Obama Appoints New Head of EEOC
WASHINGTON President Obama picked
Jacqueline A. Berrien, a lawyer with the NAACP
Legal Defense and Educational fund, as head of
the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
"Jacqueline Berrien has spent her entire career
fighting to give voice to underrepresented com-
munities and protect our most basic rights,"
Obama said in a statement.
i The White House made the announcement just
hours before Obama was to address the annual
meeting of the NAACP in New York City. Berrien, a Harvard Law
School graduate, has been the legal defense fund's associate director-
counsel since 2004.
Berrien previously served for three years as program officer in the Ford
Foundation's peace and social justice program, where she administered
more than $13 million in grants to promote political participation by
underrepresented groups. She also has worked for the American Civil
The EEOC is a government agency charged with ensuring equal
employment opportunities throughout the United States.
Census Shows Two Million More
Blacks Voted in 2008 Election
Two million more black voters cast a ballot in the 2008 election than in
2004; and, young black voters had the highest increase in turnout among
all groups, a U.S. Census Bureau report revealed.
Although voter turnout among some groups decreased or remained the
same in 2008, according to the Census tables, overall 18 to 24 year-old
turnout saw a two percent increase over 2004, reaching 49 percent.
However, 18- to 24-year-old black voters turned out at 55 percent, an
eight percent increase from 2004. In 2004 black voter participation
among 18 -24 year-olds increased four percent over 2000, and in 2008
participation increased a whopping eight percent.
City of Boston Offers Loan to
Save Struggling Black Newspaper
Boston, Mass Boston Mayor Tom Menino says the city is willing to
offer a $200,000 loan to prevent the city's financially struggling African-
American weekly newspaper from shutting down permanently, reports
the Associated Press.
The 44-year-old Bay State Banner suspended publication and laid off
12 employees this month, blaming a steep drop in advertising.
Menino tells The Boston Globe that the loan will come from the
Boston Local Development Corp., a private nonprofit administered by
the Boston Redevelopment Authority that provides cash to struggling
The free paper has often been critical of Menino, but the mayor says
the loan in not an attempt to curry favor, but to help a business that's
important to the minority community.
The Banner's executive editor had no comment on the loan.
Tyler Perry Treats Turned Away
Philly Kids to Disney World
PHILADELPHIA Tyler Perry is paying for 65 children from a
Philadelphia day camp to go to Walt Disney World after reading about
allegations that a suburban swim club had shunned them because of
The black and Hispanic children who attend the day camp run by
Creative Steps Inc. cheered when they learned about the actor's gift.
Creative Steps director Alethea Wright says she's thrilled about the offer,
especially because Perry "comes from humble beginnings" like the chil-
dren in her camp.
The Valley Club in Huntingdon Valley has maintained that refunding the
camp's swimming fee was not about race but rather a safety issue, in part
because many children couldn't swim.
The romp shouu;dn't dent his wallet too much though. Perry recently
earned a place on Forbes.com's list of Hollywood's highest male earners
last week. The director/producer/playwright/actor made around $75 mil-
lion over the past 12 months, tying "American Idol" judge and record
producer Simon Cowell and TV producer Dick Wolf.
Campbell Soup Company Hit with
Discrimination Class Action Lawsuit
A nationwide class action lawsuit has been filed
against Campbell Soup Company, charging that
African American employees are denied professional
development opportunities. The lawsuit was filed in
Camden, New Jersey headquarters of the food giant.
The complaint asserts that African Americas are
M ATO repeatedly passed over for promotions in favor of less
TOMAT qualified and less experienced white employees. The
SQOUP Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has
issued a finding of probable cause in connection with
Hicks' charge. The Commission's investigation revealed that Campbell's
was engaged in the practice of awarding promotions using a subjective,
informal, and secretive method in which white managers were selected
favored white candidates.
Volume 23 No.43 Jacksonville, Florida July 23-29, 2009
Senate Votes for Big Expansion
of Federal Hate Crimes Law
The U.S. Senate has approved the
most sweeping expansion of feder-
al hate crimes law since Congress
responded four decades ago to the
assassination of Martin Luther
The legislation, backed by
President Barack Obama, would
extend federal protections granted
under the 1968 hate crimes law to
cover those physically attacked
because of their gender, sexual ori-
entation, gender identity or disabil-
"This bill simply recognizes that
there is a difference between
assaulting someone to steal his
money, or doing so because he is
gay, or disabled, or Latino or
Muslim," Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid said.
Voice vote passage came imme-
diately after supporters cleared a
60-vote procedural hurdle imposed
by Republicans trying to block con-
sideration of the legislation. That
vote was 63-28.
The hate crimes bill was offered
as an amendment to a must-pass
defense spending bill that the
Senate is expected to finish some
time next week. Several
Republican amendments to the hate
crimes legislation still could be
considered in the future but the
solid vote determined that it will be
part of the defense bill when it
passes. Continued on page 3
Jax NAACP Attends 100th Ten members of the
Jacksonville Branch NAACP journeyed to New York City last week to cel-
ebrate the historic organization's 100th Anniversary. The star studded
event was packed with information and designed to revive and reinvigo-
rate its membership, including an address by Pres. Obama. Shown above
are Charles Spencer with Rev. Al Sharpton at the Confab. For more high-
lights, see page 3.
Family Reunion Honors the Late Dr. Roy Mitchell
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Members of the Brown, Hill, Child, Walker, Maxwell Family Reunion held at Jacksonville Beach last
weekend, honored their family member, the late Dr. Roy I. Mitchell with a youth scholarship presentation.
On hand at the celebration were (L-R) Sherree Whitfield accepting on behalf of her son Jarvis Whitfield
Allen, awardee Jonathan Mitchell, LaVonne Mitchell and Scholarship Committee Chair Gloria Simmons.
Both students received $500. For more on the family's festivities, see page 12. FMP Photo
Data Reveals AIDS
on Black America
New data from the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention
provide the starkest evidence yet
that an American tragedy is
underway and African-
Americans are at the core.
While HIV/AIDS is an indis-
criminate killer that cuts through
every socioeconomic group in
the United States, statistics from
2006, the latest available, show
that the uncurable disaese is dev-
astating the African American
community. Although blacks
make up just 12 percent of the
population, they account for 46
percent of those living with
HIV/AIDS. There are now an
estimated 56,300 new HIV
infections annually, 45 percent
of them by African Americans.
Gay men continue to bear the
brunt of the epidemic, with about
30,000 becoming HIV-positive
each year. But young black men
are hardest hit. "Young gay black
men aged 13-29... account for
more new HIV infections than
any other age or racial group.
Prosecutors dropped a disorderly
conduct charge this week against
prominent Black scholar Henry
Louis Gates Jr., who was arrested at
his home near Harvard University
after a report of a break-in.
The city of Cambridge issued a
statement saying the arrest "was
regrettable and unfortunate," and
police and Gates agreed that drop-
ping the charge was a just resolu-
The home of Harvard Scholar
Henry Louis Gates in
Cambridge, Mass. Gates was
arrested while trying to force
open the locked front door of his
home near Harvard University.
Supporters say Gates the
director of Harvard's W.E.B. Du
Bois Institute for African and
African American Research was
the victim of racial profiling.
One of them, the Rev. Jesse
Jackson, was unsatisfied with the
"The charges have been dropped,
but the stain remains.
Humiliation remains," Jackson
said. "These incidents are so much
of a national pattern on race."
Officers responded to the home
Gates rents from Harvard after a
woman reported seeing "two Black
males with backpacks on the
porch," one of whom was "wedging
his shoulder into the door as if he
was trying to force entry," accord-
ing to a police report.
Ogletree said the professor had
returned from a trip overseas with a
driver, found his front-door jammed
and had to force it open. He was
already inside, calling the company
that manages the property, when
Police said the 58-year-old Gates
This booking photo released by the Cambridge, Mass., Police Dept.,
shows Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., who was arrested
while trying to force open the locked front door of his home near
was arrested after he yelled at an
officer, accused him of racial bias
and refused to calm down after the
officer demanded Gates show him
identification to prove he lived in
Ogletree said Gates showed his
driver's license and Harvard ID -
both with his photos and repeat-
edly asked for the name and badge
number of the officer, who refused.
He followed the officer as he left
his house onto his front porch,
where he was arrested.
Gates joined the Harvard faculty
in 1991 and holds one of 20 presti-
gious "university professors" posi-
tions at the school. He also was host
of "African American Lives," a
PBS show about the family histo-
ries of prominent U.S. Blacks. In
1997, he was named by Time mag-
azine as one of the 25 most influen-
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The mortgage market in the US is
turning into bad news lbr many
families. The number of homes
entering foreclosure continues to
set new records and the worst has
yet to come predicts experts at the
Mortgage Bankers Association.
Over 5% of mortgages are cur-
rently past due from missed pay-
ments and homeowners are just
barely holding on to their homes.
Less than 1% have reached the
actual foreclosure stage where the
families are forced out of the home
and it is sold at auction.
Of primary concern are those
homeowners that don't take action
soon enough to research what their
options are before it is too late. I
guess a silver lining to facing the
loss of your home due to foreclo-
sure at the moment is that with so
many behind, the lenders are will-
ing to consider professional and
realistic offers, rather than just take
the home back.
This mortgage crunch has caught a
lot of people in a difficult position.
Between those in the loan industry
that are losing their jobs in record
numbers, people with good credit
and bad credit are finding it tough,
if not impossible to either purchase
new homes or refinance their way
out of escalating interest rates in
adjustable rate mortgages (ARM)
that they took out a few years ago.
In Kansas City a disproportionate
number of lower-income and non-
white borrowers are stuck in high-
er-interest subprime loans, making
them more vulnerable to foreclo-
sures, a study says. The study found
that African-American homebuy-
ers were 2.9 times more likely
than whites to receive a high-cost
loan, and Latino homebuyers were
1.5 times more likely than whites to
get a high-cost loan.
With over 30% of all loans origi-
nated in Kansas City and Lansing,
Michigan are labeled as sub-prime
loans which makes it even more
likely that those homeowners are at
a much higher risk of foreclosure.
Apparently, while the banks were
supposed to be screening sub-prime
borrowers, they were applying
flawed screening formulas which
did not adequately protect lenders
from risk. One might argue that
greed forced an override of com-
mon sense and now many that
would never have imagined the loss
of their home from foreclosure are
facing just that reality.
At times like these, consumers
need to be wary of scammers that
might take your money without
delivering results. Some desperate
homeowners have paid thousands
of dollars for foreclosure assistance
and still faced the loss of their
home. Others have signed over
their homes in hopes of avoiding
eviction, getting kicked out of their
homes, only to find these rent back
schemes can result in higher rental
payments and the eventual loss of
their home anyway.
As with any financial crisis, you
should always look for assistance
from someone you are comfortable
with, trust your gut instinct and do
your homework and research before
jumping into any solution.
Involving Kids in Family Finances Teaches the Value of a Dollar
That anguished roar you hear is
the sound of millions of students
returning to school after summer
break. As a parent, you might feel
relief that teachers are taking over
the reins, but hold on: School may
be the best place for kids to learn
the three R's, but you're probably
still the best source for the fourth R
- financial Responsibility.
Although a nationwide movement
to institute financial literacy curric-
ula in our schools is gaining
momentum, currently the vast
majority of schools either don't
offer such courses or don't require
them to graduate. Until that hap-
pens, it's up to parents to ensure
their kids have the financial man-
agement skills they'll need to face
the responsibilities of adulthood.
Charles Schwab's annual "Teens
and Money" survey confirmed that
most teens want more money
coaching from their parents. It
64 percent of teens would rather
learn money management basics
through experience than in the
However, only 30 percent believe
their parents are concerned with
ensuring they learn those basics.
Only 39 percent said their parents
discuss money issues with them at
Only 34 percent feel knowledge-
able about balancing a checkbook,
while 26 percent understand how
credit card interest and fees work.
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Visa USA recently conducted a
survey that shows not much has
changed over the years: Only 48
percent of its cardholders said
they'd learned money management
skills from their parents, while 41
percent said they learned it the hard
way or were self-taught and only 9
percent in school.
Say you're 22, earn $30,000 a year
and put aside 6 percent of pay ( 150
a month) until age 65. At an S per-
cent average annual rate of return,
your $77,400 investment will grow
to $619,000 by then. But if you
don't begin saving until 32 and set
aside the same monthly amount.
you'll only accumulate $274,000 by
huge difference. By increasing the
percentage of pay you save and fac-
toring in annual raises, your savings
will skyrocket even further.
Here are a few ways to give your
children a leg up:
Set a good example. Kids see
right through "Do as I say, not as I
do." If you consistently spend more
than you earn, don't set aside emer-
gency savings and don't budget,
that's the behavior they're learning
Set realistic expectations.
According to the Schwab survey,
teenagers expect to earn $145,500 a
year, on average. If only. It's easy to
see how unrealistic pay expecta-
tions might lead young adults to
take on too much student-loan or
credit-card debt in anticipation of
being able to pay them off quickly.
When your kids start discussing
career choices, help them research
what various jobs pay, what educa-
tional requirements they'll need to
meet and how much that education
will cost. The Salary Wizard at
www.salary.com contains pay data
for a broad array of jobs by geo-
Share the bills. Have your kids
help review monthly bills and bal-
ance the checkbook. They'll be
shocked to learn how much money
goes toward the mortgage, gas, util-
ities, food and clothing. Give them
a voice in the family budget by
looking for ways to save money in
some areas (turn off the lights,
fewer trips to the mall) to increase
funding for others (better vacations,
Show how savings add up. Curb
your kids' impulse spending and
encourage saving by matching a
portion of any money they save
Take the mystery out of finances
now so your kids will be able to fly
the nest when the time comes and,
so you'll be able to afford to remod-
el the nest when they do.
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The NAACP gathered in New
York for a six-day convention cele-
brating its 100-year anniversary. It
was an enormous affair with giants
such as Cornel West, Rev. Jesse
Jackson, and President Obama pay-
ing tribute to the accomplishments
of the civil rights organization.
Known as the nation's largest and
most influential civil rights organi-
zation the event was highlighted
by a 'tough love' speech from
President Barack Obama. The
nation's first African American
president urged a "no excuses"
agenda on the veteran civil rights
He told the gathering "We've got
to say to our children ... you will
face challenges that somebody in a
wealthy suburb does not have to
face. But that's no reason to get bad
grades, that's not a reason to cut
class ... Your destiny is in your
hands." The address was enthusias-
tically received even though some
delegates had been expecting the
president to announce new pro-
grams to aid Black America
through the current recession.
Meanwhile, NAACP President
Benjamin Jealous began the con-
vention maintaining that even in the
age of Obama, the nation still need-
ed civil rights organizations such as
his. He told those gathered at New
York's Hilton Hotel that the
NAACP will keep working for
social and economic justice saying,
"We dream big of a day all kids go
to good schools, when all workers
have a good job. And when some-
one says 'Mr. Jealous, your dreams
are too big," 1 say, 'Read up on the
history of the NAACP.'"
The convention heard from a host
of distinguished and influential
white and Black Americans includ-
ing the new African American
chairman of the Republican Party
Michael Steel. He urged the dele-
gates to reconsider the GOP as "an
ally" in the struggle of civil rights
and social justice. His plea came
amid charges that the Republicans
are increasingly becoming a party
of old white men.
In its' early years, the NAACP
devoted much of its energy to trying
to protect people of color from
racially charged violence, up to and
Later, through the writings and
speeches of leaders such as W.E.B.
Du Bois, and through the tireless
courage of field workers such as
Medgar Evers, the NAACP expand-
ed its reach, seeking equal justice
for black Americans, equal oppor-
tunity and voting equality.
The organization's efforts in secur-
ing those basic freedoms and digni-
ties must never be forgotten.
Shown above are the $2000 winner of the Group Grand Prize
Competition Lannett Coleman of the Jaams Hair Boutique.
Winn Dixie Rewards First 51 Customers Winn
Dixie Unveils a New Look Winn Dixie stores across the First Coast
unveiled a new look last week and each store celebrated by giving each of
their first fifty-one customers a $5 gift card at all of their 51 stores. .
Shown above at the Edgewood Avenue store is customer number 45,
Angela Tisby receiving her card from Store Director Damon Moody. KFP
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The 1968 hate crimes act covers
violence related to a person's race,
color, religion or national origin.
Federal involvement is confined to
a narrow range of circumstances,
such as when the victim is using a
public facility or attending a public
school, serving on a jury or partici-
pating in a government program.
The proposed legislation, in addi-
tion to expanding the categories
covered, ends the "federally pro-
tected activities" requirement.
Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.,
now being treated for cancer and
unable to be on hand for the debate,
first proposed the bill in 1997.
While coming close on several
occasions, he has never been able to
overcome opposition from those
who contend it infringes on states'
rights and First Amendment rights
to free speech. Former President
George W. Bush said he would veto
the bill if it reached his desk.
This time, however, pro-bill
Democrats control both houses of
Congress and Obama is a strong
supporter. Attorney General Eric
Holder has urged Congress to give
his department authority to prose-
cute cases of violence based on sex-
ual orientation, gender or disability.
The measure still has a way to go.
Obama has told Congress he will
veto the defense bill if it includes
more money for an F-22 fighter
program he is trying to terminate.
The House in April passed a similar
hate crimes bill, but did it as inde-
pendent legislation not tied to a
The Senate bill, also sponsored
by Judiciary Committee Chairman
Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., only author-
izes federal prosecutions of hate
crimes when the state or local
authorities are unwilling or unable
to do so. It provides $5 million in
grants to state and local law
enforcement officials who have
trouble meeting the costs of investi-
gating and prosecuting these
Supporters also emphasized that
prosecutions under the bill can
occur only when bodily injury is
involved, and no minister or pro-
tester could be targeted for express-
ing opposition to homosexuality,
even if their statements are fol-
lowed by another person commit-
ting a violent action.
To emphasize the point, the
Senate passed provisions restating
that the bill does not prohibit con-
stitutionally protected speech and
that free speech is guaranteed
unless it is intended to plan or pre-
pare for an act of violence.
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City Budget Needs Require a Delicate Balance
It appears that we are in for quite
the political showdown with the
Mayor and City Council at odds of
the Administration's proposed
1 think that it is extremely impor-
tant that despite how the battle is
won or lose it is critical that the
people do not loose in the end.
"Compassion is not weakness,
and concern for the unfortunate is
not socialism," said Hubert H.
Compassion forces people to see
beyond their personal situation and
realize that "we the people" have a
duty to help and support each other.
Why is compassion relevant?
With the economy still upside
down the challenges we all face
continue to grow. In government,
those challenges are magnified by
politics and a lack of leadership in
Jacksonville faces yet another
year of budget deficits and political
maneuvering around how one fills
the $50 million deficit that City
Hall is facing.
In the past, the mayor and I have
both agreed and disagreed on many
issues, but because I attempt to be
as objective as possible I can
empathize with the Mayor Peyton
on his budgetary challenges.
He is wrestling with trying to
provide basic governmental servic-
es to citizens and much needed pro-
grams that attempt to stabilize
Jacksonville's most needed com-
munities with not placing a further
economic burden on citizens by
It is a tough position to be in, but
the Mayor is showing leadership by
taking a bold unpopular step. No
one wants to pay additional taxes,
but we all have to look beyond our
personal financial condition and
ourselves and think about the city
as a whole.
Every level of government and
even the private sector is faced with
having to do more with less. But
local government is really where
the rubber meets the road, so the
challenges are normally much
Here in Jacksonville we certainly
face the same financial hurdles -
less taxes collected leaves deficits.
And perhaps 1 need to take a step
back for a moment and discuss the
role that government plays in this
country. It is our philosophical dif-
ferences that normally separate
Democrats from Republicans and
those with compassion from those
who are apathetic.
It is my view that government
must provide public safety (police
and fire), public works, education,
some level of healthcare and serv-
ices or programs that support our
Unfortunately, many elected offi-
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cials, especially here in
Jacksonville seem to think that
government should simply provide
police, fire and public works.
There are Jacksonville City
Council members who have a tradi-
tional conservative "survival of the
fittest" mentality. This means that
many of the programs design to
prevent crime or provide after
school care and educational assis-
tance for children from needy fam-
ilies just are not important.
Some have even said that the
churches and businesses should be
helping to provide theses services.
Interesting thought, but because
many churches are struggling and
businesses are trying to keep the
doors open, how would a local after
school program become a priority?
The Mayor has attempted to bal-
ance the budget with a 12 percent
increase of the city's mileage rate.
Most of us look at a 12 percent
increase and cringe. I am with you,
but in light of the fact that our
mileage rate has been capped for
This increase would cost the
average taxpayer an additional $97
a year, and many low-income resi-
dents would see a very minimal
affect on their tax bills.
And don't be mistaken; I certain-
ly don't agree with of the all com-
ponents of Peyton's "Fix It Now"
plan, which is his outline for bal-
ancing the budget.
For example, his proposed budg-
et ask for $6.1 million in the
Jacksonville Journey initiative to
fund 40 police officers, 44 addi-
tional corrections officers and 19
I sincerely do not believe that
more police officers on the street is
the solution to crime in
Jacksonville. I am certainly not a
law enforcement expert, but I can
assure you that the number of
police officers on the street does
not have a correlation on crime in a
1 also agree with some City
Council members that we can cer-
tainly tighten our belts a great deal
prior to establishing what is actual-
ly needed in additional tax revenue.
Although the Mayor has asked
each Department to cut their budg-
et by 5 percent, I would argue that
there are some departments/divi-
sions that can do much more or
may not need to cut at all.
The goods news in this great
debate is that we are at the begin-
ning of the process so each side
will eventually have to bend in
order to get a budget approved.
This upcoming budget battle will
be a test for the City Council and
Mayor hopefully our neediest cit-
izens will no be collateral damage.
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S "" FAMU Rattler Summer Institute Inspires
S .a Students with a New Perspective
Otha Latimore, 61, raises his fist during a protest between hundreds
of black and white protesters who exchanged screams of 'Black
power!' and 'White power!' at the town square in Paris, Texas,
Tuesday, July 21, 2009.
With police between them, white supremacists hold up a Nazi flag
and yell at protesters marching on the town square in Paris, Texas,
The conflict began with a march through downtown by about 100
black activists who were protesting the state's handling of the case of
a black man who was run over and dragged by a vehicle.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. The
Florida A&M University (FAMU)
Rattler Academic Summer Institute
is not your average summer camp.
The institute, part of the FAMU
College Reach Out Program
(CROP), utilizes certified teachers
to incorporate non-traditional
teaching methods to boost students
FACT skills and provide character
development activities for students
in grades six to 10.
Students are given pre- and post-
exams to gage the level of improve-
they are refurbishing computers in
the schools' labs as a part of a com-
munity service project.
Students that complete each com-
munity service project will each
receive a computer themselves.
Soloman Stevens, an 11-year-old
sixth grade student at Woodville
Elementary, is excited about receiv-
ing his laptop at the end of the pro-
gram, but even more excited about
"I like helping people and mak-
ing them feel better," he said. "We
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Black, White Protestors Clash at Rally Over Dragging Death
PARIS, Texas State police in
full riot gear rushed a downtown
street in this eastern Texas town
Tuesday to break up a tense stand-
off between hundreds of black and
white protesters who exchanged
screams of "Black power!" and
A skinhead carrying a
Confederate flag and a shirtless
white man were arrested on suspi-
cion of disorderly conduct before
the protesters separated peacefully,
Paris police spokesman Lt. Danny
The conflict began with a march
through downtown by about 100
black activists who were protesting
the state's handling of the case of a
black man who was run over and
dragged by a vehicle. The demon-
strators avoided a designated
"protest zone" near the courthouse
and marched to the town square to
chants of "Black Power!" and "No
Justice, no peace!"
Once there, the crowd ballooned
to about 200 black people on one
side of a street. Across the street
were about a dozen white suprema-
cists, including four skinheads
holding Nazi swastika flags. About
30 other white people were behind
them, but it was unclear if they
were protesting or watching.
The two sides shouted at each
other while a dozen or so law
enforcement officers were in the
street keeping them apart. After
several tense minutes of screaming
and the groups inching closer
together, about 35 Texas state
troopers wearing helmets and carry-
ing shields marched swiftly into the
crowd. No blows were exchanged.
The rally in Paris, about 90 miles
northeast of Dallas, is the third
courthouse protest over the death of
24-year-old Brandon McClelland,
whose mangled body was found
Sept. 16 on a country road outside
of town after he was run over by a
vehicle and dragged beneath it. A
prosecutor cited a lack of evidence
in dropping murder charges last
month against two white men
arrested in his death.
Some of the signs at the protest
read, "Friends don't drag friends
under pickup trucks" and "Who
killed Brendon McClelland?"
Things grew tense early on when
a member of the New Black
Panther Party walked into the
protest zone set up for white
supremacists and stood inches away
from a skinhead. The skinhead
screamed at the black man to go
home as they two stood inches
away filming each other with their
"We're not here for confrontation.
We are peaceful people, but if nec-
essary we are prepared," said black
protest leader Jimmy Blackwell.
Rock Banks, who says he's the
grand titan of the East Texas Ku
Klux Klan, said his group met last
week to discuss the event but decid-
ed not to hold a major rally because
it would lead to more protests.
"If we showed up in force, with
all of our robes on, they'd be back
here in a month," he said.
Few of Paris' 26,000 residents
watched the rally.
Prosecutors in the McClelland
case initially charged two of
McClelland's friends, Shannon
Finley and Charles Crostley, with
murdering him by running him over
in Finley's pickup. They estimated
that McClelland's body was
dragged more than 70 feet beneath
their vehicle. But a special prosecu-
tor dismissed the charges last
month, citing a lack of evidence,
after a gravel truck driver came for-
ward and said he might have acci-
dentally run over McClelland.
This was the week Finley's trial
was scheduled to start in a nearby
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In the words of retired Gen. Colin
Powell, postwar Germany was "a
breath of freedom" for black soldiers,
especially those out of the South:
"[They could] go where they wanted,
eat where they wanted, and date,
whom they wanted, just like other
Germany, on the heels of a
Holocaust flamed by anti-Semitism,
would seem to be the last place on
earth to experience any wisp of racial
But two historians studying the
experience of black American GIs in
postwar Germany maintain that racial
discrimination was not institutional-
ized as it was in the southern United
States at the time. So, interracial inter-
actions were possible, if not always
"When they got out of the South, it
was their first experience of a society
without racial boundaries," said
Maria Hohn, who teaches German
history at Vassar College and wrote
"GIs and Fruleins: The German-
American Encounter in 1950s West
Germany," published in 2002.
Hohn and her colleague Martin
Klimke are collecting the oral histo-
ries of black veterans who served in
postwar Germany and are looking for
more to interview for the research
projectThey're searching for black
servicemembers who served in
Germany from 1945 until the end of
the Cold War to share "any kind of
stories or reflections ... on their time
in Germany or on how their military
service changed their perspective on
civil rights in the United States
Hohn and Klimke have about 50
interviews lined up with black veter-
ans, but want to talk with at least 100.
Germany was home to the largest
contingent of American troops
deployed outside the United States
for the past 60 years. Between 1945
and the end of the Cold War in 1989,
about 2 million to 3 million black mil-
itary personnel, family members and
civilian employees lived in Germany.
Titled "The Civil Rights Struggle,
African-American GIs and
Germany," the project explores the
connection between the establish-
ment of American military bases
abroad and the advancement of civil
rights in the U.S., and the role that
black Gls played in carrying the
demands of the civil rights movement
abroad beginning with World War II.
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Women in Power Meeting
Women of God are invited to come out an experience fellowship, encour-
agement and motivation at the upcoming meeting Jacksonville Chapter of
Women N Power International Ministries. The meeting will be held on
Saturday, August 1st at 11 a.m. at Rosalyn Villas in the Library, 1800
Edgewood Avenue. Refreshments will be provided. For more information,
call Lady Faustina Andrews at 904-276-3462.
Believers of Christ Temple Ministries
Celebrating 16th Church Anniversary
Believers of Christ Temple Ministries, will celebrate 16 years of Ministry
proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. July 22-26. Hosted by Pastor M. L.
Drinks and First Lady Tanya Drinks, festivities begin with a Revival on
Wednesday July 22nd- Friday July 24th nightly at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday
July 25th at 6:00 p.m., there will be a Banquet at the Ramada Inn
Mandarin. Sunday July 26th at 9:45 a.m. Sunday School and 11:15 a.m.
will be highlighted by special guest speaker: Dr Joe Mack Bankhead of
Friendly Temple Church of God in Christ in Sulligent, Alabama. The
church is located at 5318 C Street. For more information, call 534-0679.
Boylan-Haven School & Boylan-Haven
Mather Planning Grand Reunion
The Jacksonville chapter of the Boylan-Haven Alumnae Association
invited all alumnae, attendees, and friends to attend the upcoming grand
reunion July 31 August 2, 2009 at the Wyndham Hotel, 1515 Prudential
Dr. The reunion will include a week end filled with entertainment, renew-
ing of acquaintance, and making new friends. For registration and addi-
tional information, call 466-8540 or 631-8912.
Episcopal Church Open to Gay Bishops
The Episcopal Church has voted to accept homosexual clergy in all roles
of the ministry so long as they are in committed lifelong relationships. The
99-45 vote took place at the Episcopal General Convention in Anaheim,
CA. Leaders of the Anglican Communion have been pushing Episcopalians
to roll back their support for gays and lesbians since 2003, when the U.S.
denomination consecrated the first openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson of
New Hampshire. The Episcopal Church is the U.S. Anglican body.
To calm tensions, the Episcopal General Convention three years ago
passed a resolution that urged restraint by dioceses considering gay candi-
dates for bishop. No other Episcopal bishops living openly with same-sex
partners have been consecrated since then.
Drafters of the latest statement insisted that the resolution only acknowl-
edges that the Episcopal Church ordains partnered gays and lesbians and is
not a repeal of what was widely considered a moratorium on consecrating
Services Set for Theater
Artist Conrad De'Andrea
Conrad De'Andrea Lewis
Final homegoing services have
been set for well known choreogra-
pher Conrad De'Andrea Lewis. The
accomplished thespian had been
performing locally at the Alhambra
Theater and Ritz Theater for well
over a decade.
In addition to his theater work, he
appeared in several movies includ-
ing "Glory" with Denzel
Washington and choreographed half
time shows for the Jacksonville
Jaguars. He also was a dancer for
artists such as Mar J. Blige and
The Raines High School gradu-
ates most recent project was the
production, direction and choreog-
raphy of a gospel dance presenta-
tion entitled "Restoration" sched-
uled for September.
In addition to his mother Lorraine
Smith, he is survived by his sister,
Harriet Lewis both of Jacksonville.
Services will be held on
Saturday,July 25th at 10 a.m. at St.
Paul Missionary Baptist Church,
3738 Winton Drive. Interment will
follow at Edgewood Cemetery.
The Gifts Within Summer Arts Camp
The Gifts Within Summer Arts Camp under the direction of Dr. Tanya B.
Brooks began 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 1-10 & 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 began 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.
Churches Invited to Participate in
Pink Sunday to Support Breast Cancer
he North Florida Affiliate of
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
invites all churches to join the
fight against breast cancer by par-
ticipating in Pink Sunday, August
30, 2009.The North Florida
Affiliate is launching its 2nd
Annual Pink Sunday as a grass-
roots effort to educate the com-
munity on breast health and to
help address the high breast can-
cer mortality rates among women
in rural areas and ethnic popula-
tions in North Florida.
Breast cancer effects one in
eight Americans with the highest
prevalence of mortality coming
from the African-American com-
munity. The higher death rate is
attributed to African-American
women being diagnosed at later
stages, when it is less treatable,
and at an earlier age when it is
Special Projects Manager
Tamara Krause is enthusiastic
about this year's program, "This
year, we hope to reach at least
5000 people through Pink
Sunday. We know that many peo-
ple turn to their place of worship
when in need and we believe that
Komen can help educate the com-
munity about breast health and
available breast health services
through this valuable resource.
Early detection is the key to sur-
Each group is responsible for
coordinating the event at their
Sunday (or Saturday) service on
August 30, 2009 (or August 29th).
In planning a Pink Sunday pro-
gram, the North Florida Affiliate
encourages people to celebrate
survivors and honor those who
have lost their battle. Although
each group may tailor the event to
their needs, sample scripts and
talking points will be provided for
guidance, as well as the opportu-
nity to have a guest speaker attend
To participate in spreading the
life-saving message of early
detection, simply download a
form online at http://www.komen-
northflorida.org. Packets will
available for pickup August 24th-
28th. The deadline to register for
this program is August 3, 2009.
If you should have any ques-
tions, contact Tamara Krause at
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One of President Obama's
favorite quotes is from Martin
Luther King Jr.: "The arc of the
moral universe is long, but it bends
As America celebrated its inde-
pendence this month, the first
African-American president stands
as a testament to his faith in that
statement and also to his own prag-
matic political skills. In a nation
where race has long been a divisive
issue, Mr. Obama tapped a yearning
for change with racially neutral lan-
guage that transcended distrust and
helped unite the country to elect its
first black president.
At the same time, a growing
number of African-American schol-
ars are questioning the cost of that
These scholars recognize that
Obama still enjoys extraordinarily
high approval ratings among
African-Americans. An April New
York Times poll found the percent-
age of African-Americans with an
unfavorable opinion of him was too
small to measure. Scholars also
acknowledge the symbolic impor-
tance of a black American family
ing the I
living in the White House; every
image of the president and his
apparently happy Ihmily counters
myriad negative stereotypes.
But there is some concern that in
Obama's efforts to transcend race
and unite the country, the African-
American community could inad-
vertently lose political clout in
determining crucial social-policy
issues -- from education to health-
care -- vital to its well-being.
"What was the price of Obama's
election? In part, it was that we can
no longer talk about race explicitly
around national policy issues, or at
least [Obama] can't, without being
accused of playing identity poli-
tics," says Eddie Glaude, professor
at the Center for African American
Studies at Princeton University. "So
the question is then: How do
engage issues in light of their par-
ticular experiences without being
accused of pushing a racial agen-
An Awkward Dance
To date, it has been an awkward
dance. Some African-Americans
have faced a backlash for criticizing
-lidden Cost of a Black President
Obama. In April 2008, Tavis
Smiley, a leading black commenta-
tor, abruptly lell a popular morning
show on Black Entertainment
Television after he criticized candi-
date Obama. At the time, host Tom
Joyner told listeners that Mr.
Smiley couldn't take "the hate"
coming from listeners. Smiley, who
did not return requests for a com-
ment, later cited fatigue as a reason.
scholar Cornel West was asked
recently if he'd take a post in the
Obama White House. His reply:
"You find me in a crack house
before you find me in the White
On The Huffington Post, comedi-
an Elon James White called Dr.
West's comment "sheer lunacy." He
added, "Dr. West is part of a group
of Black intelligentsia that see it as
their job to step up and police
President Obama on his dealings on
Blackness." West was in Europe
and unavailable for comment.
Michael Eric Dyson, another
leading black intellectual, has also
come under fire for suggesting on
radio that Obama was "playing"
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black people. Dr. Dyson did not
respond to requests for a comment.
At the same time, other leading
African-Americans have been chas-
tised for being overly uncritical.
Professor Glaude says the commu-
nity is experiencing a confusion
typical of any political movement
in the midst of a transformation.
Fourth of July in 1852
Answering that question involves
understanding the historical context
linked to the nation's independence.
In 1852, abolitionist Frederick
Douglass spoke at a Fourth of July
commemoration in Rochester, N.Y.
He asked his mostly white audi-
ence: "What, to the American slave,
is your Fourth of July? I answer; a
day that reveals to him, more than
all other days in the year, the gross
injustice and cruelty to which he is
the constant victim."
Even after slavery was abolished
and the Constitution was amended
to grant blacks all the rights of citi-
zenship, the legacy of slavery and
segregation continued to rob blacks
of full participation in society. That
cemented a conflict about being
American and black -- between the
desire to belong and the impulse to
reform the status quo -- that has
been at the core of African-
American politics ever since.
At the turn of the 20th century,
W.E.B. DuBois summed up the
dilemma thus: "Two souls, two
thoughts, two unreconciled striv-
ings; two warring ideals in one dark
body, whose dogged strength alone
keeps it from being torn asunder."
Today, Obama is regularly asked
what he'll do about the black com-
munity's disproportionately high
unemployment or inequities in edu-
cation and healthcare. His response
steers clear of racial references and
focuses on the need to fix the econ-
omy. "[If] I don't do that, then I'm
not going to be able to help any-
body," he said at a June press con-
Such answers frustrate some
African-Americans, who would
like a more direct response.
Achieving racial equity, they say,
demands significant change more
than Obama has yet enacted and
more than is produced by the sym-
bolism of a black man at the White
Obama has also been criticized
for not putting out a formal state-
ment on the death of
pop star Michael
Robert Gibbs to
comment on it.
Signs Of A
But others say
that Obama has
already made racial
issues, like civil
a top priority. He
has increased by 18
percent the budget
for the Justice
Rights Division and
reversed the conser-
vative stamp on the
Bush brought only
two cases of voter
behalf of African-Americans. Not
too mention, countless Black key
Obama's supporters note that "the
arc of the moral universe is long"
and call for patience. The challenge,
they say, is to distinguish symbol-
ism from substance, and hold him
accountable as any president.
"Obama is not the black president
or the president of the Black United
States, he's president of the United
States. And it's not fair for us to
make demands on him as if he's just
ours," says Monroe Anderson, a
longtime Chicago journalist and
Protests continued from page 5
Previous protests over the case by the Panthers and the Nation of Islam
were mostly peaceful and resulted in no arrests. A handful of white
supremacists have showed up each time.
Protesters have said the McClelland case echoes the murder of James
Byrd, a black man who was chained by the ankles to a pickup by three
white men and dragged to death in 1998 in the town of Jasper.
Authorities, however, have denied there was a racial angle in the
McClelland death, pointing out that he was friends with Finley and
Crostley. Authorities had said the trio were returning from a late-night beer
run across the Oklahoma state line when McClelland died. They alleged
the three were arguing about whether Finley was too drunk to drive, and
that McClelland decided to walk home. Authorities said Finley then ran
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African Americans Have the Highest Rate of Hypertension in the World
African Americans Have the Highest Rate of Hypertension in the World
"My pressure is up".
How many black households
have heard that statement? unfortu-
nately, a desprportionate amount of
them as African Americans and the
people of African descent have the
highest rates of hypertension of any
race or ethnic group in the world.
What is blood pressure?
Blood pressure is the force of
blood pushing on the blood vessel
walls. The heart pumps blood into
the arteries, which carry the blood
throughout the whole body. Blood
pressure normally rises and falls.
When the blood pressure is elevated
over time, it is called high blood
pressure. Any person can develop
hypertension, a term for high blood
pressure. Blood pressure measures
the force of the blood flowing
through the blood vessels when the
heart contracts to pump blood and
when the heart rests between beats.
In people with hypertension, the
tension within the blood vessels is
greater, which makes the heart
can Lead to:
Blood vessel damage
- Heart attack or
I IB-P- Kidney failure
African Americans with high blood pressure
have at least 80% higher chance of dying from
stroke than in the general population.
People with family members who
have high blood pressure
People of African descent,
including Africans and African-
Compared with whites, hypertension develops
earlier in life and average blood pressures are
much higher in African Americans.
Hypertension has been called the
"silent killer" because it can cause
damage to many body organs with-
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Women who are pregnant
Women who take birth control
ot a.lly symptomsLU. -utoUu People over the age of thirty-five
high blood pressure can cause a P
heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, People who are not ive or
People who are not active or
African Americans with high blood pressure
have a 20% higher chance of developing heart dis-
ease than in the general population.
vision problems and even death.
High blood pressure is dangerous
because it makes the heart work
much harder to pump and distribute
blood to the entire body. This extra
work contributes to the hardening
of the arteries in a disease condition
we call atherosclerosis.
Incidence of high blood pressure
and heart disease is fast growing in
the African American population.
Generally a blood pressure greater
than 140/90 is considered high, and
pressure of 130/80 in patients who
have diabetes, kidney disease or
heart failure is also considered high.
Normal blood pressure should be
less than 120/80.
The exact causes of hypertension
are not known but several condi-
tions may play a role in its develop-
ment. These may include:
Obesity (being overweight)
Lack of physical exercise
Too much salt in your diet
Too much alcohol consumption
(over one to two drinks per day)
Genetics (your family "blood
What Are the Symptoms of
High blood Pressure?
There are no symptoms or signs
of high blood pressure. That means
you will not feel it, and about one-
third of those who have high blood
pressure don't know they have it.
The only way to know if you have
high blood pressure is to have your
blood pressure checked by your
People who are more likely to
develop hypertension include:
those who live sedentary lives.
People who drink alcohol
People who eat too much fatty
foods or foods with too much salt
People who smoke
How do I know if I have high
Your doctor or healthcare profes-
sional can tell if you have high
blood pressure by checking your
blood pressure with a special instru-
ment called a sphygmomanometer.
You can also measure your own
blood pressure at home. You should
have your blood pressure checked
at least once a year to make sure
you do not have high blood pres-
What can happen to me if I do
not treat my high blood pressure?
Several things can happen to
someone with high blood pressure:
Atherosclerosis: a disease of the
35% of African Americans have hypertension,
which accounts for about 20% of the African
American deaths in the U.S. twice the percent-
age of deaths among whites from hypertension.
How can my high blood pressure be treated?
You have to make life style changes and if necessary your
doctor can prescribe medication for you. Such lifestyle
changes may include:
Eating a healthy diet low in fat
Cutting down the amount of salt in your food
Regular exercise such as brisk walking and aerobics
Cutting down on alcohol consumption
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lesterol, or fatty material, on the
inside walls of the blood vessels.
with high blood pres-
sure have a greater
risk of developing
end stage kidney dis-
ease than the general
High blood pressure contributes to
this buildup because of extra stress
and force on the artery walls.
Heart Disease: heart failure (can
cause your heart not to pump ade-
quate amount of blood), ischemic
heart disease or heart attack (your
heart tissue can die because it does
not get enough oxygen), and
enlarged heart or cardiomyopathy.
These conditions can all lead to
death if not treated.
Kidney Disease: high blood pres-
sure can damage the blood vessels
and the filters in the kidneys. This
can make the kidneys not to secrete
Stroke: high blood pressure can
lead to stroke and paralysis.
Eye Disease: high blood pressure
can damage the very small blood
vessels in the retina and this can
lead to blindness.
What's in a name? As it turns out,
a lot. A study of 15,000 names
given to boys born between 1987
and 1991 turned up an interesting
finding: The more unusual, femi-
nine or offbeat a name, the more
likely the boy is to end up a com-
mitting a crime.
How does a name affect a
boys future success, or
criminal record, as the
case may be?
sure, but they think
that a lifetime of
may prime an
oddly-named boy to
be an outcast, or to
have low self-
But a look at the top
10 list of names likely to
land a boy in jail is con-
founding, because while
some of these names might be
awkward, they aren't really that odd
or unusual: Alec, Ernest, Garland,
Ivan, Kareem, Luke, Malcom,
Preston, Tyrell, and Walter.
After all, if you want to find
some truly ... unique ... names, you
need only look to the rich and
famous: Pilot Inspektor, Apple,
Kyd, Bronx Mowgli, Coco -- imag-
ine showing up on the playground
with one of those names. And
today's trendiest boys names -- the
Aiden-Hayden-Jayden trinity, for
example -- are decidedly more fem-
inine than the more manly Walter,
Ernest and Luke.
Professor David Kalist, who pub-
lished the study in Social
draws a connection
between the name
and the subse-
S- asserting that
S nile delinquen-
2cy." But in
authors Steven D.
Levitt and Stephen J.
Lubner found that
socioeconomic status --
which can have an impact on what
a parent names a child -- is the more
critical factor in a child's life out-
The biggest lesson for parents is
this: Creativity is wonderful, but
your future child is begging you --
from their junior high playground
to the boardroom -- to pick a name
that won't embarrass them.
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Exploring Hair Color
by Pekela Riley
Ok ladies I know how you like to switch up those do's ...but before
you get too crazy with the color keep this in mind.
Like anything else you must understand the condition that your hair is
in before you experiment with something new. Everybody's hair may
not be able to handle the stress that a permanent color can bring. With
that being said, lets say you're one of my ladies that never misses an
appointment, so for all practical purposes your hair is pretty healthy. In
that case I would advise you to do a gentle permanent color or highlight.
Now keep in mind you can have more than one color...but it's better to
get all of your colors at once in a single process. Trust me talk to your
stylist and decide what colors you're looking for before you get into the
chair. If you want a nice auburn and a few lowlights to blend in then go
for it. Now the problem comes if you want to come back a few weeks
later and add another color. Regardless of what you hear, trust me that
is not a good idea. Color is very taxing on your hair and adding addi-
tional colors weeks after your initial color will severely damage your
So what color should you go far? My personal favorite right now
believe it or not is onyx. Think about some of the young celebrities you
see like Monica, and Rhianna. Chocolate is also pretty hot. It's
deep,dark, and shiny with a warm under tone; quite beautiful. If you
can't live with one color I really like the chocolate with auburn high-
lights. Some of these colors can be achieved with semi and demi per-
manents which mean they are very gentle on your hair.
I fyou have the urge for color and you don't want to commit to them
then I suggest using extensions. blue and purple are hot, but if you're
not sure and just want to try it out bonding a few pieces in is a great way
to do just that.
Hope this helps, PK
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Baby Names Could be
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 9
More Than the Continental Divide
Separates African-Americans from Africans
Chinedu Ezeamuzie, 21, of Athens, Georgia, arrived in 2003 and
has since began his own design firm.
by E. McLaughlin
Africa is not a country, and
Africans generally do not live in
trees or hunt game with spears.
Nor do they all walk around in the
nude among lions and zebras.
African immigrants to the
United States say cartoonish cari-
catures and a Western media pen-
chant for reporting on Africa's dis-
ease, hunger and war -- rather than
the continent's successes -- trivial-
ize their cultures. They complain
they have trouble dispelling the
stereotypes once they arrive in the
They concede, though, the
myths run both ways and some say
they were surprised to find their
values more often aligned with
those of white Americans than
"I have been laughed at because
of my accent and asked all the
ignorant questions," said Ajah-
KINGSTON, Jamaica Even
now, about three years after a
near-fatal gay bashing, Sherman
gets jittery at dusk. On bad days,
his blood quickens, his eyes dart,
and he seeks refuge indoors.
A group of men kicked him and
slashed him with knives for being
a "batty boy" a slang term for
gay men after he left a party
before dawn in October 2006.
They sliced his throat, torso, and
back, hissed anti-gay epithets, and
left him for dead on a Kingston
"It gets like five, six o'clock, my
heart begins to race. I just need to
go home, I start to get nervous,"
said the 36-year-old outside the
secret office of Jamaica's sole gay
rights group. Like many other
gays, Sherman won't give his full
name for fear of retribution.
Despite the easygoing image
propagated by tourist boards, gays
and their advocates agree that
Jamaica is by far the most hostile
island toward homosexuals in the
already conservative Caribbean.
They say gays, especially those in
poor communities, suffer frequent
abuse. But they have little
recourse because of rampant anti-
gay stigma and a sodomy law ban-
ning sex between men in Jamaica
and 10 other former British
colonies in the Caribbean.
It is impossible to say just how
common gay bashing attacks like
the one against Sherman are in
Jamaica their tormentors are
sometimes the police themselves.
But many homosexuals in Jamaica
say homophobia is pervasive
across the sun-soaked island, from
the pulpit to the floor of the
Hostility toward gays has
reached such a level that four
months ago, gay advocates in
New Yurk City launched a short-
Aminata N'daw, 25, of Fall River,
Massachusetts. "Questions like:
Did I live on a.tree? Roam the jun-
gles naked? Have wild animals at
N'daw emigrated from Dakar,
Senegal, in 2001. She works in a
salon and has met African-
Americans who share her values of
hard work and family, but in most
cases, "we are raised differently,
taught different values and held up
to a different moral code."
Gaddafi Nkosi, 18, recently
graduated from The Piney Woods
School, a historically African-
American boarding school about
22 miles southeast of Jackson,
Mississippi. He has since returned
to Pretoria, South Africa, but
recalled well the misnomers he
faced in the U.S.
Nkosi's American classmates
acknowledge their misconcep-
tions. Cydney Smith, 17, of
Nashville, Tennessee, said she
once believed. Africa was populat-
ed with "uncivilized tribes."
Raphael Craig, 17, of
Hyattsville, Maryland, said the tel-
evision misinformed him as well.
Before Craig visited the conti-
nent in 2005 and 2006, he thought
of Africans as "half-naked, run-
ning around with tigers in the jun-
gle," Craig said, confessing he was
unaware tigers roam only Asia.
Butin Ghana and Nigeria, Craig
saw children playing the same
games he and his siblings played.
He saw many signs of modernity,
including Mercedes and other
brands of cars found in the U.S.
"OK, this country is running
how we're running, just two differ-
ent schools," Craig recalled think-
ing. "It really opened my eyes to
the point that everything you see
on TV is not always reality".
If the Western media are doing
Africans no favors, then the
African media are algo a disservice
to African-Americans because it
portrays them as criminals, some
Sandi Litia, 19, a Piney Woods
graduate from Limulunga,
Zambia, said she was initially
scared of African-Americans
because the African media show
them "wearing clothes like gang-
sters and killing each other."
Nkosi concurred that African
media "made it seem as if they
were these aggressive people that
did nothing constructive with their
lives except occupy prison space."
Trying to fit in
Chinedu Ezeamuzie,i 21, of
Athens, Georgia, arrived in 2003.
He had spent the majority of his
life in Jabriya, Kuwait, and came
to the U.S. to pursue his education.
The recent Georgia Tech gradu-
ate said he considers himself
Nigerian because his parents --
both from the village of Uga --
instilled in their four children
strong Nigerian values of family,
community, spirituality and self-
betterment. Test your Africa
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In Athens, Ezeamuzie found his
ideals at odds with those who
shared his skin color at Clarke
Central High School, his first stint
in a public school.
Ezeamuzie didn't understand
why so few black students were in
his advanced-placement classes.
He didn't understand the lunch-
room segregation or the accusing
glances he got for eating with
Gaddafi Nkosi says the African
media portray a-negative image of
white classmates. One classmate
called him a traitor and asked, "Do
you not like black people?"
"My whole life 1 had reaped ben-
aicans Live and Die in Fear
lived boycott against Jamaica at
the site of the Stonewall Inn,
where demonstrations launched
the gay-rights movement in 1969.
In its 2008 report, the U.S. State
Dept. also notes that gays have
faced death and arson threats, and
are hesitant to report incidents
against them because of fear.
For gays, the reality of this
enduring hostility is loneliness
and fear, and sometimes even
Andrew, a 36-year-old volun-
teer for an AIDS education pro-
gram, said he was driven from the
island after his ex-lover was killed
for being gay which police said
was just a robbery gone wrong.
He moved to the U.K. for several
years, but returned to Jamaica in
2008 for personal reasons he
declined to disclose.
Many in this highly Christian
nation perceive homosexuality as
a sin, and insist violence against
gays is blown out of proportion by
gay activists. Some say Jamaica
tolerates homosexuality as long as
it is not advertised a tropical
version of former President Bill
Clinton's "don't ask, don't tell"
policy for the U.S. military.
Jamaica's most prominent evan-
gelical pastor, Bishop Herro Blair,
said he sympathizes with those
who face intolerance, but that
homosexuals themselves are actu-
ally behind most of the attacks
reported against them.
"Among themselves, homosex-
uals are extremely jealous," said
Blair during a recent interview.
"But some of them do cause a
reaction by their own behaviors,
for, in many people's opinions,
homosexuality is distasteful."
Other church leaders have
accused gays of flaunting their
behavior to "recruit" ) uiir I,.l ..
or called for them to undergo
"redemptive work" to break free
of their sexual orientation.
Perhaps playing to anti-gay con-
stituents, politicians routinely rail
against homosexuals. During a
recent parliamentary session in,
lawmaker Ernest Smith of the rul-
ing Jamaica Labor Party stressed
that gays were "brazen," and "vio-
lent," and expressed anxiety that
the police force was "overrun by
A few weeks later, Prime
Minister Bruce Golding described
gay advocates as "perhaps the
most organized lobby in the
world" and vowed -to keep
Jamaica's "buggery law" pun--
ishable by 10 years on the
books. During a BBC interview
last year, Golding vowed to never
allow gays in his Cabinet.
The dread of homosexuality is
so all-encompassing that many
Jamaican men refuse to get digital
rectal examinations for prostate
cancer, even those whose disease
is advanced, said Dr. Trevor
Tulloch of St. Andrews Hospital.
"Because it is a homophobic
society, there's such a fear of the
sexual implications of having the
exam that men won't seek out
help," said Tulloch, adding
Jamaica has a soaring rate of
prostate cancer because men won't
Writer Staceyann Chin, a les-
bian who fled her Caribbean
homeland for New York more
than a decade ago, stressed that
violence in Jamaica is high -
there were 1,611 killings last year,
about 10 times more than the U.S.
rate relative to population but
that it is "extraordinarily" high
"The macho ideal is celebrated,
praised in Jamaica, while homo-
sexuality is paralleled with
pedophilia, rapists," Chin said.
"Markers that other people per-
ceive as gay they walk a certain
way, wear tight pants, or'are over-
ly friendly with a male friend -
make them targets. It's a little
pressure cooker waiting to pop."
In 1996, when she was 20, Chin
came out as lesbian- on the
Kingston UWI campus. She said"
she was ostracized by her peers,
and one-day was herded into a
campus bathroom by a group of
male students, who ripped off her
clothes and sexually assaulted her.
"They told me what God wanted
from me, that God made women
to enjoy sex with men," recalled,
Chin, a poet, performer and lectur-
er who closes her just-published
memoir "The Other Side of
Paradise" with her searing account
of the attack.
Jamaican nationalism has
always been tied in deeply with
bugbears about masculinity, mak-
ing for d "potent brew" where
those who violate accepted stan-
dards of manliness are easy, tar-
gets, said Scott Long of Human
Many gays from poorer areas in
Jamaica say they congregate in
private to find safety and compan-
ionship. Once a month, they have
underground church services at
revolving locations across the
Sherman, meanwhile, is simply
trying to move on with his life.
But he said he will always remem-
ber how, after his attack, patrol-
men roughly lifted his bloodied
body out of their squad car when a
man admonished them for aiding a
"batty boy." A woman shamed
them into driving him to a hospi-
tal; they stuffed him in the trunk.
"Being gay in Jamaica, it's like,
don't tell anybody. Just keep it to
yourself," he said.
Emeka Aniukwu, of Ebenebe, Nigeria, married Sonya Roberts, an
African-American, last month.
efits from being in different circles
and bridging them," so he wanted
to fit in, he said.
He found clothes akin to what he
saw many African-Americans
wearing --- baggy pants and an
oversized T-shirt. He relaxed his
British-trained tongue and tried
out for the basketball team, the 6-
foot-5 Ezeamuzie said..
Ezeamuzie recalled finding him-
self more confused by his experi-
ence with some African-
Americans: Why were they so
cliquish? Why did they mock stu-
dents for being intelligent? Why
were they homophobic and bent on
using the n-word? Why did every
conversation seem to involve
drugs, girls or materialism?
"They kind of accepted me.
They saw me a-little differently,
but I was thinking this is a very
narrow mindset," Ezeamutie said.
Ezeamuzie and other ,Africans
say they feel African- Aericaris
too often dwell on slavery and the
racism that has persisted for more
than a century since the
"We have all beeh tortured," said
iReporter Vera Ezimora, 24, a
Nigerian student living in
Baltimore, Maryland. "Now that
we are free, holding on to the sins
of white men who have long died
and gone to meet their maker is
more torture than"anything we
Values at core
Martin Mohammed, president of
the U.S. African Chamber of
Commerce. estimates there are 3
million African immigrants i the
U.S. -- about twice the t.S.
Census Bureau estimate. HeI has
heard from numerous immigrants
struggling to find commonalities
with Americans who share thei
Mohammed emigrated from
Somalia in 1998 and is now natu-
ralized. He considers ihmself
African-American, but "it does o"t
mean that 1 have already assimilat-
ed into the culture."
Values and upbringings may lie
at the center of the cultures' misun-
derstanding of each other, he said.
Many Africans come to the U.S.
to escape dire conditions such as
poverty or civil war. Their objec-
tives are often advancing their
education or finding good jobs,
They also strive to reunite their
families, or at least support them
back home. Remittances from the
U.S. to Africa total about $20 bil-
lion annually, according to the
However, African immigrants
find that education and good jobs
elude their African-American
brethren, and there is a perception
that many African-American men
aren't committed to supporting
their families, Mohammed said.
The two cultures have much to
teach each other -- especially polit-
ically and economically -- but they
must accept they have something
Myths thrive on ignorance
Emeka Aniukwu, 35, hails from
Ebenebe, Nigeria, and said he has
heard all the American mispercep-
tions about Africa, but the cure to
ignorance is communication.
He began dating Sonya Roberts,
25, of Austin, Texas, shortly after
he arrived in the U.S. in March
2005. She -taught him about
African-American culture, and he
taught her about Nigeria. The cou-
ple married two years ago.
"Talk t6 people, stop showing
ugly face and don't be shy about
your accent," !he advised African
immigrants." "Most of the media
coverage-about Africa is all about
hunger, 'diseases and war, so what
do you expect? So calm down and
educate them as much as you can."
At Piney Woods, where about 35
of the 200 students emigrate from
Africa, the school's president,
Reginald Nichols, concurs that
education is integral to under-
He's heard Africans say the
African-Americans are aggressive,
while the African-Americans
accuse Africans of being reserved -
but the more they mingle the
more they mesh, he said.
Mohammed, too, said he'd like
to see more African-Americans
dispelling m.ths about Africa,
which is increasingly important as
Africans in the U.S. begin wield-
ing more economic influence.
The chamber estimates African
immigrants have about $50 billion
in annual purchasing power.
Numbers from the University of
Georgia's Selig Center of
Economic Growth indicate the
number is just behind the nation's
Native American community,
whlich had $61.8 billion in buying
Power last year. The entire
African-American market was
estimated at $913 billion and the
Hispanic market at $951 billion.
History dictates that economic
power precedes political power.
Mohammed said Africans can
learn much about politics from
African-Americans because of
their "level of influence in
Faraji Goredenna, 53, ofLayton,
Utah, said he encourages African-
Americans to learn more about
Africa and lend a hand to Africans
so they know "America's institu-
tions and opportunities are open to
But he'd like a symbiotic rela-
tionship, he said, explaining, "We
African-Americans want to learn
more about our history and culture
as it exists in Africa, but we have
also created a culture for ourselves
here that we ask our brothers and
sisters from Africa to respect."
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There will be a comedy concert at
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Special K. It will be held on
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more information call 451-7482.
Bing at the Onmi
Saxophonist Aaron Bing will have
a CD Release Party of his latest
recording, "Secret Place". It will be
held at the Omni Hotel on Friday,
July 24th from 7 11 p.m. For tick-
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Dinner & Dance
The Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle
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dinner and dance on Saturday,
July 25th. It will be held at the
Southside Women's Club, 2500
Club Terrace. Doors open at 7 and
dinner will begin at 7:30 sharp.
Keynote speaker will be former
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more information, call 254-5313.
and Youth Summit
On Saturday, July 25, 2009 at
9:00 am, the Women of Color
Cultural Foundation and other com-
munity partners will present the
10th Annual Health Symposium for
People of All Nations at the
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. The
event is free to the public and will
feature a Youth Summit, free health
screenings, lunch, t-shirts, and
prizes. You must pre-register. For
more information or to register, call
African Children's Choir
If you missed the African
Children's Choir in May, you'll
have a few more chances to see the
acclaimed Choir in July. Upcoming
performances include Sunday, July
26th 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. at
Southpoint Community Church,
7556 Salisbury Road; Sunday, July
26th 6:00 p.m. at North
Jacksonville Baptist Church, 8531
North Main Street and Tuesday,
July 28th 7:00 p.m. at Southside
United Methodist Church, 3120
Hendricks Ave. Admission is free!
Issues & Answers
JCCI will present their monthly
Issues and Answers Luncheon with
a timely lunchtime conversation on:
"Our Money, Our City: Financing
Jacksonville's Future" with Study
Chair, J.F. Bryan IV. It will be held
on Wednesday, July 29th from
12:00 1:00 p.m. at JCCI headquar-
ters located at 2434 Atlantic Blvd.
Feel free to bring your lunch.
Drinks and desserts will be provid-
ed. RSVP to Earlene at
email@example.com by Monday, July
27 or call 396-3052.
Downtown Blood Drive
There will be a Blood Drive in
Downtown Jacksonville on Friday,
July 31st from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00
p.m. atHemming Plaza. The Blood
Alliance Bloodmobile will be at the
Hemming Plaza Market
Appointments are scheduled every
20 minutes. Walk-ins are welcome.
A photo ID is required to donate.
All donors will be entered to win
theme park tickets. Call 634-0303
ext. 225 to register an appointment.
First Coast Adult
The First Coast Tennis Foundation
Adult City Championships returns
July 31 to August 2 at Jacksonville
Golf & Country Club. More than
250 adults of all levels participated
last year so register early. Details
for the event, including registration
procedures can be found at first-
coasttennis.com or call 338-8713.
The Hampton University Alumni
Association will present a "Game
Night" on Friday, July 31st
from7:30 11:00 p.m. at The
Carling, 31 W. Adams St., in down-
town Jacksonville. Come out for an
evening of adult fun, filled with an
assortment of games. The Dress is
business casual or wear your best
school paraphernalia. Prizes will be
awarded to the Alumnus WEAR-
ING the MOST/best school para-
phernalia, Alumni assoc. with the
most members present, and to
Game winners. For more informa-
tion call 382-6033.
Cocktails for a Cause
The Clara White Mission Young
Executive Society (YES) will spon-
sor Cocktails for a Cause on
Friday, July 31st from 5:30 7:00
p.m. at the University Club. The
evening will include complimenta-
ry upscale hors'doeuvres and a
variety of discounted cocktails.
RSVP your attendance to Sherlene
Mike Epps in Concert
Comedian Mike Epps will be in
concert on Friday, July 31st at
8:00 p.m.at the Times Union
Center Moran Theater. Ticket prices
range from $39.50- 65.50. Tickets
available at the Jacksonville
Veterans Memorial Arena Box
Office, Ticketmaster outlets, or
charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.
Dinner Theatre Event
There will be a dinner theater
event at The Church Fellowship
located at 8808 Lem Turner Road
on the Northside. The title of the
play is "Skeletons The Musical".
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show starts at 7:30 p.m on Friday,
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Attend a Butterfly Gardening
Workshop on Saturday, August 1
from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the
Duval Extension Office on 1010 N
McDuff Avenue. Learn about
Florida butterflies and conservation
efforts. Find out how to attract but-
terflies to your landscape and use
Florida-friendly practices to control
pests. Purchase plants to attract but-
terflies at the workshop. You must
call 387-8850 to pre-register.
Maxwell in Concert
Tickets are now on sale for R&B
Crooner Maxwell. The artist will
grace the stage of the Veteran's
Memorial Arena on Saturday,
August 2nd at 8 p.m. For tickets,
contact Ticketmaster at 353-3309.
Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour
of Downtown galleries and muse-
ums, as well as cultural venues,
restaurants and businesses on the
first Wednesday of every month.
Next it will be on August 5th.
Choose your own route, or begin at
at 100 N. Laura St.
Book Club Meeting
The August meeting for the
PRIDE Book Club, north Florida's
oldest and largest book club for
people of color, will be held on
Saturday August 8th at 7:00 p.m.
hosted Marsha Phelts. The book for
discussion is "Unburnable" by
Marie-Elena John. For directions or
more information, call Romona
Baker at 384-3939 or 703-3428.
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
Friday, August 14th at the Prime
Osborne Convention Center.
Organizers call it a "sophisticated
nightlife option for Jacksonville's
professional". The monthly event
will include food, fun, games and
music. For more information, visit
Jamie Foxx in Concert
Comedian and chart topping R&B
performer Jamie Foxx will be in
concert for on night only at the
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
Arena. Foxx will take the stage on
Friday, August 28, 2009 at 8 p.m.
For tickets or more information,
call ticketmaster at 353-3309 or 1-
Jax Urban League
The Jacksonville Urban League
will host a Golf Tournament on
September 14, 2009 to benefit the
JUL Scholarship Fund, programs
and services. It will be held at the
Timaquana Country Club and wil
include a continental breakfast and
8:30 a.m. shotgun start followed by
lunch, awards and raffle. For more
information, call Linnie Finley at
The Florida Theatre will present
the legendary Smokey Robinson on
Monday, September 21 at 8
PM.As a songwriter and producer,
he was the most important musical
component to Motown's early suc-
cess, not only on the hits by the
Miracles, but for numerous other
acts as well Tickets are currently on
sale. Call the box office at 355-
Annual Black Expo
The 8th Annual Florida Black
Expo will be held October 10,
2009 from 11 a.m. 7 p.m. at the
Prime Osborn Convention Center.
This years highlights include actors
Idris Elba and David Mann ak Mr.
Brown. For more information, call
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TAX MAN AFTER FOXY BROWN,
TONI BRAXTON: Celebs are the latest to
be publically shamed over Uncle Sam debt
Rapper Foxy Brown and R&B star Toni Braxton
are the latest celebs to be targeted by Uncle Sam
over tax debts.
Brown is said to owe $641,558 in federal taxes
to the state of New York. A tax lien was filed
against the Brooklyn diva in June for missing payments in the years 2003,
2004, 2005 and 2006.
As for Braxton, the state of California issued a lien against the singer
and her husband Keri Lewis in March claiming the couple owes $79,315
in back taxes.
MCNAIR ESTATE BATTLE MAY GET MESSY: Widow
named administrator; adds her two sons as heirs but excludes older
sons from another woman.
A legal fight over the estate of Steve McNair may
be in the works, according to TMZ.com, as the
former NFL quarterback did not leave a will.
His widow, Mechelle, was named administrator
of his estate; and she's named her two sons, Tyler
and Trenton, as heirs. But McNair has two older
sons from a prior relationship -- Steven McNair Jr.
and Steven O'Brian Koran McNair who were not
listed by Mechelle as heirs.
Under Tennessee law, Mechelle gets 1/3 of the
estate and the remaining 2/3 is split evenly among
According to TMZ, there are reports that Mechelle is not convinced
McNair fathered the two older kids, even though one of them was getting
$500 a month in child support from the athlete.
CHRIS ROCK MAKES FORBES' TOP COMICS LIST:
Actor is the nation 's second richest comedian.
Chris Rock ranks No. 2 on Forbes' list of top-earning comedians with
$42 million banked between June 2008 and June 2009.
Over the course of the year, he added a slew of big-screen flicks to his
r6sum6 ("Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," the upcoming "Death at a
Funeral" and "Grown Ups"), released a new top-rated HBO comedy spe-
cial ("Kill the Messenger") and secured another book deal.
This fall, his TV show "Everybody Hates Chris,", will begin airing in
syndication. Even more lucrative, Rock hit the road for his first world-
wide stand-up tour, which touched down in the UK, Australia and South
Africa as well as various locations in the States.
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Brown, Hill, Child, Walker, Maxwell Family Reunion Held at Jax Beach
Shown above in attendance are : Naje Smith, James Whitfield, Shantrel Brown, Mary Whitfield, Ashley Scott, Morgan Danford, Joyce Danford, Frank Powell, Kaylyn Cyrus, Corrine Brown, Culleyl Johnson Sr.,
Sherri Whitfield,Jarvis Whitfield,W B Johnson,Twala Johnson,Veola Johnson, Shangee Whaley, Kawan Cyrus, Morgan Cyrus, Bernard Cyrus Jr., Culleyl Johnson Jr, Mattie Hemmingway, Kirstin Johnson, Lena
Smith, Albert Williams, Louis Rentz, Chelsea Johnson, Paula Patterson, Jasmon Stewart, Destinee Polite, Polly Rentz, Flora Williams, Anastasia Smith,William Harris, Albert Williams, Franeka Williams, Donna
McGhee, John McGhee, Nathan Harris, Jaliyah Thompson, Barbara Brown, Delia Covington, Bennie Brown, Elijah McKenzie Sr., Elijah McKenzie Jr, Jonathan McKenzie, Armenia Green, Leonita Arnold, Brittney
Arnold, Ashley Arnold, Beatrice Matthews, Louise McKenzie, Allison L McKenzie, Mary Burden, Jane McGhee, Nathaniel Smith III, Lacy Simmons, LaVonnie Mitchell, Sean Williams, Rashad Medlock, Nathaniel
Smith Jr,Abraham Simmons,Kennedy Williams,Jackie Gray,Tia Mitchell,LaVetta Matthews,Anthony Harris, Rachel Smith, Kedra Williams, Gloria Simmons, Richard Danford, Lakeisha Harris and Reggie Gaffney.
The Brown, Hill, Child, Walker
Maxwell Families held their 36th
annual Family Reunion last week-
end at JacksonvilleBeach. The three
day event headquartered at the
Quality Suites included a Welcome
Reception, Fish Fry, shopping,
Adventure Landing, family games,
a banquet, line dancing, "Amateur
Night" and concluded with a family
Over 100 family members of all
ages attended the event which
began in 1970 in Monticello,
Florida hosted by the late Maynor
Brown and his wife Ceveria. It has
since grown to include both sides of
their extended families.
A Change Has Come
M 0 N T angling for funds far ahead of the f
GOMERY, Ala. party's 2010 primary by calling f
Artur Davis' all donors to a fish fry.
S campaign to Invitations to New York attorney
** b e c o m e Sanford Rubenstein's fundraiser a
Alabama's first Monday night suggested contribu-
black governor tions could be made in amounts of c
is drawing notice between $1,000 and $10,000. The l1
as far off as New address on the invitations? r
Davis York, where a Rubenstein's penthouse on
prominent attorney organized a top- Manhattan's affluent East side. B
dollar fundraiser at his swanky Davis' primary rival, state I
Manhattan penthouse. A rival Agriculture Commissioner Ron g
Democrat, Ron Sparks, is also Sparks, also organized his own tU
This year's event was hosted by
Corrine Brown and family.
Previous reunion destinations have
included Atlanta, Ga., Washington,
D.C., and Orlando, Fl. among other
- Fish Frys
fundraiser Monday night an old-
fashioned fish fry in a rural area of
west Alabama. Sparks said his
would be an outdoor event drawing
bout 200 supporters.
No matter how they do it, both
amps' efforts to collect cash are
ikely to shake up the governor's
Davis campaign chairman Jere
leasley said interest in the
democraticc congressman's run for
governor is being whetted outside
he state because of his ties to
President Barack Obama and the
historic bid to become the first
black governor of the Deep South
Regardless of the cash raised, the
winner of the Davis-Sparks primary
in June 2010 has a difficult chal-
lenge in the general election that
November. Republicans have won
every Alabama race for governor
except one since 1986.
On the Republican side of the
ballot, Moore is running again
along with several others.
Charles Bolden Makes History
as Confirmed Head of NASA
Charles Bolden testifies at his confirmation hearing before the Senate
Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee in Washington,
July 8. The US Senate has confirmed former astronaut and Marines
giiieral Boldeii iia the iiw administrator of NASA, iiiiiakig him the US
space agency's first African-American chief.
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