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aic"I want to
be a legend"
NY Vigil Marks 20 Years Since
Yusuf Hawkins Murder
-NEW YORK In 1989, after a white
S mob attacked and killed a black teenager in
Brooklyn, the Rev. Al Sharpton led black
demonstrators down streets where angry
whites confronted them, yelling obsceni-
ties and throwing bricks and watermelons
On Sunday, exactly twenty years later,
Sharpton joined the slain teenager's family
and friends at the Brooklyn cemetery
where Yusuf Hawkins is now buried.
Sharpton led the procession of about 40
people to Hawkins' grave.
Hawkins was just 16 years old when he
was shot twice in the chest on Aug. 23,
1989 in the mostly white Brooklyn neighborhood of Bensonhurst. He and
three black friends were there to look at a used car that was for sale.
About 30 whites, armed with at least one gun, bats and golf clubs, chased
the four and surrounded them.
Eight people were tried for the attack; five were convicted but only
three were sentenced to prison time.
Green Bay Gets First Black Officer
WI Solomon Ayres hits the streets this week, beginning the first phase
of a 17-week training regime. He says he ep ects some resistance from
both black and white residents. But thinks his life experiences will help
defuse difficult situations and make him opento different points of view.
Fran Jonet, president of Green Bay's Police and Fire Commission, says
hiring a black recruit is a long-awaited step in the right direction.
Census figures show that racial minorities make up about 17 percent of
Green Bay's over 98,000 people.
Its police department has 177 sworn officers. That includes 15 women,
four American Indians or Alaskan natives and one Hispanic.
Howard Grads Make More
than Other HBCU Alums
Thinking about:attending a historically Black college or university?
Howard University might provide the best return on your investment.
According to a study by salary research company PayScale, Howard
grads earn higher salaries than graduates of any other Black college or
university as well as some premier non-Black schools.
PayScale found that graduates of Howard have an average starting
salary of $50,300, ranking the school 100th on the list of colleges and
universities with the highest starting salaries. The university ranked just
ahead of Penn State, Northwestern and the University of Texas, the
Among Black colleges, graduates of North Carolina Central University
in Durham, N.C., ranked the lowest, with an average starting salary of
Mississippi To Make Civil Rights
History Part of K-12 Curriculum
In Mississippi, where mention of the civil rights movement evokes
images of bombings, beatings and the Ku Klux Klan, public schools are
preparing to test a program that will ultimately teach students about the
subject in every grade from kindergarten through high school.
Many experts believe the effort will make Mississippi the first state to
mandate civil rights instruction for all k-12 students.
So far, four school systems have asked to be part of a pilot effort to test
the curriculum in high schools. In September, the Mississippi
Department of Education will name the systems that have been approved
for the pilot. By the 2010-2011 school year, the program should be in
place at all grade levels as part of social studies courses.
The program is the outgrowth of a law passed in 2006 by the
Legislature. The state moves forward with statewide implementation in
the 2010-2011 school year, despite an unsuccessful legislative effort to
eliminate the plan this year.
Never to old to get even
71 Year Old Woman Jailed for
Beating Husband with Frying Pan
A 71-year-old North Carolina woman is in
police custody for striking her husband in the
head with a frying pan several times after he
complained about what she cooked for
According to news reports, James Lewis,
85, received 50 stitches in his head the morn-
ing of Aug. 14.
After objecting to the meal that his wife,
Rosie Lewis, made for him, she began to
cook him a new breakfast. When the couple started arguing, Mr. Lewis
allegedly picked up a cane with which to hit Mrs. Lewis, and she
responded by striking him with her frying pan multiple times.
Mrs. Lewis is being held in the Halifax County Jail without bond,
charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
FLORI A'Sb IRSI COAST QUALITY BLACK
Volume 23 No.48 Jacksonville, Florida August 27 September 2, 2009
50 Years Later: Has Black Activism Weakened?
by H.T. Edney
This week marks the 46th
anniversary of the March on
Washington for Jobs and Freedom,
August 28, 1963. Nearly a half cen-
tury since the march that drew more
than 200,000 to Washington, D.C.,
Black activists confess they have
changed their strategy in the wake
of an African-American President,
but they contend that their commit-
ment remains the same.
"I think that some leaders are
now reluctant to engage in public
struggle because President Barack
is in the White House. But, I would
remind you that a public demon-
stration for justice would not be a
march on the President. That would
be unfair," said the Rev. Jesse
MILLIONS MORE MOVEMENT
SHILLt S HOMHMOVEMENT R14
WE SERVE THE PEOPLE
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A VOLUNTEER ,
MILLIONS MORE MOiENT TODAY
Pass By On The OMSIde"
Millions More Changing Community with Dignity The
Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee for the Millions More
Movement recently gave away clothes and food to the community.
Hundreds turned out to benefit from the organization's community event
which is held monthly. J-LOC presents the opportunity for anyone and
everyone to participate with humanity in acquiring items they may need.
Shown above is (L-R) Eugenia McArthur with her grandson and daughter
Sequyoha McArthur at the event. To volunteer or donate in a future event,
Dr. Charles B. McIntosh and Dr. John Montgomery
Dr. C.B. Mcintosh Awarded
State's Highest Medical Honor
Jacksonville's own Dr. Charles B.
McIntosh was the recent recipient
Certificate of Merit Award from the
Florida Medical Association
(FMA) during its 2009 Annual
Meeting in Boca Raton, FL.
Considered FMA's highest award,
the Certificate of Merit was pre-
sented by the FMA House of
Delegates. He was chosen as a
recipient by the FMA who honors
members "who have rendered
exceptional and outstanding service
to the Association, the medical pro-
fession and to the public over a
period of years."
Among his community service
activities, Dr. McIntosh is a found-
ing member and Past President of
the Florida Sickle Cell Foundation;
and a founding trustee, Medical
Director, Board of Directors mem-
ber and a volunteer for Volunteers
in Medicine a free health clinic for
Northeast Florida's working unin-
sured. In addition, the Shands
Pediatric Sickle Cell Diseases
Center was named after Dr.
Jackson, president and CEO the
Coalition. "We supported Kennedy
over Nixon, but we still had the
march on Washington. We support-
ed Johnson over Goldwater, but we
still had the march on Selma."
Though public demonstrations by
Black activists have been scaled
back significantly since the election
of America's first Black president,
the intense focus on issues is still
the same, Jackson says.
"In 1963, we were marching for
the right to vote. Now we're march-
ing to the polls by the millions all
over the nation. Activism now is the
election of city councils and state
legislatures, Congress and
Continued on page 3
Williams Sisters Make History Again
as First Black Female NFL Owners
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, left, joins Serena and Venus
Williams in displaying Dolphins jerseys after it was announced the
tennis stars had become minority owners of the NFL football team,
during a news conference at the Miami Dolphins training complex in
Davie, Fla., Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009.
Serena and Venus Williams con- become minor owners in the NFL
firmed they bought a small stake in team.
the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday. Venus and Serena live in Palm
Their deal with owner Stephen Beach Gardens, about an hour's
Ross, first reported last week, made drive from the Dolphins' stadium.
the sisters the latest celebrities to Continued on page 2
AKA Lawsuit Continues
to Gain National Steam
Friends of the Weeping Ivy, the
underground campaign determined
to oust Alpha Kappa Alpha
National Basileus Barbara
McKinzie, continues to pickup
steam and media attention around
' What started as a grassroots cam-
paign has flourished with an out-
pouring of support from the sorori-
ty membership. The group uses the
givy.com as its primary vehicle of
On the website, they post copies
of checks and other legal docu-
ments that make the case AKA
directors failed to curb unreason-
able expenditures. Documents
show that AKA's former director of
meetings and conferences, Kenitra
Shackelford, reported to the board
American Express charges for a
$6,500 Movado gold watch, an
$8,500 diamond heart and a $1,000
ruby pinky ring.
"This site protects us from being
targeted," said a member who
asked not to be identified. Several
members have claimed theyhave
been harassed and threatened with
expulsion for speaking out against
the current administration.
A little more than a year after the
country's oldest sorority celebrated
their 100th birthday, a lawsuit filed
in D.C. Superior Court has split the
sorority, leaving some members
worried about its credibility in the
black community and as a charita-
In June, eight members filed suit
against McKinzie and AKA's
board, alleging that the Supreme
Basileus was improperly awarded a
$375,000 stipend, the first-ever
compensation for the sorority's
The suit also claims that
McKinzie used the sorority's
American Express account to pur-
chase lingerie and designer clothing
for herself and friends, racking up
American Express Rewards points
that she then redeemed for gym
equipment and a 46-inch high-defi-
nition Toshiba television. The
members want the judge to remove
McKinzie as president and want
unapproved payments to be
The major issue drawing irehas
been the Supreme Basileus's com-
pensation. According to the non-
profit's most recent tax return,
McKinzie in 2007 received -
Continued on page 2
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Honorees Named for Ebony Ivory Gala
The honorees have been named and selected for the upcoming Women
6f Culture Cultural Foundation's annual Ebony & Ivory Gala. It will be
held on Saturday, September 12th at the Omni Hotel. For tickets call
2009 honorees are: Carol Hladki is the first female Director at the
Jacksonville Sheriffs Office; Mary 0. Lim, M.D. is a Pediatric
Neonatologist at Shands Jacksonville; Derya Williams is CEO and
Executive Director for River Region Human Services; Marjorie Nolan,
a Reading Coach at First Coast High School; Dr. Carolyn Williams is
an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Co-Director of
the Bette J. Soldwedel Gender Research Center at the University of
North Florida; Patricia Willis is Deputy Superintendent for Duval
County Public Schools; Karen Green is President and Publisher of
Women's Digest, Inc.; Vida Vongsay is the owner of Fred Astaire Dance
Studio and a Dance Instructor; Deborah L. Maiden is President of JBD
Communications, Inc. and General Manager of AM1360 WCGL Radio;
Daniel kids is Florida's oldest children's services agency and U. S.
Congresswoman Corrine Brown is the distinguished service honoree.
Local Church Draws International
Bishop for its Anniversary
Brother I. Femi,Pastor Sola, Dr. Fisayo, Rev. Lara & Bishop Idowu
in attendance at the special services.
Women Weight and Why Honor Pittman-Peele
Shown above is JuCoby Pittman-Peele accepting her award from
WWW founder Veronica Campbell.
Women Weight & Why (WWW) sponsored a five star event at the Orange
Park Country Club, Saturday, August 22, 2009. Members of the organiza-
tion honored Mrs. Ju'Coby Pittman-Peele, President/CEO of the Clara
White Mission. Pittman-Peele was presented with a Community Service
Award, a monetary donation along with other gifts.
Angela Spears, Public Information Officer for Nassau County Sherriffs
Office, was the Mistress of Ceremonies.
Pittman-Peele took a moment to honor Veronica Campbell, Founder of
Women Weight & Why, for her service to the mission and to the commu-
The five star theme centered on Love, Pride, Commitment, Respect and
Perseverance. Members, family and friends were part of the five year cel-
ebration. The organization has grown from seven members to well over
Women Weight & Why (WWW) is a Jacksonville based organization that
supports and promotes health awareness, education and outreach in our
local community as well as across the nation.
Continued from front
"To have this opportunity is real-
ly where our heart is," Venus said.
"We're South Florida girls. When
we get off the road, this is where we
come home to. When we come
home to Dolphins games, it's going
to be exciting."
The sisters are the first female
African-Americans to hold an own-
ership stake in an NFL team, the
Dolphins said. The NFL has no
African-American majority team
"We're really honored," Serena
said. "Venus and I in tennis have
tried to do so much for the sport.
We're really excited to even have
Venus said she and Serena have
been to "a few games." Serena
dated former NFL players LaVar
Arrington and Keyshawn Johnson,
but the sisters said the Dolphins
have long been their favorite team.
"We're just 'Go Fins!'-type peo-
ple," Serena said.
Musicians Gloria and Emilio
Estefan and Marc Anthony recently
bought small shares of the team.
The Estefans are the first Cuban
Americans to hold an ownership
stake in an NFL team, and Anthony
is from New York of Puerto Rican
Although Christ Resurrection
Power Assembly or CREPA is only
two years old, the church has grown
quickly and for its second year
anniversary brought in the Bishop
of one the largest churches in Africa
Ministering on Saturday, August
23rd was Bishop Francis Wale Oke.
Bishop Oke is Founder/Chancellor
of Precious Cornerstone University
in Ibadan, Nigeria, and he is also
the founder of "The Sword of the
Spirit Ministries" and the presiding
Bishop of Christ Life Churches
worldwide. The world renowned
Bishop has conducted crusades all
over Africa and Europe with record
crowds of over two hundred thou-
sand people in one service. A
Bishop Oke overseas church in sev-
eral countries around the globe so
getting him here to Jacksonville
was a major accomplishment,
according to members of CREPA.
When asked about the state of
Christianity in Africa, Bishop Oke
replied, "People flock to Church in
thousands and hundred of thou-
sands. The largest Crusades are
held in Africa, the largest congrega-
tions, the largest Church, the largest
prayer gathering are all in Africa.
People are getting born-again and
there is hope for Africa."
CREPA's home church is basked
in Nigeria, but its local pastors,
Bishop Abiola & OmrOlara Idowu
are very excited about the churches
growth over the past two years.
Based in Arlington area of town
near Arlington and Bert Roads,
CREPA plans on being a growing
influence in the Jacksonville com-
Continued from page 1
$375,000 in compensation, up from
zero the year before. Matter of fact,
no previous International has been
In contrast, the president of the
NAACP was paid $240,000,
according to the group's most
recent tax forms. The national pres-
ident of AKA's rival, Delta Sigma
Theta, drew no pay at all.
Despite the constant attention, the
website posts documents of contin-
ued spending. In June and July, she
received five AKA checks totaling
$499,669, according to Edward
Gray, a Washington attorney for the
eight AKA plaintiffs. Gray received
copies of the stubs by mail in an
unmarked brown envelope with a
return address that said only
"Friend of the WI," or Weeping Ivy.
The Ivy is a symbol of the sorority.
In court papers, Gray has asked the
sorority to verify the authenticity of
In one e-mail, McKinzie said her
stipend was part of the sorority's
the AKA spokeswoman, elaborat-
ed: "We don't do bake sales. This is
a corporation. This is a business.
Our Web site is akal908.com -- that
means we're a company. Barbara is
a certified public accountant. We
will be solvent for years to come."
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Friends and Sorors Celebrate 88th
Birthday of Ms. Gwendolyn Leapheart
.AU co seadproa l w ith
Tonya Lewis Lee: Doing the Right Thing
There's no doubt that Tonya Lewis Lee, wife of
filmmaker Spike Lee, is doing the right thing. As a '
mother, author, attorney, and producer, Lee is
doing a number of things right. Most recently,
Lewis Lee has become a community health advo-
cate seeking to ensure that African-American -
women across the country do right as well. The
mother of two has developed a partnership with the
Office of Minority Health (U.S. Department of
Health) to generate awareness about the alarming
number of Black babies who die before their first birthdays. Throughout
the country, Black women are three to four times more likely to bury
their babies, ages 0-11 months, than any other race. Jacksonville is no
exception as it leads state and national rankings in infant mortality rates.
As Lewis Lee prepares to visit Jacksonville on Saturday, September 19,
2009 for a free communitywide event -Family Reunion for our Future
Festival to be held at Edward Waters College in the Adams Jenkins Sports
Complex from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., she shares the following "baby talk."
Q: Tell us about your newest role with the Department of Health.
Two years ago, I signed up as spokesperson for the Office of Minority
Heath's "A Healthy Baby Begins with You" campaign. Throughout the
year, I visit historically black colleges throughout the country, helping to
educate African-American women about proper prenatal care and health
Q: Had you always been a community health advocate for babies?
I had no idea that this [infant mortality] was going on. This is not an issue
of poverty; this problem impacts African-American women from every
socioeconomic class. No matter the educational or financial situation,
we're all at risk.
Q: What can be done to stop babies from dying so young?
Our government, doctors, and community must all be held accountable;
but we need to hold ourselves accountable too. We need to improve our
diet and get regular exercise; we need to plan our pregnancies as much as
possible; we need to take folic acid before getting pregnant. [The health of
a woman prior to pregnancy is one of the greatest influences to the birth
Q: What do you want the world to know about infant mortality?
The good news is that there are steps that can be taken to prevent it. The
key message is to be healthy. We need to be mindful of how we treat our-
selves...we need everyone in our community to be as strong and healthy
Join Tonya Lewis Lee and representatives from community heath agen-
cies and area corporations to learn more about healthy lifestyles and prac-
tices. Make a noise with your voices and your choices and prevent infant
mortality. Saturday, September 19, 2009, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free food,
screenings, pregnancy tests, music, give-a-ways, and prizes.
Marsha Oliver is Executive Officer of 0. Communications, a Jacksonville-
based marketing and public relations firm. To talk with Oliver, email her at
Friends and sorors of Ms. Gwendolyn Leapheart joined her in the spir-
it of celebration for her 88th birthday. The vivacious community volun-
teer enjoyed birthday cake and a buffet for the young at heart following
attending church services at St. Gabriels Episcopal Church. Shown
above with her Delta Sigma Theta sisters are (L-R) Brenda White, Mary
Davis, Bonnie Cobb, honoree Gwendolyn Leapheart, Barbara Green,
Mary Christie, Marguerite Warren, Myrtle Turner, and Juliet Fields. FMP
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Petersons Celebrate 72 Years
Mr. and Mrs. Albert C. Peterson recently celebrated 72 blessed years of
marriage with a family luncheon at Barnacle Bills, at St Augustine Fl.
They were married August 20, 1937 in St. Augustine, Fl.
The former Aria Louise Rogers retired from The Duval County School
System after teaching 28 years then substitute teaching for 15 years. Her
devoted mate of seven decades, retired from the Afro American Life
Insurance Company, after 42 years of dedicated service.
They have three loving daughters, Linda P. Crawford, Carolyn P. Floyd
(Herman), and Toni P. Mundy. Five grandchildren, Gregory Crawford,
Maria Crawford Michele Floyd-Hatcher, Traci F. Zamor and Alonzo
McNealy and ten great-grandchildren.L.
Nearly Half Century Since March on Washington: Has Black Activism Weakened?
Continued from page 1
President of the United States,"
Jackson says. "When you fight, you
fight with the whole armor of God -
litigation, legislation, registration,
All of those are forms of fighting.
Even in 1963, we had won the '54
Supreme Court decision, the '55
Montgomery bus boycott, and stu-
dents across the South marched on
Selma. Even then, we used litiga-
tion, legislation, registration and
demonstration. We've always used
several forms of fighting."
Jackson admits that the current
lack of street activism that had
resurged during the eight years of
the Bush Administration may be
necessary to make ultimate
progress on issues through the first
four years of the Obama
"We have made milestones politi-
cally two African-American gov-
ernors and an African-American
president but, we still have a dis-
proportionate number of infant
mortality, shorter life expectancy,
discrimination in hiring, in home
foreclosures and in student loan
debt. So, it's mid day in our politics,
but mid night in our economy,"
He was referring to the nation's
jobless rate that has neared double
digits while the Black unemploy-
ment rate has passed 14 percent and
well above that for Black males.
Street demonstrations are not only
still needed to fight remaining
inequities, but to counteract the
uprising of White-led right wing
activism around the nation in the
wake of health care legislation,
"The evidence of hostility is
shown clearly in the town hall
meetings", he says. "We are still
fighting. But we're winning. The
reason why the right wing is acting
so hostile is because they are feel-
ing desperate. They lost the White
House. We won."
He concludes, "Our agenda has
not changed. It's just that instead of
having an adversary in the White
House, we have an ally." The
National Urban League's Marc
"We have to be fundamentally
realistic. Our constituencies voted
for this President ... Black leader-
ship's roll is to support the public
policies that we believe will benefit
our constituencies. I think we must
realize that personality politics in
my opinion are [unnecessary] when
there's an opportunity to work
along with a president for the shap-
ing of public policy that benefits
our community. Having said that, I
believe it's important to recognize
that Black leadership's roll is to
hold every elected official account-
able. And I sometimes wonder why
people say we have to hold Obama
accountable, when I don't hear that
kind of conversation from some
people about the Congress of the
United States, congressional leader-
ship, about the governors and the
Local radio stations, particularly those that are minority-owned, play a critical role in reaching
communities. But a bill pending in Congress threatens to silence this voice.
African American, Hispanic and other ethnic
At the urging of the struggling foreign-owned record labels, some in Congress are pushing to impose a new fee on local radio one that could
cripple the industry at a time when the economy is already threatening jobs and diversity on the radio.
At least 50% of this "performance tax" fee would go to the record labels, with the rest being divided among musicians. And since three out of
four of the major labels are headquartered abroad, that's money flowing out of your community and overseas.
But a majority of the House of Representatives, including Rep. Brown, are standing up for free local and minority-owned radio by supporting
the Local Radio Freedom Act.
Rep. Brown understands that radio is the voice of the people. A tax on local radio is bad for radio, bad for artists and bad for listeners.
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Most who have read a few of my
articles know that I believe that
education is the solution to many of
the challenges facing the black
community. Yeah, I know it's not
like it is an original thought, but it
has been proven time and time
again that education is a change
Whether we are talking about
college or trade school education
and a lot of prayer has helped
blacks advance in this country.
W.E.B. Dubois and Booker T.
Washington had different tactics,
but really the same mission. How
to best educate former slaves so
that they can be self-sufficient and
provide for their families.
Of course Washington wanted
blacks to focus more on trades and
agriculture while Dubois favored a
more formal education in the class-
Regardless of their methods of
trying to help black folk, education
was at the center of the debate.
And that's where the black col-
lege came in to play. Here in
Jacksonville, we have a historically
black college that was formed to do
just that educate African
Americans who didn't have oppor-
tunities at other institutions.
Black colleges and religious
institutions have been a strong
foundation in the African American
community. Because as James
Baldwin once said, "A child cannot
be taught by someone who despis-
In fact, schools like Edward
Waters College (EWC) were
formed by churches specifically for
the education of blacks after slav-
So it is obvious that historically
black colleges and universities
(HBCUs) have played a critical
role in this country since they were
established in the face of Jim Crow,
segregation and the systematic
degradation of schools in minority
Over the past several years EWC
has struggled to get its enrollment
up and has had to deal with accred-
itation issues, but the school has
The latest challenge that the col-
lege may face is not as obvious as
the problems the school has faced
in the past. With Florida
Community College of
Jacksonville evolving to a four-
year bachelors degree school that
change could affect EWC.
FCCJ is now Florida State
College of Jacksonville. This
change is great for the former com-
munity college because now stu-
dents can stay with the school to
finish their bachelor's degree ver-
sus transferring to schools like
by Earl Ofari legislative changes, or quickly
Hutchinson reverse the bad old policies of their
In an inter- predecessor. It's the fabled man on
view on NBC's the white horse coming to the res-
Today Show cue. This is, of course, just that
two weeks after fable. Real politics and an impa-
he was sworn in tient public knock that storybook
President notion for a loop.
Obama was In Obama's case, he gambled that
blunt. He said that if he didn't his presidency would be a crown-
deliver he'd be "a one term proposi- ing success if he could beat back
tion." Put this in the category of the fine tuned, well-oiled, and well-
what did he know and when did he endowed health care industry jug-
know it. The it is that he was under gemaut and get health care reform,
the white hot glare of the public to that's real health care reform,
deliver the goods, or be quickly through Congress and into law.
dumped in the presidential has been Only one president has been able to
bin. Polls back up this hard politi- do and that was Lyndon Johnson.
cal reality about Obama. A mid He arm twisted, browbeat, and out
August Washington Post-ABC smarted Congress and the health
care industry to get
In Obama's case, he gambled Medicare. Johnson had
that his presidency would be a won a landslide election
victory in 1964, had fine
crowning success if he could tuned, hard nosed politi-
beat back the fine tuned, well- cal skills, had the reform
oiled, and well-endowed health spirit of the civil rights
movement and a solid
care industry juggernaut and get Democratic party behind
health care reform, that's real him. And he had the well
spring of public sympa-
health care reform, through thy after JFK's murder.
Congress and into law. Obama is not LBJ, polit-
ically. And he has neither
News survey found that his the times or Johnson's massive
approval ratings continue to mandate for change going for him.
plunge. Part of that can be chalked Above everything else, the voters
up to inevitability, put Obama in the White House to
New presidents always ride into make the economy right, reign in
office on the crest of both voter the Wall Street greed merchants,
hopes and euphoria about the save jobs and homes, and get the
prospect of change and disgust at credit pipeline to businesses open.
and voter fatigue with the former That hasn't happened. Instead
seat warmer in the White House. they've gotten a raucous, and con-
And new presidents just as quickly tentious health care reform fight
see their approval ratings dip or that's given a badly fractured and
freefall. It's easy to see why. They reeling, GOP, the butt of scorn and
try to do too much to soon, promise jokes, something that it never
not to do political business in the dreamed in its wildest dreams in
old ways, try to make too drastic mid November could happen.
EWC, JU and UNF to finish.
On the surface it may seem like it
is not that big of a deal. But consid-
er the rationale behind picking a
college: size, location, cost, tradi-
tion, sports, reputation, etc.
For minority students cost often
is weighted heavier than other fac-
tors. So now that FCCJ or FSCJ is
offering bachelor degree programs
some students may elect to save
money and attend the state school.
Not that Florida State College
has better teachers or a better cur-
riculums it may simply be a finan-
Consider this fact, to attend EWC
with tuition, housing, books, etc. is
may cost you around $18,000 a
year, which isn't bad at all. FSCJ
doesn't offer housing, so it's not a
fair comparison, but between
tuition, books and miscellaneous
cost, it would probably cost you
around $3,000 a year to attend
For students entering college
from high school, EWC may cer-
tainly be a much more attractive
school because of the history, tradi-
tion, on campus housing and sports.
But for older students who have
families, bills and are already in the
workforce, FSCJ would probably
be a better option because of the
multiple campus locations and cost.
EWC may not be the only col-
That's the weapon to get back in
the political hunt. If anyone had
dared say a month ago that the per-
cent of voters who blame Obama
for making a mess of health care
reform was in striking distance of
the number of voters who blame
the GOP for the mess, they'd have
been measured for a straightjacket.
A mid-August Pew Research sur-
vey found just that.
Obama eventually will get a
health care bill to sign. But it will
be a bill that will satisfy few.
Progressives will scream even
louder that the bill sans a public
option, and deal laden with big
Pharma giveaways, is smoke and
mirrors, a sham reform, and anoth-
er infuriating betrayal of his cam-
paign pledge of hope and change.
The Fox Network, Limbaugh, and
the GOP attack hounds will scream
even louder that the bill and Obama
are taking the country down a sink
hole. The bill will leave the major-
ity of voters confused, perplexed,
and even more uneasy about what
Obama is really up to, and his
seeming inability to be the tough,
decisive leader that millions took a
chance on and backed.
The conventional wisdom is that
Obama has plenty of time to get
things right. Here's the problem.
Health care and the economy are
signature markers for a successful
Obama first term, and the justifica-
tion for a second one. Doubts,
unease, or his real or perceived fail-
ure will be hard to unhinge from
voter thinking. Blacks, Hispanics,
young and progressive voters will
still back him. But will they cru-
sade for him as they did in 2008?
That means again turning out in big
and impassioned numbers. This
won't happen if they feel Obama
waffled or reneged on his key
promises. Meanwhile, the GOP
will sow more fear, pound away on
the doubts, unease and perceived
failures of Obama. It will dump its
bizarre Palin fascination, will have a
fat campaign chest, and will groom
a fresh new GOP face, (just like the
Dems did with Obama).
Worse, Obama won't have the
gargantuan trump card he had in
2012. That was the Bush bogeyman
to scare, shock, and rev up voters.
This doesn't spell defeat in 2012. It
does spell an Obama nightmare
about a one term presidency.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an
author and political analyst. His
weekly radio show, "The
Hutchinson Report" can be heard
weekly in Los Angeles at 9:30 AM
Friday on KTYM Radio 1460 AM
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lege affected by the new FSCJ.
Colleges like the University of
Phoenix, Webster College and sev-
eral other schools that have popped
up around town may feel the affects
At the end of the day, I think that
it was a great decision for FSCJ and
it may have somewhat of an impact
on EWC, but the college has a long
storied history and should be fine.
The bigger issue for EWC is sim-
ply continuing to rebuild and
increase enrollment. The school
has struggled financially, but is def-
initely moving in the right direc-
EWC has been a critical pillar in
Jacksonville since the school was
founded in 1865. It has often been
the only educational option for
black students, so its presence in
our community is irreplaceable.So
we all have to do our part to sup-
port the organization and protect
this vital resource. As Martin
Luther King, Jr., once said, "The
line of progress is never straight.
For a period of movement may fol-
low a straight line and then it
encounters obstacles and the path
Signing Off from the Admission
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| J Evidence of Black political and economic empow-
erment is mixed. On political empowerment, Blacks
now hold high rankings in Congress, but their impact
7- for Blacks in general is negligible. The economic
empowerment is represented by Cathy Hughes,
S. founder and chair of Radio One, Inc. And the battle
has been drawn, Hughes, and cast, at Radio One is
Sy waging a war against targeted members of the
Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is worth note.
As Black Members have risen in seniority and status on Capitol Hill there
has been a contrasting chorus accusing them of "not being accountable" to
Blacks. Cathy Hughes is upset that Black radio properties are "in jeopardy,
at the hands of a Black man". That Black man is John Conyers; the 80 year
old Detroit Congressman and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
The longest-serving African American in the history of the House is a jazz
aficionado. Conyers developed an interest in jazz as a teenager in Detroit
and played trumpet. In 2007, Conyers introduced the Performance Rights
Act, the focus of Ms. Hughes' ire. The Chairlady of the nation's largest
chain of Black radio stations alleges that Conyers' bill, H.R. 848, will cost
Under current law, stations only pay copyright royalties to artists who
compose hit songs, not those who perform them. Station owners say a law
requiring them to pay additional royalties would bankrupt them. Recording
artists get money for concerts and make money selling downloads or CD's.
But they don't get a cent when their songs play on the radio. That money
goes to the people who write and publish the songs. Radio stations say if
they had to "pay out to play out" they might go out of business.
On the national stage is a clash of Black political and economic Titans.
Radio One controls a host of airwaves in Districts where Black Members of
Congress reside and has the clout to attack their legislation actions in ways
Under current law, stations never before. How many times have
only pay copyright royalties to you heard adverts on Radio One sta-
tions propagating that the legislation is
artists who compose hit songs, a "performance tax" that is going to
not those who perform them. destroy Black Radio? Hughes has the
Station owners say a law power to put a legislative issue that
requiring them to pay normally would have escaped public
additional royalties would attention on the minds of millions.
Some will argue whether the issue is a
bankrupt them. legitimate "Black Concern," the battle
has brought about a new dimension that could work against lawmakers used
to easy reelections. Hughes' ads have targeted a number of Black lawmak-
ers and even most questioned the integrity of Chairman Conyers. The fight
has divided the civil rights community, with the NAACP and the League of
United Latin American Citizens supporting Conyers while Blacks such as
Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson line up with Hughes, Radio One
and other Black-owned stations. Radio One Radio One operates stations in
or near the Districts of Reps. Sheila Jackson-Lee (Houston); Mel Watt
(Charlotte.); Hank Johnson (Atlanta); and Robert "Bobby" Scott
(Richmond/Tidewater, Va.) and aired ads criticizing them.
While the whole of Black America may not see Performance Act legisla-
tion impacting their personal plight(s), the issue and Hughes' practices could
make major impact on the national Black political landscape. The barrage
Hughes has wrought has begun to take a toll on Black long-time lawmakers
accustomed to cruising to reelections. In chiding CBC Members that sup-
port Conyers' legislation Hughes says: "All five of these Black elected offi-
cials continue to ignore the imminent danger to. Black media.ownership".
Criticizing Jackson-Lee for claiming that Conyers's bill would not force any
Black-owned stations out of business, Hughes says, "How could she possi-
bly know anything about what it takes or doesn't take to operate a broadcast
Radio One owns and/or operates 53 radio stations located in 16 urban
markets and has interests in TV One, LLC, a cable/satellite network; and
Reach Media, Inc., owner of the Tom Joyner Morning Show and businesses
associated with Tom Joyner. As Congress returns to sessions, Ms. Hughes
is encouraged to pump up the volume to defeat H.R. 848. It's a brand of
political activism others should well follow.
The Truth Hurts:
Black America's 10 Biggest Lies .
by Tony Pendleton, BAW
Lie #1: Soul food is good for
you. Our mamas, grandmamas, munity?
dads and uncles definitely loved us. the nega
So much, in fact, that they cooked Obama v
chitlins and pig feet and hosted lav- Princetoi
ish barbeques featuring plates over- who still
flowing with delicious food like are given
macaroni and cheese, candied ple base
yams, pork chops and fried chicken. There are
Black America, are we lying to our-
selves? It seems as though there are
quite a few areas where we are not
totally being honest with one another.
A recent study proves that people lie
to each other at least three times in a
10-minute period after just being
With all of that in mind, what lies
does black America believe most? We
thought we'd do our own unofficial
study to see what the record shows.
The problem is that the soul food African-i
diet, as good as it is, is filled with married c
fatty meats, fried foods, sugar, salt 36.1 per
and a high percentage of dietary fat. 2000. In
Those are the very things that are cial edge
causing record numbers of obesity two-inco:
in our community. Nobody's saying mand gr
you shouldn't enjoy our cultural ing som
food every now and then. But a soul child-rear
food diet all the time is a license for That beir
health problems down the line. us overall
Lie #2: Baby mamas/daddies that aisle
are okay. No, not every child in the Lie #8
world is going to come into the serious t
world with two loving, married par- history.
ents. And even some who do may who love
end up as children of divorce. There the Euro
are no guarantees that an intact dates tha
family will stay intact. But statistics Our Afric
overwhelmingly prove that children their cur
born to single, teenage mothers
have a much greater chance of
being poor with limited educations
and a show a greater propensity for
violent and criminal behavior.
When did we begin to accept that
having children was a random and
thoughtless decision, particularly at
a time when birth control is more
accessible and easier to use than
ever before? Given the grim statis-
tics, we need to look at what a cost-
ly lie this has become.
Lie #3: Celebrities are more
deserving of forgiveness than oth-
ers. Convicted felons Li'l Kim, T.I.,
Chris Brown and Michael Vick
have something in common despite
their legal issues the support of
the black community. Given their
respective crimes of perjury,
weapons charges, domestic vio-
lence and dog-fighting, you have to
wonder if they would receive that
same support if their names weren't
bold-faced. Think about it: If any
one of your friends and relatives
had done any of those same things,
would you have been so forgiving?
It's amazing that black folks who
have washed their hands of people
in their own lives have embraced
celebrities they don't even know
after they've committed some pret-
ty disturbing crimes.
Lie #4: A hustler mentality is
more important than a formal
education. The black community
loves its hustlers, whether it's
Diddy, Jay-Z, The Knowles family
or 50 Cent. Hustle, hustle, hustle is
the ethos that permeates black
America. Sure, hustling has its mer-
its but is it the only way to
achieve success? President Barack
Obama is probably the most pri-
mary example of what an education
can do. He and his wife are both
proud Ivy League graduates with
advanced degrees. Hustle may be
reserved for the few with the charis-
ma and stamina to take them to the
top, but an education is something
accessible to anyone.
Lie #5: Water and snow are for
other people. According to USA
Swimming, nearly 60 percent of
African-American children can't
swim, which is why they drown at
three times the rate of other chil-
dren. Why is that? Because there
still exists a mentality that says that
water and swimming are for "other"
people and because there are still
girls whose parents allow them to
use their hair as an excuse for stay-
ing out of the water. Somehow or
another, the myth of black folks not
liking water or snow has become a
fact. Unfortunately, this is a mind-
set with dire consequences for
many of our kids.
Lie #6: Complexion is destiny.
we still believe that skin
relevant in the black com-
Well, only if you think that
native reaction to Michelle
vas primarily based on her
n thesis. There are people
believe that certain things
n to or withheld from peo-
ed on their complexion.
e still those who find dark-
skinned men menacing
and light-skinned women
the epitome of beauty. In
fact, both dark and light-
skinned people can point
to misconceptions about
them based solely on
their skin color, some-
thing that no one has any
Lie #7: Marriage isn't
important anymore. The
rate of black marriage
continues to decline, as
this depressing statistic
shows the percentage of
American women who are
declined from 62 percent to
cent between 1950 and
n our community, the finan-
would certainly go to the
me couple who can com-
eater stability just by hav-
eone to share bills and
ring responsibilities with.
ig said, why are so few of
11 choosing to walk down
: Obesity is not the most
health care issue in our
Black women and the men
them have never accepted
pean aesthetic that man-
t women be super-skinny.
can ancestors passed down
vaceous bodies, complete
with round hips and iull backsides.
But somewhere along the way, obe-
sity became the new "thick. It
appears that although we survived
slavery and Jim Crow and more,
black people will finally be felled
by food poisoning, which is exactly
what our diets have become.
Lie #9: We are descended from
royalty. Too many of us don't know
our history, so too few of us can
make this claim with any real,
absolute certainty. Indeed, it was
Africa, not Europe or Asia, that had
the oldest empires in the world.
Many of us, as African people, did,
in fact, descend from kings, queens
and creators of art, music and archi-
tecture far superior to what the
European culture would devise later
on. Too much of African history has
been lost or suppressed to promote
European culture as the world's
most sophisticated. As they say, if
you don't know your history, you
are doomed to repeat it.
Lie #10: Black men don't have
emotional needs. Somehow, our
community has come to the conclu-
sion that black men don't have
emotions. We offer much support in
the way of girl's emotional needs,
with programs targeted to increase
their self-esteem, but what about
our boys? Given the fact that the
violence in most of our cities is per-
petuated by and on young black
males, shouldn't we be considering
how to meet their emotional needs
instead of just locking them up? If
we could start acknowledging those
needs earlier and helping them
learn how to deal with feelings, we
might all have a brighter future.
After all, these are potential fathers
Shown above are Troop # 175 Tony Hansberry, Justin Couch, A.B. Coleman, Charlie Porter, Jermaine
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Coleman's Back to School Rally
Boy Scout Troop #175 of Greater
Grant AME Church provided hands
on service for a "Back to school
event" for the neighborhood as well
as the children who attend Carter G.
Woodson Elementary. Andrew
Coleman, III continued the legency
his father started years ago in his
community by sponsoring the
event. Special visitors included
Duval County Public Schools'
Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals,
Deputy Superintendent Pat Willis
and Executive Director for
Turnaround Schools Jackie Byrd, as
well as School Board member Betty
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Believers in Christ Revival Summit
Believers In Christ Christian Center will be having "Revival Summit
2009" on September 5th & 6th 6:00 p.m. nightly at the Clarion Hotel at
the Airport. Our Guest Speaker will be Apostle William Dallas, Senior
Pastor of Higher Standards International Ministries of Atlanta, Georgia.
Apostle Dallas' anointed gifts of prophecy and teaching enables him to
share prophetic revelations directly from God. Guest Psalmist, Bishop
Jerome Henry of Zoe Church International and Praise and Worship Leader,
Elder Farris Long of Rhema Church International. For more information
contact Drs. Don & Deborah Bernard, Pastors at the church office, 904-
908-8858 or check out the website at believersinjacksonville.org.
Come and receive "YOUR" word from the Lord.
Friendship P.B.C. Hold Summer Revival
and Annual Joint Anniversaries
The Friendship Primitive Baptist Church invite all to come and help cel-
ebrate the end of their Summer Revival 2009. It has been held each
Wednesday night in the month of August culminating on August 26th start-
ing at 7:00 pm. The speaker Wednesday night will be Minster Charles
Johnson. In addition, the Deacon, Deaconess and Trustee Boards will cele-
brate their Annual Joint Anniversary on August 23rd at 3:30pm in the sanc-
tuary of the church located at 1106 Pearce St.
For further information, please contact the church at (904)353-7734
Legends of Gospel at St. James AME
Bro. Marvin Green (renown gospel singer) along with Sis. Barbara
Anderson are presenting "The Legends of Gospel" on Sunday September
13th at 5:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of New St. James A.M.E. The church is
located at 2128 Forest Street. Scheduled to appear on program are, Ruth
Grant, Marva Salary, Pat Kelsey and Kay Houston, Marsha Lowe, Rebecca
Lambert and Angie McBride, Honored Guests are Mary Nealy Ravnell and
Mary Barton. For their many years of service to the gospel community,
Master and Mistress of Ceremonies are Terrance Williams and Elouise
Saunders. Proceeds from this great event will benefit the Trustee Board of
St. James, Rev. Alton Coles pastor
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Greater New Hope AME Homecoming
Greater New Hope AME Church invites friends, family and former mem-
bers to their Annual Homecoming Celebration on Sunday August 30th,at
the 10:00 a.m. service.
Homecoming repast will be served after the service. Your casual clothing,
jeans, overall, sneakers and boots are welcome. Save the date for this
Spiritual Experience. The speaker will be Brother George Pratt. The church
is located at 2708 N. Davis St. Rev. Mary Davis, Pastor.
Glorify Ent. Memorial Celebration
Celebrate life with a mighty praise on Saturday August 29, at 6 p.m. at
Wyman Chapel, 8855 Sanchez Rd.. National recording artist VaShawn
Mitchell will be there along with other local and out-of-town guest. The
evening will feature great music, tributes, awards presentations and more.
Contact Glorify Entertainment Group 904-742-5791 for more information.
Don't Forget to Wear Pink this
Sunday to Address Breast Cancer
Shown above is Disciples of Christ member Yvette Taylor sharing the
Quench the Violence message on Jacksonville's northside.
75 Disciples Quench the Violence
The Disciples of Christ Christian
Fellowship under the guidance of
Pastor Robert Le Count, Jr., held
their annual "Quench the Violence
Rally" last weekend.
Held at the church located on
EdIgewood Avenue, the day began
with prayer and praise and was open
to the Public.
This is the second year for the
rally that garnered over seventy-five
volunteers to bring attention to vio-
lence in our communities.
Throughout the day, over 2,000 bot-
tles of water were given out to pass-
er by along with blessing.
"We want people to chill out and
take a drink before they think about
killing someone," said Pastor
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 2nd Annual Pink Sunday
as a grassroots effort to educate the
community on breast health and to
help address the high breast cancer
mortality rates among women in
rural areas and ethnic populations in
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-
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Paying the Stylist gives me the Blues
by Pekela Riley
The economy is pretty tight right about now and I feel like I should be
saving money. Be honest is there a big difference between a perm that I
could pick up from the drug store for about eight dollars and what my
stylist uses. Cheryl Northside
Wow are you serious? Of course there's a huge difference. Any
licensed stylist will only use the best possible products for your hair and
trust me what I use can't even be compared to what's in a box for about
eight dollars. First of all I understand that times are hard, I'm a business
owner so I get it. While we're trying to make a living, I promise you
we're not trying to send anyone to the poorhouse. As I said before if
money is an issue maybe you should talk to your stylist. Chemicals are
nothing to play with and you can do some serious damage if you're not
careful. If you leave the perm on too long (which many non profes-
sionals do) you are going to over process your hair. If that happens your
hair might actually look worse than before you started. Also the chem-
icals that I use are only sold to professionals. So it's not possible for you
to get the same results by buying something off the shelf. But it's not
only the perm that's professional I don't skimp on any of my products. 1
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The pastor of church in Compton,
California has been charged with
stealing $800,000 from the church
According to the Los Angeles
Times, Rev. E. Joshua Sims, pastor
of Double Rock Baptist Church in
Compton, was taken into custody
last week at his home in Corona
after a lengthy investigation by the
L.A. County Sheriff's Department.
According to court records, Sims
diverted church funds into a per-
sonal account between March 2000
and September 2008. Authorities
told the Times when church mem-
bers questioned Sims about his
finances, Sims allegedly threatened
them during his sermons.
The Compton Bulletin reported
last year that Sims stunned mem-
bers of his con-
he revealed at a
he took thou-
sands of dollars \~
a month in "household allowances"
without first obtaining the approval
of the church's board. Sims was
also said to have told those gath-
ered that more than $1 million was
missing from church coffers.
Sims, who has served as pastor
since 1998, is scheduled for
arraignment next week on charges
of grand theft by embezzlement,
money laundering and witness
intimidation. Bail could be set at
Local African-American Alzheimers Caregivers Sought for Mayo Study
Dr. Floyd Willis, Chair
Department of Family Medicine at
the Mayo Clinic Florida has joined
forces with other medical profes-
sionals to study the most effective
methods of provide skills training
and support to African Americans
caregivers of dementia patients.
With spouses and daughters as
the first and second largest groups
of caregivers. Doctos agree that
taking on the responsibility of pro-
viding care for a love one with
dementia comes with heavy coast.
Recent research estimates that from
30 to 50 percent of dementia care-
givers have clinically diagnosable
levels of depression they said
Caregivers often experience a mix
of feelings ranging from satisfac-
tion to isolation frustration and
depressions. There is mounting evi-
dence that show caregivers
demands vary considerable for
African American caregivers.
African American caregivers per-
form the most demanding caregiver
tasks, including toileting bathing
and dealing with incontinence of
diapers. These caregivers also
spend a. disproportionately higher
percentage of their monthly income
for the care recipient's needs bear-
ing a higher economic burden than
For the African American
Alzheimer's Caregiver Training and
Support (ACTS) research, Willis
and colleagues are seeking African
American adult caregivers who care
for a loved one with dementia at
least six hours a day and have a
strong need to reduce their stress.
Interested participants should
call the ACTS project staff at 902-
486-0481. Caregivers will receive
up to $100 for their participation in
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Why is Marriage Eluding High-Achieving Sisters?
MSNBC Brian Alexander cated black women. Women of both races with postgrad- graduate educations born between
writes about new research that They face a series of challenges uate educations "face particularly 1956 and 1960, the median age at
seeks to explain the high percent- in navigating education, career, hard choices between career and which they gave birth for the first
age of African-American women marriage and child-bearing, dilem- motherhood, they said, "but espe- time was 34 years old. This was
who are educated and successful mas that often leave them single cially in the absence of a partner." about the same as it was for white
in their careers, but find them- and childless even when they'dpre- And there's the rub. As noted in a women in the same demographic.
selves without husbands and chil- fer marriage and family, according recent Sexploration column, con- But once white women reached
dren. to a research study recently present- trary to old media reports, most their 30s, many more of them did
Alexander writes: ed at the American Sociological educated, professional women who give birth, often more than once.
Michelle Obama may have Society's annual meeting. want to marry can and do marry. Many black women did not. The
become an archetypal African- Yale researchers Natalie Nitsche But the picture is less bright for rate of childlessness among this
American female success story and Hannah Brueckner argued that high-achieving black women group of black women rose from 30
law career, strong marriage, happy "marriage chances for highly edu- because "marriage markets" for percent for those born between
children but the reality is often cated black women have declined them have deteriorated to the point 1950 and 1955, to 45 percent for
very different for other highly edu- over time relative to white women." that many remain unmarried, the those born between 1956 and 1960.
researchers found. Since these The rate of childlessness does
oo P tw A omen also feel pressured not to moderate somewhat in highly edu-
C Om pton Pastor A arrested become single mothers, they often cated black women born between
go childless as well. 1961 and 1970. In this group, 38
for Stealing $800,000 Among black women with post- percent have remained childless.
^ ^ ,What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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-
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 September 2nd.
Choose your own route, or begin at
at 100 N. Laura St.
HBCU Hall of
The 2nd Annual HBCU North
Florida Alumni Hall of Fame
Induction Ceremony will take
place on Thursday September 3,
2009 at 7 p.m. in the EWC
Adams/Jenkins Sports Complex. In
addition to meeting the newly
inducted members, participants
will meet and greet the Founding
Members, members of the Class of
2008 and Members of the HBCU
HOF Steering Committee. For
additional information please con-
tact: Peggy Turner, 254-8761 or A.
Ray Brinson, 996-7122.
Starting Friday September 4th,
the Clara White Mission will be
hosting Clara's Jazz for the old
school and mature crowd. From 6
p.m. to midnight, 613 west Ashley
Street will be transformed with
dancing, music and hors'doeuvres.
There will also be door prizes and
drawings. For more information,
at the Comedy Zone
Nationally known comedian
Sheryl Underwood will be in con-
cert at the Comedy Zone
September 4th and 5th. Also the
national president of Zeta Phi Beta
Sorority and a host of the Steve
Harvey Morning Show, Underwood
has been branding her name on the
comedy world for years. For tickets
and showtimes, call 292-4242.
$65 Two years
Join Jacksonville's Eastside
neighborhoods for a Come Together
Weekend featuring three days of
jazz, gospel and smooth R&B Sept.
5-7. Carol Alexander and Na'im
Rashid will host the event at the A.
Phillip Randolph Amphitheater and
Park. There will also be sympo-
siums in the Jacksonville Children's
Commission from 1-4 p.m. Each
day features a full list of event with
local celebrity hosts. For more
information call 470-9856.
The September meeting of the
PRIDE Book Club will be held on
Friday, September 11, 2009 at
7:00 p.m. The book for discussion
is "The Breakthrough Politics and
Race in the Age of Obama" by
Gwen Ifill. For more information
call Felice Franklin at 389-8417 or
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, September 11th at the
Hyatt Hotel.. 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 playdatejax.com.
Ebony and Ivory Gala
The sixth annual Ebony and Ivory
Gala will be held on Saturday,
September 12th at 7 p.m. at the
Omni Hotel. The annual Gala hon-
ors women who have made signifi-
cant contributions in health, educa-
tion, and economic development. It
is presented by The Women of
Color Cultural Foundation. For
additional information contact Dr.
Jackson at 635-5191 or on-line at
On Saturday, September 12,
2009, the Southern Genealogist's
Exchange Society, Inc. will host
guest speaker Mr. Terri Thompson
at 10:15 a.m. at the Mandarin
Regional Library, 3330 Kori Road..
side of City
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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 will
include a continental breakfast and
8:30 a.m. shotgun start followed by
lunch, awards and raffle. For more
information, call Linnie Finley at
Grier in Concert
Comedian David Alan Grier who
started on "In Living Color" fame,
will be at the Comedy Zone
September 17-19. For tickets and
showtimes call 292-4242.
Family Literacy Fair
Florida State College, formerly
FCCJ will present it's seventh
annual Family Literacy Fair on
Saturday, Sept. 19th at the North
Campus on Capper Road. The free
event encouraged the love and joy
of reading with free activities,
books and lunch Hours are from 10
a.m.-2 p.m. and it is free and open
to the public.
For more information call 904-
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. Call the box office at
355-2787 for tickets.
& Fire in Concert
Legendary R&B group Earth Wind
& Fire will be in concert on
Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 8
p.m. at the Jacksonville Veterans
Memorial Arena. Tickets on sale
now. Call 353-3309.
Eddie Griffin live
at the Comedy Zone
Funnyman Eddie Griffin will be
in concert at the Comedy Zone
October 9th and 10th. Griffin,
who has had his own HDO specials
and starred in multiple Hollywood
films and in the sitcom "Malcom &
Eddie". For tickets and showtimes
Annual Black Expo
The 8th Annual Florida Black
Expo will be held October 10,
2009 from 11 a.m. 7 p.m. at the
Prime Osborn Convention Center.
This years highlights include actors
Idris Elba and David Mann ak Mr.
Brown. For more information, call
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Show will be held on October 15-
18, 2009 at the Prime Osborn
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New reference book is the A to
Z of black theater in the U.S.
the reference book is the product of during plays from our own experi- Another entry describes the 1856
the intensive research of Seattle- ence, our own history." work "The Escape; or a Leap for
bred Anthony D. Hill, associate "I think the book provides a great Freedom," a semi-autobiographical
professor of theater at Ohio State service that hasn't been available," melodrama by ex-slave William
University, and Douglas Q. Barnett, said Barnett, "and I want to see it Wells Brown listed here as the
who amid the fervent civil-rights have widespread dissemination." first published play by an African-
activism of the late 1960s helped To that end, he is trying to raise American writer.
start the Seattle African-American funds to send the encyclopedia (list The book's entries run up through
troupe Black Arts/West. price: $115) to every historically the first decade of the 21st century,
A retired theater producer, with entries on cur-
director and administrator, rent, Pulitzer Prize-
Barnett, 78, chatted over cof- honored black
fee recently at a cafe near his ot dramatists such as
Capitol Hill apartment about Suzan-Lori Parks,
the project that has absorbed ,Lynn Nottage and
him for the past two years. August Wilson, who
In some ways, the histori- at the time of his
cal perspective came natural- death in 2005 was
ly to Barnett: He was raised Barnett's Capitol
with a keen awareness of the Hill neighbor.
historical contributions of Since the 1980s,
African Americans. many once-vibrant
"The Barnetts are a pio- .--. -black theaters have
neering family," he noted closed down, due to
proudly, pointing out that his Douglas Q. Barnett, right, and Anthony D. Hill co- lack of funding and
paternal grandfather came to authored a new encyclopedia of African-American the- other factors. Barnett
Washington state in 1888, ater.
when it was still a territory.
Bamett's own pioneering efforts
included producing nearly 50 plays
at Black Arts/West, the C company
he co-founded in 1969.
"That was during the heyday of
the African-American theater,
which was from the 1960s to about
1975," said Barnett. "It was a great
time, because we were finally pro-
black college in the U.S.
The compendium reaches back to
the early 19th century, when most
African Americans were still
enslaved, with substantive entries
on such trailblazers as Ira Aldridge,
a Shakespearean actor born in the
U.S. in 1807. To find work he had
to move to England, and later
achieved success around Europe.
says he'd grown wor-
ried about the fate of African-
American drama until he attended
the biannual National Black
Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem,
N.C., in 2007.
"I was really pleased to see so
many young people involved, and
what they're doing," he recalled.
"They gave me hope for the future.
They gave me a lot of hope."
After bagging three gold
medals and setting two
world records at the Berlin
Jamaican sprinter Usain
Bolt said he didn't expect to
be so successful.
"I didn't see this coming,"
Bolt revealed in an inter-
view. "I guess it's competi-
tion. I keep telling people
competition, is good for the
sport. I had to be at my best,
and I was at my best."
During the champi-
onships, Boltksmashed his
own 100 meter world
record with a time of 9.58
seconds. In the 200 meters,
Bolt took gold in a phenom-
enal 19.19 seconds, shaving
just a tenth of a second off
the mark he set in winning
the competition at the 2008
Summer Olympic Games in
He also nabbed a third
gold in the 4 x 100 meter
relay on the penultimate
day of the championships
on Saturday, running the
third leg for Jamaica.
"My secret's just hard
work and dedication," Bolt
told CNN. "I'm really dedicated to
being a champion. I want to be a
legend, so I have to work really
He has been training for the event
ever since 2007, when he suffered
defeat at the Osaka world champi-
He and his coach analyzed that
performance, and he went back and
worked on some aspects of his
sprinting, he told CNN.
Among the honors Bolt received
was a large piece of the Berlin Wall.
He told reporters he was honored,
but wasn't sure how he was going to
transport it home to Jamaica.
Asked whether he expected such
success, Bolt told CNN, "I was hop-
ing. I was definitely hoping, but I
wasn't sure what was going to hap-
Joined at a news conference
organized by the Jamaica Tourist
Board along with other athletes and
Jamaican officials, Bolt invited the
crowd to come to Jamaica.
He said he plans to return to the
island and explore it during his
down time. "Come and see the
places which I'm going to see ... it's
a beautiful country," he said.
Bolt told reporters his coach
won't let him get complacent. "I
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and that's the aim. I told you guys, I
want to be a legend, and I can't be
complacent if I want to be a leg-
He said he definitely plans to
return for the 2011 global champi-
onships in Daegu, South Korea and
gave a strong hint he intends to
seriously tackle the longer 400m
race to add to his triumphs over 100
"I think I'll be ready for the 400,
definitely," he said.
Bolt said he is "just happy that I
got the championship. The world
record comes and goes, but for me
it's all about (the) championship."
BET SAYS 'THE
GAME' MAY NOT BE
OVER: Creator of CW
comedy still in talks with net-
work to film new episodes. t
There still a smidgeon of life
left in the former CW series
"The Game". BET is still in
talks to order a new season of
the cancelled CW comedy, thanks to continued lobbying from series cre-
ator Mara Brock Akil.
A month before the "Girlfriends" spinoff was axed in May following
three seasons, Akil began pitching the CW an hourlong version of the
show as a way of to keep it on the network, which had decided to drop all
of its half-hour comedies.
When "Game's" cancellation became official, BET began preliminary
talks with producer CBS Studios about possibly taking in the series with
new originals. The cable network already runs repeats of both "Game" and
The options on the "Game" actors have lapsed, according to the
Hollywood Reporter, so if a deal is reached with BET, CBS Studios would
have to make new pacts with them.
MIJAC'S MOM AND KIDS WEEKEND IN VEGAS:
Katherine, Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket chill at the Palms.
People.comrn is reporting
that Michael Jackson's
-mother, three children and
S. three of their friends were
spotted poolside at the
C .Palms Casino Resort in
S Las Vegas on Sunday sip-
} ",ping on virgin strawberry-
Prince Michael I, 12, Paris, 11, and Prince Michael II (a.k.a. "Blanket"),
7, were seen with their friends dunking each other in the pool and swim-
ming around for more than two hours. Blanket, wearing a life preserver,
even showed some of his moves, dancing on the edge of the pool before
jumping in the water.
Katherine Jackson was reportedly accompanied by a friend and nanny,
and smiled over the kids' pool-side antics.
On Saturday, the kids were spotted with their uncle Jermiane having din-
ner n the private dining room of Vegas hotspot N9NE Steakhouse.
Jackson's children lived at the Palms Hotel with their father for about
two months in early 2008.
HALLE BERRY'S DAUGHTER SPEAKS FRENCH:
Nahla overheard speaking in her daddy's native I~
A cashier at the Malibu Kitchen on LA's Pacific
Coast Highway claims to have overheard Halle
Berry's daughter Nahla speaking French, the native
language of her French Canadian dad Gabriel
The source says Nahla, 18 months, told her dad, '
"Papa! Regard! Un chien!" [translation: "Look! A -
dog!"] while pointing at a dog barking.
Aubry's sister, Eugenie, explains that their fami-
ly often visits and speaks French with one another. She says, "She's pick-
ing it up and I'm glad the little one will speak French, too."
On the cover o01 mte new
"Historical Dictionary of African
American Theater" is a glossy pho-
tograph of two young, strikingly
attractive actors, Sidney Poitier and
Ruby Dee, in a scene from the land-
mark black drama "A Raisin in the
Sun," by Lorraine Hansberry.
But flip through this chunky, 500-
plus-page volume compiled by two
Seattle natives, and you'll find so
much more on the subject at hand
- from the stage credits of other
black movie stars to the efforts of
pre-Civil War African Americans to
integrate our nation's theatrical life.
Along with an introductory essay
and a timeline, the volume contains
some 600 entries devoted to per-
formers, playwrights, directors,
designers, composers, companies
and others engaged in black theater
in the U.S. from the early 1800s to
the present day.
Published by Scarecrow Press,
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Various African American historical items from a collection Avery
Clayton started for his mother, Mayme Clayton, is shown in Los
Angeles, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009. When Mayme Clayton, died in 2006
at 83, she had collected hundreds of thousands of pieces, including
30,000 books, the largest black film library in the world, a magnificent
record collection and documents and items dating back to the 1700s.
Avery Clayton sits in front of a portrait of his mother, Mayme
Clayton, at the Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum of African
American History & Culture in Los Angeles.
Family Spent a Lifetime Collecting Black Culture
LOS ANGELES Garage sales
are for treasures. Museums are for
the ages. Mayme Clayton spent a
lifetime scouring one so her son
could build the other.
When it's finished, curators say
the Mayme A. Clayton Library &
Museum of African American
History & Culture will rival New
York's Schomburg Center for
Research in Black Culture in size
Avery Clayton, 56, is still cata-
loging the hundreds of thousands of
things his mom collected, but is
working with the Huntington
Library, Art Collections and
Botanical Gardens in San Marino
on a joint project. The Clayton's
first major exhibition is scheduled
Oct. 24 to Jan. 4.
"Her role was to collect and
acquire, and his role was to create a
house for it," said Sara "Sue"
Hodson, curator of literary manu-
scripts for the Huntington.
Clayton started the project long
before his mom died in 2006 of
pancreatic cancer at 83.
She spent most of her career as a
librarian at the University of
Southern California, In 1969, she
helped establish the African-
American Studies Center Library at
"She was an obsessive collector,
hoarder and pack rat. She went to
garage sales, rummage sales, flea
markets, swap meets, antique
stores, thrift stores, pawn shops
and, if somebody died, she tried to
be first to get into their attic,"
If she didn't have money, she
would arrange a trade.
She kept a card catalog of many
of her purchases, including where
she found them and how much she
paid. Except for her music and
films, everything was stuffed in a
dilapidated garage next to the house
or in storage units around town.
Clayton packed up 680 boxes of
memorabilia from the garage, had
them frozen to decontaminate pests
and stop mold growth, then used an
alcohol rub on leftover mold.
Days before his mom died,
Clayton signed a $1-a-year lease on
an old courthouse about 10 miles
west of downtown Los Angeles.
The city agreed to lease the 23,000-
square-foot building for the future
benefit the museum promised.
Clayton started cataloging the
30,000 rare and out-of-print books
because they took up the most
room. A quarter of them have been
One of the most treasured is the
first book published in America by
African-born Phillis Wheatley,
"Poems on Various Subjects
Religious and Moral." It is signed
and dated 1773, when she was a
slave in Boston.
Hodson said a few years after
Mayme Clayton bought it for $600
from a New York dealer, he asked
to buy it back.
"She said, 'No way.'"
In 2002, the book was appraised
at $30,000, Clayton said, and "it's
definitely gone up."
Mayme Clayton built the largest
black- film collection in the world,
with 1,700 titles dating back to
1916. It is housed at the UCLA
School of Film and Television.
Those films will stay at UCLA,
Clayton said, because it would cost
too much to move and store them.
In exchange, the university is doing
any restoration work needed.
His mom never traded away any-
thing she wished she hadn't, "but I
know there were things she wanted
and never got." One of those was
the 1919 silent movie
"Homesteader," the first from black
director Oscar Micheaux.
Lloyd, the youngest Clayton son,
is putting together the music collec-
tion from more than 9,500 sound
recordings. Those recordings,
which include the earliest from
Duke Ellington and Bessie Smith,
will be moved to the library in com-
ing months. Brother Renai is han-
dling the sports memorabilia.
About 1970, Mayme Clayton
invested in a bookstore, but the
owner squandered their profits on
the horses, so she agreed to take the
collection of black-history books
rather than take him to court,
Clayton said. She got 4,000 books
out of the deal.
She stashed away more than
75,000 photographs and scores of
movie posters, playbills, programs,
documents and manuscripts.
In 1972, she formed the original,
non-profit Western States Black
Research Center, which officially
became the library in 2008, Clayton
said. Clayton's goal is to open the
museum in 2011. Clayton said he
needs $8.5 million for the muse-
um's first three years. He has raised
about an eighth of that, he said.
One box Clayton recently opened
contained the first book of Negro
spirituals in the United States. It
was dated 1867, two years after the
There are a number of slave doc-
uments, including a plantation
inventory from Jamaica in the West
Indies written in 1790.
Every day, Clayton said, the
scope of what his mother did leaves
him in awe. "She did this. She
saved our history."
Serving 20 Years
When you are consistently bom-
barded with statistics as to why
there are more Black men in prison
than college, the unreliability of the
criminal justice system remains at
the forefront of convictions. Every
month, Black men are freed based
on DNA evidence, often after serv-
Last week, two former Illinois
inmates who were freed after more
than two decades behind bars
received certificates proclaiming
their innocence in the 1988 murders
of two women and three children.
The certificates are similar to a
pardon and allow Ronald Kitchen
and Marvin Reeves to collect about
$192,000 each in compensation
from the state for their 21 years in
Last month the two walked out
the front doors of the Cook County
Criminal Courthouse free men.
Both are learning that freedom car-
ries its own burdens.
"We still got a long, hard task
ahead of us," Kitchen said. "I'm just
trying to get my life on track, trying
for Five Murders
affairs in order, you'll be just anoth-
er bum on the street."
Their case, yet another linked to
disgraced former Chicago Police
Cmdr. Jon Burge, was dropped for
lack of evidence.
At their original trials, prosecu-
tors relied heavily on the testimony
of a jailhouse informant who
claimed that Kitchen and Reeves
made incriminating remarks to him
about the murders.
But phone records showed that
the informant's story was wrong,
and prosecutors never told the
defense that they had the informant
released from prison early in return
for his cooperation.
Reeves was sentenced to life in
prison while Kitchen was sent to
Burge, now retired in Florida, is
awaiting a federal trial on charges
that he lied in a civil lawsuit about
alleged abuse of suspects.
Since their release, both have
been trying to reconnect with their
families and adjust to life outside
prison. Even some of the most
Marvin Reeves (left) and Ronald Kitchen will collect about $192,000
each in compensation from the state for their 21 years in prison.
to get in school, trying to get
employment, just trying to live, to
For Reeves, life on the outside is
jarring compared with the regi-
mented prison environment.
"[In prison] you didn't worry
about whether you were going to
eat, you didn't worry about whether
your lights were going to get cut off
or you were going to get thrown out
for not making the rent," Reeves
said. "After being locked up for 21
years, reality is starting to set in.
Out here, if you don't get your
mundane tasks are new to them.
Reeves is trying to learn how to use
a cell phone, while Kitchen said he
is still trying to figure out the TV.
"Push the wrong button on and it
wipes the whole cable out," he said.
And they rarely leave home
except with family or trusted
"They don't let me go anywhere
unless someone's with me," Reeves
said of his sisters. "What happened
to me, they're going to make sure
that never happens again."
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