slow their roll
and be less paternalist and more realistic. At least the Blacks should pay
attention to increasing numbers of nonwhites' call for "an end" to current aid
practices. Be it Myanmar or Darfur, the sign says: "No (Western) Help
Wanted". "Trade not aid" is what Africans seek, but the three Congressional
"crusaders for conscious" are caught up in a vicious cycle that helped trans-
form the people who possess two-thirds of the world's mineral resources
into the two-thirds that are the world's poorest. Instead of paternalistic med-
dling and demonstrations for 13 aid agencies and 200 people to be returned
to Darfur, isn't it time Black legislators abandon soapbox rhetoric on Africa
and do some good toward helping break the bonds, and bounds, of African
dependency and Western dominance?

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A celebration of friendship and service refuel 1000 Links

from the south to make a difference in their communities

Artist Joy Peters was commi-
sioned to create a workof art on Norma White chaired the conference on behalf of the Links Southern The registration team responsible for a smooth entry into the Conference experience included Kia Kemp,
childhood obesity that was Area. Mary Brown was in charge of all of the many printed materials Pat Mitchell. Barbara Darby (chair), Derya Williams, Tracie Collier, Pamela Grant-Adams and Santhea
unveiled during the conference. handed out at the conference. Brown.I

Links take a break from business to enjoy the Electric Slide called by
a professional line dance caller.

Link Glorida Belton and husband Ronnie enjoy the "Jazz on the
River" nautical gala.

Bold City Link sisters Sandra Hull Richardson and Bertha Padgett
chaired the Jazz Gala and Conference decorations respectively.

Continued from page 1
A focus of the five-day confer-
ence was the childhood obesity ini-
tiative launched by Links' Southern
Area director Mary Currie of
Atlanta, GA. Currie said, "We have
a goal of making sure that children,
particularly African-Americans in
low-income communities, live
healthier, happier lives.
Eliminating childhood obesity is a
major step toward achieving that."
The conference commenced with
a healthy breakfast and walk along
the new walking trail located down-
town near the Emmett Reed
Community Center. The City of

Jacksonville formed a $1.6 million
partnership with the Bold City
Chapter that included the trail, exer-
cise equipment and a new fitness
facility to be added to the Emmett
Reed Community Center. Dr.
Shelley Thompson, a local pediatri-
cian and chair of the event, said,
"As a physician, I see the results of
unhealthy living ever day. By
focusing on youth behavior, we can
address the diseases like diabetes
and high blood pressure that dispro-
portionately affect African
American communities."
Later in the week, the organiza-
tion took its commitment-2 Oto

youth health a step further with the
establishment of the Commission
on Childhood Obesity Prevention
(CCOP). Thirteen national health
experts including former US
Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher
and former UN Ambassador
Andrew Young comprised the
CCOP. Gwendolyn Lee of
Chicago, IL, Links' national presi-
dent, swore in six of the thirteen
commissioners, launching the
panel's work on childhood obesity.
The organization also recognized
the following Jacksonville citizens
for their volunteerism at Links'
Civil Luncheon: Carol Alexander

(the arts), Dr. William Cody
(health), Cyrus Jollivette (health),
Dr. Thomas Chiu (health) and State
Senator Tony Hill.
But the event wasn't simply
about programming. Links'
Southern Area elected new officers
who will govern more than 2,000
members in 74 chapters in seven
states for the next two years. These
included Bold City Chapter mem-
ber Kathy Wilson, who was elected
treasurer of Links' Southern Area.
There was also lots of fun and fel-
lowship. Links shopped with vari-
ous vendors, who offered every-
thing from Greek paraphernalia to

St. John Knits and fine jewelry.
There were light-hearted events that
included Literary Links, which fea-
tured the written works of Links
and their family members; a nauti-
cal-themed dinner-dance; several
golf outings; a bid whisk tourna-
ment; outstanding performances by
jazz violinist Michael Ward, The
Spinners and The Drifters; a series
of breakfasts and lunches; plus the
always elegant conference culmi-
nating event the black tie White
Rose Banquet.
Ruth Waters-McKay, president
of Links' Bold City Chapter, stated
the group was tired, but happy after

the successful conference. "We
worked really, really hard. But
Links is a special organization com-
prised of extraordinary women.
Our focus is friendship and service.
It was a joy to able to share that
with my Sister Links from all over
the South," said Waters-McKay.
The Links Foundation,
Incorporated through its philan-
thropic arm, has contributed more
than $22 million dollars to charita-
'ble causes since its founding. In
2006 to 2008, members contributed
more than 11 million documented
hours of volunteer service in com-
munities throughout


The FDA is Clearly Overwhelmed
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is supposed
to approve new medicines, monitor the safety of those
already on the market, and keep
our food safe.
But, currently the FDA is not
doing a good job. In early 2008,
a blood thinner manufactured It's clear tha
in China which the FDA let into
the US was contaminated by a already ovei
Il mysteriousingredientandcaused
81 deaths.1 Summer2008brought Should they
a salmonella outbreak, blamed
first on tomatoes and later on the authority
hot peppers, that infected 1,442
people and resulted in at least t billi
286 hospitalizations in 43 states.2 the $80 billi
Just this winter, salmonella in
peanuts killed six people, made industry, too
486 people sick and led to the
recall of more than 2,800 foods
with peanut ingredients.3
It's clear that the FDA is already overwhelmed.
Should they be given the authority to regulate the $80
billion tobacco industry, too?

Congress Wants the FDA to
Regulate Tobacco
Congress wants to add tobacco products to the
FDA's list. We think that's just wrong. The majority of
Americans are losing confidence in the FDA's ability to
protect our nation's food and drug supply. Recently, a
national survey revealed that 61 percent of U.S. adults



feel the food recall process is only fair or poor, while
73 percent of adults say they are just as concerned
about food safety as they are about war on terror.4
Before the latest FDA
blunders, a poll was conducted
which found that 82 percent
of likely voters are concerned
t the FDA is that a proposal in Congress to
let FDA regulate tobacco would
w helm ed. interfere with the agency's
core mission of regulating the

be given nation's food and drug supply.5
This is an issue which deserves
regulate to be fully debated, and right
to regulate now, that isn't happening.

n tobacco The FDA is Not the
Place for it
? Lorillard supports additional
regulation of the tobacco
industry. But, the FDA is not
the place for it. Expanding the
FDA's role, when the ineffective food and drug safety
programs that are now in place pose an immediate
threat, is a health hazard all its own.
'Harris, Gardner. "Heparin Contamination May Have Been Deliberate, F.D.A. Says." New
YorkTimes. April 30, 2008.
'"Investigation of Outbreak of Infections Caused by Salmonella Saintpaul."' Center
for Disease Control and Prevention. August 28, 2008. URL: http://cdc.gov/Salmonellal
'"Is the FDA a broken agency?"The Associated Press. March 3, 2009.
""Food Safety: Majority of Americans Feel Industry Doesn't Do Enough." American
Society for Quality. March 11, 2009. URL: http://www.asq.org/media-room/press-
"'Zogby Poll: 82% Fear Tobacco Regulation Mandate Puts FDA Core Mission at Risk."
Zogby International. February 26, 2008.


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St. Thomas Missionary Baptist
Summer Camp Enrichment 2009
The St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church, 2119 Rowe Avenue, Ernie
L. Murray Sr., Pastor; announces open registration for Summer Camp
"Enrichment 2009" Joyce A. George, Director. Camp will commence June
9, 2009 and continue thru August 14th. Camp will feature Reading,
Writing, Math Skills, Field Trips, Games, Lunch, Snacks
Registration ends June 5th, but is available Tuesday Friday 7 a.m. 6
p.m. Information: (904) 768-8800.

Ebenezer United Methodist
to hold Spring Concert
The Ebenezer United Methodist Church, and the Northeast District
of the United Methodist Women invite the entire community enjoy the
Annual Spring Musical featuring two outstanding youth, pianist Monya
Sharp and trumpeter Bryan Brooks.
Monya, 17, will graduate from Stanton College Prep this Spring and will
attend the University of Florida. She has studied and performed on the
piano for 12 years. Bryan Brooks is also beginning college this fall.
The concert will begin at 4 p.m., Sunday, June 14, 2009 in the Sanctuary
of Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 9114 Norfolk Blvd., Rev. Newton
E. Williams, Pastor.

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 11lth 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.

Baptist Ministers Conference
Holds City-Wide Revival
The Florida General Baptist Convention Inc., Rev. Dr.
James B. Sampson, President; and Pastor of the first
New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Jacksonville;
S. invites the community to the Annual City-Wide Revival
Services at the West Union Missionary Baptist Church,
1605 W. Beaver Street, Leroy C. Kelley, Pastor.
Services at 7 p.m. nightly, will be held Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday, May 20, 21, and 22, 2009.
Rev. Samson Rev. Dr. G. L. Sims, pastor of the Mt. Zion Missionary
Baptist Church, Mandarin; Moderator of the Emanuel Progressive
Association, will be the Lecturer Wednesday, May 20, at 7 p.m. Rev. Dr.
James B. Sampson will be the Messenger.
Rev. Dr. Herb Anderson, Pastor of the Emanuel Missionary Baptist
Church will be the Lecturer, Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m. Rev. Dr.
Anderson is Moderator of the Union Progressive Association. Rev. Darien
K. Bolden, Pastor of the First Missionary Baptist Church, Fernandina, FL
will be the Messenger.
Rev. Dr. C. Edward Preston, Pastor of the St. John Missionary Baptist
Church, Middleburg, FL, President of the Baptist Ministers Conference of
Duval and Adjacent Counties, will be the Lecturer, Friday evening at 7 p.m.
Rev. Dr. H. T. Rhim, Pastor of St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church,
Jacksonville, and Past President of the Florida Progressive M&E Baptist
Convention of Florida will be the Messenger, Friday evening.

Women of First New Zion to host
Christian Women's Conference
The Women of First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 4835 Soutel
Drive, where Rev. Dr. James B. Sampson is Pastor; extend an invitation to
all women to join them for their Annual Christian Women's Conference at
9 a.m., on Saturday, May 30, 2009. The theme: "Christian Women Caring,
Comforting and Encouraging One Another in Christ's Spirit." For more
information, call Sis Debra Edwards at (904) 765-3111.

New Birth Covenant Ministry to
Celebrate Family & Friends Day
The New Birth Covenant Ministry, 2360 Kings Road; invites the com-
munity to "Family and Friends Day 2009" from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on
Saturday, May 30, 2009. There will be free food, fun and games for all ages.
Family and Friends are invited to "A Day of Worship" beginning at 10
a.m., Sunday, May 31, 2009. The message: "Together We Can Make It"
Psalm 133:1 "Behold How Good It Is for Brethren to Dwell Together in
Unity." For directions or information, please call Donna Austin 765-2612.

Greater New Hope to present
"Women of the Bible"
Greater New Hope AME Church, 2708 N. Davis Street, Rev. Mary F.
Davis, Pastor; invites the community to attend the presentation of "Women
of The Bible", a celebration of Women by women from various churches
throughout the city portraying Biblical women. This powerful presentation
will be presented at 7 p.m., Friday, May 22, 2009. Admission is free.
Information or Directions:356-2121.

Women of First New Zion to host
Christian Women's Conference
The Women of First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 4835 Soutel
Drive, where Rev. Dr. James B. Sampson is Pastor; extend an invitation to
all women to join them for their Annual Christian Women's Conference at
9 a.m., on Saturday, May 30, 2009. The theme: "Christian Women Caring,
Comforting and Encouraging One Another in Christ's Spirit." For more
information, call Sis Debra Edwards at (904) 765-3111.

Summerville Missionary Baptist
Spiritual Revival in Song
The combined choirs of Summerville Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor
James W. Henry; located at 690 West 20th Street; will present an "Evening
of Spiritual Revival" beginning at 5 p.m., Sunday, May 24th. The commu-
nity is invited to come out and feast on "Words and Music" that will lift
your soul to higher heights..

Bishop Eddie Long Forms Multi Media
Company with Actor Robert Townsend

He's not just talk. Bishop Eddie
Long, senior pastor of New Birth
Missionary Baptist Church in
Atlanta has had enough of the nega-
tive images on television and in film
and has partnered with actor, writer,
director Robert Townsend to form
Bell Town Productions.
Townsend will provide the cre-
ative inspiration and Bishop Long
will provide the entrepreneurial
support. Together the partnership
will produce, films, television
shows, web based programming
and mobile content that is uplifting

and positive.
"It is my hope that Bell Town
Productions becomes one of the
world's leading film and production
companies in developing, produc-
ing and marketing innovative pro-
gramming," Bishop Long told
Gospel Today.
Their first foray into producing
will be a web-based half-hour series
inspired by real life situations
called, "The Gospel Music
Theatre." The series will also fea-
ture musical performances.

8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. 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

5863 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800

Pastor Ernie Murray
Welcomes you!

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.

Noon Day Worship

Youth Church 7:00 p.m.

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

Bishop Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

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

Grace and Peace

* * A Full Gospel Baptist Church * *

A church

that's on the

move in

worship with

prayer, praise

and power!

Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr

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

Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.

2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683 Email:dccfmbc@yahoo.com

Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20

Pastor Landon Williams

Sunday School
9 a.m.
Morning Worship
10 a.m.
Lord's Supper
Second Sunday
3:00 p.m.
Evening Worship
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.

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May 21-28, 2009

Would You Drink Lemonade

and Cayenne Paper for a

Month to Have this Body?

By Makeisha Lee, lIealth and
Nutrition Consultant
The Dream Girls movic has come
and gone, but the fascination with
Beyoncc's dramatic weight loss
continues. Hlow refreshing it is
though to finally hear about some-
one of celebrity status within the
African American community
appreciate and openly acknowledge
the benefits of cleansing their body
as a tool for losing weight. It is
much like a cold glass of lemonade
on a hot summer day very much
Cleansing is in fact an age old
remedy that has been around for
centuries and still is faithfully prac-
ticed in other countries and cultures
as the most effective way to main-
tain or regain good health. As a
wonderful side benefit, weight loss
can occur. It is the best kept health
secret in the free world until now.
If there were any more doubts in
people's mind about what cleansing
can do for those trying to overcome
weight loss issues; they should be

One such key element in the
realm of nutritional support incor-
porated in a cleanse should be the
presence of amino acids. Amino
acids are necessary to maintain
and/or build lean muscle. Any pro-
fessional health expert will tell you
that amino acids are paramount in
feeding and nourishing the body. It
is essential for the health of every
individual cell function. They are
considered to be the Lego of the
body' structure. Yet there are other
cleanses you will come across that
use harsh laxatives that cause
purges which make it difficult to
conduct normal daily functions
because you are confined to the
ladies or gentleman's room.
So clearly the thought is that we
absolutely want people to utilize
cleansing as a way to experience
heavenly health and be slim and
trim but be informed along the way
about the advantages and disadvan-
tages that can rob you of the best
possible experience and lasting

The Master Cleanse:
The Master Cleanse is said to be not a fast, but a
cleansing program. A true fast consists only of water,
while the Master Cleanse incorporates a mixture of
lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper that is
consumed throughout the day as a source of calories,
vitamins, and minerals.

laid to rest for good.
There is however a word of cau-
tion that needs to be stated.
Everything should be done in mod-
eration and be completely balanced,
this includes cleansing. To begin
with there are hundreds of colon
cleanses, liver cleanses, and now a
lemonade diet cleanse, but they are
not all created equal. Some do very
specific things and work for certain
Secondly, you want to do a
cleanse that can easily be integrated
into your life. It should be some-
thing extremely effective, but yet
simple and as natural as waking up
everyday to brush your teeth and
bathing to clean your outer body.
This is not optional if permanent
changes are desired. Along with
this idea a proper cleanse should be
practical for sustaining life. This
ties right into the third point to con-
sider: a superior cleanse should be
able to fortify and edify your body
with all necessary minerals that it
needs to function on a daily basis,
during the cleansing process, before
the cleansing process, and continu-
ously as part of your regular
Some cleanses such as the
Lemonade diet cleanse can be help-
ful in providing a measure of
cleansing to the body, alkalinity and
a substantial amount of weight loss.
However to properly support the
body nutritionally for the long haul,
the body needs more than four
ingredients to give it all the miner-
als it needs to function optimally.
Not to mention that the goal is to
bum fat and not lean muscle. The
only way to ensure that this will not
occur during any weight loss regi-
men-dieting, cleansing or otherwise
is to make sure the nutrition is
encompassed completely within the

It is time for a paradigm shift in
our thinking in terms of, do I want
to lose weight just to fit in that "red
dress" or that "black pant suit" for
the next Beyonce's concert?
Instead, the focal point should be to
achieve overall good health while
maintaining a good weight. Real
people need real results for a real
lifestyle change, for a real long time
- preferably for life.
Lastly a cleanse should be cleans-
ing not just one body part at a time,
as that can be very costly, time con-

sum- andg a
ing and W
bly make it w, "
difficult to
into one's
lifestyle easily
and regular-
ly. Rather it
should .y
offer a thor-
ough clean- i
ing out of all
major organs
and doing so
on a cellular level.
The average adult
has about 60 trillion cells which is 8
thousand times the amount of stars
in the Milky Way galaxy and our
cells are constantly in a state of
We need to make sure we are
helping to create healthy cells
instead of mutated cancer cells.
This can only and will only be
achieved if you are cleansing on a
cellular level and simultaneously
replenishing your cells with ALL
necessary minerals and nutrients.
This is a key fact to remember.
There is no magic bullet. No one
diet, pill or any other single thing
that can do the trick permanently
for weight loss and or health reju-
venation. You must have a com-
pletely balanced system.
One final thought is that the
cleansing process should not be
grueling or self depriving at all. The
reality is that we go to parties, and
we go to relative's houses for good
down home cooking to eat. We all
want to be able to cleanse our bod-
ies thoroughly, as well as partake of
some other foods moderately dur-
ing the cleansing phase so that we
can still feel encouraged to continue
on successfully. Obesity has been
determined to be the single biggest
cause of death that is reversible.
Opt out of that statistic and choose

Signs of Depression

It should be obvious if you're suf-
fering from depression, right? After
all, happy is happy and sad is sad,
and you certainly know the differ-
ence. But it's not always that sim-
ple. Some of the signs and symp-
toms of depression are easy to mis-
take or misunderstand. If you're
unsure, check out the list below,
where we've rounded up a few of
the more common ones.
1. Irritability. Find yourself flying
off the handle at the kids or your
spouse due to even the slightest
provocation? Ready to leap out of
the car window at the fast-food
drive-through and strangle some
poor minimum-wager when he
screws up your order? You might
take it as pure crankiness, but
depression could be the underlying
2. Feeling inappropriate guilt. If
you blame yourself for things over
which you have no control, or beat
yourself up over trivial transgres-
sions such as stopping short at a red
light or forgetting an item on your
grocery list, you can't be a happy
3. Loss of appetite. Yes, being
depressed can be great for losing
weight, but it's not a trade-off you
want to make. Something is defi-
nitely wrong if you used to find
pizza, chicken wings and beer irre-
sistible, but lately they look about
as appealing as Bea Arthur in a
4. Real difficulty thinking or con-
centrating. This is especially easy to
write off. You're likely to think the
problem is due to lack of sleep (see
below), or being distracted by the
kids or noise or any number of
things. That could be the case, but it
could also be indicative of depres-
5. Insomnia. This is another com-
mon ailment that can be sympto-
matic of many things -- stress, per-
sonal or work-related problems,
anxiety, etc. The odd thing is that if
you're depressed, you're just as like-
ly to suffer from...
6. Excessive sleeping. True,
many people tend to drowsy after

lunch, and some steel a nap if cir-
cumstances allow -- that's perfectly
normal. But if you find yourself
sleeping-in on the weekends until
well into the afternoon, despite the
fact that you got to bed at a reason-
able hour, you need to get at the
root of the problem.
7. Lack of interest in previously
enjoyable activities. Sometimes
something you used to be
into big time -- a hobb'.. aj
favorite food, a sporl,
etc. -- can lose its lus-
ter. You might easily
think whatever you '.
used to be enthu-
siastic for simply
got old. And
that could be,
but how sud- ., "
den was your *. .
change of atti-
tude? And was
it just one
thing, or your
interests in
general? If 1 1
your apathy is '
broad and deep,
depression may
well be the culprit. ;.
Any one of the
above taken on iit
own may not indicate '
that you're depressed But
if you suffer from three or
more of the above, you should
see your doctor to discuss the mat-
ter. If you are suffering from
depression, there are several
avenues of treatment available,
depending on the severity of your
For mild depression, your doctor
may recommend aerobic exercise,
such as walking, jogging or swim-
ming. This sort of activity causes
your body to release endorphins,

which provide a natural high. He or
she may also suggest you schedule
small projects throughout the day --
keeping busy tends to keep the
blues at bay. Some experts suggest
vitamin therapy.
For moderate to serious depres-
sion, coun-
~sel -

W ing
may be
recommended, and antidepressant
medication may be prescribed.
About two thirds of patients
respond to medication within a
month or so of initially taking it.
But if the first thing you try doesn't
work, chances are good that the
next antidepressant you try will be

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between 1968 and 1980. It will be
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Thursday, May 21st at 5 p.m. For
more information, call 502-0539 or

Gate City Bridge Club
to Hold Tournament
The Gate City Duplicate Bridge
Club, a member of the American
Bridge Association (ABA) will
host their Annual Grade A Bridge
Tournament, Friday thru Sunday,
May 22 May 24, 2009 (Memorial
Day Weekend), at the Airport
Clarion Hotel Conference Center.
All local duplicate bridge players,
and the public are invited to all ses-
sions. Individual, pairs and team
game winners will be awarded
merit points, prizes and more in the
different levels of competition
(novice to advanced). Players from
throughout the Southeast are
expected to attend.

Clothes Give-a-way
JLOC the Jacksonville Local
Organizing Committee for the
Millions More Movement (a non-
profit organization) will 'Give-A-
Way Clothes' to those in need on
Saturday, May 23rd from 11:00

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!". It follows five
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) 632-3228.
Free Youth
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.

JABJ Meeting
The Jacksonville Association of
Black Journalists will meet on

Saturday, May 30th at 10 a.m. at
the Channel 4 Studios. Agenda
items include industry employment
resources, NABJ national confer-
ence and the recent JABJ forum fol-
low up. For more information, call
Tia Mitchell at 359-4425.

NFL 101
Workshop for Women
PRI Productions brings NFL 101 -
Workshop for Women to the com-
munity. Designed especially for
females to teach you everything
you need to know about football.
The attendees will be taught direct-
ly from NFL players, coaches, ref-
erees and analysts. Classes will be
held on Tuesdays throughout June
and July in various areas around
the city. These two hour workshops
will be held from 7- 9:00pm.
Attendees will receive a NFL 101
Workbook, a special gift and a tick-
et to a Jacksonville Jaguars 2009
home game. For more informa-
tion, call Lori Pugh at 904-398-

Family Night with
Gee's Bend Quilts
The Cummer Museum of Art
invites the community to come out
for their Family Night highlighting
the Gee's Bend Quilt collection. It
will be held on Tuesday, June 2nd
from 4 9 p.m. The free evening
will include live music from the
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Rocky Horror Show
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Limelight Theatre will be doing
the Time Warp when Richard
O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show
takes the stage, live, June 4 20.
The show has been seen on stages
and in theatres since 1973. It will
run Thursdays, Fridays and
Saturday at 7:30. There is a spe-
cial 11 pm show on Saturday, June
20. For reservations call 904-825-
1164. The Limelight Theatre is
located at 11 Old Mission Avenue
in uptown St. Augustine.

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. It will be held in
the Kindgom Plaza Mall's Life
Cafe, 5310 Lenox Ave. For more
information on Jacksonville's oldest
book club of color, call Romona
Baker at 703-3428.

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Jacksonville Pageant
The Times-Union Center of
Performing Arts will be the site of
the 2009 Ms. Senior Jacksonville
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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.

Trot for Tots
On Saturday June 6, 2009 from
8:30- 12:00 p.m., Trot for Tots
2009: Walking for Jacksonville's
Bab ies will be held in Downtown
Jacksonville at the Municipal
Stadium Lot N. The goal is to raise
funds for and awareness of the
infant mortality problem facing
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Journey Into
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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
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Play Date Jax
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". The monthly event will
include food, fun, games and
music. For more information, visit

NAACP Dinner
Featuring Dr. West
In celebration of the 100th
Anniversary of the National
Association for the Advancement of
Colored People Dr. Cornel West,
professor of religion and African-
American studies at Princeton
University, will speak at the ack-
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Freedom Fund Dinner on Tuesday,
June 23, 2009 at the Prime Osborn
Convention Center. The dinner
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Melba Moore, Minnie Riperton and Shalaniur anwong new subjects.
TV One has announced the lineup for its second season of "Unsung," a
series of specials following African American unsung heroes in the music
industry. Beginning in June, the network will air hour-long episodes on
Supreme founding member Florence Ballad, Minnie Riperton, Shalamar
and Melba Moore. Additional episodes will start in November.
Coinciding with the start of Black Music Month (June), the biography
program returns Sunday, June 7 (8 p.m. ET) with Riperton as the first
episode. Premiering Sunday (June 14) will be the Moore episode, followed
by Shalamar (June 21) and Ballard (June 28).
Among those interviewed for the various segments are the Supremes'
Mary Wilson, Shalamar's Jody Watley and Ballard's sister Maxine Ballard.
Each episode is narrated by actor Gary Anthony Williams.
The temporary restraining order filed by Los Angeles Lakers star Derek
Fisher against a woman accused of harassing him was made permanent on
Monday, according to gossip site TMZ.
The woman, meanwhile, was a no-show for yesterday's court hearing.
Fisher got the TRO e last month after alleging the woman had harassed
him for years -- claiming they were married, among other things -- despite
the fact Fisher claims they never met.
The woman, who changed her last name to Fisher, claimed she was "The
REAL Mrs. Fisher" on her MySpace page. Fisher alleged she started show-
ing up at his home, scaring his wife and kids.
OF TWINS: Comic's wife birthed babies last month.
Wanda Sykes and her wife, Alex, are the proud new
parents of newborn twins, according to People.com.
The couple, who were married on Oct. 25, 2008, wel-
comed daughter Olivia Lou and son Lucas Claude on
April 27, the magazine reported.
The comedian's wife gave birth to the babies. Olivia weighed in at 6 lbs.,
7 oz., and was 19-inches long, while Lucas debuted at 7 lbs., 9 oz., and was
20-inches long.
Aretha and more to benefit Kennedy Center charity.
The world's largest and most prestigious celebrity auction is under way
at charitybuzz.com, where people can bid on such celebrity experiences as
meeting Oprah Winfrey, or getting singing lessons from Aretha Franklin.
There are 127 items up for bid, including the hottest item: four VIP tick-
ets to see a taping of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and a backstage visit with
the talk show host. The bid at press time was $27,500, with 14 days to go,
reports Tampa Bay Online.
The annual auction raises funds for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for
Justice and Human Rights, which has among its many projects programs
to help victims of Hurricane Katrina and survivors of war-torn Darfur.
Among the auction offerings: Stevie Wonder's harmonica; Larry King's
suspenders; dinner with Bill Cosby; lemonade and cookies with Martha
Stewart; a tour of the "Today" show with Matt Lauer; a visit to the
"Desperate Housewives" set; and swimming lessons from Olympic gold
medalist Michael Phelps.
The auction ends May 28.

Book Review: "Take Back Your Family: A Challenge to

America's Parents" By Rev. Run and Justine Simmons

Those of us that are a
bit older know Rev.
Run from the 80's rap
group Run DMC. Kids
today would recognize
him and his wife "
Justine from the reality
TV show "Run's
House." I was a big fan
of Run DMC in the
80's. Run has trans-
formed from 'My
Adidas' to 'My Stacy
Adams'...from rapper
to loving father. It
warms my heart to see
Run raising a successful family. I
have enjoyed watching his show.
Not only is it entertaining, but it
also offers practical advice. Run

-. and Justine lead by
example. Now, they
have authored an
amazing book on how
to raise a happy, suc-
cessful family.
This book goes
deeper than their
show. It offers parents
advice on successful
parenting, blended
families, and how to
keep children ground-
ed. Run and Justine
discuss how money can
impact the family whether you are
rich or poor. They assert that any
family, regardless of economic sta-
tus, is able to succeed.
It definitely is not easy to raise

kids today. I think we can all agree good and bad, this can truly be chal-
on that. Therefore, parents can ben- lenging. However, if parents focus
efit from the good advice and on the importance of family, they
example of the Simmons'. One will make their children a top prior-
matter they discuss is how to make ity in their lives.
sure that parents have the biggest Parents will enjoy this well-writ-
"Obviously, I'm not the first person who has suggested that raising a
family is a great way to spend your time-the positive power of family is
a truth that humans have understood since the beginning of time. But
it's also a truth that we have just as long a history for forgetting. As
much as we all pay lip service to the importance of family, it's very easy
to lose sight of it in the pursuit of money, fame, sex, and adventure. As a
society, we tend to celebrate the people who run big companies, hit a lot
of home-runs, star in movies and yes, even sell a lot of records. But we
don't pay as much attention to the people who simply do a great job of
raising their kids. IN short, as important as we all say family is, it just
isn't considered that cool anymore." Rev. Run

influence on their children. With all
the influences in the world, both

T.I. Enroute to Jail Next Week,

Likely to Serve Two Months

The rapper will serve his federal
prison sentence on weapons
charges in Arkansas, according to
the Associated Press, and he'll get
credit for 305 days of home deten-
tion that he already served which
means his actual time behind bars

will likely last only two months.
The artist, born Clifford J. Harris
Jr., must report to Forrest City's
low-security federal prison by noon
on May 26, according to court fil-
ings. There, he will join 1,500 other
inmates as he serves a year-and-
one-day prison sentence after
pleading guilty in March to federal
weapons charges in Atlanta.
Upon his release, T.I. will be on
probation for three years. He must
also pay a $100,000 fine as part of
his sentence.
R.D. Weeks, a spokesman for the
prison, said he likely would be
treated like any other prisoner com-
ing into the facility. "Unless there
are custody or security concerns, all
incoming inmates are placed in
general population," Weeks said.

Weeks said each cell at the prison
is double-bunked. T.I. will also
have the opportunity to use the
recreation yard, as well as take part
in counseling or participate in one
of the facility's 14 religious groups,
Week said.
The 28-year-old rap star was
arrested after trying to buy unregis-
tered machine guns and silencers
from undercover federal agents in
2007. That came after his best
friend was killed following a post-
performance party in Cincinnati in
2006. The rapper has said the bul-
lets that killed his friend were
meant for him.
T.I. had faced a maximum sen-
tence of 10 years in prison and a
$250,000 fine for each charge in his
three-count indictment.

ten, honest look at how to take back
your family.

Are you ready

for good hair?

The HBO Films documentary
"Good Hair," co-written and pro-
duced by Chris Rock, will finally
arrive in theaters this year after
being selected for mass distribu-
The documentary also stars Rock
as he shares hair recollections with
such celebs as Maya Angelou, Nia
Long, Raven Symone, Ice-T and
the Rev. Al Sharpton. Stories of
how hairstyles impacted their lives
and self-esteem helped Rock for-
mulate an answer to a question
posed by his daughter.

African NFL Stars Travel to Homeland to Help

Okoye, Umenyiora and others spend eight days in Nigeria helping wherever needed
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scholarships and organize clinics on

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native Nigeria to help educate some
of the 4 million who lack access to
basic education.
"I'm not the most spiritual person,
my mom is," he tells the Associated
Press. "But after I got drafted I real-
ly had a revelation and it's probably
the first revelation I ever had in my
life. And that revelation was that
there was a plan and purpose for my
life and this is part of it."
Okoye is a perfect example of
the benefits of hard work and a
good education. He started high
school at 12 and college at 16. He
passed up Harvard to play football
at Louisville and graduated in 3 1/2
years with a degree in psychology.
When he was chosen with the 10th
pick in the 2007 draft, he was just
19, making him the youngest player
drafted in the NFL since 1967.
It was then that, Okoye says, he
decided he'd use some of his NFL
riches to help those less fortunate in
Houston and in his home country.
In the second consecutive offsea-
son trip to the continent, Okoye was
joined by Houston teammate
Xavier Adibi, Osi Umenyiora of the
New York Giants and Chicago's
Adewale Ogunleye, Israel Idonije
and Tommie Harris.
Though the trip involved long
days filled with teaching and travel,
the players say it was refreshing to
leave the circus of the NFL world
behind them and be embraced for
their good deeds instead of their
celebrity status.
"They had no clue who we were,"
Ogunleye said. "Without the NFL
shield \we were able to experience a
more genuine type of love. The
Chicago Bears are a machine.
Lifelong fans will be here rooting
for the team regardless if it's me or
who is playing. But in Africa we're
all playing for one team and that's
humanity. "

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