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Clear Channel Donates Stations to
Support Minority Radio Ownership
Clear Channel Radio has agreed to donate stations and equipment to
the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council as part of a move
to increase diversity in media ownership.
The media conglomerate's radio division will donate a number of AM
station to the council through the MMTC-Clear Channel Ownership
Diversity Initiative. Initially, Clear Channel Radio plans to donate AM
radio stations KYHN in Fort Smith, Ark.; WTFX in Winchester, Va.;
KMFX in Rochester, Minn.; and WHJA in Laurel, Miss.
The council will work with the National Association of Broadcasters
(NAB) Education Foundation's Broadcast Leadership Training Program
to use these radio stations for training purposes as well as incubate a new
generation of minority and women broadcast owners, says David Honig,
president and executive director of the council.
Judge Rules NY Firefighter Test
Discriminates Against Minorities
A federal judge ruled last week that the New York City Fire Department
used recruitment exams that discriminated against African-American and
U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis found that the written tests had
"discriminatory effects and little relationship to the job of a firefighter."
Garaufis also concluded that the "examinations unfairly excluded hun-
dreds of qualified people of color from the opportunity to serve as New
York City firefighters," thus, he said, constituting employment discrimi-
nation. The Vulcan Society, an organization that represents African-
American firefighters, also was listed as a plaintiff in the lawsuit.
The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice
against the city of New York, with the suit challenging whether the city's
written fire-department exams from 1999 to 2007 disadvantaged would-
be African-American and Hispanic firefighters.
Of the firefighters in the New York City Fire Department in 2007, 3.4
percent were African-American and 6.7 percent Hispanic, according to
Company to Turn Michael
Jackson's Hair into Diamonds
A Chicago company said on last week it had obtained some of the hair
Jackson burned while filming a 1984 Pepsi commercial and planned to
create a limited edition of diamonds from it.
"Absolutely this is for real," said Dean VandenBiesen, founder of
LifeGem, which has a patent on a process that extracts carbon from hair,
turns it into crystals and then into high-quality laboratory diamonds.
VandenBiesen told Reuters there was enough singed hair in his pos-
session to make about 10 diamonds. No sale price has been set but
VandenBiesen said LifeGem created three diamonds from locks of
Beethoven's hair in 2007, and sold one of them for around $200,000.
WNBA Gets A+ in Diversity
The WNBA still leads the way in sports diversity, receiving an A-plus
Thursday for the second consecutive year in an annual diversity report
card on race and gender.
The WNBA is the only professional league to have received a perfect
grade, according to the Associated Press.
The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport study rates leagues and
college sports on the number of participating women and minorities. The
study reported a 10 percent increase in the number of black general man-
agers in the WNBA and a slight increase in black head coaches.
Women also gained ground, with 10 percent increases in the number of
head coaches and team presidents, and a slight increase in the number of
general managers. The league began play in 1997, about the same time
the NBA began its diversity initiative.
"The WNBA remained as the best employer overall for women and
people of color in sport," Lapchick said. "They have set the standard for
sport with their combined A-plus grade. Taken with the NBA's overall A
grade, basketball has again swept the table for best practices for hiring
from a diverse pool of candidates."
Conyers Wants Bush Investigated
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee urged Attorney
General Eric Holder to appoint a special counsel to examine potential
abuses by former President George W. Bush's administration last week.
Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., said in a speech to the National Press
Club that Holder "must appoint a special counsel to review the Bush
administration abuses of power and misconduct. A criminal probe he's
got to do that."
Conyers' committee has sought an investigation of Bush administration
moves criticized by Democrats, including its methods of interrogating
foreign detainees, use of warrantless wiretaps, alleged retribution against
critics, and allegations that officials intentionally misused intelligence.
He said the criminal probe should be accompanied by a "9/11-type
panel" to gather facts and make recommendations on preventing the mis-
use of power. Holder is considering whether to appoint a prosecutor to
review the administration's methods of interrogating suspected terrorists.
President Barack Obama has expressed reluctance to conduct a probe
into alleged Bush-era abuses and resisted an effort by congressional
Democrats to establish a "truth commission," saying the nation should be
"looking forward and not backwards."
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Volume 23 No.44 Jacksonville, Florida July 30 August 5, 2009
Mayor Loses First Round of
Tax Increase for Budget Battle
In a close and narrow vote, Mayor
John Peyton lost his first battle in
launching a tax increase to fund
The Jacksonville City Council
voted 10-9 against the tax increase
which would increase property
taxes by 12 percent. The Mayor's
Office had launched a "Fix It Now"
campaign over the past few weeks
encouraging the city's citizens to
support the plan. Without the
increase, the Mayor's Office said
the cut City budget could not afford
present amenities including the
Jacksonville Jazz Festival and even
the Ritz Theatre among others.
The Mayor however doesn't feel
defeated in the battle which has lit-
erally just begun.
He has vowed not to sign the bill
approving the city's budget calling
the resulting vote "reckless and
By refusing to sign the bill and
not risk a veto that could be over-
turned, his action will force the
maximum property tax rate to
default by state law to a "rollback"
rate, which this year would actually
result in a 9.3 percent increase.
The council's vote was only a
preliminary step. They will approve
the budget and set the actual tax
rate in late September which is
required to pass a balanced budget
before the fiscal year begins Oct. 1.
"Everybody else has to cut back
and adjust to this economy," said
Jacksonville resident Lisa Belton,
"why can't the City of
90th Birthday Highlights
McKenzie Family Reunion
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Jamaal McKenzie, honoree Kathlyn Lenore Porter Mckenzie 90th
Birthday, Tiffani Henderson, Myisha McKenzie and Devaughn
The McKenzie Family of Jacksonville turned their family matriarch's
90th birthday celebration into a mini family reunion with a variety of activ-
ities to celebrate the milestone of Mrs. Kathlyn McKenzie. See Page 3
Dr. Ezekiel Bryant Teddy Washington
Educational and Cultural
Community Loses Two Giants
The Jacksonville community is mourning the loss of two different
icons this week. Dr. Ezekiel Bryant, a trailblazer in Jacksonville educa-
tion an celebrated jazz trumpeter Teddy Washington. For more on the
lives and planned services see page 3.
Author E. Lynn Harris
E. Lynn Harris Passes Suddenly
Celebrated, openly-gay author
E. Lynn Harris died unexpected-
ly last week while on a West
Coast book tour. he was 54.
Harris became famous for his
novels, which frequently depicted
gay African-American men on the
down low or in the closet. He
won critical acclaim, however,
for a memoir, "What Becomes of
An improbable and inspirational
success story, Harris worked for a
decade as an IBM executive
before taking up writing, selling
the novel "Invisible Life" from
his car as he visited salons and
beauty parlors around Atlanta. He
had unprecedented success for an
openly gay black author and his
strength as a romance writer led
some to call him the "male Terry
In 15 years, Harris became the
genre's most successful author,
penning 11 titles, ten of them
New York Times bestsellers.
More than four million of his
books are in print.
Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
File Suit to Oust National President
The national president of the
nation's oldest sorority for colle-
giate and professional black women
is in hot water with members of the
organization. Not the kind of hot
water that merits a phone call, but
the issue has escalated to members
asking a D.C. court to remove the
group's national leadership and
order its president to return funds
allegedly paid in violation of the
The steam behind the campaign
is runnign full force sans alot of talk
and speculation. The discontented
membership have launched a full
frontal assault fueled by legal docu-
ments and donations all fueled by a
The sorority's national president,
Barbara McKinzie, has come under
fire for a long list of alleged finan-
cial misdeeds. Among the filed
court documents, misappropriations
include: McKinzie used the organi-
zation's money to commission a
$900,000 "living legacy wax fig-
ure" of herself; making herself the
first paid president having received
$375,000 as a stipend for services
rendered; a $1 million life insur-
ance policy; a $4,000 monthly pen-
sion stipend to be paid for four
years after she leaves office and
countless others among court docu-
Eight members of Alpha Kappa
Alpha filed the complaint in D.C.
Superior Court on June 20, 2009.
Their reason "to restore their
beloved sorority to its former high
standards of governance, corporate
transparency and active member
communication," according to the
Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) was
founded at Howard University in
1908 and now boasts more than 950
chapters in cities and colleges
around the world, claiming more
than 200,000 members that include
some of the most prominent and
successful black female business
leaders in the country. They recent-
ly celebrated their centennial
anniversary that was chaired by for-
mer National President,
Jacksonville's own Dr. Norma
White. The event drew nearly
20,000 guests to the nation's capital
setting a Guinness world record for
the largest sit-down dinner in the
history of conventions worldwide.
The event itself, though, is part of
the controversy. With a registration-
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Are Your Prepared for
an Unexpected Death?
Too often, people delay writing a
will because they believe they are
too young, or they think that their
estate is too small. But estate plan-
ning experts say anyone with chil-
dren or anyone who owns any
assets whether of monetary or
emotional value should have
their affairs in order in the event of
their unexpected demise.
"You don't know when you are
going to die. You have to create a
will if you want to legally make
sure that your property passes to the
loved ones you choose," says Atty.
Lori Anne Douglass who special-
izes in estate planning.
A will is a legal declaration of
your wishes regarding the disposal
of property or estate after death; it
may also include details on the
guardianship for minor children.
Unfortunately, a will is something
that many people fail to do.
Often, it is the property with the
least financial value but the most
emotional value that can cause
strife between heirs, says Bradley
A. Thomas, a member of the
Washington Bar Association, one of
the nation's first black law groups.
Without a will, when a person
dies no one can access the money in
the deceased person's solely owned
bank account, transfer ownership of
their vehicles or houses, or collect
stock or liquid assets.
When a person dies without a
will they are called intestate and
their property will be distributed
according to law. "[When you draft
a will] you are taking as much con-
trol over your affairs as you can,
rather than letting the state control
them," says Thomas.
Basic wills can be created for
about $70 on websites like
Nolo.com and Legalzoom.com, but
it is recommend to hire a lawyer
who specializes in wills and estate
planning. An attorney can ensure
that the will is less likely to be con-
tested and minimize the time and
expense of the probate process,
which involves the collection and
appraisal of assets, payment of
debts, and dispersal of assets,
according to the deceased's wishes.
Here are four steps Thomas and
Douglass recommend when
preparing to draft a will:
1. Take an inventory of what
you own. Determine exactly what
are your assets, your debts, and pro-
viding you have more assets than
debts, decide who you want to
leave your assets to, what and how
much of the assets each person will
receive and consider your charita-
ble intentions, says Douglass.
Update your will regularly as you
gain or lose assets or as your fami-
ly situation changes. Every time a
new will is drafted, it should specif-
ically revoke all prior wills.
2. Select a person you trust to
carry out your affairs. The person
you choose to be in charge of your
estate is called your Executor, or
Personal Representative. The role
of the Executor is to make sure that
the original will is filed with the
court and to oversee the probate
process. If a person dies without a
will then the court will determine
who should be in charge.
It's also recommended that when
preparing a will one designates a
successor Executor in case the first
choice is unable or unwilling to
perform his responsibilities. The
Executor is typically entitled to a
fee or commission for the work of
probating the will.
3. Appoint a guardian for your
minor children. If you have chil-
dren under 18 you will need to
name a guardian in your will. A will
is the only place where you can
appoint a person to be a guardian of
your child's person and a financial
guardian. Those can be two sepa-
rate people or one person. The
guardian of the child will be
responsible for your children's
upbringing, including making deci-
sions about your children's health,
schooling, and moral training,
while the financial guardian over-
sees the inheritance.
You should also consider if the
guardian can take care of your kids
financially if you can not leave
enough money for them. Discuss
your intentions with the chosen
individual to make sure that they
are willing to act as a guardian if
you were to die. It is also wise to
choose a successor guardian in case
the first person becomes unable to
serve. If you don't name a guardian
or trustee then the state will name
one for you.
If you are separated, single, or
divorced and are the sole physical
guardian of your children, it is cru-
cial to have a will that sets forth
your desires about who you want
your child to live with if you die
while the child is a minor. Express
your concerns in the will if you
believe the surviving parent is not
capable of raising the children.
While not guaranteed the courts
will most likely honor the custodial
4. Consider setting up a trust. A
trust is a legal arrangement where-
by a person gives property to a
trustee to manage for the benefit of
a third party. Trusts can stand alone
or be a part of a will. "A will is just
one part of estate planning," says
Thomas. "The larger an estate is the
more you rely [on trusts.]"
The best practice is to set up a
trust and/or a financial guardian for
any children under the age of 18
because most states do not allow
minors to inherit directly. In so
doing you will need to appoint a
trustee who is responsible for man-
aging the money until the child
reaches the age of adulthood or
whatever age you determine.
Although a trust is oftentimes
created for a minor, one should
always consider transferring money
to people of any age in trust. By
leaving money in trust, the trustee
can help manage the money, protect
the beneficiary from creditor's
claims, prevent money from
becoming available in a divorce, or
allow for the beneficiary to receive
government entitlements such as
Medicaid. These trusts are technical
and state specific. We strongly rec-
ommend meeting with an attorney
for trust-based estate planning.
Economic Crisis Causing Many to Rethink Retirement
By Jason Alderman
When the stock market and
housing prices were soaring not so
long ago, many baby boomers fig-
ured they could retire early and live
comfortably on their profits. Today
that situation has reversed: Many
folks are now postponing their
retirement or even being forced to
reenter the workforce, either to
supplement diminished savings or
because they underestimated how
expensive retirement would be.
According to the
Department of Labor,
the number of people over
55 still working has
increased by more than
800,000 since the recession
began, despite rising
In fact, according to the
Department of Labor, the number
of people over 55 still working has
increased by more than 800,000
since the recession began, despite
rising overall unemployment.
If you are wondering about the
right time to retire, here are a few
How much will you need?
Financial planners often suggest
people may need 70 to 90 percent
of pre-retirement income to main-
tain their current lifestyle, but indi-
vidual circumstances make it hard
to generalize. For example, some
folks downsize their housing or
retire to less expensive areas and
therefore may need less. Others
can anticipate high medical bills or
other heightened expenses.
Crunch the numbers. Start esti-
mating your retirement needs by
using online interactive calcula-
Social Security's Retirement
Estimator now automatically
enters your own earnings informa-
tion from its records to estimate
your projected Social Security ben-
efits under different scenarios,
such as age at retirement, future
earnings projections, etc.
also have a more detailed calcula-
tor you can download to make
more precise estimates.
Check whether your 401(k) plan
administrator's website has a cal-
culator to estimate how much you
will accumulate under various
contribution and investment sce-
narios. If not, use the 401(k) calcu-
lator at www.bankrate.com under
the "Retirement" tab. They also
provide calculators to estimate the
impact of retirement plan contribu-
tions on your current take-home
pay, minimum IRA distributions,
and much more.
AARP offers a calculator
designed to help determine your
current financial status and what
you'll need to save to meet your
retirement needs (see
manning under "Tools").
Another good resource for retire-
America's current economic situation is causing many to rethink
when and how to retire.
ment planning information is Visa
Inc.'s free personal financial man-
agement site, Practical Money
Skills for Life, which features sev-
eral games and calculators to esti-
mate retirement needs (www.prac-
Consult a professional. After
you've explored various retirement
scenarios, it might make sense to
invest in a few sessions with a
financial planner to help you work
out a specific investment and sav-
ings game plan. Ask around for
referrals, or visit www.plan-
nersearch.org to begin your search.
Drawing Social Security while
working. If you begin drawing
reduced benefits between age 62
and your full retirement age (65 for
those born before 1938 and gradu-
ally increasing thereafter) while
still working, your benefit could be
significantly reduced, depending
on your total income. However,
those reductions aren't truly lost
since your benefit will be recalcu-
lated at full retirement age. Read
"How Work Affects Your Benefits"
at www.ssa.gov for more details.
Also remember that Social
Security benefits may be taxable
on federal income taxes, depending
on your income level. Publication
915 at www.irs.gov has full details.
Don't wait until the last minute to
plan your retirement date: Start
crunching the numbers now so
you'll have plenty of options if the
economy should change course
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Shown above is Charles Griggs, manger of his son's youth jazz band
P.M. Experience, with band members: Landon Griggs, Teddy
Washington, Rhonda Bristol, T.J. Norris and Jeremiah Hunt. The
young musicians' band were mentored by Washington at his Follies.
Teddy Washington was well known not only as a highly-talented trumpet
player, vocalist and band leader, but also as the author of his biography
"Life the Puzzle". In 1999, Teddy participated in the re-opening of the
Ritz Theatre. That same year, he also produced and hosted the first Follies
Awards at the Florida Theatre, an awards show where he recognized 23
Jacksonville unsung heroes of jazz and entertainment. Teddy played the
Jacksonville Jazz Festival nine times, and performed with the likes of BB
King and James Brown. For his many contributions to the jazz communi-
ty and his efforts to keep jazz alive in Jacksonville, Teddy Washington was
selected as a 2006 member of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival Hall of Fame.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 29th at King Solomon
United Baptist Church.
The Jacksonville community will celebrate his life with "A Tribute to
Teddy Washington" on Thursday, July 30 from 6:30 -10:30 p.m. at the
Jacksonville Landing. Friends and fans will join in a grand send off with
music, testimonials and reflections on the man, his music and his legacy.
Dr. Ezekiel William Bryant, the
first African American Campus
President in the Florida Community
College System and second princi-
pal of William M. Raines High
School, passed away on July 26,
Dr. Bryant's trailblazing record in
education began in 1955 while an
instructor at Matthew W. Gilbert
Junior/Senior High School and
spanned a period of forty years.
In addition to his outstanding
career in the field of education, he
was a founding member of St. Paul
Lutheran Church, serving effective-
ly in many leadership roles includ-
ing congregational President. Over
the years he received numerous
awards from fraternal and commu-
nity organizations. He served the
YMCA in many leadership roles at
both the Metropolitan and Johnson
Branch Board of Directors level for
more the fifty years.
He civic involvement includes
President of Upsilon Lambda
Shown above are Marion McKenzie, Vivian Sims, Devaughn Lattimore, Morgan Spaulding, Jamaal McKenzie, Michael McKenzie II, Kathlyn Lenore Porter
Mckenzie 90th Birthday, Vivian Porter, Rashad Que, Michael McKenziell, Myisha McKenzie, Tiffani Henderson, Torin McKenzie, Michael McKenzie Sr., Erin
Green, Alfonzo Stubbs, Daryl McKenzie, Richard Carter, Marie Jackson, Michelle McKenzie and Angie McKenzie. FMP Photo
McKenzie family matriarch Mrs.
Kathlyn Lenore Porter Mckenzie,
celebrated her 90th birthday among
all of her children including greats
The weekend celebration kicked
off nn July 24th, with a birthday
fish fry at the home of her son Torin
McKenzie and wife Linda.
Festivities continued with her fami-
ly the following day with Sunday
services at Greater Grant AME
Church where the the pastor
allowed the family to give appreci-
ation. The Family had a reception
following the service with over 250
people in attendance. This included
four of Mrs. McKenzie's sons and
Mourns Passing of Dr. Ezekiel Bryant
One of Dr. Bryant's passion was the YMCA, he is shown above in a
circa 1999 photo accepting an award from Pop Alexander, Executive
Director at the time.
Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Degree, Edward Waters College:
Fraternity, Gamma Beta Boule of Bachelor of Science Degree,
Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, FlaJax Bethune Cookman College:
Club, St. Paul Lutheran Men's Club, Certification in Supervision and
and the still active Stanton High Administration, Florida A&M
School Mid-Term Class of 1950. University: Master's Degree,
He received the Associate of Arts Boston University: Doctor of
Education Degree, Nova University
and Doctor of Law Degree,
Bethune Cookman College.
Dr. Bryant remained active in the
community until his death.
To celebrate his life, a family and
friends visitation and memorial
service will be held Friday at St
Paul Lutheran Church, 2730 W.
Edgewood Avenue from 5 p.m. to
7p.m. The Alpha Phi Alpha
Memorial Service, open to the pub-
lic, will be at 6:30 p.m. followed by
Gamma Beta Boule, Sigma Pi Phi
Fraternity, and the Links at 6 p.m.
The home going funeral celebra-
tion service, officiated by Reverend
Frank T. Marshall, Pastor, St Paul
Lutheran Church will be held at
11:00 a.m. at the Zion Hope
Missionary Church, 2803 W.
Edgewood Ave. In Lieu of flowers,
memorial gifts may be made to St
Paul Lutheran Church, Johnson
Branch YMCA or the American
AKA Members File Suit to Remove National President
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generated significant surplus
funds for the organization, the
plaintiffs allege. The plaintiffs
claim that McKinzie, with the
approval of the group's directors but
without the approval of the overall
membership, spent the surplus
funds on McKinzie's "pet projects,"
including the wax figure, projects to
help Liberian women, the Ford
Museum and the Smithsonian
Institution's National Museum of
African American History which all
received over $500,000. The statue
of McKinzie will be displayed at
the National Great Blacks in Wax
Museum in Baltimore, said Celeste
Moy, an attorney at the firm repre-
senting the plaintiffs.
According to the complaint,
McKinzie's position is typically an
unpaid one, and the payments
allegedly should have been includ-
ed in a budget to be discussed at the
group's 2008 annual meeting, called
the Boule. McKinzie first delayed
that budget discussion and then
canceled it, the complaint alleges.
The group's directors have assert-
ed in the past that the payments
were to compensate McKinzie for a
significant amount of accounting
and consulting work she did on
behalf of the organization.
AKA's accounting and invest-
ment dealings are also under scruti-
ny. According to the complaint,
several of the deductions on the
sorority's 2006 and 2007 tax returns
are "unreasonably large and inap-
propriate" and may "expose the
organization to potential IRS claims
and obligations." The sorority is a
registered non-profit organization
and also has a non-profit foundation
that is incorporated in Illinois.
Under McKinzie's leadership,
AKA also shifted several million
dollars of the sorority's and the
foundation's funds from cash and
cash equivalents to stock and bond
investments those investments
have since plummeted in value,
according to the complaint.
The organization has also
allegedly spent more than $500,000
in legal fees in 2008 and 2009 for
"actions against whistleblowers."
Members who have voiced con-
cerns over the alleged financial
improprieties have had their mem-
bership privileges "withdrawn, sus-
pended and otherwise adversely
affected," according to the com-
"If you say anything, they try to
destroy you", said one member on
The membership rolls include at
least one retired D.C. Superior
Court judge, Mary Terrell, and for-
mer D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt. The
roster of Alpha Kappa Alpha can
read like a "Who's Who" among
local leadership. Included on their
scrolls are Chief Community
Officer Roslyn Phillips and State
Representatives Jennifer Carroll
and Mia Jones.
McKinzie and other leadership
could not be reached for comment.
The discontented group of mem-
bers have a website where all docu-
ments can be reviewed and dona-
tions made to the legal fund at
their spouses, Ronald McKenzie,
Torin (Linda) McKenzie, Daryl
(Mae) McKenzie, and Michael
(Angela) McKenzie. Mrs.
McKenzie's Niece and Nephew,
Michele McKenzie and Marion
McKenzie, traveled from Los
Angeles, CA to attend this event.
The birthday ceremony was
capped by comments from Mr.
Herman Floyd, Mrs. Luella
McBride, Mrs. Mary W. Stephens,
Mrs. Eddie Lee Baker, & Mrs. Faye
Diamond. Following a tear jerking
testimonial from Mrs. Stephens,
Torin McKenzie acknowledged the
family and guests. The Master of
Ceremonies for the event was
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Well we are in the full swing of summer and we all know that money
can start looking funny especially in today's economy. Several of my
clients, friends, and family have been laid off or spouse is looking for
work or your working hours have been cut significantly. That is why I
want to discuss ways to save while at the salon.
My first suggestion is to be up front with your stylist. If you've been
thinking that a great way to save money on your hair is by doing your
relaxers at home and then coming to a stylist every so often for a wash
and set, then you've been thinking all wrong! The fact is, that because
you or whoever you are letting relax your hair with the over the count-
er products is not a licensed professional, then more damage is likely
being done to your hair. You'll save your money and equally as impor-
tant your hair in the long run if you allow a professional to relax and
trim the hair and you wash and condition it yourself.
Next, find the products that the professionals use. A good salon will
sell the same products used on your hair. There are a ton of stores in
town that say they offer professional grade products, but what most
don't realize is that, if you are shopping from these store the onus now
falls on you to make sure the products in the stores are still within their
expiration date. Also you need to make sure the products are even what
they say they are. If you do shop from these stores please do not buy
into a store clerks advice or fancy marketing labels; ask a professional
what is the best thing for you.
And finally, just tell us what's going on in your life. I mean we all
know that you trust us with stories about your kids, work, and relation-
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President Needs to Win the Healthcare Battle
Politicians typically make a num-
ber of promises on the campaign
trail. Most actually try to get most
of the issues on their platforms
accomplished, but at some point
reality sets in.
The reality that I am talking
about is that politics is not an easy
business. President Obama has run
into several major hurdles since
taking office nearly 200 days ago.
The economy hasn't turned as
much as the White House expected
with unemployment still on the
But you have to give the
President credit he has not let set
backs sidetrack his overall goals for
his first term.
Healthcare reform was at the top
of his list during his campaign, and
he has kept his promise to attempt
to make sure that all Americans
have access to quality healthcare.
I think that some of us who have
health insurance sometimes take it
for granted, but there are millions
of Americans who make decisions
every day not to go to see a physi-
cian because they simply cannot
What makes matters even worse
is that even folks with insurance are
making decisions not to get health
exams because of all the cost not
covered by insurance. And who is
affected the most by the ridiculous
cost of healthcare poor folks, and
unfortunately black folk fall into
that category more than any of race
The poverty rate for blacks is
around 24.5 percent, Hispanics
21.5 percent, Asians 10 percent and
whites approximately 8 percent.
So it is crystal clear that in lack
of healthcare has a disproportionate
affect on minority communities
because of the high poverty levels.
And that's exactly why the presi-
dent is so passionate about health-
care reform like education,
healthcare should be a basic right
that we all have access to. We have
a system that has been broken for
Presidents as far back as Franklin
Roosevelt and his New Deal poli-
cies have been interested in some
form of universal healthcare.
Roosevelt said, "But here is the
challenge to our democracy: In this
nation I see tens of millions of its
citizens, a substantial part of its
whole population, who at this very
moment are denied the greater part
of what the very lowest standards
of today call the necessities of life."
He added, "I see millions of fam-
ilies trying to live on incomes so
meager that the pall of family dis-
aster hangs over them day by day...
I see one-third of a nation ill
housed, ill clad, ill nourished."
It is not in despair that I paint you
that picture. I paint it for you in
hope, because the Nation, seeing
and understanding the injustice in
it, proposes to paint it out. We are
determined to make every
American citizen the subject of his
country's interest and concern."
Fast forward today and FDR
would be amazed to see the number
of uninsured citizens continuing to
grow to over 40 million with no
relief in site unless Obama's
Healthcare Bill passes.
Currently the bill is stuck in
Congress with Conservative
Democrats and Republicans pick-
ing it apart. And I totally agree that
the legislation should be properly
vetted, but let's not loose focus of
the much bigger issue of providing
healthcare for all Americans.
It is that same passion for helping
those of us with the greatest need
that Roosevelt displayed that influ-
ences so many Americans to sup-
port the notion of universal health-
In fact, Universal health care is
provided in most developed coun-
tries and in many developing coun-
tries. According to the Institute of
Medicine of the National Academy
of Sciences, the United States is the
only wealthy, industrialized nation
that does not provide universal
And most of us know that health
care is becoming increasing
increasingly unaffordable for busi-
nesses and individuals.
The United Kingdom established
the National Health Service in 1948
to provide healthcare services for
all of its citizens. This system is
considered the world's first univer-
sal health care system provided by
The German universal program I
mentioned earlier was revolution-
ary at the time, but the government
only provided funds to cover one
third of a person's healthcare, while
each individual provided the other
A system isn't considered to be
true universal health care unless the
government provides the benefit to
Of course there are pros, cons
and many misconceptions about if
a universal healthcare system is
even feasible here in the United
I mentioned the U.S. being the
only industrialized nation not pro-
viding health benefits to all citi-
zens, but when you consider the
fact that 28 nations have single
payer universal health care sys-
tems, while Germany uses the mul-
While some believe that univer-
sal healthcare isn't needed because
the United States has a good system
the reality is that we do not.
According to the Connecticut
Coalition for Universal Health
Care, "The U.S. ranks poorly rela-
tive to other industrialized nations
in health care despite having the
best trained health care providers
and best medical infrastructure of
any industrialized nation."
The coalition also points out that
the U.S. spends at least 40 percent
more per capital on health care than
any other industrialized country
with universal health care. They
also conclude that a single payer or
government sponsored health care
system would be lower than the
current U.S. system due to lower
Opponents of the notion of uni-
versal health care point out numer-
ous reason not to support it includ-
ing the myth that the system would
result in government control and
intrusion into health care causing a
lack of freedom of choice.
So how is it that the most power
nation in the world or the self pro-
claimed leaders of the free world
cannot get our health care system
together? The answers lies within
our complicated political system,
hopefully the people will become
important again in our great
Signing off from Shands
Dr. Conrad Murray: Patsy or Perpetrator
by Earl Ofari Hutchinson
Dr. Conrad Murray did two
things the fateful day that the King
of Pop died. He rushed to the hos-
pital with paramedics in the fawn
hope of saving Jackson. And he
rushed to get an attorney. Murray
knew that there would be ques-
tions, lots of questions, about what
did he know, when did he know it,
and what did he do or not do to
save Michael Jackson. These are
questions that well could eventual-
ly land Murray in a court room
docket. Investigators made no
secret that they raided Murray's
Houston office and Las Vegas
home and office to find evidence
that might bolster a manslaughter
charge against the doctor. That's
the reason Murray rushed to an
attorney's office. L.A. County
District Attorney, LAPD Robbery-
Homicide, The Drug Enforcement
Administration, and the California
Attorney General are investigating
Murray's possible legal woes
pose another question and dilem-
ma. From the porous leaks from the
investigations, Murray may not be
the only culprit in Jackson's
demise. There are five other doc-
tors who investigators are taking a
hard look at to see just what they
either gave Jackson or whether they
aided and abetted him in obtaining
either over or under the table. If
Jackson was addicted to the assort-
ed pain killer drugs, there were oth-
ers that helped him in his drug
induced downhill slide.
They shouldn't be hard to track
down since all California doctors
and pharmacies are required to
report to the California Department
of Justice every prescription writ-
ten for any drug that has high risk
potential. The drug that Jackson
took certainly fit that category.
Though home use of the suspect
drug Propofol that Jackson report-
edly took to get to sleep is rare,
there's no law that prohibits it. Yet,
in almost all cases a doctor must be
present to inject a patient with the
So once the doctors who were
complicit in Jackson's addiction
are named, the logical question
then is why is the only legal finger
solely pointed at Murray? Is it
pointed at him only because he is
strongly suspected of being the per-
petrator of Jackson's end? Or is
Murray the ideal patsy to take the
fall for Jackson's death. He's prob-
The instant that Murray's name
leaked as Jackson's last doctor of
record, the finger of blame quickly
was rammed in his face. He's been
pilloried on scores of websites and
in chat rooms as "Michael's
Killer." His training at Meharry
Medical College School of
Medicine, one of the oldest and
most renowned black medical
training facilities in Nashville,
Tennessee, his internships, his
years of experience and work as a
cardiologist, and the stack of liens
and lawsuits against him were all
now fair game for attack. In the
public's mind, Murray was a shady,
incompetent, money grubbing doc-
tor. And he is African-American.
This added a special venom to the
public assault on Murray. In a
Google search of various print and
blog sites, this writer found a bar-
rage of outlandish, and provocative
racist slurs of Murray. So outra-
geous that some editors implored
readers not to make racially
charged references to Murray and
Murray read the tea leaves and
saw that the sentiment was over-
whelming that an African-
American doctor with a checkered
history and publicly reviled as the
man who killed Jackson had better
move fast and say and do as little as
possible and assemble a crack legal
team around him. He would need it.
With so much clamor to pin the
blame for Jackson's death on some-
one, the someone being Murray, a
prosecution seemed inevitable.
Now that that possibility looms
larger by the day, there's little
chance that a Murray prosecution
will draw the kind of racial line in
the sand that has been drawn when
African-American notables are
charged with crimes or harangued
for bad behavior. Jackson was just
too universally loved by African-
Americans, and indeed by fans
across all racial lines, for that to
happen. There was the strong and
early hint by Jesse Jackson that
Jackson may have been the victim
of foul play. The outspoken rage
from Jackson family members that
backed Jesse Jackson's charge up
has insured that Murray's circle of
defenders will not likely include
The gnawing question, though,
still stands. And that's since so
many other doctors were involved
in Jackson's grotesque descent into
fatal drug dependency should -
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Is America Post
'.. J They say: The historic election of President
Barack Obama "has changed what it means to be
Black in America". The people talking that smack of
S America entering into "a post-racial society" are
engaged in much more fantasy than fact. The facts
are: In June 2009 unemployment rates reported were: adult men (10 %),
adult women (7.6 %), teenagers (24.0 %), whites (8.7 %), Asians (8.2%),
Hispanics (12.2%), and Blacks (14.7 %).
Post-Racial people ignore the soaring unemployment among African-
Americans and speak little of it. The Post-Racial President's administration
expects the nation's joblessness rate to continue going up. Reports indicate
Black American's rate will hit 20 percent by year end. When American
Urban American Radio's White House Correspondent April Ryan asked him
what he will do to stop black unemployment from hitting 20 percent,
Brother Barack's response sounded like one coming from either of the Bush
Presidents: "We know that the African American unemployment rate, the
Latino unemployment rates are consistently higher than the national aver-
age. If the economy as a whole is doing poorly then you know that the
African American community is doing poorly and they are going to be hit
even harder ... The best thing that I can do for the African American com-
munity, or the Latino community, or the Asian community whatever com-
munity is to get the economy as a whole moving. If I don't do that then I
am not going to be able to help anybody".
The Post-Racial paradigm is a fraud and engages the type of thinking
that's made the plight of a disenfranchised class of Blacks invisible in
America. A catastrophe currently in progress for Black men during time
they should be starting a career, is a fact that nobody wants to talk about.
The unemployment rate for Black male workers over 20 years-of-age
increased to 17.2 percent between March 2009 and April 2009. It's inter-
esting to note that in the middle of the recession in spring 2009, college-edu-
cated white workers still had a relatively low unemployment rate of 3.8%
but African Americans with four-year degrees had a March 2009 unemploy-
ment rate at 7.2% almost twice as high as the white rate. While in the most
formative and productive days of their lives, one in 9 of Black men were
behind bars March 2009.
Obama and his cadre of post-racials, represent one of the two different
and distinct populations in America, one prosperous and politically engaged,
and another, beset by social problems and inequities-high incarcerations,
foreclosures, drop out, and unemployment rates. The truth Post-Racials
ignore in the June 2009 rates of unemployment is that African Americans'
rate is much higher than for any other major ethnic group. Instead of apply-
ing reasonable remedies, Post-Racials ignore America's history. Throughout
history, during economically troubled times Blacks had disparate treatment
- incarcerated and executed in disproportionate numbers. Prisons have
served to siphon off the most superfluous segment of the labor pool. Black
imprisonment has had a devastating effect on the black family, marginaliz-
ing males and increasing their chances of further unemployment and crimi-
The average Black American lives separate and apart of the National
Melting Pot and has little to no political clout, Robert Taylor, of the
National Black News, said President Obama should make jobs among
African Americans a priority: "Black America, starting with inner-city areas,
needs an economic stimulus program: At least $50 billion a year for the next
To avoid the status quo ante, the Post-Racial President, and his people,
must admit racial inequities exist. Instead of dealing with the systemic
inequities, Obama's routine is to falsely equate the right-wing theme of "per-
sonal responsibility" in his justification for his abdication of government's
obligation to ensure equal access and opportunity to a segment of society
that has long been, and continue to be, denied. Blacks need economic stim-
ulus help in critical areas and the President needs to send $50 billion direct-
ly to Black American agencies to build commercial corridors and housing,
open new businesses, thereby creating jobs in the 'hoods and high-rises for
years to come..
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EWC National Alumni
Conference Set for this Weekend
The staff, faculty and leadership of the EWC National Alumni
Association invite all graduates and former students from throughout
Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York and other states to participate in
their annual National Alumni Conference. It will be held July 30 August
2nd here in Jacksonville on the EWC campus.
The convention will include a series of activities including an opening
reception, educational workshops focused on fundraising, public relations,
student recruitment, alumni chapter and scholarship development; a recog-
nition luncheon; a "white linen" soir6e; a "picnic on the lawn;" and a clos-
ing banquet. Not limited to alumni, business, civic and community leaders
from Jacksonville, as well as outstanding alumni and former faculty and
staff, will be honored.
Festivities will conclude with a church service on Sunday, August 2,
2009, at 10 a.m. at New Bethel AME located at 1231 Tyler Street. All pro-
ceeds will fund scholarships for EWC students.
Blacks in staff positions on lnutjor
committees are few and are gener-
ally found on those with an African-
American chairman, according to a
survey released by the
Congressional Black Caucus earlier
The results of the survey were
reported by Congressional
Quarterly Online and covered com-
mittee positions ranging from cleri-
cal to professional positions such as
investigators, attorneys and chief
It revealed a portrait of staff
diversity in the U.S. House of
Representatives, an institution that
has not traditionally kept records on
racial representation among com-
mittee staffs. There are four Black
chairs of committees Rep. John
Conyers (D-Mich.) of Judiciary,
Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) of Ways
and Means, Bennie Thompson (D-
Miss.) of Homeland Security and
Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) of
Oversight and Government
Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) does
not chair a committee in his cham-
Committee staffers make key
decisions on which bills should be
considered and the information
Rae Lewis-Thornton: The New Face of AIDS
Rae Lewis-Thornton has been living with HIV/AIDs more than half
of her life.
by G. Curry
CHICAGO (NNPA) -- On
January 4, 1987, northbound
Amtrak Train #94, en route from
Washington, D.C. to Boston,
slammed into a set of Conrail loco-
motives in Chase, Md., 18 miles
northeast of Baltimore, killing 16
people and injuring 175 others. At
the time, it was the deadliest acci-
dent in Amtrak's history. But many
people were not acting like it and
that troubled Rae Lewis-Thornton,
then 24 years old.
"There were reports on television
about how there were blood short-
ages because we knew that you
could get HIV through blood,"
recalled Lewis-Thomton, who was
working at the time as a field organ-
izer in Washington for the National
Committee for a Sane Nuclear
Policy (SANE) "People were say-
ing, 'Oh, no, I'm afraid to donate
blood because I think I'm going to
get HIV.' I thought, 'How silly,' so I
asked my boss if I could organize a
blood drive." The request was
granted and the young organizer got
tested along with her activist col-
"About three months later, I was
coming home from a late day, a 12-
hour day, and there was this letter
from the Red Cross. In fact, I didn't
even open the letter up. I just threw
it on the counter, went about my
evening and at some point before
the night was over, I went through
the mail and opened the letter. I had
assumed it was a thank-you letter
and it was a letter that said,
'Something is wrong with the blood
you just donated. Would you please
Lewis-Thornton did call but got
only a recording. She called again
from work the next morning and
was urged to come into the Red
"The entire meeting took five
minutes," Lewis-Thornton stated.
"She said to me, 'The blood that
you donated tested positive for the
HIV antibody.' And I didn't have a
lot to say. And I remember this
woman saying to me, 'Are you
okay?' I said, 'Yes.' She said, 'Are
you sure?' I said, 'Yeah, I have
But it was what the Red Cross
staffer said next that stuck in Lewis-
"She said, 'Well, you've been
tested for the HIV antibody it
doesn't mean you have AIDS. You
only have HIV. You may never get
AIDS."' She gave Lewis-Thornton
a telephone number to enroll in a
HIV trial at the National Institutes
of Health (NIH).
"I remember walking out of that
Red Cross, that massive white
building, walking down those stairs
saying, 'Okay, God. I only have
HIV. I can handle this. Don't ever
let me get AIDS."'
Just as she had a sense of urgency
to respond to the train crash in
Maryland, Lewis-Thornton felt a
greater urgency to inform the man
she was dating at the time, a minis-
ter attending graduate school at
American University in
She had washed his clothes and
they had agreed that he would stop
by her apartment that night to pick
"The moment he walked into the
door, I said to him, "I donated blood
a few months back. I went to the
Red Cross today and they told me
that my blood tested positive for
HIV.' And he said, "Excuse me?'
He had not been in my house for
two minutes. It was a sense of
urgency. I couldn't delay it. He
needed to know, I needed to get it
out. I needed to tell him. I said, 'I
have HIV.' He said, 'Stop playing.'
I said, 'No, I have HIV.' He said to
me, 'You b----' I said, 'Excuse me?'
He said, "You b----' I said, 'We
used condoms, so you don't have
HIV. I haven't given it to you.'
"And in that hurt, I still did what
I had to do. I gave him the tele-
phone number that they had given
me at the Red Cross to refer him to
NIH where he could go to get test-
ed. I gave him that number and he
snatched the paper out of my hand
and he took his clothes and he
walked out of my house and that
was the last time I've seen him."
Speaking slowly, Lewis-
Thornton recounted, "That was the
first sign for me that the HIV carries
a lot of stigma with it and it was the
first lesson in keeping the secret."
By her own admission, Lewis-
Thornton was in denial, knowing
that she was HIV-infected but cling-
ing on to a thread of hope: She was
only HIV positive, she didn't have
AIDS. Meanwhile, she was a walk-
"It was almost like I was living
this dual life," she said. "The secret
was wearing me down emotionally.
Here I am, an activist, I'm fighting
for people's rights. But I'm just
halted. I can't fight for my own
rights as a woman with HIV."
She continued, "When I eventual-
ly started taking medicine, AZT
came along at some point, maybe a
few years after. I would take all my
medicine and I would take the label
off the medicine and tear the label,
up, flush it in the toilet stool and
threw the pill case away that's just
how deep the secret was. It was
weighing me down. It was the thing
that was killing me quicker. I said it
often: the secret was killing me
quicker than the disease."
from HIV to AIDS in 1992.
"It wasn't that the doctor told me
that I had AIDS that took me from
my denial," Lewis-Thornton
explained. "It was that AIDS
showed me what it was made of.
And that was the thing that took me
from my denial: When AIDS stood
up in my body and said, 'I'm here
and I'm here to stay."'
To make sure that she stayed
around, Lewis-Thomton took 23
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Murray be the only one of them
to take the fall? This is not to
absolve Murray of wrongdoing. If
he did what prosecutors may
charge him with than he should and
must pay the price? He'll just carry
two crushing burdens when he
does; that of patsy and perpetrator
in the death of the Pop King.
pills a day. And that's just the
"Two years ago, I had to take
medicine that I injected twice a day
in my stomach," Lewis-Thornton
said. "That, by far, has been the
most difficult medicine for me to
take. It's a twice a day injection.
When you inject, the injection itself
hurts, physically hurts. And once
you inject, you get a nodule that
grows. The nodule can be from the
size of a penny to the size of the
bottom of Coke bottle.
"The nodule stays from one to
seven days. You can't inject it into
the same nodule; you have to go to
another site. So, I'd get two nodules
a day. Sometimes when I was on the
medicine, I couldn't inject in my
stomach because I had no free
spaces. So, I'd inject in my thigh.
Injecting in my thigh is complicated
because I have no fat in my thigh -
HIV has taken all the fat from my
legs and my buttocks."
There's also an emotional side to
"One's own culpability is a major
issue," Lewis-Thornton explained.
"How did I get myself this jacked
up, fighting for my life for the rest
of my life. That's hard...It requires
a lot of therapy to get you to the
place where you can be kind to
yourself and say you can accept
some responsibility, but don't kill
yourself, don't beat yourself up,
accepting that you could have done
something different to have had a
lawmakers receive on an issue.
They also play a role in scheduling
hearings on legislation and which
witnesses to call for testimony.
Blacks have historically not had
committee jobs because chairman,
who select the staffs, often pick
people who reflect their views and
those they are personally comfort-
able with. Even when Blacks began
to chair committees in the early
1980s because of growing seniority,
the chairmen had a small pool of
Black professionals to select from
because of the lack of experience of
An example of the problem is the
racial composition of the
Democratic staffs of the House
Agriculture and Rules committees.
Both have one Black staffer each.
The committees chaired by
Thompson and Towns have
Democratic staffs that are 45.5 per-
cent and 44.4 percent Black,
The low number of Blacks on
White-chaired committees concerns
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), chair-
woman of the Congressional Black
Caucus. "The survey confirms what
members have noticed anecdotal-
ly the lack of African-American
staffers on Capitol Hill, particularly
in senior positions," said Lee in a
statement to the AFRO.
Black aides comprise 10.5 per-
cent or less of the staffs of nine
House committees which have
White chairmen. Rep. Zoe Lofgren
(D-Calif.), chair of what is best-
known as the Ethics Committee,
has the third highest percentage of
Blacks on the committee staff with
six out of 16 aides.
Lofgren took over from
Stephanie Tubbs Jones, an African-
American who chaired the commit-
tee until her death in 2008.
Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pa.), chair-
man of the House Administration
Committee, presides over a staff
that is 34.4 percent Black. Brady is
one of the few Whites who repre-
sents a majority Black district, in
Philadelphia, and one of the few
White lawmakers with a Black
chief of staff. "I don't ever look at
the color of anybody's skin," said
Brady according to CQ Online.
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Few Black Staffers on Capital Hill
US News & World report rankings
for Historically Black Colleges
and Universities Top 25 schools:
1. Spelman College: Atlanta, GA Score 100
2. Howard University: Washington, DC, Score 95
3. Morehouse College: Atlanta, GA Score 81
4. Hampton University: Hampton, VA Score 77
5 .Fisk University: Nashville, TN Score 73
6. Tuskegee University: Tuskegee, AL Score 69
7. Claflin University: Orangeburg, SC Score 65
8. Dillard University: New Orleans, LA Score 65
9. Xavier University of Louisiana: New Orleans, LA Score 64
10. Johnson C. Smith University: Charlotte, NC Score 56
11. Tennessee State University: Nashville, TN Score 52
12 .Elizabeth City State University: Elizabeth City, NC Score 50
13. Winston-Salem State University: Winston-Salem, NC Score 50
14. Virginia State University: Petersburg, VA Score 46
15. Florida A&M University : Tallahassee, FL Score 45
16. North Carolina A&T State University: Greensboro, NC Score 45
17. North Carolina Central University: Durham, NC Score 45
18. South Carolina State University: Orangeburg, SC Score 45
19. Morgan State University: Baltimore, MD Score 44
20. Jackson State University: Jackson, MS Score 43
21. Bennett College: Greensboro, NC Score 42
22. Clark Atlanta University: Atlanta, GA Score 41
23. Delaware State University: Dover, DE Score 41
24. Alabama A&M University: Normal, AL Score 40
25. Albany State University: Albany, GA Score 39
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Baptist Ministers Preparing for
A.L. Lewis School Reunion
The Basptist Ministers Conference is preparing one again to host the
annual Historical Preservation Celebration of the A.L. Lewis School and
Reunion. The celebration will include a back-to school Health Fair and
School Supply give away. The Health Fair will be facilitated by the St.
Vincent's Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.The public is invited to join them
on August 1, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 600 Everson Street. For
more information, contact Rev. Aaron J. Flagg, Jr. at (904) 382-3429 or
Rev. C.E. Banks at (904) 571-4002
St. Thomas Missionary Baptist
Celebrates Pastor's 23rd Anniversary
Pastor Emie L. Murray, Sr. of St. Thomas M.B.C. will celebrate his 23rd
Pastoral Anniversary with a Semi-Forman Banquet on Saturday August
8th. Festivities will begin at at 7 p.m.at the St. Thomas Family Life Center,
2119 Rowe Ave. Rev Richard Curry is the banquet speaker. The celebration
will continue with worship services Sunday August 9th beginning at 8:00
a.m.with Minister Brian May speaking. The 10:45a.m. service will be
keynoted by Rev. Ernie Murray Jr. The 4:00 p.m. guest speaker is Pastor
Brian Campbell of Jerusalem Baptist Church. Other participating ministers
include Pastor Steve Wilson, Christ Tabernacle Baptist Church, Pastor
Pernell Raggins Good Shepherd Baptists Church, Pastor Torin Dailey, First
Baptist Church of Oakland and Pastor Anthony Q. Robinson, Greater
Shiloh Baptist Church of Palatka Florida. We invite the public to share in
these services located at 5863 MoncriefRd.
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.
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.
Free School Supplies Given Away at
Second Annual Back-to-School Splash
Parents on the First Coast are feeling the pinch of a tight economy and
San Jose Baptist Church wants to ease the burden of a recessing economy
by giving away free school supplies at the second annual Back-to-School
Come out and join the splish-splashing fun on Sunday, Aug. 9, from 5
p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the church campus. There will be several inflatable
water rides, including Toodles the Turtle, Nemo, Bouncy Bug, Pirates Boat,
Double King, Double Barrel and a dunking booth. You're sure to find some-
thing for kids of all ages.
There will also be free hot dogs, drinks, snow cones, popcorn, balloons,
door prizes and free school supplies to all who attend. Enjoy an evening of
live music and free summer fun!
For more information about the second annual Back-to-School Splash, con-
tact San Jose Baptist Church, located at 6140 San Jose Boulevard, at (904)
Churches Invited to Participate in
Pink Sunday to Support Breast Cancer
The North Florida Affiliate of
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
invites all churches to join the fight
against breast cancer by participat-
ing in Pink Sunday, August 30,
2009.The North Florida Affiliate is
launching its 2nd Annual Pink
Sunday as a grassroots effort to edu-
cate the community on breast health
and to help address the high breast
cancer mortality rates among
women in rural areas and ethnic
populations in North Florida.
Breast cancer effects one in eight
Americans with the highest preva-
lence of mortality coming from the
African-American community. 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 more aggressive.
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 program,
the North Florida Affiliate encour-
ages people to celebrate survivors
and honor those who have lost their
battle. Although each group may
tailor the event to their needs, sam-
ple scripts and talking points will be
provided for guidance, as well as
the opportunity to have a guest
speaker attend the event.
Organizers say many people turn
to their place of worship when in
need and believe that Komen can
help educate the community about
breast health and available breast
health services through the venue.
To participate in spreading the
life-saving message of early detec-
tion, simply download a form online
Packets will available for pickup
August 24th-28th. The deadline to
register is August 3rd.
If you should have any questions,
contact Tamara Krause at 904-448-
Women Weight and Why to Honor
Pittman-Peele for 5th Anniversary
Women, Weight & Why will have their Fifth Anniversary
Celebration on Saturday, August 22, 2009 from 6 9 p.m.
Clara White Mission CEO JuCoby Pittman Peele will be
honored for her service to the community at the annual
event. Women, Weight & Why celebrates and honors the
dedication and commitment of women locally and
abroad who work to support health education, communi-
ty awareness and outreach. The event will feature honor-
Pittman-Peele able presentations, dinner and charitable initiatives. 11
will be held at the Orange Park Country Club, 2525 Country Club Blvd. Foi
more information call 904-631-4706 or visit our web site at www.women-
Private School's Use of Bible
as Textbook Draws Critics
A private school's use of the Bible
is under scrutiny by The American
Civil Liberties Union of Idaho.
The ACLU claims Nampa
Classical Academy's use of the
Bible as a classroom text could be a
violation of separation of church
and state rules.
Monica Hopkins, executive
director of the ACLU of Idaho, said
the state constitution affords more
restrictions on the separation of
church and state than those given in
"Our main concern is the separa-
tion of church and state, and that the
state is not funding or endorsing a
specific religion," she said. "We
can't forecast one way or the other
right now what the applicable law
would be because we are still gath-
ering all the facts."
"The purpose of reading about
religions is to better understand why
a certain culture behaves the way
they do," Kyle Borger, chairman of
Nampa Classical Academy, said in a
letter to the Idaho Press-Tribune.
Borger said the Bible, the Quran
and other religious documents do
not have to be true in order to be
studied to gain an understanding of
why people behave differently
based on their beliefs.
Borger said children of all faiths
including those who have no faith
are made to feel comfortable at the
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Sunday Morning Worship
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The Word from the Sons
Wednesday Noon Service
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Have you ever wondered if you were related to
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about a distant relative and wonder if they were
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If so, you're not alone. Millions ofpeople are ask-
ing the same questions and trying to find the
A success story
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Does Your family
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Also family reunions
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Involving children in your genealogy
research is a great family project.
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For more on how to discover your family's story, visit
Digging Up Information
There's a wealth of data available online, but you need
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Part of the joy of tracing your family roots is
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family story in an easily assessable way.
Join the Jacksonville Genealogical Society vide a detailed syllabus.
In the fall they will be holding a free five series
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with likeminded individuals by participating with the Jacksonville to attend this class. A genealogy manual will be used during the class ses-
Genealogical Society. The next meeting of the Jacksonville Genealogy sions available at a donation of $20.00 if requested. Topics will include:
Society will be on Wednesday, August 22nd atthe Auditorium of the Genealogical Identification; Records & Sources-Analysis & Evaluation;
Webb-Wesconnett Branch Library, 6887 103rd Street on the Westside at Vital Records (Government & Church); Land Records; Immigration &
1:30 p.m. Guest will be speaker Mr. James Mitchell Brown. whose topic Naturalization; Often Overlooked Sources; Planning a Research Trip;
will be "Federal-Land States and Their Land Records." These records Publishing Your History, and more. Certificates of Completion will be
often contain critical evidence that can be used in serious genealogical given to those persons who attend at least four of the five class dates.
investigation." Mr. Brown will have a power-point presentation and pro- For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family history research is one of
the fastest-growing hobbies in
America. In fact, nearly 80 percent
of Americans are interested in or
are actively researching their fami-
ly history. And getting started is
easy. With the help of the Internet,
you can be started in minutes:
By using a family history
research site such as Ancestry.com,
in just five to 10 minutes you can
begin your family tree, upload pho-
tos and start uncovering hints that
can link you to clues in resources
such as census and military records.
-In one to two hours, you can
complete a three-generation family
tree, create a book using your
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frame a set of family photos and
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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".
Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. and the
show starts at 7:30 p.m on Friday,
July 31st. Call 924-0000 for more
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 prac-
tices to control pests. Purchase
plants to attract butterflies at the
workshop. Call 387-8850 to pre-
The Jacksonville Diversity
Network Book Club will meet on
Saturday, August 1st from 2:30
p.m. 4:30p.m. to discuss "It was
never about a hot dog and a Coke"
by award winning author Rodney L.
Hurst, Sr. It will be held at
Chamblin's Uptown, 215 N Laura
Street in Springfield. Food will be
available for purchase. RSVP to:
mail.com. It is free and open to the
First Sunday Comedy
Get the funny back in your life
with Arielle's First Sunday comedy.
On Sunday August 2nd, nationally
known comedienne Hope Flood
will join host Terry Harris at the
venue. Arielle's is located at 7707
Arlington Expressway. The evening
highlights include cocktail specials,
gourmet food and an open mic
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.
How to Make
JCCI will host a free community
seminar on How to Make
Community Decisions on Tuesday,
August 11 at 5:30 pm at JCCI head-
quarters. Join Executive Director
Skip Cramer to learn the win-win
methods of consensus building and
facilitation. RSVP to
Lashun@jcci.org. or call 396-3052/
JCCI is located at 2434 Atlantic
Boulevard, Suite 100.
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-
Night with the Jax
The Jacksonville Young
Democrats will present their first
annual "Night with the Jacksonville
Young Democrats", Sunday,
September 13th at the Prime F.
Osborn Convention Center with a
reception beginning at 5:00 p.m.,
followed by dinner at 6:30. The fea-
tured speakers will be State
Senators Dave Aronberg and Dan
Gelber, the Democratic Candidates
for Attorney General. For tickets or
more information, email justin@jack-
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
The Annual Southern Women's
Show will be held on October 15-
18, 2009 at the Prime Osborn
Convention Center. Don't miss
savvy shopping, creative cooking
ideas, healthy lifestyle tips, trendy
fashion shows, great celebrity
guests, and fabulous prizes. Show
Hours: Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.,
Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10
a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
For more information call (704)
376-6594 or visit
There Oughta Be a
Law" Variety Show
Tickets are now on sale for the
2nd annual "There Oughta Be a
Law" Lawyer Variety Show. The
show will take place on October
22, 2009, starting at 7:30 p.m., at
the Times-Union Center for
Performing Arts. Attorneys, Judges
and their families will be showing
off their various performing talents.
To set up a time to audition, contact
Patty Dodson at (904) 838-2524 or.
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Washington D.C. Politician
Marion Barry will be studied in the
HBO documentary The Nine Lives
of Marion Barry which debuts on
August 10, 2009. Barry has had
soaring achievement and great fail-
ures. Barry's soaring achievements,
catastrophic failures and phoenix
lie rebirths have given an aura of
Many people remember Marion
Barry as the philandering, drug
addled mayor of Washington,D.
C.,who was famously caught in a
1990 FBI sting operation. Other
people know Barry as a fold hero,
civil rights champion and defender
of the poor.
The documentary explores
Barry's improbable personal history
through archival footage of him as a
young activist in the 1960's and ris-
ing African-American political star
in the 1970's.
Film directors and producers
Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer
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Anita Baker Finally Preparing
for New Album Release in 2010
Anita Baker is in the
midst of plotting a 2010
resurgence with a possible
live video and/or album for
her next release, as well as a
collaboration with rapper
Snoop Dogg, reports
artist filmed shows during
the past year at the DTE
Energy Music Theatre near
her hometown of Detroit,
Mich., in the Cayman
Islands, and at the Mystic
Lake Casino Hotel in Prior
Lake, Minn. But Baker tells
Billboard.com that, if the
project moves forward, the
bulk of the footage will
likely come from two shows
at New York's Radio City
Music Hall over Valentine's
Day weekend this past
"What you'll probably
end up seeing is something
that's packaged live from
Radio City, with elements
of the Caymans and Detroit added
into that," says Baker, whose last
studio album, "My Everything,"
came out in 2004. She's also been
looking over footage from this
year's Essence Music Festival,
which will be used for a future TV
broadcast. "Luckily I wear black all
the time," Baker says with a laugh,
"so there's no problem with having
to go back and re-cut anything, usu-
Baker released "A Night of
Rapture -- Live" in 2004. "As for
brand new music -- either instead of
or alongside the live project --
Baker says there are "a couple of
songs that I had in mind for a cou-
ple of artists that I think I'm going
to use for myself."
She adds that the new music is
"not a departure. It will be an Anita
Baker record, but it will have a lot
of surprising elements in it. We'll
take a lot of our contemporaries and
bring them into my project where
they may fit."
One of those could be rapper
Snoop Dogg, who Baker is working
with on an adaptation of Curtis
Mayfield's "Give Me Your Love
(Love Song)" from the "Superfly"
soundtrack. "We do it in a very con-
temporary way, a very grown-up
way," Baker says. "It's lovely --
who knew that Snoop is madly in
love with his wife, you know?
We've got a chance to see that in the
way his music has grown, so when
he comes in to do dialogue over that
love theme, it becomes very grown-
up and contemporary at the same
As for when we might hear, or
see, something new, however,
Baker is circumspect. "The record
company (Blue Note) wants next
spring, and I would love for that to
happen," she says. "That would be
lovely, but we all are mindful of the
fact that we want it to be right. So
when they say spring, they really
are planning for the fall. It's
like...I'm a mom. If we want to be at
brunch at 1, I have to tell my kids
12 o'clock -- you know what I
received unparalleled first hand
access to Barry and his ex wife Effi
(who passed away in 2007) and
many other people close to Barry
throughout his life.
Marion Barry was born a share-
cropper's son in segregated
Mississippi. He had nearly finished
his Ph.D. In chemistry when he
joined the civil rights movement. In
the mid 1960's, Barry as at the fore-
front of change in Washington D.C.
Barry became the first black
activist mayor in America, but after
three terms he was filmed smoking
crack in a hotel room with an ex-
girlfriend. He was sentenced to six
months in federal prison, but
instead of disappearing from the
public stage he was reelected for a
fourth term as mayor.
Marion Barry is now 73 years old
and continues to be a force in
The Nine Lives of Marion Barry
recounts the ongoing saga of this
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To many, Marion Barry is remembered as the philandering drug-
addled mayor of the nation's capital. To others, Marion Barry is a folk
hero. Hailed as a civil rights champion and defender of the poor, his
soaring achievements. catastrophic failures and phoenix-like rebirths
have made him a symbol of mythic indestructibility.
resilient politician. The documen- tary debuts from 9 10:30 p.m.
EDDIE MURPHY ORDERED TO PA Y $50K A
MONTH IN CHILD SUPPORT- FOR 1 CHILD
Eddie Murphy is one of the most successful
Black actors of our time. His films have grossed
more than $1 billion at the box office. So it should
be no surprise that his pockets were gonna get HIT
HARD when Mel B sued him for child support.
Well now the verdict is in, and Eddie has agreed
to pay Mel B $50,000 a month in support. He's also
agreed to visitation and he reportedly wants to
NOW be a part of his daughter Iris' life.
NICOLE RICHIE TO NAME BABY AFTER MIJAC?: Celebrity
reportedly wants to pay tribute to her godfather.
Nicole Richie is reportedly planning to honor her late godfather Michael
Jackson by naming her unborn child after him, according to Star magazine.
The adopted daughter of pop legend Lionel Richie remained close to the
King of Pop until he died of a cardiac arrest last month. Star cites friends
of the star who say she's planning to mark his death by giving her second
child his name -- Michael for a boy and Michelle for a girl.
A source tells Star magazine, "Nicole is devastated by Michael's death.
She loved him and it happened so suddenly. She wasn't planning on nam-
ing the baby after him, but she thinks it's fitting now that he's gone."
Richie is due to give birth to her second child with partner Joel Madden
in the fall. The pair has a 1-year-old daughter, Harlow.
PERRY TO DELIVER MORE "PAYNE"
TBS has given Tyler Perry's "House
of Payne" two orders for a total of 46
i additional episodes, bringing the series'
number to a staggering 172.
It took such sitcom classics such as
"Cheers," "Seinfeld" and "Friends"
seven or eight seasons to reach that
number, while "Payne" was able to do
it in only two years..
SThe story of "Payne," which has gen-
erated more than $250 million in rev-
enue, began a few years ago when
Perry approached Debmar-Mercury
with a proposition: He would fund a new series if they would find a way
to get it on television and get him his money back.
Perry funded the production of 10 episodes, which Debmar-Mercur
gave for free to local stations in key markets and to TBS' WTBS Atlanta
for a test run in summer 2006.
An additional 90-episode order by TBS followed, and the series pre-
miered on the cable network in June 2007, followed by a national broad-
cast-syndication launch in September 2008. So far the franchise has made
over $250 million.
ANISTON PRODUCING FILM ON RACIAL TENSIONS
Jennifer Aniston is set to produce "Holler" (aka. "Mutt"), a tale of lin-
gering racial tensions in the Deep South. Based on true events, the script
follows a biracial high school student who returns with his white mother
to her hometown in Mississippi, where he falls for a white girl. When prom
season arrives at the high school, he is shocked to discover that she cannot
be his date at the segregated prom. He soon finds himself the catalyst for
change for not only the prom but for the school and entire town.
The film was inspired b) the rejst.pry told in HBO's recent documen-
tary "Prom Night in Missssippi," which followed Morgan Freeman's
efforts to end his hometown high school's segregated proms.
B. Smith on How She Built Her Style Empire Becoming
the Fist Black Woman with a National Lifestyle Brand
Entrepreneur B. Smith says she's gone by her first initial from her early modeling days, when
she would try to speed things up on the phone with her bookers and hasn't stopped since -- cre-
ating a multifaceted business that includes television, books, home furnishings, fashion and
restaurants. She is shown above in her New York home office.
Welcome to the fast paced, can
do, what's next world of B. Smith.
From a small office in the Central
Park South building in New York
where she lives blooms a multi-mil-
lion dollar empire.
B. Smith is credited with being
the first black woman to have a
national lifestyle brand and furni-
ture line, working with companies
like Bed Bath and Beyond, and
In her modeling days, she graced
the covers of magazines at a time
when black women were rarely
given that type of exposure.
For a decade, she had a syndicat-
ed television show "B. Smith with
Style." But New Yorkers, tourist
and food lovers know her primarily
for her restaurant, initially at 47th
Street and 8th Avenue, now on
restaurant row on 46th Street.
She says when she first took the
name long ago, she didn't know
anything about building a brand.
She does now.
"When you decide that the restau-
rant is called B. Smith's and it's
your name, I think you've made the
decision that we're going to sell
me," Smith says.
She also has restaurants in Sag
Harbor and Washington, D.C. There
is a sense of perpetual motion
around B. Smith and a spirit of
preparing for the next big thing. A
bad day? Yes, she has them. But she
also has a nightly antidote.
"I can have a terrible day and I
can walk into the restaurant and I
can start walking around the tables
and talking to people and all the
stress of the day, negativity of the
day it just sort of you know, vanish-
es away," Smith says.
Her catch phrase is "do it with
style," and she can make it look
effortless. She assures, it is not.
"People think it's easy, they look
at me and they think oh it's easy.
You know modeling was easy, it
wasn't easy. It was hard work. And
not all models had to work as hard
as I had to to get the jobs," says
She met her husband Dan Gasby
at the first restaurant in the early
90's. He helped bring her work into
the worlds of television, books,
design and home furnishings, long
ago establishing a successful brand.
But as a black woman in business,
Smith says there are still occasion-
al, and hidden road bumps.
"I've had a major retailer say to
my husband, 'Uh, what about her
hair?' Uh, excuse me? What does
my hair have to do with my prod-
ucts,' says Smith.
And then there was the sugges-
tion she says she received in the
early days of her first restaurant,
with its big windows looking out on
to 8th Avenue.
"The bar was you know eight
deep with African-American men
and women in the window and peo-
ple were like maybe you should put
up drapes. And I'm like, I would be
denying who I am, who my father,
my brothers my family, and the
community who supports me," says
And then there was the sugges-
tion she says she received in the
early days of the first restaurant, a
place with a big black professional
clientele and big windows looking
out on to 8th Avenue.
There is no denying her insider
status. Her restaurant in
Washington, D.C. hosted one of the
Obama inaugural events. She was
invited to the White House for an
And she has connections --
enough to know that the president
and first lady were going to see "Joe
Turner's Come and Gone" when
they came to town in May. So
Smith and her husband got tickets
"Very exciting. So it was good to
be there. Afterwards we went for a
little romantic dinner. See we were
on a date too," says Smith.
Early on, B. Smith learned the
love of good food and furnishings.
"I lived in a home that was com-
fortable, you know, they made a
beautiful home," Smith recalls. "I
always tell people that my parents
were the original Bob Villa and
Martha Stewart only they were
African-American and married to
each other. Because they cooked,
She was Barbara Smith when she
was growing up, a young black girl
in the '50s and '60s in a small west-
ern Pennsylvania town. She says
certain doors, like modeling and the
group "The Future Homemakers of
America" were shut to her. So she
created her own opportunities.
"I remember asking my mother if
I could work at the local car hop she
said, 'No and they won't hire you
anyway.' Um, I own restaurants
now," says Smith. "I've stood on a
mountain of nos for one yes. It's
One of those nos came from her
father when she asked if she could
go to John Robert Powers' model-
ing school in Pittsburgh. But she
convinced him it was a finishing
"He said I'll send you to John
Robert Powers but that's all the
money I have for any education for
you. I said, 'Dad if you do that for
me, I'll do the rest'," says Smith.
Early on, she was a model who
was, as she puts it, "preparing for
"I used to wear combats," Smith
says. "Buy all my clothes from uh,
Salvation Army and things like that.
You know I was preparing. But still
I was modeling and you know, I had
a lot going on. Like anybody at that
She worked briefly for TWA at
the Pittsburgh airport. Her model-
ing eventually brought her to
Europe and New York and the cov-
ers of magazines. But her first home
in New York, a women's residence
on West 34th Street, could not have
been more different from her cur-
rent Central Park South digs.
"It was good. No guys were
allowed upstairs, it was good," says
Smith took acting classes and
singing lessons. But she always had
the restaurant bug. And so she
worked at huge restaurant America
on 18th Street.
"My friends would come in and
they would say 'Why are you work-
ing here?' And I would say 'Well I'm
going to open a restaurant.' They're
like 'Ah, you've been hitting those
drugs have ya,' 'No I'm gonna open
a restaurant'," says Smith.
She convinced the owners to part-
ner with her on a place which
opened in 1986 at 47th and 8th.
"Oh the neighborhood. Pimps,
prostitutes, uh, you would see drug
paraphernalia. And you never saw a
suit," recalls Smith.
But that changed, and again, B.
Smith had turned an obstacle into
"I can remember the Friday and
Saturday nights it would be so busy
and I'd be like counting dollar bills
at like 6 a.m. in the morning and
things like that, it was like crazy.
But great crazy," says Smith.
After a brief first marriage, Smith
met her current husband Dan Gasby
at the restaurant, where they had
their wedding party. And suddenly
Smith was a step mother.
"I have a five year old. It was
great. I thought I was going to have
lots and lots of kids, and I do
because of my employees, you
know pass through my life, Dana
was a gift," says Smith.
The restaurant led to television,
books, fashion and home furnish-
ings. The pictures on the wall at the
restaurant reflect the clout she's
accumulated, interacting with the
brightest lights in pop culture and
"But to be in a photograph with
Rosa Parks, somebody who helped
change history in her own way, one
person at a time can change history,
I'm very proud of that," says Smith.
B. Smith turns 60 this year. Her
surroundings, living and working
on Central Park South, are a world
away from the small Pennsylvania
town of her youth. But there is still
the tendency to downplay the road-
blocks in her journey, to look for-
ward and think positively.
"In life you can be who you
wanna be. It may not be exactly the
way you dream it, but I think you
can have any piece of a pie that you
wanna have if you work hard
enough," says Smith.
The Nine Lives of Marion Barry Premieres on HBO
First Grandmother Enjoying White House Life
Darius Anderson, 8, of Washington, right, turns around after asking
Marian Robinson, mother of first lady Michelle Obama, a question,
during a 'Read to The Top!' summer reading program last week at the
Education Department in Washington.
First lady Michelle Obama's
mother summed up her life at the
White House in one word: wonder-
Marian Robinson says the man-
sion is "much bigger than anything
I've ever been accustomed to" and
has "lots of people to take care of
you." But the people she moved
here to care for granddaughters
Malia and Sasha are growing up
so fast she's beginning to feel "left
Robinson, 71, provided a glimpse
into her life at 1600 Pennsylvania
Ave. after she read "The Napping
House" to a group of elementary
school students in Washington's
Maryland suburbs at the Education
Department's outdoor plaza on
Wednesday. The story is about a
grandson, a dog, a cat and a mouse
who fall asleep on top of a grand-
mother but are awakened by the
commotion after a flea bites the
Robinson appeared as part of a
weekly summer reading series put
on by the department.
President Barack Obama's moth-
er-in-law rarely speaks in public.
But she answered more than a
dozen questions from the students,
ranging from her life and the White
House itself to how it feels having a
daughter married to the president
and whether she is rich.
"Let me say this. No, I am not
rich," Robinson told the boy who
asked. "But that just lets you know
that you just need to earn enough
money to pay your way and you can
still be happy and still be in a place
where you never thought you would
She said Malia, 11, and Sasha, 8,
don't watch much television, but
they do read and play games.
"I think they can only watch an
hour a day," Robinson said. "But
they are at an age now where they'd
rather read books or play games
with themselves so grandma is
beginning to feel left out. I spend a
little time with them, but they're
growing up now."
Robinson lived separately from
Study Reveals More Disparity in Life
More than two-thirds of the peo-
ple serving life without parole in
state and federal prisons are minori-
ties, and three-fourths of the juve-
niles locked away for life are
minorities, most of them black,
according to a study released
Wednesday by The Sentencing
Project based in Washington, D.C.
The numbers reflect startling dis-
parities in America's justice and
prison systems, the report's authors
said. They hope extensive research
presented in "No Exit: The
Expanding Use of Life Sentences in
America" will help lead to change.
"We know that because there is a
disparate representation of blacks in
the prison population, they are also
among those receiving life sen-
tences and life sentences without
the possibility of parole," said
Ashley Nellis, one of the authors of
Blacks comprise 12 percent of
the general population in America,
but represent 28 percent of total
arrests and 38 percent of persons
convicted of a felony in a state
court and in state prison, the report
"There needs to be a change. Just
think about all of the human poten-
tial wasted with life sentences,"
Nellis told BlackAmericaWeb.com.
"It's as if 140,000 people have been
locked away, and they have said
they will never be rehabilitated."
The report is being released at a
time when the U.S. Supreme Court
has agreed to hear two Florida cases
of juveniles sentenced to life with-
In Graham v. Florida, 17-year-old
Terrance Graham was convicted of
taking part in an armed home-inva-
sion robbery while on probation for
committing a violent crime when he
was 16 years old, and was sen-
tenced to life without parole. In the
case of Sullivan v. Florida, Joe
Sullivan was convicted of sexual
battery committed when he was 13
the Obamas in Chicago and helped
shuttle her granddaughters around
when their parents were out of town
during the presidential campaign.
She moved to the White House to
continue looking after the girls.
Robinson has plenty to keep her
busy, aside from her granddaugh-
ters. Michelle Obama told an audi-
ence recently that her mother now
has such a full social life that she
and the president sometimes "have
to plan our schedule around her
Overall, Robinson said, hers is a
"I'm able to take care of my two
grandchildren when their mother's
busy and she is pretty busy these
days, and I am glad to be taking
care of them," Robinson said. "So
my life is wonderful."
Barack Obama has always been
very hardworking, she said, and "he
still is the hardest working person I
know. I sometimes wonder how he
does it, and Michelle, but then that's
what it takes to get things done, is
Having a daughter married to the
president is overwhelming,
Robinson said, "especially when
you come from the South Side of
Chicago and your children went to
public school and they just led nor-
mal everyday lives."
"So it's a very overwhelming
feeling, and mostly, it makes me
very proud," she said.
years old and sentenced to life with-
out parole. Sullivan is now 33 and
debilitated by multiple sclerosis.
The report calls for the elimina-
tion of sentences of life without
parole and restoring discretion to
parole boards to determine suitabil-
ity for release.
Of the 140,610 people now serv-
ing life sentences in state and feder-
al prisons, 6,807 of those were
juveniles when they committed
their crimes, the report stated.
In five states Alabama,
California, Massachusetts, Nevada,
and New York at least one in six
prisoners is serving a life sentence.
New England Patriot's Wide Receiver Randy Moss had no problem
diversifying his financial portfolio by investing in NASCAR.
Randy Moss: The New
Face of NASCAR Diversity
While NASCAR has had it share
of issues on its many failed
attempts to diversify the sport,
Randy Moss, the New England
Patriots All-Pro wide receiver, is
hoping to help the sport turn the
According to a recent interview
in Black Enterprise magazine,
Moss acquired a 50 percent share in
Morgan-Dollar Motorsports in
Like any high-profile superstar,
after taking a sizable stake in the
company, he named the company
Randy Moss Motorsports. Go fig-
ure? It's all about branding and
using your best asset. Isn't this why
Oprah and Magic always tie their
names (brand) behind the business
ventures they're invested in.
Moss, who is also a savvy busi-
nessman, too, hopes to use his fran-
chise winning name to colorize the
sport and foremost create another
stream of income off the field.
George Fraiser, who is a network-
ing guru and the author of several
business books, says we should
always have several streams of
income. And Moss is taking
Fraiser's philosophy to heart with
one of his latest ventures.
Before Moss, who is a native of
West Virginia, made a large finan-
cial investment last year in
NASCAR, he had always mentored
young folks interested in the sport.
In fact, he served as an ambassador
for the Urban Youth Racing School,
which serves as a free program
catering to over 200 inner city
youths. Unlike his playmates, who
are just sponsoring football camps,
this playmaker also sponsors a dirt
track in his hometown, too. So he
was destined to do this.
While Moss contends he doesn't
want his football celebrity to inter-
fere with his NASCAR venture, it
doesn't hurt this has allowed him to
slowly gain corporate sponsorships,
which has been an uphill battle for
most blacks in the sport.
"Over time people have made it
into a black and white thing, and
that's one of the things that got a lot
of people messed up in this
NASCAR sport. It is a predomi-
nantly white-driven sport, but by
me being a minority owner it shows
people that it's not only for white
people. NASCAR is a big money-
driven sport, but for some reason
most sports fans just pay attention
to football, baseball, and basket-
ball. As a black businessman, I'm
trying to better that aspect and
show that the sport has nothing to
do with the color of your skin." said
Moss on most people's percep-
tioinof the sport.
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