Amos and Andy?
Spike Lee has a
few opinions on
style of comedy
Man Did It!
Last week's false
it's our new
Woman of color poised
to be billiards world champion
African American billiards star Kim Jones of
Atlanta is on the verge of making history in her
Jones will travel to the Philippines next month
as one of 48 top women pros from around the
world competing in the Women's World 10-
Ball Championship, where she's hoping to
become the first black woman to win a major
world pool title.
The competition, to take place June 2-6 in
Manilla at the SM Mall North Edsa, will be
broadcast to more countries and viewers than
any other women's event in the history of bil-
liards. ABS-CBN and ESPN Star Sports con-
Kim Jones glomerate will combine 20 hours of live cover-
age and 20 hours of taped matches.
Jones is just one of seven USA women qualified to enter in the presti-
gious Women's World 10-Ball Championship. She's been competing part-
time on the women's pro tour for the past five years, balancing the sport
with working full-time for IBM as a project manager. She was recently
laid off from her job due to the economic crisis and has since devoted
herself to billiards full time. She is ranked in the top 50 in the world
according to the 2008 WPBA rankings.
Baltimore bartering to keep
NAACP headquarters in city
BALTIMORE The Baltimore Development Corp. is making a push to
keep the national headquarters of the NAACP in the city rather than see
the civil rights organization move to Washington or Montgomery County.
Representatives of the city's economic development agency have com-
piled a list of more than 15 locations in Baltimore's central business dis-
trict that could meet the organization's space needs and visited four of
them with NAACP personnel, according to Phil Croskey, director of
development for the agency's west team.
It also has offered a $500,000 grant to help cover relocation costs if it
stays in Baltimore, Croskey said.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has
had its headquarters in Baltimore's Seton Business Park since 1986 and
expressed a desire to move to a new location several years ago. In 2006,
under chief executive Bruce Gordon, it announced plans to relocate to
Washington, but the move never took place.
Croskey said the NAACP is looking for about 30,000 square feet of
space and wants easy access to a train station, BWI Marshall Airport,
major roads to Washington, hotels and other amenities.
Multiracial people become
fastest-growing U.S. group
WASHINGTON Multiracial Americans have become the fastest
growing demographic group, wielding an impact on minority growth that
challenges traditional notions of race.
The number of multiracial people rose 3.4 percent last year to about 5.2
million, according to the latest census estimates. First given the option in
2000, Americans who check more than one box for race on census sur-
veys have jumped by 33 percent and now make up 5 percent of the
minority population with millions more believed to be uncounted.
Demographers attributed the recent population growth to more social
acceptance and slowing immigration. They cited in particular the high
public profiles of Tiger Woods and President Barack Obama, a self-
described "mutt," who are 'having an effect on those who might self-iden-
tify as multiracial.
Population figures as of July 2008 show that California, Texas, New
York and Florida had the most multiracial people, due partly to higher
numbers of second- and later-generation immigrants who are more like-
ly to "marry out." Measured by percentages, Hawaii ranked first with
nearly 1 in 5 residents who were multiracial, followed by Alaska and
Oklahoma, both at roughly 4 percent.
James Brown's estate divided
between charity, widow, and children
COLUMBIA, S.C. More than two years into
a battle over how to parcel out James Brown's
wealth, a South Carolina judge okayed a settle-
ment Tuesday that gives nearly half his assets to
a charitable trust, a quarter to his widow and
young son, and the rest to Brown's adult chil-
The Godfather of Soul's will was called into
question soon after Brown died of heart failure
on Christmas Day 2006. His last wife chal-
lenged the will when she was left out and
Brown's kids claimed the estate was being mismanaged by trustees.
The settlement establishes that Tomi Rae Hynie Brown, a former back-
up singer for Brown, is the surviving spouse and that James Brown 2nd
is his child. Brown's lawyers had claimed she was not his widow because
she was still married to another man when she and Brown exchanged
vows in 2001.
Brown's six adult children had bickered with Hynie Brown as each
fought for a share of the estate.
Volume 23 No. 36 Jacksonville, Florida June 4-10, 2009
Brown Considering Potential I _Jos,,l
National Senate Bid .. ..
Cong, Corrine Brown
In an unexpected move,
Congresswoman Corrine Brown
announced this week that she
plans to form an Exploratory
Committee for the U.S. Senate
seat being vacated by retiring
Senator Mel Martinez. If a cam-
paign is successful, the popular
Congresswoman would become
only the second Black woman to
become a U.S. Senator. Brown
added that she had recently com-
missioned a benchmark poll, and
the results of the poll were very
favorable, with Rep. Brown lead-
ing the Democratic field.
"I'm proud of my record fight-
ing and delivering for Florida
families and I believe that record
stands out among all of the candi-
dates," Rep. Brown said.
"The two issues for me are sen-
iority and money. I know it will
require raising millions of dollars
to make a successful Senate run.
So, those are two considerations I
will be weighing as I make my
decision. But I am confident that
if we do decide to go forward, we
will be successful in the primary
- and give Charlie Crist the race
of his life in the general!"
Currently, south Florida Cong.
Kendrick Meek has been cam-
paigning hard for the seat includ-
ing several stints in Jacksonville
including a breakfast with former
Pres. Bill Clinton.
If her seat is vacated, it would
create a realm of opportunity
among veteran politicians to vy
for the gerrymandered seat.
Among those that will be forced
out due to term limits are State
Sen. Tony Hill, Rep. Audrey
Gibson and Rep. Terry Fields.
Shown above is HMHB Executive Director Vanessa Boyer accepting a
check from Bold City Links President Ruth Waters to support the
Trots for Tots Aiming to Combat North
Florida Infant Mortality Epidemic
Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies is gearing up for their first "Trot for
Tots"event this weekend. With North Florida having one of the highest
infant mortality rates in the nation, the event is designed to bring aware-
ness and combat the epidemic. It will be held on Saturday, June 6th at 9:30
a.m. in the parking lot of Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. To register or
for more information, call 854-7100.
Lee Generals March in Style to a Bright Future
Shown above are Lee High School Seniors from left to right: Shaina Smith, Jewelinda Franklin, Adrian Smith, Devonshay Troutman, Kelvin
Blanton, Casey Cooper, Shaniqua Williams, Delisia Scott, Antonio Green, Marlene Barnum, Chris Green and Yeanna Reese. FMP Photo
Armed with the ethics and rigor enforced by their band director Ronald Jenkins, the twenty senior class members of the Lee High School Marching
Band celebrated one last time with their fellow band members at their annual banquet last weekend Twenty seniors will be graduating this year and
are already accepted to schools such as FAMU, BCU, Edward Waters College, UNF, Savannah State and FSU .
"I and very proud of the hard work and dedication of this years band. We have represented Duval county by performing in homecoming parades, fea-
tured in the St. Patrick Parade in Savannah Ga, Veterans day and MLK parade here in Jacksonville Florida," said Mr. Jenkins.Many of the students were
able to attain music scholarships to continue their education.
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The Black Man
in charge at the
Who is this guy? Rear Admiral
Stephen Rochon is the White
House Chief Usher. The Louisiana
native is in charge of the domestic
staff at the White House, and mak-
ing sure everything runs like
clockwork. He is the eighth person
and the first Black person to hold
He was appointed to this position
in 2007 under President Bush,
after the previous usher retired
from 20 years of service; and the
Obama's decided to retain him.
Admiral Rochon manages the
day-to-day operations of the White
House; with 132 rooms, $13 mil-
lion plus budget, and 90 plus staff.
He oversees the White House
operations, maintenance and utili-
ties, and works with the White
House Social Security on ceremo-
nial events for President Barack
Obama and First Lady Michelle
If Mrs. Obama wants an envi-
Admiral Stephen Rochon
made swing set for Sasha and
Malia, he's testing the equipment
on her behalf. When the Obama's
host dinners, he's there. When the
Obama's say they want to make
the White House more accessible
to the public, he's on it.
Admiral Rochon has a B.S. in
Business Administration from
Xavier University, and an M.S. in
National Resource Strategy from
the National Defense University.
He has earned the Coast Guard
Distinguished Medal and three
Legion of Merit medals.
Oscar Robertson, left, presents the NBA Eastern Conference bas-
ketball trophy to Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVoss, center, and CEO
Bob Vander Weide after the Magic beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-
90 Saturday, May 30, 2009, in Orlando, Fla. The Magic will face the
Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals.
Magic wowing Florida fans
There will be no Kobe-LeBron
showdown in the NBA finals -
and that could make things tougher
for the Lakers.
Instead, Los Angeles will face
Dwight Howard and the Orlando
Magic, who swept the Western
Conference champions during the
The Lakers will try to prove that
means nothing when the finals
begin Thursday on their home floor
against Orlando, which upset
Cleveland in the Eastern
Body builder at the top of her game at 57
Fitness diva and gym owner Wendy Ida is racking up accolades and
awards all over the country. Known as the "Fitness Warrior," the owner
of Wendy Ida Fitness in Los Angeles, CA is a Nationally Certified
Master Trainer and a nutrition specialist who specializes in helping
women over age 40 to achieve fitness results.
Ida, who just turned 57 on May 3, 2009, did not begin her own fitness
training until after age 40. When her passion for fitness transformed
her body, career and life, she thought it only natural to take her skills
to the next level and help other women to achieve their own health and
"Working out is my cup of coffee in the morning," says Wendy Ida.
"I love how it makes my body smile. But my greatest reward is seeing
how I inspire others to step up their game. It's a wonderful thing to see
how the power of fitness can set you free."
Buffalo Soldier gets Arlington funeral 100 years later
ARLINGTON, Virginia It was
a journey that took more than a hun-
Missing for decades, the remains
of Cpl. Isaiah Mays, a Buffalo
Soldier and Medal of Honor recipi-
ent, were laid to rest Friday at
Arlington National Cemetery.
Paying respects were African-
American veterans, U.S. Army sol-
diers and those who rode for days as
part of a motorcycle escort -- mem-
bers of the Missing in America
Project, who traveled from as far
away as California and Arizona at
their own expense to make sure
Mays got a proper burial.
None was a relative but they con-
sider themselves his brothers.
They stood shoulder to shoulder
in an older section of the cemetery,
surrounded by the graves of veter-
ans from wars long ago. Some came
in Army dress blue uniforms.
Others wore uniforms like those
worn by the Buffalo Soldiers, who
served in the legendary all-black
Army units formed after the Civil
The crowd stood witness as a
color guard folded the American
flag and saluted when three rifle
volleys pierced the air. A bugler,
surrounded by the graves of other
fallen heroes, played taps.
William McCurtis, the regimental
sergeant major of a Buffalo Soldier
group, perhaps voiced the sentiment
of everyone who came: "One more
out of 6,000 has his day of recogni-
tion. We need to get the rest recog-
Mays was born a slave in Virginia
in 1858 but spent most of his life
west of the Mississippi, joining the
famed Buffalo Soldiers as the black
cavalry and infantry troops fought
in the frontier Indian Wars.
An unimentilea military veteran pays nis tinal respects to Army Cpl.
Isaiah Mays during a burial service at Arlington National Cemetery,
Friday, May 29, 2009, in Arlington, Va. Mays, a Buffalo solider
assigned to Company B, 24th U.S. Infantry, was awarded the Medal of
Honor on Feb. 19, 1890. His remains are shown in the inset.
In 1889, he was part of a small
detachment assigned to protect a
U.S. Army pay wagon, which was
caught in an ambush by a band of
bandits. A gunfight ensued and
almost all the soldiers were wound-
ed or killed. Mays was shot in both
legs. The bandits made off with
$29,000 in gold coins.
Despite his wounds, Mays man-
aged to walk and crawl two miles to
a ranch to seek help. He was award-
ed a Medal of Honor on February
More than 20 Buffalo Soldiers
have received the Medal of Honor,
the military's highest award for
Mays left the Army in 1893 and
many years later applied for a fed-
eral pension. But he was denied. He
was committed to an Arizona state
hospital that cared for the mentally
ill, tuberculosis patients and the
When he died in 1925, Mays was
buried in the hospital cemetery in a
grave marked only with a number.
Years later, a small group of hospi-
tal staff and veterans located his
grave and arranged for a formal cer-
emony on Memorial Day 2001.
They were determined that Mays
should not be forgotten.
A few weeks ago, after receiving
court permission, volunteers dug up
Mays' remains and transported
them from Arizona to Washington
so he could be buried with honor at
After the ceremony, those who
gathered to honor Mays posed for
photographs and, like good sol-
diers, they congratulated each other
for a hard-won battle.
-Cpl. Isaiah Mays was finally.
eShaw University names first female president
Shaw University names first female president FUN
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Shaw University added another
chapter in Black history this week
by choosing its first female presi-
The nation's oldest historically
Black college in the South named
Dorothy Cowser Yancy as interim
president after splitting with former
president Clarence Newsome three
Yancy, who retired from Johnson
C. Smith University 11 months ago
after 13 years as president, told a
crowd of supporters at Shaw's
downtown Raleigh, N.C., campus
that "we have a lot of work to do...
Rev. Al Sharpton was among the
activists who attended a town hall-
style meeting this week where
more criticism was aimed at recent
legislation that some say threatens
The Rev. Al Sharpton A repre-
sentative for Congressman John
Conyers, who pushed the so-called
performance tax bill, met at
Detroit's Wayne State University
with opponents who argue that the
law will put many Black broadcast
outlets out of business.
Radio One corporation boss
Cathy Hughes has been among the
high-profile leaders leading the
campaign to have the legislation
repealed since it was announced
Critics argue that the bill's report-
ed stipulation that some stations
pay a fee to foreign-owned record
companies in order to play music,
is kryptonite to struggling radio
Already, one formerly Black sta-
tion has been lost to ownership by
the Catholic Church, Hughes states
in a public service announcement.
It's feared that more broadcasters
will fall by the wayside if legisla-
tion isn't provided to counter the
performance tax bill's effects.
Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy
Whatever it takes is what we're
going to have to do."
During Yancy's tenure at Smith,
Dr. Clarence Newsome
she increased academic standards,
expanded technology on the
Charlotte, N.C., campus, tripled the
endowment and completed two
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Housing Authority Presents Home Ownership Fair
The Resident Advisory Board of
the Jacksonville Housing Authority
in partnership with the Jacksonville
Housing Authority and the US
Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) will host its
Annual Homeownership, Career
and Health Fair. The event will be
held on Saturday June 20, 2009.
The location is 3465 Village Center
Drive, Brentwood Lake
Community Center. The hours are
10:00 to 3:00 pm.
The purpose of this event is to
help train individuals on the steps
needed to pursue homeownership
as a goal. All participants will
acquire valuable information from
community organizations and busi-
ness partners that will enable them
to become self- sufficient. Some of
our vendors will include Mortgage
Lenders, Realtors, Counseling
Agencies Health Care Providers
Stimulus in communities
Contined from page 1
$1 billion for COPS neighbor-
hood policing program
$2 billion to expand Head Start
and Early Head Start Programs
$3 billion for improvements to
public housing including energy
$8.4 billion for public transit
$500 million for training in
$155 million for community
health centers across America
Black businesses and subcontrac-
tors across the nation have also
expressed dissatisfaction at being
able to secure contracts. However,
the White House report says all
contracts are subject to equality and
"Resources used through the
Recovery Act are subject to the
same anti-discrimination policies as
other funding made available
through the federal government.
The White House Office of
Management and Budget has also
issued directions noting that disad-
vantaged business enterprises
should be given full consideration
as project managers seek out ven-
dors for Recovery Act projects.
Visit this site at www.grants.gov to
learn more about grants available
through the Recovery Act."
Simply finding information has
been another point of contention.
The report states that "Businesses
interested in getting more informa-
tion about opportunities in their
area should consult their state or
local Recovery Act implementation
director through office of their local
mayor or governor."
and Career/Training Programs.
Please contact Jacqueline
Yeawolo for additional information.
She can be reached at 904-366-
A man who has fathered 21 chil-
dren with at least 11 different
women was called to court in
Knoxville, Tennessee last week to
answer for his unpaid child support.
Desmond Hatchett, 29, who earns
minimum wage, has children rang-
ing in age from 11 months to 11
years. The mothers of his children
are supposed to receive anywhere
from $25 to $309 per month in
child support payments. Because
the government is only allowed to
take up for half of Hatchett's pay-
check, when the remaining monies
are split, some of his children's
mothers only get $1.98 a month for
He has apparently set a record in
the country, reports say.
"The children can't all be support-
ed by Desmond," says Keith Pope,
Hatchett's attorney, "so the state of
Tennessee has had to step in."
Many Knoxville residents have
called for him to be castrated.
record-setting capital campaigns.
"We've chosen a lady who was
born to lead," William Gary, chair-
man of Shaw's Board of Trustees,
told WRAL-TV in Raleigh.
"Nobody can get it done any bet-
ter," adding that luring her out of
retirement to take the helm at Shaw
was a coup by university officials.
Newsome left the university on
May 12 amid growing discontent
among students and staff and a $20
million debt. He had been at Shaw
In December, Shaw laid off a
number of employees, gave others a
pay cut and suspended retirement
benefits. Dozens of students also
protested about poor living condi-
tions in university dorms.
The TEAM UP program at
Andrew Robinson Elementary is
not just another after school pro-
gram. Controlled and organized,
nearly 200 energized children par-
ticipate daily with positive social
interaction. The federally funded
program has provided opportunities
for students to have engagement in
academic tutoring, homework
assistance, arts and crafts, music,
physical activity and technology
education through computer skills.
Upon completion, students are
adept at preparing and writing
research papers and book reports,
building professional presentations,
and even budget, debt and money
management through programs
such as Excel. In addition to an
afternoon full of activities, the stu-
dents also receive a hot meal before
they go home.
Harlem wants to boycott in honor of Malcolm X
A group of Harlem protesters is calling for a boycott of the American
Apparel outlet on West 125th Street in Harlem, asserting that the store
failed to abide by a request made of Harlem merchants to close for three
hours last Tuesday, in observance of Malcolm X's May 19 birthday, the-
New York Times reports. The Malcolnm X New Millenrmikit' Committee
had requested that businesses close from 1 to 4 p.m. The store said if
didn't receive advance notice about closing.
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afternoon honing their education skills when other students have gone
Robinson's Team Up Program prov-
ing to be a program that really works
Page 4 Ms. Perry's Free Press
Jacksonville Journey Initiative Has Great Promise
There are tons of old cliches that it." It's not your fault that you did- low-income youth to local colleges Much like the weeds that grow in
fit my initial feelings when the n't grow up in our communities, but JU, EWC, UNF and FCCJ. your flowerbeds, simply pulling or
Mayor announced the Jacksonville we would like to at least feel that How do we reverse the cycles of cutting the weeds is only a tempo-
Journey program. I could hear my you understand the issues, chal- poverty we see in our communi- rary solution. If you don't destroy
Grandmother saying, "The proof is lenges and sentiment of the black ties? How do we create a stronger weeds from the roots, then they
n the pudding" or "Everything that community. black middle class?' How do get grow back within a very short peri-
glitters ain't gold," etc. The good news is that the Mayor more black professionals and busi- od of time.
I guess it's my skeptical, but opti- seems to have a better grasp of the ness executives? Plans that simply put more police
mistic nature, but I am starting to issues affecting minority communi- Education is still the solution officers on the streets are tempo-
actually "believe" in the Journey. ties. He also has a couple of key whether it's 1909 or 2009. And rary and costly solutions. Long-
The Mayor has not only put a plan staff members or at least one who black leaders have known this from term success has to focus on the
together, but has also followed also "gets it." the days of slavery until now. Now roots. Without after school pro-
hrough with an implementation The Jacksonville Journey seems the key is getting our youth to grams, job training and mentoring
strategy for the various compo- to be a part bi-product of that understand that fact. for young adults and quality child
ients of the initiative, understanding and partly a The initiative certainly isn't the care services, a cop on every comer
The word "bold" is my over used response to the crime and violence one answer to the problems facing only will make the situation worse.
word for 2009, but I'll use it any- issues affecting our neighborhoods. our community, but it can be an We know that progress involves
way. The Journey is a bold step in Perhaps Martin Luther King, Jr. effective tool in the box. some level of risk. The old saying
he right direction, said it best when he stated, Drastic times call for drastic goes, "You can't steal second base
I would be the first to admit some "Strangely enough, I can never be measures. And in order for these and keep one foot on first."
evel of skepticism as it related to what I ought to be until you are drastic measures to have meaning Now the million-dollar question
he Mayor's Journey Initiative. And what you ought to be." there has to be true leadership and a is can the city afford a long-term
hat skepticism was not related to This concept of community is at commitment to long-term solutions solution like the Journey? In order
he concept, which I think was the heart of the issues that we are not short term fixes, to have real success you can't fund
sreat, but more so related to the fol- dealing with here in Jacksonville as The Journey is unique from both an initiative like this for a couple of
ow through. a city. In order for Jacksonville to a political and social perspective. years and move on to other priori-
How many times have we all be the progressive "bold" city, then Sure from a Chamber of Commerce ties.
heard about new initiatives aimed
at "making a difference" that were
more fluff than substance?
One of the major criticisms that
many in the black community have
had with the Mayor is a feeling that
there is a disconnect. African
Americans typically don't mind if
you disagree with the issues that
are important to us, but we want
you to at least understand.
Or to simplify the point we
want to know that you at least "get
all parts of our community have to
grow and prosper.
The Jacksonville Journey is a ini-
tiative that involves the fixing and
reopening of community centers,
ex-offender job placement, after
school programs, out of school sus-
pension centers and putting more
police officer on the streets.
One of my favorite components
is the Jacksonville Commitment,
which is a program that provides
college scholarships to targeted
viewpoint you have to do some-
thing to directly address the murder
rate and crime. If you don't then
you lose potential economic devel-
opment opportunities that could
create new jobs and help grow our
So while I certainly concede that
there are certain political and eco-
nomical benefits to a program like
Journey, I applaud the fact that it is
an initiative that at least attempts to
deal with the core of the issue.
For sustainable results the Mayor
and City Council have to finish
what's been started then hope that
the next Administration takes the
ball and runs with it as well.
Much like any program or initia-
tive, time will judge the success of
Journey, but the mayor does get
credit for quarterbacking a drive
that has a ton of promise.
Signing off from the Mitchell
Community Center on Acorn
Street, Reggie Fullwood
What Blacks Can Learn from Gays
by J. Cannick
open that bottle
can of beer, or
Hennessy in cel-
ebration of last
by the California Supreme Court
upholding Proposition 8 and the.
ban on gay marriage, did you ever
stop to think maybe the jokes on
I mean think about it. Last
November, Blacks voted over-
whelmingly in support of
Proposition 8, ensuring that lesbian
and gay couples, including Black
couples, continue to be treated as
second-class citizens. Everyone
had an opinion from the .tennis
courts to the pulpit. And no matter
whether Black support of
Proposition 8 had more to do with
religious beliefs or just plain old-
fashioned homophobia, the fact
still remains that two people getting
married, same-sex or not, has no
financial impact whatsoever on the
rest of us. None. We may not like it,
but at the end of the day, gay mar-
riage doesn't take food from any-
one's mouth, clothes off of anyone's
back, or a roof from over some-
one's head. But judging from the
way we acted, you would have
thought that it did.
Flash forward and California
finds itself in the middle of a never-
ending fiscal nightmare. A night-
mare that has Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger threatening to put
vital programs, including health
insurance for the poor, financial
help for unemployed single moth-
ers, and a State program that pro-
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vides antiviral drugs for people liv-
ing with AIDS, on the chopping
block to close a $24.3-billion budg-
et deficit. Cuts that will surely have
the hardest impact on Blacks living
at or below the poverty line in
California. Cuts that will take food
from someone's mouth, clothes off
someone's back, and a roof from
over someone's head and yet with
us, it's business as usual.
Which leaves me to question if
Blacks are more concerned about
whether two men or women com-
mit to loving and caring for each
other than they are about cuts to
vital programs that affect all of us?
Because let me tell you, me getting
married tomorrow isn't nearly
going have the same impact on
Black California as hundreds of
thousands of out of work, hungry,
and homeless Black people are.
You think crime is bad now, you
just wait and see. Message!
Lest I forget to mention that our
support of Proposition 8 only
ensured that gay organizations
fighting for marriage continue to
raise hundreds of thousands of dol-
lars to keep the fight going, while
many Black organizations are oper-
ating on the brink of bankruptcy.
Now I'm the first to admit as
Black lesbian that there wasn't too
much about the "No on Prop 8"
campaign that I liked. At the end of
the day, it was a poorly run cam-
paign predicated on the premise
that because we're Black (in my
case Black and gay) and benefited
from the Civil Rights Movement
that by osmosis we'd oppose the
measure. My no vote on
Proposition 8 had absolutely noth-
ing to do with "No on 8s" cam-
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paign. Yet and still, whether I like
it or not, I have to give props where
props are due to the gays for being
able to do something that Blacks
haven't. Make the issue of gay mar-
riage an issue for everyone, includ-
ing President Barack Obama.
Just six months into his term and
gays "called out" President Obama
during a recent trip to California.
Angry because of the Courts deci-
sion to uphold Proposition 8, the
gay community reminded the
President of his promise to support
equality for gays and their support
of his candidacy after their beloved
then Senator Hillary Clinton was
no longer an option. Even though
both Clinton and President Obama
have made it painstakingly clear
that, they support civil unions over
marriage for gays, the gay commu-
nity made it clear that it is not
going to take no for an answer. A
message, I guarantee you that the
President heard loud and clear.
I wonder if Blacks would ever
think of protesting their first Black
President to make sure that he
addressed issues relevant not only
to middle class Americans but to
those Americans living at or below
the poverty line. I'm just saying,
while I don't always agree with the
gay community's tactics, they sure
do know how to make their voice
With all of the issues facing
Black Californian's today-home
remains at the forefront of the
Democratic agenda for Black elect-
ed officials and that's not by acci-
dent. This is thanks mainly in part
to a gangster like mentality that
dictates either you're with us or
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against us and if you're against us
there are consequences.
Consequences that include with-
holding political contributions and
endorsements of Black candidates,
this even though the majority of
white gays do not live in districts
represented by African-Americans
and could care less about the issues
that are most important to the
Blacks who do. This is evident by
the gay community's refusal to
address any other issue besides gay
marriage. Even though, like how all
Blacks aren't heterosexual and
homophobic, all gays aren't white
and concerned with marriage.
And while many of our Black
churches were so instrumental in
making sure that their congrega-
tions supported Proposition 8, I
can't say that the same energy has
been put into making sure that
we're aware of the impact by the
Governor's proposed budget cuts
on Blacks in California.
So I'll say it again, maybe the
joke is on us. Because even though
the Courts upheld Proposition 8, it's
not white affluent gays by and large
who are unemployed, with homes
in foreclosure, living at or below
the poverty line, it's us. It's us who's
stressing out over the rent and the
bills while making the liquor store
owners and the State richer with
every bottle of Hennessy and lot-
tery ticket bought.
I don't confess to being the best
at keeping it pretty, it is what it is.
And what it is, is that Blacks sup-
port in denying gays the right to get
married isn't going to make gays
heterosexual or force them to stop
having sex with each other-nor is it
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End of GM or
a New Beginning?
Chevrolet-Saturn of Harlem Inc. was the first filing
of the day General Motors sought Chapter 11 bank-
ruptcy protection and recorded the nation's fourth
largest bankruptcy. As of June 1, 2009, "What's good
for GM is definitely good for American taxpayers". American taxpayers'
$50 billion investment now totals a 60 percent stake in GM, while the union,
its creditors and federal and provincial governments in Canada own the
remainder of the auto company.
In its past 100 years of operations, what's been good for GM has been
good for Black Americans as well. From its early times, GM helped build
Black America's middle class. GM was a beacon in the industrial north
from the 1930s until the 1950s when hundreds of thousands of Blacks
migrated out of the rural South following their dreams of a better life
through jobs in the auto industry. From the Great Depression to the riots of
the 1960's, GM was a major propeller for Black growth.
In 1971, Dr. Leon H. Sullivan became the first African American appoint-
ed to the Board of Directors of a Fortune 500 company with a seat on GM's
board. That appointment caused President Lyndon B. Johnson to say, "Now
what's good for General Motors really is good for America". An impetus to
LBJ's Great Society initiatives, Sullivan's election was widely regarded as
an important test of the idea that a Black presence in the corporation's board
room could make a giant corporation more sensitive to the needs of minori-
ties. Rev. Sullivan helped GM set a trend opening occupational, education-
al, and economic opportunities for African Americans. The "Sullivan
Principles" are etched in corporate annals as codes of corporate social
Under the guidance of It was GM that provided buses to trans-
Sullivan, in 1972 GM port people to the Poor Peoples' March on
became the first auto compa- Washington. Since the early 1970s, well
ny to launch minority dealer ahead of other companies, General Motors
and minority supplier initia- has gone the extra mile to make sure the
tives. It spent $2.5 billion American dream was achievable for all
with people of color and Americans. Under the guidance of
women-owned suppliers in Sullivan, in 1972 GM became the first auto
the US, and had full-time company to launch minority dealer and
management focused on minority supplier initiatives. It spent $2.5
supplier diversity, billion with people of color and women-
owned suppliers in the US, and had full-
time management focused on supplier diversity.
When he died in 2001, Rev. Sullivan would have never considered that
GM would have to file for bankruptcy. During these hard times, it's impor-
tant to note that every General Motors car coming off an American assem-
bly line in recent years had something in it made by minorities. Black
Americans particularly should recognize the role GM has played in the eco-
nomic development of communities over the years. It employed ordinary
Black men and women who paid mortgages, put kids through college, and
helped anchor our communities. Sullivan got Blacks into GM's business
mix: advertisements in black publications; opening an account in each of the
nation's black-owned banks; and placement of billion of dollars with black
underwriters for insurance on its buildings.
Battered by almost $88 billion of losses since 2004, the auto giant went to
its knees. In order for GM to survive, Blacks, and all Americans should con-
sider GM's impact in our communities, past and future, and know that we
are stakeholders in the company. With sufficient customer and investor sup-
port GM can get back on its feet and its stock price back into the $30s or 40s.
Then, the US government sells the stock it holds and keeps the money which
is payback for the loans/bailouts.
In the next few months, GM should emerge from bankruptcy as a reason-
able competitor. The new company will shed plants, dealerships, debt and
other liabilities it can no longer afford. Emerging out of bankruptcy will be
a "new GM," made up of four brands that GM will keep in the U.S. market
-- Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC and Buick. GM should reap what it's sowed.
Blacks' reciprocity should put them among the first throng of loyal
American customers rejecting foreign vehicles. Blacks should be advancing
our own interests by showing up at GM showrooms in Harlem and else-
where and "Buying American".
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Justice Dept. blocks discriminatory
voting practices in Georgia
A decision by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to block the use of
flawed and racially discriminatory voter registration practices by the
Georgia Secretary of State was praised.
The Justice Department's decision prevents Secretary Handel from using
two types of procedures. One procedure flags voter registration appli-
cants and some types of existing registered voters as non-citizens accord-
ing to information obtained by the Secretary of State (SOS) from records
of the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS). Persons flagged by
this process are then required to provide additional proof of their citizen-
ship before they are allowed to vote.
The second procedure is a so-called "no match, no vote" rule, under
which the SOS would attempt to match personal information provided by
voter registration applicants with records from the DDS database or a
Social Security Administration database. If a registration applicant's per-
sonal information did not exactly match the information in those data-
bases, the applicant's registration would be rejected until the county reg-
istrar obtained more information.
The holiday is celebrate with much fanfare throughout the US,
including large parades in Texas. It is has yet to catch on with much
vigor in the Jacksonville community.
On June 19, 1865 Union General
Gordon Granger read out the
Emancipation Proclamation in
Galveston, Texas to notify those
slaves that they were free.
President Abraham Lincoln issued
the Emancipation Proclamation on
September 22, 1862 to declare
slaves their freedom in areas under
the Confederate control, including
Florida. Freedom from slavery
took effect January 1, 1863. This
date is known as "Jubilee Day".
Since 1980, Juneteenth has been
an official state holiday in Texas. It
is considered a "partial staffing hol-
iday" meaning that state offices do
not close but some employees will
be using a floating holiday to take
the day off. Twelve other states list
it as an official holiday, including
Arkansas, New York,
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Massachusetts, Connecticut, and
Alaska. In California, Governor
Schwarzenegger proclaimed June
19 "Juneteenth" on June 19, 2005,
however, some of these states, such
as Connecticut, do not consider it a
legal holiday and do not close gov-
ernment offices in observance of
the occasion. Its informal obser-
vance has spread to some other
states, with a few celebrations even
taking place in other countries.
As of May 2009, 31 states and the
District of Columbia have recog-
nized Juneteenth as either a state
holiday or state holiday observance;
these include Alaska, Arkansas,
California, Colorado, Connecticut,
Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Illinois,
Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana,
Missouri, New Jersey, New
Mexico, New York, North Carolina,
Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee,
Texas, Vermont, Virginia,
Washington, and Wyoming.
Media appeals to Supreme
Court for Jena 6 records
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Lawyers representing The Associated Press and
other news organizations have appealed a ruling that reversed an earlier
decision to allow public access to transcripts of all hearings in the case of
a Jena, La., teen accused of beating a schoolmate.
The appeal to the Louisiana Supreme Court was filed Tuesday on a deci-
sion by the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal.
The appellate court ruled that because Mychal Bell's case was in juve-
nile court, all records are private even those of hearings that should have
been open to the public.
Bell was convicted in 2007 as an adult on a second-degree battery charge
in the December 2006 attack on another student at Jena High, but the 3rd
Circuit overturned that verdict, saying he should have been tried as a juve-
Learn from gays
Continued from page 4
going to guarantee Blacks who
supported Proposition 8 their pas-
sage into heaven. There ain't no
law that will ever be able to legis-
late or guarantee that. In the mean-
time, our support of non-relevant
issues like Proposition 8 while
ignoring the real issues that affect
us all will ensure that Blacks con-
tinue to be at the bottom of the
food chain in California-even
with a Black President in Office.
Black people need to stop focus-
ing on issues that we have no con-
trol over and that do not affect our
pocketbook and quality of life in
the least bit and shift that energy
into addressing the issues that do
affect all of us and that we can con-
trol-starting with the Governor
and the Legislature. We can start
by adopting the same gangster like
mentality that the gays have taken
Rev. Jesse Jackson
Rev. Jackson leads
Mich. rally amid
LANSING Mich. The Rev.
Jesse Jackson is leading a rally at
Michigan's state Capitol to call for
new policies to help revive U.S.
manufacturing and the domestic
The Monday rally comes just
hours after General Motors Corp.
filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Seven Michigan factories will be
closed or idled as part of the
Other officials planned to join
Jackson at the rally on the Capitol
steps, including Michigan Sen.
Debbie Stabenow and the mayors
of Lansing, East Lansing, Bay City
Some workers were coming in by
bus for the rally.
Jackson was calling for changes
in trade and financial policies.
on-either the Government and
elected officials are with us or
against us and if they're against us,
there should be consequences-
not re-elections and passes.
Unexpected and unapologetic, at
Jasmyne Cannick, 31, is a critic
and commentator based in Los
Angeles who writes about the
worlds of pop culture, race, class,
sexuality, and politics as it relates
to the African-American commu-
Energy Taxes: a
sure way to hobble
Reduced Fewer jobs
Congress will soon consider massive new taxes and fees which could easily exceed $400
billion on America's oil and natural gas industry, yet this level could produce devastating
effects on our economy, all when America can least afford it.
It's a sure way to hobble our ailing economy.
These unprecedented taxes and fees would reduce investment in new energy
supplies at a time when nearly two-thirds of Americans support developing our domestic
oil and natural gas resources. That would mean less energy, and it would cost thousands
of American jobs, actually reduce local, state and federal revenue, and further erode our
With our economy in crisis, this is no time to
burden ie: iscans with massive new energy costs.
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St. Thomas Missionary Baptist National Baptist Convention VP
Summer Camp Enrichment 2009 to Headline St. Joseph Revival
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.
BBIC Presents "Fathers Who Cook"
The Parenting Ministry of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church will pres-
ent "Fathers Who Cook" on Saturday, June 20th from 11 a.m. 4 p.m. at the
Gateway Town Center. Whether you are a veteran or novice in the kitchen,
guest chefs can put their best foot forward for the food tasting contest and
the station decorating contest. There will also be a Gospel Jazz Room
.Proceeds from the event will benefit the Bethel Youth Summer Camp
Fund. For more information or to register, call 354-1464.
The Gifts Within Summer Arts Camp
The Gifts Within Summer Arts Camp under the direction of Dr. Tanya B.
Brooks will begin June 15th through August 7, 2009 from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00
p.m. Monday Friday. The location of the camp is at One Accord Ministries
International, where Bishop, Dr. Jan D. Goodman, Sr. is Pastor, 2971 Waller
Street in Jacksonville, FL. (That's at the intersection of l-10 & McDuff.)
The camp is designed to bring out the gifts your children have within
them. Whether it's singing, dancing, acting, playing instruments, etc... camp
Director Dr. Brooks has plans to bring them out.
For registration information call 904.389. 7373.
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 llth 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
Dr. Kenneth Davis
Doctor Kenneth Maurice Davis is
returning to St. Joseph Missionary
Baptist Church, 485 West First
Street (Black Bottom), to revive to
the saints. Rev. Davis is from
D'Iberville, Mississippi. He is the
Pastor of Tabernacle Missionary
Baptist Church and the fourth vice
president of the National Baptist
Convention of America, Inc.
Dr. Davis was invited to return as
this year's revival evangelist by
Doctor Henry T. Rhim, Senior
Pastor of St. Joseph Missionary
Baptist Church. Pastor Rhim was
Rev. H.T. Rhim
moved by the resounding response
of last year's attendees. Many
regarded how touched and enlight-
ened they were by the messages
delivered by Dr. Davis.
The public is encouraged to attend
the series of soul reviving and
strengthening services. There is no
fee to receive God's Word. Join St.
Joseph Missionary Baptist Church
as they continue to "Correct
Attitude and Communication"
through their annual revival.
Services begin each evening at 7
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.
Mt. Nebo Celebrates
Church and Pastor
The Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist
Church family will celebrate the
church's 38th and the Pastor's 22nd
Anniversaries the weekend of June 14
,, -17th at 7 p.m. nightly. The church is
under the stewardship of Dr. William
Waldrop and First Lady Saundra. The
theme for the event is "Detours to
r ', Destiny" and the celebratory scripture
I is Genesis 50:20.
Mt. Nebo is located at 8778 Lake
Placid Drive East across from Martin
Luther King Elementary School. For
Dr. and Mrs. Wiliam Waldrop more information,, call 768-8916.
Denver AME Church Creates
Own Stimulus Package
At a time when tax payers don't
get the same government bailout
consideration as failed businesses, a
Denver church has stepped up with
supplies and services to close the
gap in its neighborhood.
Shorter Community African
Methodist Episcopal (AME)
Church has taken in more than
$30,000 in donations in the past
year, and church leaders are using it
to bless area residents instead of
paying down its own bills.
Last Saturday Rev. Timothy
Tyler turned the church fellowship
hall into a barbershop offering free
hair cuts from for four hours, resi-
dents received free groceries and
others even got their mortgages or
utilities paid for a month. It's being
called the Shorter Stimulus
"We are cutting through the cri-
sis," Tyler said. "Some will be giv-
ing. Some will be receiving. We will
make a difference."
In addition the church offered
workshops on economic develop-
ment, finance, Social Security and
retirement throughout the week.
"We want to give people fish and
teach them to fish," Tyler said.
"Everybody's enthused about it."
Denver City Council members
and other community leaders
attended the week long event to
show their support of the church
and area residents.
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The Black Man Did It!.
Woman's hostage hoax sparks outrage, resignation
It's an old lie, claiming that "The
Black Man Did It."
But it was trotted out again last
week when a white mother from
suburban Philadelphia said two
black men snatched her and her 9-
year-old daughter from their SUV
and abducted them in the trunk of
a black Cadillac.
Blacks across the country were
outraged after Bonnie Sweeten was
found in a luxury hotel at Disney
World. Authorities quickly unrav-
eled the hoax, but not before an
Amber Alert, frantic searches and
national news coverage that played
into images of marauding black
Racial boundaries are slowly dis-
solving in America, with President
Barack Obama the most obvious
example. Yet Sweeten's story, plus
the killing of a black New York City
cop by a white officer days later,
was a reminder that old ideas
remain burned into many minds
both black and white.
Sweeten's story has provoked an
outpouring of discussion among
blacks, everywhere from doctor's
offices to blogs. Syndicated radio
host Warren Ballentine said his lis-
teners are "furious, and they're dis-
gusted. ... On a scale of one to 10,
it's a 15."
"Their hope was that by Obama
becoming president, the rest of
America would take a look at black
Americans and look at us for who
we are and not what a stereotype
is," he said.
The Black Man Did It lie last
made news as recently as October,
when a John McCain volunteer
claimed a 6-foot-4 black man
carved a B into her cheek (For
Barack, evidently). Charles Stuart
told it in 1989 after he killed his
wife in Boston. Susan Smith told it
,when she di-wned her sorns in 1994
in South Carolina. Unknown num-
bers of black men were hanged for
it back when lynching was a com-
And those are the ones we heard
es in the
1996 in her
-. ,, black
Bonnie Sweeten, who claimed she and her after
daughter had been kidnapped but instead pect,
turned up at Walt Disney World, is escort- drawp
ed into a courthouse in Richboro, Pa., "H
Friday, May 29, 2009. Sweeten waived her times
extradition rights in Orlando, Fla. to face you s
charges of filing a false report and identi- bl
ty theft in Pennsylvania.
So after Sweeten and her daugh-
ter were found in Florida, with local
newspapers reporting an in'esiiga-
tion of whether the 38-Near-old
woman embezzled large sums of
money, many blacks felt not onlkI
angry, but resigned and frustrat-
"Here we go again," thought
Add Seymour, an Atlanta resident
who works in public relations for
"Not only are people going to use
us as the stereotypical crime prob-
lem of America, but the problem is
people believe it so easily," he said.
"It's a lynch mob mentalhn out
there.... The first thing you think of
when it comes to crime is a black
man. It's crazy, and it's unfair."
It's also rooted in a confusing
mixture of psychology, statistics
and sociology, amplified by the
media's tendency to focus on crimes
against white women.
Seymour's blood starts to boil
whenever people lock their car
doors as he walks by yet even
blacks sometimes hit that button
when black men are in the vicinity.
"It's not just white people who act
n i n g_ ,.
down the street
and thought something n
As opposed to seeing a w
running down the street
think he's running late?" sa
who is black. "A lot of us a
of it because that's the wa
has been set up."
One easy explanation
black men are convicted o
at much higher rates than a
group. So was falling for S
lie racism, or common sei
does Sweeten's blond h
way," anything to do with the amount of
iour said. media coverage her story received?
i q i y a h New York Times columnist Bob
3, a radio Herbert recently wrote about the
on Kiss difference in coverage between the
in New killing of a white female college
City, student in Connecticut and the
a paral- approximately three dozen Chicago
between public school students, mostly
Sweeten black, who have been killed this
and the school year. He recalled an incident
ig of a from early in his career, at another
cop last newspaper, when he heard an editor
who pondering the story of a dead child
shot by a ask, "What color is that baby?"
police- "Editors may not be asking,
The 'What color is that victim?' But, on
officer some level, they're still thinking it,"
running Herbert wrote.
a sus- Even without race, Sweeten's
his gun story was both sensational and non-
n. sensical. It began when she called
ow many police, allegedly from a trunk, and
have said men had rear-ended her Yukon
een a Denali at a busy suburban intersec-
ack man tion, then abducted her and her
daughter in broad daylight.
No one had seen it happen,
and Sweeten somehow still
had her cell phone. Black
men also are scarce in
Bucks County, which
is 92 percent white
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South Florida Diocese
feeling economic pinch
The Archdiocese of Miami will close or merge 14 struggling churches to
save money in south Florida. Church leaders say eight Catholic parish-
es, six missions and apostolates will merge with other Catholic commu-
nities nearby over the summer.
"We're looking at finances and a shift in the Catholic population," said
Christine Agosta, spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Miami.
There are 800,000 members of the Catholic faith in Miami-Dade,
Broward and Monroe counties. The 117 parishes, three missions and
eight apostolates in the archdiocese operate with different responsibili-
ties in the communities with specific boundaries.
Churches being merged include those that are financially struggling,
receive subsidies from the archdiocese, and those that have lost mem-
bership as Catholics have moved from urban areas to western suburbs.
Agosta said the archdiocese is crunching numbers on church partici-
pation based on how many people attend Mass, are baptized, are con-
firmed and have funerals at specific churches.
"The archbishop is now beginning a period of consultation with the
affected parishes through their pastors," Agosta said.
In January, the archdiocese announced it would close six struggling
Catholic schools, shaving $1.8 million off its budget. Those schools will
now reopen in the fall as secular, publicly funded charter schools and
will lease school buildings from individual churches.
Agosta also said that church buildings left unused because of mergers
could also be leased to other groups or become community centers.
Gospel Today Magazine
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Today, America's top African-American
Christian publication had decided to "suspend
Now we are glad to report that the magazine
is returning in print form just in time for Father's
Day, with a new issue featuring President
Barack Obama and his daughter Malia on the
cover being shipped to subscribers this week.
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Hairston is making reference to the number of magazines in the last
six months that have either shuttered completely or transitioned into a
digital-only content operation including Blender, Men's Vogue, King,
Best Life, Trump and Today's Christian Woman.
Consumer demand and outcry, among other things, made it possible
for Gospel Today to return to print after only a three-month hiatus.
While Hairston is happy that the 20-year-old magazine is back in
print, she's quick to point out that this is only just the first step.
"God is still good! Although this is a step out of the 'black hole,' it's
not the end of the journey," she explained, "It's only the beginning! To
say that I need you and I realize how much we need each other is an
In addition to being available to its subscriber base, Gospel Today will
be sold only to independent bookstores now.
In the past, the glossy has featured a who's who of ministers, gospel
luminaries and celebrities like Star Jones, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Denzel
Washington and Rev. Run on its covers.
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Pa2e 8 Ms. Perry's Free Press June 4-10, 2009
His M.O. is consistent. He creeps up on his vic-
tim, his bony head peeking out of a dark hooded-
robe, all the while clutching that signature scythe.
Suddenly and without warning he snatches the
very life from their bodies.
He is the Grim Reaper, also known as Death,
The Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse and He
Who Rides the Pale Horse. For many African
Americans, however, his name could just as well
According to popular folklore the a part of the blood vessels," notes
Grim Reaper was so named because Dr. Elizabeth Ofili, professor of
he was believed to "reap" the souls medicine and chief of cardiology at
of the living, thus robbing them of Morehouse School of Medicine.
life. This character, though fiction- "The blood vessels actually alter to
al, is essentially the personification respond to the hypertension. The
of this very real and serious condi- only opportunity to reverse those
tion that afflicts African Americans, changes is to work closely with
particularly men, at a higher rate your physician."
than any other racial group in the The good news is that it is easily
world. detected with regular blood pres-
Much like the Reaper, hyperten- sure checks and is controllable with
sion, or high blood pressure, usual- lifestyle modifications such as a
ly come without warning and, if left healthier diet, exercise and, in some
untreated, it too could abbreviate cases, medication. Unfortunately,
your life. In most instances, there failing to make the necessary
are no symptoms. Headaches, nose- changes places you at an elevated
bleeds, dizziness, a flushed face and risk for stroke, coronary heart dis-
fatigue are sometimes signs of ease, heart failure, kidney disease,
hypertension, but those symptoms blindness and an untimely death.
occur just as frequently in those If that doesn't leave you unset-
African Americans, get hypertension at
a rate that is 43 percent higher than
with normal blood pressure. That's
why the best way to know for sure
is to have it checked regularly at
your doctor's office.
Blood pressure is 'made up of two
numbers. Sstolc" pressure,' thei
higher 'and first number, measures
the force that blood exerts on the
artery walls as the heart contracts to
pump out the blood. The lower and
second number, known as diastolic,
is the measurement of force as the
heart relaxes to allow the blood to
flow into the heart. Hypertension is
diagnosed when your blood pres-
sure reading is 140/90 or higher on
at least two doctor visits.
If your pressure level is teetering
on the edge, you'll likely be diag-
nosed with prehypertension, a con-
dition officially defined in 2003 that
describes slightly elevated blood
pressure (a systolic pressure from
120 to 139 or a diastolic pressure
from 80 to 89).
Although the body can tolerate
increased blood pressure for
months and even years, eventually
the heart may enlarge (a condition
known as hypertrophy), which is a
major factor in heart failure. The
added pressure could also injure
blood vessels in the heart, kidneys,
the brain and the eyes.
"Over time the body begins to
adjust to the changes and along the
way those changes actually become
tied, perhaps the statistics will. It's
a health issue for at least 65 million
Americans- a third of all adults
over the age of 18. That's up from
50 million 10 years ago. African
Americans, however, get hyperten-
sion at a rate that is 43 percent
higher than whites. African
Americans with high blood pres-
sure have an 80 percent higher
chance of dying from a stroke than
other racial groups. Compared with
whites, hypertension also tends to
be more severe and develop earlier
in life for African Americans.
"The main thing people need to
understand is that high blood pres-
sure is pervasive among African
Americans, we are an endangered
species in regards to this," notes Dr.
Richard Allen Williams, a Harvard-
educated cardiologist who, in light
of such disturbing health disparities
people, including heart disease and
"You have to look at our lifestyles
from a sociological standpoint. Diet
is the chief culprit and exercise, or
lack thereof, is prevalent in our
community," notes Dr. Godfrey
Fuji Noe, a social and behavioral
scientist who earned his PhD in
medical sociology from the
University of Alabama. "You also
must keep in mind that men don't
typically go to the doctor as fre-
quently and when they do they
tend not to follow the doctor's
instructions as closely."
Dr. Noe is all too familiar with
the risks of hypertension. He was
diagnosed with it himself a year
ago. Concerned about the potential
repercussions, he immediately
began addressing some of the
flushed face and fatigue are sometimes
signs of hypertension
founded the Association of Black
Cardiologists, or ABC, 33 years
ago. Through continuing medical
education programs, the non-profit
agency works to bring special atten-
tion to the adverse impact of cardio-
vascular disease on African
Obesity, chronic inactivity, a diet
high in fat and cholesterol, stress
and smoking are all major factors
that foster hypertension. All of
which, incidentally, are major con-
tributors to a variety of ailments
that disproportionately affect black
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underlying issues that were affect-
ing his health.
"I knew my weight was up and
bachelors are not known to have the
best diets," he quips. "I knew I
couldn't take this lightly so I adjust-
ed my diet and started working out
three to four times a week."
Now his blood pressure is back in
normal range and the fact that he's
lost 10 has made his success that
"It's made all the difference in the
world. I feel great," he says. "I have
more energy and I'm more alert.
There are lots of benefits to reap
when you do what is best for your
IF YOU'RE DIAGNOSED
A hypertension or prehyperten-
sion diagnosis should always be
taken seriously. How you follow up
afterwards is especially imperative.
Make arrangements to return to the
office for a follow-up pressure
check to confirm the diagnosis.
Depending on the severity of
your case, the doctor will likely
allow you the opportunity to work
on addressing the problem through
lifestyle changes, including regular
exercise, a healthier diet and quit-
ting smoking. If no considerable
improvements are achieved within
the allotted time frame you'll likely
be prescribed a variety of medica-
tions ranging from diuretics to beta-
The medications will help to reg-
ulate your pressure, and can help
prevent the onset of health prob-
lems that are often brought on by
uncontrolled high blood pressure -
the silent killer of
heart attack, stroke, kidney failure,
vision problems and even death, but
there are side effects to consider.
"That's why it's best to try to get
your blood pressure under control
with diet and exercise before it
becomes an issue," notes Dr.
Williams. "Most of the medications
prescribed do have some side
effects that you need to be aware of,
Fear of the latter, he says, often
leads many men to make an alarm-
ingly dangerous decision to forgo
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sure than those who were not,
despite the presence of other risk
factors including higher levels of
Overall maintaining a healthy
blood pressure level often boils
down to the hard work of changing
unhealthy habits, a difficult task for
sure, but perhaps not so difficult
when you consider the alternative.
"Hypertension can't be cured but
it can be controlled, just like dia-
betes," says Dr. Williams. "It's a
matter of exercising control over
High blood pressure is also known as hypertension. It is a condition
where the person's blood pressure is constantly elevated. To know
what is high blood pressure, you must first know the two kinds of
hypertension. There is the essential and the secondary hypertension.
"That should not be considered
an option. There are so many medi-
cines available now that if one
doesn't work for you, we can
always try another," he says.
Genetics, traits passed down from
your parents, are also a major factor
that will impact your likeliness of
developing hypertension but hence
its telling name hypertension,
chronic stress also plays a large
"You've got to look at the social
context in which African Americans
exist, which is often very stressful,"
he says. "There's racism, racial pro-
filing, a variety of economic issues
we have to contend with. In fact,
some studies have shown that stress
levels among African Americans
often rise with one's success level
because of the high level of institu-
tionalized racism one faces in that
To that end, he says studies have
shown that having an extended
social network, including the sup-
port of family and friends along
with involvement in church or com-
munity service work, often help. In
fact, a study of more than five thou-
sand African Americans released
this year (May 2006) at the annual
meeting of the American Society of
Hypertension (ASH) found that
individuals who were involved with
or participated in religious activities
had significantly lower blood pres-
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your life to save your life."
Dr. Noe agrees.
"Those who don't want to make
the necessary changes should pre-
pare for a life of dialysis and other
health problems and possibly pre-
mature death," he says. "As long as
you're fine with that, you should
carry on with what you were
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Here are some measures you can
take to help yourself before or after
receiving a hypertension diagnosis.
Improve Your Diet Important
measures such as reducing your salt
intake and eating foods that are high
in calcium, potassium and magne-
sium, like fresh fruits and vegeta-
bles, can really have a positive
impact. Try to eat more fresh foods
and avoid convenience meals like
frozen dinners and fast food burg-
ers, which tend to be high in cho-
lesterol and sodium.
Get Moving Being overweight
considerably increases your
chances of experiencing hyperten-
sion. If you are overweight, lose
weight and not, maintaining a
healthy weight is just as important.
The body is meant to move, so
incorporating even small amounts
of exercise can have dramatic
results. "Walking just an hour a day
can drop your pressure by 10
points," adds Dr. Ofili.
Quit Smoking Although ciga-
rette smoking is not directly related
to high blood pressure, it increases
your risk of heart attack and stroke.
Get Checked Regular doctor
visits can help detect and manage
hypertension. "I don't care if you
go to your doctor's office, neigh-
borhood clinic or the comer drug
store," notes Dr. Williams. "Just get
Page 9 Ms. Perry's Free Press June 4-10, 2009
Another innocent man freed from
Texas prison system after 23 years
Another Dallas County man has
been set free from prison after two
decades. DNA tests cleared Jerry
Lee Evans from a 1986 rape case.
While Evans is the 20th Dallas man
cleared, another man will remain in
Evans said he knew his 'day of
vindication' was coming and
Vincent Draper may never get out
of prison after this day.
Both men came before a Dallas
County judge, both with
20-plus years in prison for '
sex crime convictions, and
both with DNA findings
that would either release
them, or send them back to
"The court is going to
deny the defense motion,"
said Judge Carter L--3-
DNA tests confirmed
Draper's sexual assault of
an 8-year old child 24 years _
ago. "Further on behalf of
the citizens of the State of
Texas, the court would like Jerry
to apologize for the wrong rape. A
that's been done to you in this case,"
Judge Thompson told Evans.
Jerry Evans' name was added to
the list of wrongfully-convicted
Dallas citizens. He never raped a
woman in March of 1985 and DNA
evidence freed him.
"I knew it would come one day. I
just didn't know it was gonna be 23
years," Evans said.
When speaking about her client's
conviction Evans attorney points to
shoddy, if not shady, police work.
"The more that we know about the
case, the more convinced I am that
what was in the police report, the
timeframe, is not what really hap-
pened," Public Defender Michelle
"This is an opportunity, with the
20th exoneration, for us to really,
really, take a close look at what
we've been doing for years and cor-
rect the mistakes of the past," said
Dallas Co. District
Vincent Draper's past
will keep him in prison.
Jerry Evans is ready
to move beyond the
In response to the
expansive amount of
men proven innocent,
the state legislature
a i recently raised the com-
pensation limits of
those wrongly incarcer-
S ated to $80,000 per year
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y Lee Evans was wrongfully convicted of a 1986 served.
after 23 years in prison he was set free.
There have been 238 post-conviction
DNA exonerations in the United States.
The first DNA exoneration took place in 1989. Exonerations
have been won in 33 states; since 2000, there have been 170
17 of the 238 people exonerated through DNA served time on
* The average length of time served by exonerees is 12 years.
The total number of years served is approximately 2,968.
The average age of exonerees at the time of their wrongful
convictions was 26.
Races of the 238 exonerees:
142 African Americans
1 Asian American
9 whose race is unknown
The true suspects and/or perpe-
trators have been identified in 103
of the DNA exoneration cases.
Since 1989, there have been tens
of thousands of cases where prime
suspects were identified and pur-
sued-until DNA testing (prior to
conviction) proved that they were
In more than 25 percent of cases
in a National Institute of Justice
study, suspects were excluded once
DNA testing was conducted during
the criminal investigation (the
study, conducted in 1995, included
10,060 cases where testing was per-
formed by FBI labs).
About half of the people exoner-
ated through DNA testing have
been financially compensated. 27
states, the federal government, and
the District of Columbia have
passed laws to compensate people
who were wrongfully incarcerated.
Awards under these statutes vary
from state to state.
CAIRO A 25-year-old Egyptian
man cut off his own penis to spite
his family after he was refused per-
mission to marry a girl from a
lower class family, police reported
After unsuccessfully petitioning
his father for two years to marry the
girl, the man heated up a knife and
sliced off his reproductive organ,
said a police official.
The young man came from a
prominent family in the southern
Egyptian province of Qena, one of
Egypt's poorest and most conserva-
tive areas that is also home to the
famed ancient Egyptian ruins of
The man was rushed to the hospi-
tal but doctors were unable to reat-
tach the severed member, the offi-
cial added citing the police report
filed after the incident.
The official, who spoke on condi-
tion of anonymity because he was
not authorized to speak with the
press, added that the man was still
recovering in the hospital.
Traditionally, marriages in these
conservative part of southern Egypt
are between similar social classes
and often within the same extended
families and are rarely for love.
* 33 percent of cases closed by the
Innocence Project were closed
because of lost or missing evidence.
Leading Causes of
These DNA exoneration cases
have provided irrefutable proof that
wrongful convictions are not isolat-
ed or rare events, but arise from
systemic defects that can be pre-
cisely identified and addressed. For
more than 15 years, the Innocence
Project has worked to pinpoint
Testimony was a factor in 77 per-
cent of post-conviction DNA exon-
eration cases in the U.S., making it
the leading cause of these wrongful
convictions. Of that 77 percent,
about 40 percent of cases where
race is known involved cross-racial
eyewitness identification. Studies
have shown that people are less
able to recognize faces of a differ-
ent race than their own. These sug-
gested reforms are embraced by
leading criminal justice organiza-
tions and have been adopted in the
states of New Jersey and North
Carolina, large cities like
Minneapolis and Seattle, and many
Unvalidated or Improper
Forensic Science played a role in
approximately 50 percent of wrong-
ful convictions later overturned by
DNA testing. While DNA testing
was developed through extensive
scientific research at top academic
centers, many other forensic tech-
niques such as hair microscopy,
bite mark comparisons, firearm tool
mark analysis and shoe print com-
parisons have never been subject-
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Meanwhile, forensics techniques
that have been properly validated -
such as serology, commonly known
as blood typing are sometimes
improperly conducted or inaccu-
rately conveyed in trial testimony.
In other wrongful conviction cases,
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False confessions and incrimi-
nating statements lead to wrongful
convictions in approximately 25
percent of cases. In 35 percent of
false confession or admission cases,
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younger and/or developmentally
disabled. The Innocence Project
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electronically record all custodial
interrogations in their entirety in
order to prevent coercion and to
provide an accurate record of the
proceedings. More than 500 juris-
dictions have voluntarily adopted
policies to record interrogations.
State supreme courts have taken
action in Alaska, Massachusetts,
Minnesota, New Hampshire, New
Jersey, and Wisconsin. Illinois,
Maine, New Mexico, and D.C.
require the taping of interrogations
in homicide cases.
"Snitches" contributed to wrong-
ful convictions in 15 percent of
cases. Whenever snitch testimony
is used, the Innocence Project rec-
ommends that the judge instruct the
jury that most snitch testimony is
unreliable as it may be offered in
return for deals, special treatment,
or the dropping of charges.
Prosecutors should also reveal any
incentive the snitch might receive,
and all communication between
prosecutors and snitches should be
recorded. Fifteen percent of wrong-
ful convictions that were later over-
turned by DNA testing were caused
in part by snitch testimony.
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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-
Art Walk is a free, self-guided
tour of Downtown galleries and
museums, as well as cultural ven-
ues, restaurants and businesses on
the first Wednesday of every month,
rain or shine. The next one will be
on June 3rd from 5-9 p.m. Choose
your own route, or begin at
Headquarters at 100 N. Laura St.
Rep. Mia Jones
On June 4th and June 11th, State
Representative Mia Jones will be
holding a District 14 Legislative
Session Update, where we will
share a recap of the 2009
Legislative Session and hear from
the community about issues and
concerns that they may have.
Additionally representatives from
several state departments/agencies
will be available to answer ques-
tions and give information and
insight about the resources that are
available to the residents in the
community. For times and loca-
tions, call 924-1615.
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.
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company
will be holding open auditions for
Darryl Reuben Hall's Reality Check
on Saturday June 6th, 12:00 5:00
p.m. and June 7th 3-6 p.m.
Auditioners are asked to prepare a
song that shows their vocal power.
Auditions will be held at the Stage
Aurora Theatrical Company
Performance Hall inside the
Gateway Town Center Hall at 5188
Norwood Avenue. You can call 904
765-7372 for more information.
Performances will be held at the
Florida Theatre August 7-8, 2009.
Archaeology Day at
Ever wonder how archaeologists
make sense of the past? Learn more
at the Archaeology Day at Kingsley
Plantation on Saturday, June 6,
2009. Visitors will see archaeolo-
gists at work in two areas of the site
- the slave quarters and near the
plantation house. Archaeologists
will explain the process of archae-
ology while the work is underway.
This event is free and open to the
public. Starting at 12 noon, activi-
ties will include an interactive
archaeology booth and a guided
walk at the slave quarters archaeo-
logical site. For more information,
in St. Augustine
St. Augustine's Anastasia State
Park will host the 16th Beach Bash
2009 on Saturday, June 6th. The
day of fun has activities for every-
one, including a scavenger hunt and
ending with a sandcastle/sculpture
contest. There will also be interpre-
tive programs, windsurfing, kayak
demonstrations and prizes. There is
no charge.For more information,
please call (904) 461-2033.
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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.
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
Jacksonville. To register, e-mail
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-
clowns.com or call 904-910-4112.
Raines Class of 94
The William Raines Class of
1994will be celebrating their 15th
reunion throughout the weekend of
June 12th. For information on
activities, call 904-803-5569.
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
Duval County Extension Office
staffers will present a Summer
Gardening Workshop at the
Mandarin Garden Club
Demonstration Garden at 2892
Loretto Rd. It will be held on
Tuesday, June 16th 9:30 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. Find out how to save
money in the landscape, techniques
for growing edibles in containers,
summer survival tips, and other
ideas. Call 387-8850 for more
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society, Inc. will present a discus-
sion on "Lineage Societies" at their
next meeting. The meeting will be
at 1:30 p.m., June 20, in the Webb-
Wesconnett Branch Library (6887
103rd Street). For more informa-
tion, call 781-9300.
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-
sonville Branch NAACP 44th
Freedom Fund Dinner on Tuesday,
June 23, 2009 at the Prime Osborn
Convention Center. The dinner
begins at 7:00 p.m. Call 764-1753.
for more information.
Beauty Shop the Play
On Thursday, June 25, 2009,
Shelly Garrett's Beauty Shop 2009
will be at the Florida Theatre f r
one night only. For tickets or more
information, call 355-2787.
Universal Sisters, a unique one
day event will address specific con-
cerns for women of color including
health, well being and personal
afet) It will be held of Saturdao
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.
Pa e 10 Ms Per
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June 4-10, 2009
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don .'think school Trailblazing film
Daze was contro-
werial. We looked
r. %.hat maker Spike Lee
the .uperficial dif- m aS p kL e
terences that keep us
6ing people still has a lot to sa
s u r erficial differences
S- ed ron kjin complex- In a recent interview, veteran cinematic genius Spike Lee sat
ion, hir ic .njre, class--down with Ed Gordon for a no holds barred interview rife with
that t, pe of tuff That's not the artist's trademark frankness. In it, Lee discusses his concern
c-- -rr,,' er.ial about the image of blacks in the media, and weighs in with his
On tre.:ri'n' peal images of thoughts on contemporaries John Singleton and Tyler Perry.
k i rlA -"he r-Idij A_- .
'I think journalists are lazy-how
do you define people with one
word? The subject matters we've
done in my films-I don't think
they are controversial. I don't think
racism is controversial, it's thought
provoking. If you look at how we
dealt with that in Do The Right
"Each ar.,tit should be allowed to
pursue their artistic endeavors but I
still think there is a lot of stuff
out today that is "coonery"
...... and buffoonery. I know it's
...':'. ..making a lot of money and
U -breaking records, but we can
do better. .. I am a huge bas-
ketball fan, and when I watch
the games on TNT, I see these
two ads for these two shows (Tyler
Perry's "Meet the Browns" and
"House of Payne") and I am
scratching my head. ... We got a
black president and we going back
to Mantan Moreland and Sleep 'n'
On Tyler Perry and what the
black consumer (really) wants to
"We've had this discussion back
and forth. When John Singleton
[made Boyz in the Hood], people
came out to see it. But when he did
Rosewood, nobody showed up. So
a lot of this is on us! You vote with
your pocketbook, your wallet. You
vote with your time sitting in front
of the idiot box, and [Tyler Perry]
has a huge audience. We shouldn't
think that Tyler Perry is going to
make the same film that I am going
to make, or that John Singleton or
my cousin Malcolm Lee [would
make]. As African Americans,
we're not one monolithic group so
there is room for all of that. But at
the same time, for me, the imaging
is troubling and it harkens back to
Amos n Andy.
On the election of a black
"It was witnessing history. It was
like being alive when Jackie
Robinson integrated baseball, when
Joe Louis knocked out (Max)
Schmeling-it was like that. When
Jackie Robinson played for the
Dodgers, every African American
in this country was praying for him.
When Joe Louis fought and won,
black communities-in Detroit,
Harlem, Chicago-black communi-
ties from all over the world would
come out of the house after listen-
ing to Joe knock out those guys on
the radio ... and celebrate. With
[President Obama's victory] it was
the same thing!"
RARE BLUES: Chuck Berry, Little Richard
and B.B. King serenade Fats Domino
B.B. King visits with Fats Domino after King's performance at The Domino Effect, a tribute concert for Domino, at the
New Orleans, Saturday, May 30, 2009. Shown right are Little Richard and Chuck Berry in their tribute.
Fats Domino made a rare appear-
ance over the weekend at his annu-
al charity concert "The Domino
Effect," which raises funds to help
rebuild schools and playgrounds
damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
The 81-year-old smiled and
waved from his private suite over-
looking the New Orleans Arena to
more than 3,000 cheering people
who attended Saturday's show to
see two of his buddies take the
stage Little Richard and B.B.
Little Richard, at the piano in a
sparkly white suite, delivered an
energetic set that included
"Lucille," "Tutti Frutti" and other
hits, reports the Associated Press.
Between songs, he reminisced
about New Orleans and Domino.
Richard's breakout hit "Tutti Frutti"
was recorded at Cosimo Matassa's
studio in New Orleans in 1955.
"I was right here," Richard said,
playing the piano as he talked. "I
was right here." Richard said he
remembered being on the road with
Domino, who always longed to be
back home. Then Richard broke
into song: "Every night about this
time, I go to sleep to keep from
While on stage, Richard was
given a plaque inducting him into
the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
He said he was surprised and
Backstage, Domino and Richard
hugged, made small talk and posed
for pictures. Domino also met with
King backstage after his blues set,
which included the hit, "The Thrill
is Gone." As King walked off stage,
Domino greeted him with a hug.
"It's good to see you my friend,"
King told Domino. "Did you bring
me some gumbo?"
King said he used to open shows
for Domino in the early years of his
career. In 2007, King recorded the
title track on a tribute album to
Domino, called "Goin' Home."
The concert ran more than four
hours and included performances
by Chuck Berry, Wyclef Jean, Keb'
Mo' and Junior Brown. Comedian-
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actor Tracy Morgan, best known for
his work on the TV shows
"Saturday Night Live" and "30
Rock," also performed.
Proceeds from the event will go
to "Operation Kids," a program run
through Saints quarterback Drew
Brees' foundation to improve the
city's parks and schools.
KIMORA SIMMONS DELIVERS A BOY .
Followers of Kimora Simmons on Twitter found
out around 10 p.m. Saturday that she gave birth to a
baby boy with actor-boyfriend Djimon Hounsou.
Way before the baby's arrival, Simmons started
tweeting around 1 a.m. Saturday morning, alerting
followers that she had just arrived at the hospital.
"It's time !! No turning back! At hospital in labor
right now!!" said a 1:10 a.m. message. It was followed up at 2:42 a.m. with
a picture of her in the hospital bed. Several minutes later, she told her
tweeps, "Having contractions now! Ooo- wee! It's like WHOA!"
Then around 10 p.m., the 34-year-old announced, "It's a boy! Thanks to
everyone out there for all your well wishes! More to come. Thank God.
And God Bless! Kimora + Djimon.
The new addition joins Ming Lee, 9, and Aoki Lee, 6 V2, Kimora's daugh-
ters with Russell Simmons. The newborn is the first child for Hounsou, 45.
SOMALI PIRATE MOVIE GETS GREEN LIGHT:
Columbia Pictures acquired rights to Captain's life story.
Columbia Pictures has swooped up rights to the life story and impend-
ing book of Capt. Richard Phillips, the head of cargo ship Maersk Alabama
who was taken hostage by Somali pirates and freed several days later by
Navy SEAL snipers.
This is the second Hollywood tie-in to Somali piracy. Immediately after
Phillips' rescue, Spike TV announced a new documentary series titled
Pirate Hunters: USN, focusing on the Navy's anti-buccaneer efforts.
OBAMAS BOOST 'JOE TURNER' BOX OFFICE: Date
night turns into sales bonanza for Tony-nominated revival
President Obama's campaign promise to his wife Michelle ended up
being a cash cow for producers of the Tony-nominated production of
August Wilson's play Joe Turner's Come and Gone.
Ever since the First Couple attended Saturday's performance at
Broadway's Belasco Theatre, box-office sales for the play have surged.
The number of advance tickets sold on Saturday alone was triple the num-
ber purchased the previous Sunday.
Joe Turner, according to Lincoln Center, "tells the story of Herald Loomis
who, after serving seven years hard labor, has journeyed North with his
young daughter and arrives at a Pittsburgh boarding house filled with
memorable characters who aid him in his search for his inner freedom."
The White House declined to say how much the trip was costing tax-
payers, but the Post reported an approximate total of $24,000 for the three
aircraft used to carry the Obamas, aides and reporters to New York and
back. Dinner costs and orchestra seat tickets -- at $96.50 apiece -- were
paid by the Obamas.
Obama's jet, a Gulfstream 500, served as a more modest Air Force One
for the day in place of the customary presidential Boeing 747.
NEW BOOK CLAIMS HENDRIX WAS MURDERED:
Former roadie says manager confessed to giving him overdose of pills
A new book written by a roadie for Jimi Hendrix
claims the late rock icon was actually murdered by
his manager, Michael Jeffrey, who told the author he
plied Hendrix with pills and alcohol in order to kill
him and collect on the guitarist's life insurance.
In his book "Rock Roadie," James "Tappy" Wright
claims that Jeffrey made the confession to him in
1971, two years before he was killed in a plane crash.
"I can still hear that conversation, see the man I'd
known for so much of my life, his face pale, hand clutching at his glass in
sudden rage," writes Wright in the book, according to Yahoo News.
Hendrix died in September 1970. His body was found in a room at
London's Samarkand Hotel booked by Monika Dannemann, whom
Hendrix had known for a matter of days. At the time of Hendrix's death, a
coroner recorded an open verdict, stating that the cause was "barbiturate
intoxication and inhalation of vomit."
Jeffrey is quoted by Wright as telling him: "I was in London the night
of Jimi's. death and together with some old friends.. we went 'round to
Monika's hotel room, got a handful of pills and stuffed them into his
mouth...then poured a few bottles of red wine deep into his windpipe."
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