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O.J. Simpson Denied Appeal
LAS VEGAS The Nevada Supreme Court
denied O.J. Simpson's request last week to be let
out of prison pending a decision on the appeal of
his conviction in a gunpoint heist in a Las Vegas
The three-judge panel concluded Simpson and
convicted co-defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart
didn't meet what the court called the "heavy bur-
den" required to be allowed to post bail.
The justices also said both men posed a flight risk
Simpson, 62, and Stewart, 55, were tried together and found guilty last
year of kidnapping and robbing two sports memorabilia dealers in
September 2007. Neither testified at the trial. Four other men involved in
the escapade took plea deals and received probation after testifying for
Simpson's lawyers maintained he was trying to retrieve personal items
that had been stolen from him and didn't know guns were involved.
Simpson is currently serving nine to 33 years at Lovelock Correctional
Center, 90 miles northeast of Reno.
Sign of the Times
Ebony Fashion Fair Show
Falls Victim to the Economy
For decades a fashion extravaganza fascinated attendees with elegant
designer fashions, raised money for charity as well as made history in the
fashion world. The fashion with a purpose event is not the anticipated
shows in New York or Paris for many African-Americans. but the Ebony
Fashion Fair. What would have been the kick off of their fall season this
month has now fallen to the status of "on hiatus."
"In light of the overall economic challenges that are affecting many,
including our potential corporate sponsors, we have arrived at a most dif-
ficult decision to cancel Ebony Fashion Fair's fall 2009 season," said
Chairman and CEO, Linda Johnson Rice, of Johnson Publishing
"In the coming months, we will develop a new business model to ensure
that the show is a mutually beneficial endeavor," Rice said.
Ebony Fashion Fair under the guidance of Producer-Director Mrs.
Eunice Johnson, broke barriers in the world of fashion by featuring
African Americans as models, opening doors for African American
designers, such as Kevan Hall and Tracy Reese, and not borrowing but
purchasing creations from fashion legends, Yves St. Laurent, Pierre
Cardin, Nina Ricci and Bill Blass to name a few.
The show has raised over $55 million dollars for local charities and
community organizations, including the United Negro College Fund, the
Urban League, and the NAACP. Locally it was chaired by the Gamma
Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc.
Jackson's Glove Fetches $49k
A white glove worn by the late singer Michael
Jackson sold at an Australian auction for $49,000
last weekend, nearly twice the price auctioneers
..'". ... expected. It was bought by the Hard Rock Hotel
-.. and Casino in Las Vegas.
The white bejeweled glove was a trademark of
the U.S. singer who was finally laid to rest after
two months last week. This was the first Jackson
glove to go on sale since he died in June at the age of 50.
The auctioned glove was worn by Jackson in Sydney in November
1996. Jackson was in Sydney during the HIStory tour, and attended a pre-
miere in Sydney of the film "Ghosts," in which he starred. Earlier the
same day the singer had married Debbie Rowe.
At the end of the performance Jackson threw the glove to Bill Hibble,
a collector of music and film memorabilia, who has since died. Hibble's
mother put the glove up for auction.
Sudanese Women Jailed
for Wearing Pants Freed
A woman journalist convicted of public indecen-
cy for wearing trousers outdoors was freed this
week, despite her own desire to serve a month in
prison as protest against Sudan's draconian moral-
The judge who convicted Lubna Hussein had imposed a $200 fine as
her sentence, avoiding the maximum sentence of 40 lashes in an appar-
ent attempt to put an end to a case that had raised international criticism
But Hussein refused to pay the fine, which would have meant a month's
imprisonment. She told The Associated Press that she was freed Tuesday
after the fine was paid without her knowledge by the Journalist Union,
which is headed by a member of the ruling. part-.
"I had no choice. All my friends knew I didn't want to pay the fine,"
Hussein said, speaking by phone from Khartoum, "I had chosen prison,
and not to pay the fine in solidarity with hundreds of other women ji; led"
under this law.
Hussein said she suspects hlit ith ;iiilrjt)ritii, don't want her to spend
any time in the prison in Omnilurmii.ii, on IIte outskirts of Khartoum, where
she said at least 800 women are 4s~e in,? time, many .l il,-m convicted
under the indecency law,
SkLUI LA' Ub K lK I U OA5 1 QLAL 1 BLACK \ WEE KLY
Volume 23 No.50 Jacksonville, Florida September 10- 16, 2009
Like It or Not, Kiss the 'Old America'c' m
by D. Mathis, BAW
It is regrettable and shameful, but
not the least bit surprising that the
advent of a black president of the
United States has stirred the hor-
nets' nest of supremacy and entitle-
ment and let loose a stinging horde.
Imagine having come of age
when everyone in power looked
like your daddy; all the best neigh-
borhoods were filled with families
like yours; the country club was for
people like you.
Then, one day, a black man is the
best golfer in the world; a black
woman billionaire is the queen of
television; a black man heads the
space program; a black woman is
named the most beautiful woman in
the world; a black couple are the
highest paid entertainers and a cou-
ple of black sisters from Compton
rule women's tennis and curses of
all curses a black man with an
African father and a white mother is
the leader of the free world.
On top of that, people like you
are gradually becoming something
you've never been a minority!
Throughout history, whenever the
status quo has been or appeared -
threatened, its beneficiaries have
revolted, then gone back to the
drawing board in efforts to rekin-
dle The Way Things Were.
Reconstruction was a prime
example. Emancipation, free
labor, land grants and liberty
were all eventually undone, or
at least obstructed, by the
Black Codes, the Ku Klux
Klan and the federal govern-
ment's abandonment. Slavery,
per se, may have been dead, but
American apartheid thrived.
What we are seeing now, in the
dog days of summer '09, are the -
Continued on page 3
Thousands trekked from around the country last weekend to experience radio jocks Tom Joyner Annual
Black Family Reunion in Orlando, Florida. Held over the labor Day holiday weekend, the three days of
action packed festivities included activities of for all ages. Shown above at the event are (L-R) Tom Joyner
and Jacksonville native Linda Stevenson. Shown right are Lester Bethea, Mainor Andrews, news anchor
Ed Gordon, Carlton Blanchard, Destiny Whitehead at the Black Enterprise Golf and Tennis Challenge.
Eastside Come Together Weekend
(L-R) Paul Fields, Trueneta Cooper, trumpeteer Longineau Parsons, Director Selena Lee, Hermon Hitson
and Nate Stephens were in attendance to the last act L. Jonesphoto
Organizers hosted the first Eastside Come Together Weekend over the Labor Day weekend bringing together
Jacksonville's Eastside neighborhoods for three days of live jazz, gospel and R&B music Sept. 5-7. Carol
Alexander and Na'im Rashid kicked off the event at the A. Phillip Randolph Amphitheater and Park. There was
also empowerment l nii|l'i'.,f held daily in the Jacksonville Children's Commission with recognized commu-
nity experts and advocates. Despite a few problems, director Selena Lee plans a bigger and better event next year.
to Step Aside
Highest ranking Black mem-
ber of Congress still in hotseat
n e w
Republican demand for the House
Ways and Means chairman to relin-
quish his post while his conduct is
"Set aside your gavel while the
Ethics Committee works to resolve
the questions that have been
raised," House Republican Leader
John Boehner of Ohio wrote
Rangel, a New York Democrat.
Rangel's fundraising and his per-
sonal financial dealings are under
investigation by one House ethics
panel, and a second is investigating
past trips to the Caribbean.
However, the inquiry on Rangel's
financial dealings has not been
expanded to include the amended
2007 financial disclosure report,
released by the House last month.
The major new asset listed was a
credit union checking account val-
ued between $250,000 and
$500,000. Rangel also listed addi-
tional mutual fund investments,
stock and three vacant lots in New
Rangel gave no indication that
he's stepping down.
Thousands Flock to Orlando for Holiday
Experience with Tom Joyner and Black Enerprise
Put EWC in
In a July 11, 2009 file photo President Barack Obama, right, first
lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha, second
from right, tour the Cape Coast Castle in Cape Coast, Ghana. If Malia
and Sasha Obama write 'How I Spent My Summer Vacation' essays as
they head back to school this week, oh, the stories they can tell.
If Malia and Sasha Obama write
"How I Spent My Summer
Vacation" essays as they head back
to school this week, oh, the stories
they can tell.
The tweens have prowled the
Kremlin in trench coats, roamed a
Harry Potter movie set in London,
and studied slave history in Africa
as they racked up tens of thousands
of miles crisscrossing the Atlantic
Ocean, time zones and international
borders with their parents this sum-
Stateside, 11-year-old Malia and
8-year-old Sasha explored the
American West on a family tour of
Yellowstone National Park and the
Grand Canyon. They went white-
water rafting in the rain and hail in
Montana, watched Old Faithful
shoot steam skyward, and spent
time picking peaches in Colorado.
Summer ended with a week at a
secluded estate on Martha's
Vineyard in Massachusetts, where
the girls dug their toes in the sand at
the beach, rode bikes and hung out
at an arcade, followed by a final
getaway to the presidential retreat
at Camp David, Md.
And they weren't exactly stuck
riding coach for all their farflung
travels. If only Air Force One gave
out frequent flier miles.
The lazy days of summer
between the girls' trips included
watching Fourth of July fireworks
from the White House balcony,
sleepovers inside and playtime on
the lawn with the furry Portuguese
Water Dog they named Bo.
Through it all, first mom
Michelle Obama tried to keep the
girls well grounded.
"We've instituted Camp Obama
in my house, which means that the
television and the computers are off
all day until after dinner and right
before bedtime," Mrs. Obama said a
few days before the girls' summer
vacation began in June.
But the White House is anything
but a typical summer camp.
As soon as the girls' classes at
Sidwell Friends School ended,
Sasha and Malia joined Mrs.
Obama for a Paris rendezvous with
dad, who had been in the Middle
East and Europe. The president
headed back to Washington after a
few days, but Michelle and the girls
lingered, spending a few more days
in Paris and London, part 8th birth-
day celebration for Sasha.
In Paris, they toured the Eiffel
Tower, Notre Dame and the Louvre
and Pompidou Center museums.
They ate lunch at the Elysee presi-
dential palace with French
President Nicolas Sarkozy and his
wife, Carla. They shopped at
Bonpoint, a high-end children's
London brought visits to Big
Ben, the British Parliament's
famous clock tower, as well as to
Westminster Abbey, the Tower of
London, a Harry Potter movie set
and Buckingham Palace, where
they got a tour and a greeting from
Continued on page 9
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September 10-16, 2009
Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press
Hundreds Protest 'Mismanagement' at Howard \ ( InH I a I U m l f rh I I A FIr fk t
Hundreds of Howard University students and staff gathered around the
Administration building Friday, Sept. 4, as they expressed their frustra-
tions concerning the university's lack of action regarding the simple Il l f
amenities they need to be successful.
Union worker Jamie Contrereaz said "several grievances have been
filed against Howard University for violating the workers rights under
their Union contract." .1 ... .
What began as a small Union protest at the flagpole, migrated to the
Administration building and meshed with a student protest in front of the C o p y r i h
A building. The crowd of students and workers said they had taken all C
that they can handle.
"I am out here because I am a freshman and I am still not validated,"
said freshman business management major Attallah Sheppard. "I have S y n d i a t
been out here on numerous occasions trying to get my paperwork com- ....
Sheppard added, "As a freshman, you think that once you send in your A v le fr m
paperwork at the end of senior year [in high school], everything should
be good. Then you get here, on scholarship, and you are still not validat-
ed. It's discouraging." .. ..
Lucy Dow, who has been a custodian at Howard for more than thirteen.. .......
years, stated that no proper equipment is provided for the workers and
they are understaffed. Dow also stated that workers have yet to see a
raise. "It should not take one to two years to get a pay increase," Dow
Obama's give their girls a summer vacation of a lifetime .
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3
Firefighters demand change
'Ain biased testing exams
Across the country, firefighter
entrance exams have been under
heavy scrutiny because of their dis-
parate impact on African-American
A federal judge recently ruled
New York City had discriminated
against black and Hispanic candi-
dates for entry-level firefighter jobs
The discrimination stems from
Armed and dangerous after break-
ing bread together, friends and
adventure seekers joined the Urban
Scavenger Hunt meeting at Poppy
Love Smoke in Downtown
Jacksonville. Four teams composed
of 6 8 participants were responsi-
ble for answering riddles with
answers all located on the North
side of the St. Johns River.
Traveling in style, each team had
their own limousine and 3 hours to
solve 25 riddles. Teams reporting
back after 3 hours were disquali-
fied.The goal of the event organized
by Rudy Jamison and Pedro Cohen
was to to "engage participants in
uf n and unique cultural experi-
For information on future events,
past entrance exams, which con-
tained eighty-five multiple choice
questions on firefighting tech-
According to federal judge
Nicholas G. Garaufis, the city "did
not take sufficient measures to
ensure that better performers on its
examinations would actually be
Continued on page 5
During Labor Day we should remember A. Phillip Randolph, proba-
bly the most well known African American labor organizer.
I -17 -5a4 NljE M A. Philip Randolph 1889 1979
- 4 -;
*He was called the most dangerous
black in America.
*He led 250,000 people in the his-
toric 1963 March on Washington.
*He spoke for all the dispossessed:
Blacks, poor Whites, Puerto Ricans,
Indians and Mexican Americans.
*He attained for Black workers
their rightful at in the house of
*He won the fight to ban discrimi-
nation in the armed forces.
*He organized the 1957-prayer pil-
grimage for the civil rights bill.
*He is A. Philip Randolph, presi-
dent of the institute bearing his name
and President Emeritus of the
Brotherhood of Sleeping Car
Porters, the union he built.
ices" on Jacksonville's northsuide.
Fear of a Black Planet? The New America
Continued from page 1
opening salvos of the latest revolt
against dramatic national change.
And, like before, the gun-toting,
red-faced, obstinate, angry, hate-
spewing folks showing up at con-
gressional "town hall" meetings
across the country want, more than
anything, to restore the old order,
where everyone had an assigned
place theirs being on top. The
town hall meetings merely provid-
ed a convenient venue for showing
out in public.
The Southern Poverty Law
Center -has ist published a new
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report titled, "The Second Wave:
The Return of the Militias." As the
country's best non-governmental
monitor of hate groups and general
troublemakers, the SPLC has iden-
tified "75 plots, conspiracies and
racist rampages" since the
Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.
These, say the report, are part of the
largest surge in violent, racist, para-
military groups in a decade.
Understandably, the director of
the SPLC's Intelligence Project
proclaims these to be dangerous
times. "But this is not just a law.
enforcement issue," says Mark
Pbtok. "Americans need to reject
the politicians and pundits who aid
and abet this movement by pander-
ing to its paranoia and conspiratori-
al world view."
But, those folks don't care about
pimping the angry and paranoid,
getting them so riled up that they do
what no truly decent, law-abiding
American would have ever thought
of doing before absurd and despi-
cable things, like show up with a
gun on their hips when the presi-
dent comes to town to talk about
health care; or cussing and clown-
ing in front of kids and neighbors
and little old women; or being a.lit-
tleold-wornan acting a'fool- inpub-,'
lic. It seems sometimes that the
country has not only lost its way
and lost its manners, it's lost its
At one recent town hall meeting
in Arkansas, a tearful white woman
wailed that she wanted "my
America" back. One can speculate
for hours on what she had in mind.
There's the off chance that she
meant she wants an America back
to where civilized adults did not
scream at or threaten other civilized
adults; did not cuss and kick in
front of children; and would no
more show up armed at a public
gathering with the president of the
U.;S.-than at a PTA meeting. :
Whatever the case, America has
forever changed. Sooner or later,
From left to right are Karen R Franklin, Trina Madison, Tia Williams, La'Tasha Lewis, Sherry Harris Simmons, Sherrill K. Fowler, Fonte,
and Calandra Matthews who won the latest Urban Scavenger Hunt. Cody photo.
Urban Scavenger Hunt highlights benefits of North Jacksonville
MSNBC to air Bill Cosby Town Hall
MSNBC will team with the Independent Women's Forum on a town
hall meeting featuring Bill Cosby.
The event will be held Sept. 20 at Howard University and will be
broadcast live on MSNBC from 7 to 9 p.m.
The town hall, dubbed About Our Children... will be moderated by
Michelle Bernard, Women's Forum president and CEO and an MSNBC
political analyst. Other panelists will include NAACP President Ben
Jealous, author Terrie Williams, American Federation of Teachers
President Randi Weingarten and Dr. Alvin Poussaint, professor of psy-
chiatry at H.Irvard Medical School and, .Coby~'S b lpoathQr. on the 2007.
book Come On People: On-the Path from Victims to Victors.
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Convens in DC
To say that many
ers are sore losers when it comes
to presidential politics would be
But I guess that's what politics
is about right? If your guy does-
n't win you do whatever you can to
make the person that won look
bad? I say that it's wrong that's
not how it should be.
Many of us Democrats were
extremely upset when George W.
was finally awarded the presidency.
There was a growing sentiment that
Al Gore gave up too easily. But
what many of Gore's supporters
didn't quite understand was that his
concession was not because he did-
n't want to fight or because he
thought highly of Bush.
Gore's concession was about the
country and not him.
He knew that we were facing
many challenges and that a pro-
longed fight for the presidency
would hurt the country more than it
would help it.
But that's not the spirit that many
Conservatives or anti-Obama folks
have. Whether the issue is health-
care reform or the President simply
giving a back to school speech, the
anti-Obama sentiment dominates
the Republican agenda.
On the issue of healthcare
reform, many Americans are miss-
ing the boat. If a person gets in an
accident and is rushed to the hospi-
tal whether that person has insur-
ance or not he or she has to be
Now the question becomes who
pays for that treatment. Normally,
if it's an
indigent or simply a person who
is between jobs and can't afford
health insurance the city or state is
Republican Scare Tactics
Clouding Healthcare Debate
going to eat the bill.
Obama's plan and everyone who
supports some form of universal
healthcare coverage is simple:
make it affordable for all
Americans to have basic healthcare
How do you disagree with that
notion? I understand disagreeing
with how we get there, but many
Americans are flat out saying that
they don't agree that everyone
should have healthcare.
There is that old "survival of the
fittest" mentality that I love so
much about the Republican Party.
Or to use a little slang, "I got
mine, go get yours."
The recent attacks by Republican
leaders and their cronies regarding
healthcare reform have been
extremely misleading and disin-
genuous. But I guess desperate
people truly do desperate things.
These town halls meetings what
members of Congress have been
doing around the country is a prime
example of how the vocal minority
in many cases can shape an issue.
Republican leaders are doing
what they have done so much in the
past scare people into supporting
If you read, which many
Americans surely have not, the pro-
posed bills in Congress there is no
way you could think that the gov-
ernment is trying to take over the
But the GOP propaganda
machine wants Americans to
believe that the liberal federal gov-
ernment wants to run the healthcare
system and tell you what doctors
you can go to and what coverages'
you are entitled to.
That's absolutely wrong. Under
any plan that will eventually come
out of Congress, the vast majority
of Americans who are not old or
poor will continue to buy health
insurance from the same insurance
companies and have the same doc-
tors and benefits.
The key components of any new
healthcare plan is simple: the gov-
ernment would set up a new health
insurance where lower income
individuals and small businesses
will be able to purchase insurance
from private insurers at lower rates.
So if you are fine with what you
have then that's great. If you are on
Medicaid or Medicare, then there
maybe some minor changes, but
again the end goal is the same.
The goal is to help Americans
who don't have healthcare cover-
age or are struggling to pay
extremely high premiums for their
But the healthcare debate is only
a microcosm of the larger issue in
the Republican Party. Sure it lacks
are strong leadership group, but at
the heart of the issue is their lack of
I have talked about the Solid
Democratic South and how it is
now for Solid Republican South for
mainly one reason race.
During most of the 20th century,
the Democrats were the party of the
white South, northern immigrants
and labor unions. While during that
same period, Republicans were the
party of Wall Street bankers, small
town merchants, professionals and
But what a difference a few cen-
turies can make. Today,
Republicans have surprisingly lost
their strong hold on Wall Street,
young professionals are now iden-
tifying more with Democrats and
so are suburban Americans.
One area that Republicans
haven't lost ground is in the South
among white voters. Of the 40
Republican US Senators, 20 are
from the old Confederate South.
So there is a serious lack of diver-
sity within the GOP, and there's a
serious lack of strategy within the
party as well.
Just last week Conservatives
were saying that they didn't want
the President of the United States to
give his "Back to School" address
to their children
for fear that he would promote
liberal ideas in his speech.
Again, as I said earlier regard-
less of if you voted for Obama or
not, the office of the President
deserves respect. And sometimes
we have to think of what's best for
the country as a whole not just our
I would suggest that Republicans
try some new tactics or the GOP
will continue to slowly fade into
Signing off from Shands
'" f' Each year the Congressional Black Caucus
Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) presents the Annual
Legislative Conference (ALC), a four-day event held
each September in Washington, D.C. The ALC is
the premier political gathering ofAfrican Americans.
li Over 15,000 African American: elected officials,
business, union and industry leaders, and media are expected to attend
ALC'09 and its policy forums, general sessions, Exhibit Hall, job fair, book
signing and networking.
As America becomes more "race-neutral" is time short for the CBCF and
ALCs? The headliners of ALC'09 will be the 42 members of the
Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). The CBC is comprised of all African-
Americans in the lllth Congress. The CBC was started in 1971 with 13
founding members to "positively influence the course of events pertinent to
African Americans". By the 1980s the CBC gave an annual report on the
State of Black America and by the 1990s the ALC became a multi-million
operation. Black executives Henry Brown of Budweiser; LeBaron Taylor of
Sony; and Ingrid Saunders Jones of Coca-Cola gave the ALCs early life with
$100,000 annual donations.
The CBCF is the CBC's operations and fund-raising arm. The Foundation
was established in 1976 "to help improve the socioeconomic circumstances
of African Americans". The CBCF conducts research on issues affecting
African Americans, publishes reports on key legislation, and sponsors issue
forums, seminars and scholarships. Florida Congressman Kendrick Meek is
current chairman of the CBCF. Fundraising events and corporate partners
and Exhibit Hall patrons support CBCF programs. The CBCF funds its
activities by hosting the ALC each September and regularly draws $250,000
sponsorships from a range of corporations. The 2009 conference's theme is
"Reinvest... Rebuild... Renew." The CBCF, seeking to distinguished itself
in conducting research on financial issues affecting African Americans, will
host a forum to address "Economic Recovery and Opportunity" at a National
Town Hall Meeting. CBCF President and CEO Elsie L. Scott says "The
town hall meeting brings together a diverse group of African Americans to
collectively discuss common issues and concerns". ALC'09 programs
include more than 70 workshops, seminars and information forums on top-
ics that capture and portray the concerns of African Americans. Participants
in the 39th annual conference are scheduled to discuss the challenges facing
underserved populations, including health care, economic success and fail-
ures, global and domestic security as well as highlight successes and provide
critical information that will help to build strong communities, organizations
and individual families.
Scott says other ALC '09 highlights September 23-26will include:
Opportunities for All Pathways Out of Poverty Summit. An in-depth
forum defining what poverty looks like in 2009, and ways to create path-
ways out; Celebration of Leadership for the Visual and Performing Arts.
CBC Spouses will honor Tyler Perry, author, producer and screenwriter and
visual artist Sam Gilliam at the National Museum of Women; Emerging
Leader Series will present multiple sessions connecting the nation's power-
brokers with emerging professionals. Topics include higher education fund-
ing, entrepreneurialism in urban communities, mental health and wellness, a
networking luncheon and premier of BPX 1.0 The Black Party Xperience
- a soulful fusion of music, art and culture; Annual Prayer Breakfast.
Bishop Richard Franklin Norris, presiding bishop of First Episcopal District
of the African Methodist Episcopal Church of Philadelphia, will deliver an
inspirational message and Grammy Award Winner Yolanda Adams and the
Pine Forge Academy Choir will lead audience in musical praise.
The CBCF has planned ALC'09 programs relevant to Blacks' empower-
ment. But, will "Age of Obama" elected officials and corporate ALC'09
attendees rally and regularly engage the original vision of CBC's founding
members to "promote the public welfare through legislation designed to
meet the needs of millions of neglected citizens"? When the last party is
over, and as forums and committees inspired by ALC'09 are convened, will
race-specific issues be the focal point of the legislative work and political
activities of the CBC? As CBC Members gain rank and seniority in
Congress, how much of their attention and actions will be focused on dis-
parities African Americans experience in work opportunities, wages, wealth,
health, education and justice.?
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* Shirley Murdock, Angela Martin, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Donna
Richardson-Joyner and Roland Martin.
Tom Joyner Family Reunion Highlights
SThe Tom Joyner Family Reunion was at full capacity at the Gaylord
Palms Resort and Convention Center with 12,000 attendees from around
ithe country. Attendees were privy to a fun filled family four day excursion
filled with activities for all ages.
SScheduled events included concerts featuring Raphael Saadiq, Reuben
Studdard, Maxwell, Vanessa Williams, Loose Ends, Joe, Chico Debarge,
iTrey Songz, Dorrough B-Hamp and the GS Boyz. Comedian Gary Owen
iwas in the house along with the Huggie Lowdown comedy lounge and the
;"J Spot" hosted by comedian J Anthony Brown.
.Family day activities were in tune with the college theme as HBCU advo-
cate and event host Tom Joyner presented "How to Prepare for College."
-Other seminars included: "Beauty and make up", hosted by Bobbi
:Brown," "50 Healthy Treats Kids Want to Eat," and relationships in, "Girl
Let Me Tell You." There was also a Family Movie night, the Jason
Richardson Basketball camp, teen dance contest, Family Game Night,
scrap booking, Family Feud, Sybil's Book Club and Sweating in the Spirit
with Donna Richardson Joyner. CNN Reporter Soledad O'Brien hosted
Black in America Part II and CNN and TJMS commentator Roland Martin
hit the family expo with "What's next after President Obama in the Black
The packed schedule concluded with Sunday morning worship and
praise featuring the renowned Bobby Jones with musical guest, Shirley
Murdock, Maurette Brown Clark and BeBe and CeCe Winans. The annu-
al event is held over the Labor Day Weekend in Orlando, FL.
Mercedes Parker andRuffle Permaul of Jacksonville.
Derrick Key, Valerie Key, Devaris Key and Ronald Rayne vended
their T-Shirt booth in between festivities.
Black firefighters demand change in test exams
Continued from page 3
During the period in question, the
city appointed more than 5,30(
entry-level firefighters based on tes
results. Black firefighters account-
ed for roughly 3% of those jobs.
SShayana Kadidal is a lawyer with
the Center for Constitutional
Rights, a non-profit legal organize.
tion. The center represented the
Vulcan Society, a fraternal group ol
'C6ntined from page 4
hall meetings on health care
reform. Clearly orchestrated by
opponents of the President, the out-
rage in some of these meetings has
exposed a virulent and dangerous
anti-government sentiment by
'fringe elements on the right. This is
reminiscent of some of the hate
groups and militias which gained
Notoriety in the final decades of the
S20th century. This White rage is not
Only anti-government, much of it
also racist. It is no mere coinci-
dence that the number of militias
and White hate groups proliferated
as it became clear that Barack
itObama had a legitimate chance to
be the first Black President of the
Though President Obama gar-
nered more White votes than any
Democratic candidate since Jimmy
Carter, there is still a stubborn
minority in White America which
simply can't stand the idea of a
Black family occupying the White
House. How else does one explain
the furor among White parents who
vehemently objected to the idea of
President Obama delivering a mes-
sage on the first day of school
encouraging students to do their
Best in the class room. When
President George H.W. Bush deliv-
Sered a similar message in 1991,
there was hardly a whisper of
I cite these sources of opposition
:not to cause despair about the
prospects for Barack Obama's pres-
idency, but as factors the liberal-
left-progressive movement must
take into account to maximize the
potential of this moment in history.
The question becomes how do we
educate, mobilize/organize to over-
come the ignorance, White rage
and latent racism which conserva-
tives exploit to thwart efforts to
enact an agenda for change. While
we contemplate how to build a
viable progressive majority for far
ranging change, we may have to
settle for incremental victories to
frustrate the conservatives' efforts
to render Obama's presidency a
failure. In that regard, "the perfect
must not be the enemy of the
good." Lest we forget, a "failed"
SObama presidency could open the
door to the return to power of the
Srabid conservatives. That would be
black firefighters, which brought
e the suit against the city.
) Kadidal said past exams weeded
t out minorities, especially blacks.
"Firefighting has always been
about skills you learn on the job
4 under a tremendous amount ofpres-
1 sure," Kadidal said. "The city hasn't
shown the relationship between
scoring well on an exam and being
f a good firefighter."
It has not been determined what
remedies the city will be required to
carry out. One such remedy could
include payment of' lost wages to
candidates impacted by the court's
Earlier this year, a Virginia fire
department was forced to modify its
written exam after an investigation
by the U.S. Department of Justice
found white applicants passed at
more than double the rate of black
Seven black firefighters are suing
the city of Houston, contending the
exam it administers for officer pro-
motions unfairly impacts black can-
R. L'Hleueuu, Lewis, assistirit-pi''-"
fessor at City College of New York
maintains that the tests' credibility
is not solely an issue because blacks
are not performing well and if the
roles were reversed and whites
were underperforming, claims of
bias would begin immediately.
"As long as we continue to grow
up in an unequal America, we can
expect to see unequal test scores,"
said Lewis, who is the son of a
police officer. "Emphasizing tests
doesn't emphasize leadership skills
or how people respond in dynamic
situations.' -! ', ..
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Bethel Celebrates 10th Ladies
Night Out & Women's Conference
Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr. will present the 10th
Ladies Night Out" Celebration on Friday, September 25th at Bethel baptist
Institutional Church. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the program starting at
7 p.m. The official 'after party' will beheld at the Wyndham Hotel. The cel-
ebration of women will continue on Saturday with the Annual Women's
Conference. For more information on either event, call 354-1464 or visit
Men's Day at Palm Coast AME
Palm Coast Men's Day at First A.M.E. Church will transition in sartori-
al excellence with the fashion show, "At Last." Fashion statements will be
made through couture from the African Motherland, including other classic
and trendy apparel. The show will be held Saturday, September 12th at 5
p.m. The celebrating Men's Day continues Sunday, September 13, at the
10:45 a.m. service with guest speaker the Rev. Dr. John Green,
President/Dean of Turner Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA.
First A.M.E. Church is led by the Rev. Gillard S. Glover and located at
91 Old Kings Road North in Palm Coast
The church can be reached at (386) 446-5759.
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.
Anointing & Healing Service at Faust
Faust Temple Church of God in Christ. located at 3328 Moncrief Rd. will
present Elder John H. Dove, for an anointed Praying and Healing service.
This special service will be held Friday, Sept 18, beginning at 7:30 p.m. If
you need healing of any type from the mind, body or soul this is your night.
Come expecting God to move on your behalf. Don't let this moment pass
you by. If there is any sickness in your body, your family's or friends bring
them and watch God work. Also on Sept 16th thru 18th if at all possible
please join in a 3-day Fast however the Lord directs you. Bishop R.L.
Dixon, Pastor. For more information call Church No. (904) 355-3532.
NOTICE; ,ChurcJah ews is published. free. of charge. Information must be
received in the Firee~ress offices 'o later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of the week
you want it to run. Information received prior to the event date will be printed
on a space available basis until the date. Fax e-mail to 765-3803 or e-mail to
188 W st .- 000o Avenu
Joint Heirs to Celebrate 25 Years
Dr. David Thomas Pastor and members of Joint Heirs Christian Center
Church will celebrate its 25th Pastoral and Church Anniversary with the
theme "25 Years of Faith-A Lifetime of Victory". Festivities will include a
Homecoming service on Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 6 p.m. featuring
Minister John Luke Shumpert guest Psalmist. There will be a Church
Banquet on Sunday, September 26, 2009 at 6 p.m. For tickets for the ban-
quet contact the church. Guest speakers are scheduled through the month.
For more information call 757-3226. Joint-Heirs Christian Center is located
at 2100 Dunn Avenue on the Northside.
Friendship PBC Upcoming Anniversaries
Friendship Primitive Baptist Church located at 1106 Pearce Street, will be
having it's Church's 82nd and Pastor 34th Anniversary on September 14, 16,
18 and 20, 2009. The theme will be "He that dwelleth in the secret place of
the most high shall abide under the shadow of the almighty", from the
Scripture Psalm 91:1. Senior Pastor is Elder Bobbie Sheffield. For addi-
tional information please call the church at (904) 353-7734
Dual Day at Mt. Lebanon
The Mt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church will be celebrating Its
Annual Dual Day, Sunday, September 13, 2009, starting with Church
School at 9:00 a.m. Morning Worship at 10:30 a.m. with our Guest Speaker,
Elder Tara Jones of Unity Christian Fellowship, Inc. and the afternoon pro-
gram at 3:30 p.m. with our Guest Speaker, Pastor Jeremiah Robinson, Jr. of
New Zion Baptist Church. The theme is "Celebrating the Vision and
Victory". The church is located at 9319 Ridge Blvd. For further informa-
tion, call 904-527-1762.
Mount Sinai Womens Conference 9/19
The Sinai Sisters in Christ Women's Ministry of Mount Sinai Missionary
Baptist Church will celebrate their Ninth Annual Women's Conference on
Saturday September 19th from 9 a..m. to 2 p.m. The 2009 Conference
theme is "Women Nurturing the Mind, Body and Soul Through the Strength
of Christ". 1 Corinthians 12:12. Speakers are Evelyn Kimbrough of Mount
Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, Sister Angelia Hope-Hawkins of Peace
Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Mary David of New Hope AME,
Evangelist Sandra Green of Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Blackshear,
GA. And Sister Sandra Waldorf of Mount Nebo Baptist Church Also
Christian mime spiritual dance and song. The church is located at 2036
Silver St. Jacksonville. For more information call (904) 354-7249.
Greater Dimensions Anniversaries
Greater Dimensions Christian Assembly will be celebrating its 12th
Church and Pastors Anniversary September 9-13, 2009. Services will be
held Wednesday-Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:30
a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The Pastors are Dr. Debra Curington and Rev. Elwyn
Curington. The church is located at 1680 Dunn Ave Suite 1 in Rutgers
Pastor Landon Williams
5863 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800
Pastor Ernie Murray
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Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.
Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
Noon Day Worship
Youth Church 7:00 p.m.
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Free Transportation and Nursery
Service Available forN.S. Church
of Christ Annual Harvster's Revival
Church of Christ
located at 4736
SAvenue B, where
the senior minis-
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Harvester's Gospel/Revival meet-
ing September 12-17, 2009.
The theme is: God Is Able. The
guest speaker will be Douglas Perry,
from Dallas, Texas. His lessons
focus on renewing, and refreshing
The activities will begin with a
FREE concert Saturday 12th and
will feature the nationally known
Acappella Total Praise singing
group, at 7:00 p.m.
On Sunday September 13th is
Family & Friends Day; it includes
Bible School at 9:15 a.m., Mass
Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. and a
FREE dinner for all following the
Mass Worship Service. Monday-
Thursday, September 14-17 is the
gospel revival meeting, starting at
7:00 p.m. each evening. There is
FREE local transportation to all
events, and nursery service is avail-
The Gospel Harvester's Revival
will lift your spirits, and help you to
re-dedicate your Christian obliga-
tions. A hallelujah good time of
worship and praise has been
planned to help you get your house
For more information, please call
the Northside Church of Christ at
First Lady Productions Presents
Gospel Comedy Concert
First Lady Productions presents
the "Christians Gotta Laugh"
Gospel Comedy Jam on Saturday,
September 26, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. It
will be held at the Assembly of
Saints House of Prayer (Joel &
Beverly Trotter, Pastors) located at,
7565 Beach Blvd, Suite 300
The evening's entertainment ros-
ter includes the side splitting come-
dy of Mother Hattie Maye and
Brother Harold Conrad Jenkins of
Dr. Vera Goodman's radio show
"Another Place" on AM 1360
WCGL Saturdays 4:15 4:45 p.m.
Also featured are Mother Gussie
Mai Palmer & Mother McGhee
with special appearances by Miss
Ty Ti & Sue Li.
Singing will be Dr. Vera J
Goodman & Anointed Praise, T-
Mission, Kizzie Walker, TC 2C,
One Accord Shekinah Praise
Dancers and Brother Greg Shell.
Tickets can be picked up in
advance at Assembly of Saints
House of Prayer or at One Accord
Ministries International, Inc.
Donations can also be;made at the
For more information contact Dr.
Tanya Brooks at 864-3314.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
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DNA exonerees find prosperity after prison
Thomas McGowan's journey
from prison to prosperity is about to
culminate in $1.8 million, and he
knows just how to spend it: on a
house with three bedrooms, stain-
less steel kitchen appliances and a
washer and dryer.
"I'll let my girlfriend pick out the
rest," said McGowan, who was
exonerated last year based on DNA
evidence after spending nearly 23
years in prison for rape and robbery.
SHe and other exonerees in Texas,
which leads the nation in freeing the
wrongly convicted, soon will
become instant millionaires under a
new state law that took effect this
Exonerees will get $80,000 for
each year they spent behind bars.
The compensation also includes
lifetime annuity payments that for
most of the wrongly convicted are
worth between $40,000 and
$50,000 a year making it by far
the nation's most generous package.
"I'm nervous and excited," said
McGowan, 50. "It's something I
never had, this amount of money. I
didn't have any money period."
His payday for his imprisonment
a time he described as "a night-
mare," "hell" and "slavery" -
should come by mid-November
after the state's 45-day processing
ExoPees also receive an array
of;:ci1al services, including job
training, tuition credits and access
to medical and dental treatment.
Though 27 other states have some
form of compensation law for the
wrongly convicted, none comes
close to offering the social services
and money Texas provides.
The annuity payments are espe-
cially popular among exonerees,
who acknowledge their lack of
experience in managing personal
finances. A social worker who
meets with the exonerees is setting
them up with financial advisers and
has led discussions alerting them to
The annuities are "a way to guar-
antee these guys ... payments for
life as long as they follow the law,"
said Kevin Glasheen, a Lubbock
attorney representing a dozen
Two who served about 26 years
in prison for rape will receive lump
sums of about $2 million apiece.
Another, Steven Phillips, who spent
about 24 years in prison for sexual
assault and burglary, will get about
The biggest compensation pack-
age will likely go to James
Woodard, who spent more than 27
years in prison for a 1980 murder
that DNA testing later showed he
did not commit. He eventually
could receive nearly $2.2 million
but first needs a writ from the state's
Court of Criminal Appeals or a par-
Thomas McGowan, a DNA exoneree released last year after nearly
23 years in prison, at his sister's home in Garland, Texas. Starting
Sept. 1, dozens of wrongly imprisoned Texas men who spent decades
behind bars can begin applying for state compensation that will make
many of them millionaires.
don from the governor. Charles Chatman, who was
McGowan and the others are wrongly convicted of rape, said the
among 38 DNA exonerees in Texas, money will allow him some peace
according to the Innocence Project, of mind after more than 26 years in
a New York legal center that spe- prison.
cializes in overturning wrongful "It will bring me some independ-
convictions. Dallas County alone ence," he said. "Other people have
has 21 cases in which a judge over- had a lot of control over my life."
turned guilty verdicts based on Chatman and other exonerees
DNA evidence, though prosecutors already have begun rebuilding their
plan to retry one of those. lives. Several plan to start business-
es, saying they don't mind working
but want to be their own bosses.
Others, such as McGowan, don't
intend to work and hope to make
their money last a lifetime.
Some exonerees have gotten mar-
ried and another is about to. Phillips
is taking college courses. Chatman
became a first-time father at 49.
"That's something I never thought
I'd be able to do," he said. "No
amount of money can replace the
time we've lost."
The drumbeat of DNA exonera-
tions caused lawmakers this year to
increase the compensation for the
wrongly convicted, which had been
$50,000 for each year of prison.
Glasheen, the attorney, advised his
clients to drop their federal civil
rights lawsuits and then led the lob-
bying efforts for the bill.
Besides the lump sum and the
monthly annuity payments, the bill
includes 120 hours of paid tuition at
a public college. It also gives
exonerees an additional $25,000 for
each year they spent on parole or as
registered sex offenders.
No other state has such a provi-
sion, according to the Innocence
Exonerees who collected lump
sum payments under the old com-
pensition law are ineligible for the
new 1.mp sums but will receive the
annuities. Whether the money will
be subject to taxes remains unset-
Discrimination lawsuit filed against Billy Graham
for not reaching out to Black churches
A black woman is suing the Billy
Graham Evangelistic Association,
saying she was abruptly fired after
complaining that the organization
was not reaching out to African-
A spokesman for the organization
didn't comment on the firing, but
said the association does extensive
outreach and works extensively
with African-American and other
i: Kimberly-MeCallum said in the
lawsuit that was moved into a fed-
eral court last week that she was the
only black employee working in the
executive offices in Charlotte when
she started in February 2007. She
complained to her superiors later
that year when she was asked to
recruit congregations to a camp
program but found that a list of 635
prospective churches had only three
memberships that were black.
McCallum said it was apparent
that black churches were excluded.
A week after raising her con-
Whether you believe the glass is
half full or half empty may not only
affect how you see the world, it
may also affect your heart.
Research suggests that having a
positive attitude just might protect
against heart disease and keep you
The study of postmenopausal
women is one of the largest ever to
examine the impact of personality
and temperament on the heart. Just
as optimism appeared to protect
cems, McCallum said she was told
her job with global offices was cut
because of downsizing. Her boss
never raised concerns about the
quality of her work, according to
the lawsuit filed in June.
McCallum said she tried to get
other jobs at the association, based
in Minneapolis, but that she was
blocked from other positions and
had a later job offer revoked.
"Subsequent to her discharge,
"plaintiff learned ,that the global
offices had not been downsized and
that the only job that was eliminat-
ed there was the one occupied by
the plaintiff," the lawsuit says. She
wants a job reinstated, back pay and
damages for what she describes as
discrimination because of her race.
Mark Demoss, a spokesman for
the Graham organization, declined
to talk about McCallum's job. But
he said he has frequently seen the
association go to great effort to
increase black participation and
noted that two prominent black pas-
against heart disease and death,
pessimism seemed to increase the
risk for both.
And women with the highest
degree of hostility and cynicism
were also more likely to die than
those with the sunniest dispositions.
The study participants were
enrolled in the Women's Health
Initiative, a 15-year study that
included about 162,000 post-
menopausal women. None of the
women had heart disease when they
tors from the Minneapolis area
recently led an association event
"That's a preposterous claim that
the organization would deliberately
bypass African-American participa-
tion," Demoss said. "In fact, the
opposite is quite true."
The association was founded by
Billy Graham in 1950 and is now
headed by Graham's son, Franklin.
Billy Graham, 90, has recently bat-
tled a range of health problems.and,
largely spends time at his North
Though he began his ministry
when segregation was still accept-
ed, Graham later integrated his cru-
sades and made efforts to draw
diverse crowds to his U.S. rallies.
Michael O. Emerson, a Rice
University sociologist who has
done extensive research on race and
religion, said the association has
long emphasized trying to increase
its diversity even though churches
remain deeply segregated.
entered the study.
women had a 33% lower risk for
death than African-American
women who were pessimists.
Among white women, the survival
advantage for optimists was 13%.
African-American women. who
scored highest for hostility and cyn-
icism were 62% more likely to die
than African-American women
who scored lowest.
"Although I don't think they've
been as successful as they would
like, they have worked very hard at
it," Emerson said.
MIAMI Faced with complaints
from parents and students about
Racial insensitivity, state and local
education officials have dropped
the word negro from a racial back-
ground form that went out to every
Broward public school student the
first day of school.
The form, on page 9 of the code of
student conduct booklet and titled
"Required Data From Parents,"
asked two questions: the yes-or-no
"Is your child Hispanic or Latino?"
and the multiple-choice "What is
your child's race?"
The options under race included
Black or African American. The
description that follows reads: "A
person having origins in any black
racial groups in Africa. Terms such
as 'Haitian' or 'Negro' can be used
in addition to 'Black or African
Parents had to sign the form and
return it to the school so the district
could compile federally required
data. The information helped track
changing demographics and allo-
cate school funding.
The word "Negro" concerned a
few parents, who called the school
district and the Florida Department
of Education to complain.
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Whites have growing interest
in Black Greek organizations
Former President Bill Clinton's
announcement last month that he
will join the Black fraternity Phi
Beta Sigma sent shockwaves
through the Black community-but
he's far from the only White to
cross the color line.
Many Blacks wondered why any
president other than Barack Obama
would want to join a Black Greek
Letter organization, given the bene-
fits that many White social organi-
zations offer. But according to Dr.
Matthew Hughey, an assistant pro-
fessor of Sociology and African
American Studies at Mississippi
State University and a White mem-
ber of Phi Beta Sigma, Clinton's
actions aren't a first.
Hughey pledged and "went over"
to Sigma at the University of North
Carolina-Greensboro in 1996.
"President Clinton becoming a
Sigma is an indication that Black
Greek Letter organizations are
being looked at by non-Blacks,"
said Hughey, who has written an
article on the subject, "Crossing the
Sands, Crossing the Color Line:
Non Black Members of Historically
Black Greek Organizations," for
the Journal of African-American
"In my research on this topic, [we]
do not know how many Whites are
in the traditional nine Black Greek
Letter Organizations because the
demographic information is not
there. But I can say that there are a
few Whites here and there,"
Hughley said. "Obviously, there are
more Whites in Black Greek organ-
izations on predominantly White
campuses than on HBCUs
[Historically Black Colleges and
The traditional Black Greek
organizations are Alpha Phi Alpha,
Alpha Kappa Alpha, Omega Psi
Phi, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma and
Zeta Phi Beta, Kappa Alpha Psi and
Sigma Gamma Rho and Iota Phi
Prominent Whites have joined
Black Greek organizations through
the honorary route, becoming a
member by the support of the gen-
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Ebony and Ivory Gala
The sixth annual Ebony and Ivory
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On Saturday, September 12,
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Mr. Thompson will be speaking
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FREE and open to the public with
light refreshments served.
The City of Jacksonville will
sponsor a free Community
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Sept.12 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
at the Downtown Main Library on
303 N. Laura St. The Expo is an
event will feature on-site programs
and workshops on topics such as
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social security benefits, foreclosure
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more. For more information or to
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Night with the Jax
The Jacksonville Young
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annual "Night with the Jacksonville
Young Democrats", Sunday,
September 13th at the Prime F.
Osborn Convention Center with a
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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
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Money Mayweather Preps for September 19 Comeback, :
Floyd Mayweather Jr. will box Juan Manuel Marquez Sept. 19 at the MGM
Floyd Mayweather Jr. will box Juan Manuel Marquez Sept. 19 at the MGM
Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The bullets were whizzing the
other night when Mayweather's
Rolls Royce was spotted in the
parking lot of a Las Vegas skating
rink, leading police to search the
vehicle and his "Big Boy" mansion
for evidence leading to the shooter.
Mayweather is not considered a
suspect, police said, but they left his
home with guns, ammunition and
The HBO camera crews docu-
menting Mayweather's life for the
latest installments of the "24/7"
semi-reality show weren't around,
probably because reality doesn't
always happen seven days a week.
They did show up the* next day
though, when Mayweather arrived
to do a little sparring and a lot of
promoting for his Sept. 19 come-
back fight with Juan Manuel
He needs the sparring because he
hasn't fought in nearly two years.
After knocking out Ricky Hatton in
his last fight he retired, saying he
needed a break from a sport that has
consumed his life.
The fight needs promoting, too.
Though Marquez more than held
his own in two fights against
Manny Pacquiao, he is moving up
two weight classes to fight
Black Greek Organizations
Continued from page 7
membership body without going
through a formal pledge process.
The late former first lady and
human rights activist Eleanor
Roosevelt was an honorary member
ofAlpha Kappa Alpha.
The late Hubert Humphrey, the
vice president of the United States
under President Lyndon Johnson,
-was induted tas an honorary mem-
ber of Alpha Phi Alpha, and former
Ambassador to the Vatican and ex-
member of Congress Lindy Boggs
is an honorary member of Sigma
"Soror Boggs was made a Sigma
in July, 1978," said Rachel E.
Morris, the executive director of the
sorority. Boggs served in the U.S.
House of Representatives from
1973 to 1990, representing New
Orleans. She is the mother of ABC
News commentator Cokie Roberts
and lobbyist Thomas Boggs, and
was succeeded in the House by
William Jefferson in 1990.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
almost became an AKA but with-
drew her application when
informed that she could not join
Hughey agrees with Kimbrough.
"White Greek Letter organizations
are not as serious about service as
the Black Greeks are," he said.
"Black Greeks do way more hours
of community service than the
Hughey also said that Whites are
interested in the cultural aspects of
Black Greek life
"It seems to be more of bond while
in college and after college," he
said. "Also, stepping, the pledge
process and line jackets seem to
appeal to Whites who join Black
Nevertheless, Hughey acknowl-
edges that there are problems with
Whites in Black Greek organiza-
"You get it from both sides," he
said. "The Blacks see you coming
into 'their' fraternity and think that
'they are taking over.' The Whites
wonder what is wrong with you
with being in an organization of
Kimbrough, who is an Alpha, said
that when he worked with student
organizations at Emory University
Eleanor Roosevelt Hubert Humphrey
AlphaKappa Alpha Alpha Phi Alpha
Mayweather and is hardly a house-
hold name in this country, much
less a box office draw.
Add in the fact that the fight is
going up against a UFC event and
that Mayweather's purse depends
on how many households spend 50
bucks to watch him, and there's lit-
tle wonder why he's so eager to get
people to pay attention. There are
more armored cars to buy, and they
could be filled with bags of cash.
"I feel I'm a pay-per-view star,"
Mayweather said. "I look forward
to doing that."
It's not easy being "Money"
Mayweather. Sometimes you have
to look hard for places to put your
money, especially when the
armored truck with the suede interi-
or, Playstation and 40-inch
flatscreens is being used for some-
It's not always easy being a
Mayweather, either. Last month he
almost lost his trainer when his
uncle, Roger Mayweather, was
arrested for allegedly choking one
of the female boxers he trains.
Good thing he's reconciled with his
father, Floyd Sr., after nine years,
just in case he needs him back in the
"There's always controversy
around a Mayweather," said
Mayweather, who declined to say
what he knew about the parking lot
shooting. "When I focus on more
positive things I sleep better."
The most positive thing
Mayweather sees right now is
what's happening in training. He
said he's coming back refreshed
and, at 32, feels faster and stronger
than ever before. He knows this
bout could set up a fight with
Pacquiao that could fill the armored
truck up many times over.
He was considered the best
pound-for-pound fighter when he
left boxing, a defensive specialist
who can also punch and won all 39
of his pro fights. Pacquiao is now
viewed as the holder of the mythi-
cal title, which seems to irk
Mayweather if only because he
believes it is his birthright.
"The main thing is I'm going to
bring excitement back to the sport,
bring flash back to the sport of box-
ing," Mayweather said. "I intend to
The Obama's view the Grand Canyon
The Obama Girls' Summer
Vacation: Any Kid's Dream
Continued from page 2
Queen Elizabeth II. They also
took in "The Lion King" musical.
The family set out on another trip
right after Malia turned 11 on July 4
that took them to Moscow, Rome
and Ghana all in one week.
A highlight of the visit to Rome
was the Obama family's meeting
with the pope. The sisters also took
in such ancient Roman archaeolog-
ical wonders as the Colosseum and
the Pantheon, a domed monument
in the city center. The also had fun
learning how to make blackberry
and banana gelato at Giolitti, the
Italian capital's most famous ice
cream parlor, and left the shop with
several pounds of the ice cold con-
The trips weren't all carefree and
full of fun, however. There were
sober moments, too, and lessons to
After touring Cape Coast Castle
in Accra, Ghana, a holding cell for
Africans shipped into slavery,
Obama said he hoped that seeing
the former slave fortress would
help his daughters, "who are grow-
ing up in such a blessed way," to
understand their obligation to fight
oppression and cruelty.
Fun and serious, overseas and
closer to home, summer travels
have given Sasha and Malia a win-
dow on the world that opens to few
There's a long history of White
House children tagging along with
their globe-trotting parents.
Susan Ford went to China with
her father. Chelsea Clinton traveled
to Asia and Africa with her mother,
Hillary Clinton, now the secretary
of state. Bush twins Barbara and
Jenna accompanied their parents on
multiple visits to Africa.
While taking such trips might not
be how the average 11- or 8-year-
old would choose to spend the sum-
mer, the Obamas recognize their
stay in the White House is limited,
and they want to share the experi-
ence with their children.
"For the president, it's going to be
over real quick," said Doug Wead,
who interviewed presidential kids
for his book, "All the President's
Malia, now a sixth-grader, and
Sasha, a second-grader, did plenty
of close-to-home fun stuff this sum-
mer, too, as did lots of other chil-
dren whose families, because of the
economy, don't have the money to
get away on vacation this year
They've had sleepovers with
friends at both the White House and
Camp David. They were among
screaming fans at concerts by
Beyonce and the Jonas Brothers.
They also waited in line like any
other D.C. tourists at Madame
Tussauds museum, where they gig-
gled at the wax replicas of their par-
After all that, one question
remains. What's left to do next sum-
other Black Greek sororities.
Dr. William Kimbrough, the pres-
ident of Philander Smith College in
Little Rock, Ark., and an expert on
Black Greek organizations, said
that the White presence in Black
Greek organizations is there but
"I would venture to say that only
about two or three percent of Black
Greek organizations have White
members," said Kimbrough, author
of a book, "Black Greek 101: The
Culture, Customs and Challenges
of Black fraternities."
"Those Whites who choose to join
do so because they are attracted to
the community service aspects of
the Black Greeks," Kimbrough
said. "Both Black and White
Greeks work in the community, but
it seems that the Black Greeks take
it more seriously. It would seem
that White Greeks tend to be more
in Atlanta he found an interesting
perception about Greek Letter
organizations and race.
"It seemed to me that the White
fraternities were more open to hav-
ing members of other races as
brothers than the White sororities,"
he said. "I could not explain why
but that is the way it was."
It is the matter of brotherhood that
seems to attract Whites the most,
"Today, Whites are looking for
something more lasting than the
four-year experience," he said.
"Black Greeks offer a lifetime of
brotherhood and friendship."
Also, he said members may feel
more social pressure in White
organizations based on status,
money and other things.
"With the Black Greeks once you
are in, you are accepted regardless
of who you are."
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Orlando brothers could be
first Death Row Twins
Two 25-year-old brothers from
Orlando, Fla., could become the
first twins in the nation to be sen-
tenced to death.
Lake County Sheriff"I've heard
of brothers [on death row], and
I've heard of fathers and sons, but
not twins. Never," said Richard
Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, told
the Orlando Sentinel. "That would be bizarre, I'd say, and most proba-
bly a first."
Identical twins Dante and Donte Hall are accused of killing two peo-
ple, Anthony Bernard Blount, 35, and Kison "Little Mule" Evans, 32.
They were shot during a robbery three years ago at a house party in
Eustis, Fla., the Sentinel said.
Testimony began this week in Dante's double-murder trial. Donte was
convicted in April by a separate jury, which voted 8-4 to sentence him
to death. The judge is not bound by the jury's recommendation, but must
give it "great weight," the newspaper said.
Defense attorneys for Dante have argued that he was not involved in
the homicides and that "Donte's crew" is to blame for the killings.
Lawyers for both brothers have acknowledged the brothers were
involved in dealing drugs, but Dante's attorneys maintain that Donte was
the violent twin.
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In light of the controversy surrounding the delivery of the President's message to school children, the Jacksonville Free Press has elected to print
Si the speech in it's entiretyfor our readership. He is the first President to greet school children since 1991, and we find his message to be inspiring,
supportive, motivating and uplifting. We feel as the leader of the free world, and President of the United States, his voice deserves to be heard.
President: Hello everyone how's
everybody doing today? I'm here
with students at Wakefield High
School in Arlington, Virginia. And
we've got students tuning in from
all across America, kindergarten
through twelfth grade. I'm glad you
all could join us today.
I know that for many of you,
today is the first day of school. And
for those of you in kindergarten, or
starting middle or high school, it's
your first day in a new school, so
it's understandable if you're a little
nervous. I imagine there are some
seniors out there who are feeling
pretty good right now, with just one
more year to go. And no matter
what grade you're in, some of you
are probably wishing it were still
summer, and you could've stayed in
bed just a little longer this morning.
I know that feeling. When I was
young, m) family lived in
laI&ia f..a -r years, and my,
mother didn't have the money to
send me where all the American
kids went to school. So she decided
to teach me extra lessons herself,
Monday through Friday at 4:30 in
I wasn't too happy about getting
up that early. A lot of times, I'd fall
asleep right there at the kitchen
table. But whenever I'd complain,
my mother would just give me one
of those looks and say, "This is no
picnic for me either, buster."
So I know some of you are still
adjusting to being back at school.
But I'm here today because I have
something important to discuss
with you. I'm here because I want
to talk with you about your educa-
tion and what's expected of all of
you in this new school year.
Now I've given a lot of speeches
about education. And I've talked a
lot about responsibility.
I've talked about your teachers'
responsibility for inspiring you, and
pushing you to learn.
I've talked about your parents'
responsibility for making sure you
stay on track, and get your home-
work done, and don't spend every
waking hour in front of the TV or
Sixth that Xbox.
i've talked a lot
about your govern-
bility for setting
But at the end
of the day, we can
have the most dedi-
cated teachers, the
most supportive par-
ents, and the best
schools in the world- and
none of it will matter unless
all of you fulfill your respon-
sibilities Unless you show up to
those schools; pay attention to those
teachers; listen to your parents,
grandparents and other adults; and
put in the hard work it takes to suc-
And that's what I want to focus
on today: the responsibility each of
you has for your education. I want
to start with the responsibility you
have to yourself.
Every single one of you has
something you're good at. Every
single one of you has something to
offer. And you have a responsibility
to yourself to discover what that is.
That's the opportunity an education
Maybe you could be a good
writer good enough to write a
book or articles in a newspaper -
but you might not know it until you
write a paper for your English class.
Maybe you could be an innovator
or an inventor maybe even good
enough to come up with the next
iPhone or a new medicine or vac-
cine but you might not know it
until you -do a project: for.3 our -sci-
ence class. Maybe you could be a
mayor or a Senator or a Supreme
Court Justice, but you might not
know that until you join student
government or the debate team.
And no matter what you want to
do with your life I guarantee that
you'll need an education to do it.
You want to be a doctor, or a
teacher, or a police officer? You
want to be a nurse or an architect, a
lawyer or a member of our military?
You're going to need a good educa-
tion for every single one of those
careers. You can't drop out of
school and just drop into a good
job. You've got to work for it and
train for it and learn for it.
And this isn't just important for
your own life and your own future.
What you make of your education
will decide nothing less than the
future of this country. What you're
learning in school today will deter-
mine whether we as a nation can
meet our greatest challenges.
You'll need the knowledge and
problem-solving skills you learn in
science and math to cure diseases
like cancer and AIDS, and to devel-
op new energy technologies and
protect our environment. You'll
need the insights and critical think-
ing skills you gain in history and
social studies to fight poverty and
homelessness, crime and discrimi-
nation, and make our nation more
fair and more free. You'll need the
creativity and ingenuity you devel-
op in all your classes to build new
companies that will create new jobs
and boost our economy.
We need every single one of you
to develop your talents, skills and
intellect so you can help solve our
most difficult problems. If you
don't do that if you quit on school
you're not just quitting on your-
self, you're quitting your country.
Now I know it's not always easy
to do well in school. I know a lot of
you have challenges in your lives
right now that can make it hard to
focus on your schoolwork.
I get it. I know what that's like.
My father left my family when I
was two years old, and I was raised
by a single mother who struggled at
times to pay the bills and wasn't
always able to give us things the
other kids had. There were times
when I missed having a father in my
life. There were times when I was
lonely and felt like I didn't fit in.
So I wasn't always as focused as
I should have been. I did some
things I'm not proud of, and got in
more trouble than I should have.
And my life could have easily taken
a turn for the worse.
But I was fortunate. I got a lot of
second chances and had the oppor-
tunity to go to college, and law
school, and follow my dreams. My
wife, our First Lady Michelle
Obama, has a similar story. Neither
of her parents had gone to college,
and they didn't have much. But
they worked hard, and she worked
hard, so that she could go to the best
schools in this country.
Some of you might not have
those advantages. Maybe you don't
have adults in your life who give
-you the support that \ou need.
Maybe someone in your family has
lost their job, and there's not
enough money to go around. Maybe
you live in a neighborhood where
you don't feel safe, or have friends
who are pressuring you to do things
you know aren't right.
But at the end of the day, the cir-
cumstances of your life what you
look like, where you come from,
how much money you have, what
you've got going on at home -
that's no excuse for neglecting your
homework or having a bad attitude.
That's no excuse for talking back to
your teacher, or cutting class, or
dropping out of school. That's no
excuse for not trying.
Where you are right now doesn't
have to determine where you'll end
up. No one's written your destiny
for you. Here in America, you write
your own destiny. You make your
That's what young people like
you are doing every day, all across
Young people like Jazmin Perez,
from Roma, Texas. Jazmin didn't
speak English when she first started
school. Hardly anyone in her home-
town went to college, and neither of
her parents had gone either. But she
worked hard, earned good grades,
got a scholarship to Brown
University, and is now in graduate
school, studying public health, on
her way to being Dr. Jazmin Perez.
I'm thinking about Andoni
Schultz, from Los Altos, California,
who's fought brain cancer since he
was three. He's endured all sorts of
treatments and surgeries, one of
which affected his memory, so it
took him much longer hundreds
of extra hours to do his school-
work. But he never fell behind, and
he's headed to college this fall.
And then there's Shantell Steve,
from Chicago, Illinois. Even when
bouncing from foster home to foster
home in the toughest neighbor-
hoods, she managed to get a job;
start a program to keep young peo-
ple out of gangs; and she's on track
to graduate high school with honors
and go on to college.
Jazmin, Andoni and Shantell
aren't any different from any of
you. They faced challenges in their
lives just like you do. But they
refused to give up. They chose to
take responsibility for their educa-
tion and set goals for themselves.
And I expect all of you to do the
That's why today, I'm calling on
each of you to set your own goals
for your education and to do
everything you can to meet them.
Your goal can be something as sim-
ple as doing all your homework,
paying attention in class, or spend-
ing time each day reading a book.
Maybe you'll decide to get
involved in an extracurricular activ-
ity, or volunteer in your community.
Maybe you'll decide to stand up for
kids who are being teased or bullied
because of who they are or how
they look, because you believe, like
I do, that all kids deserve a safe
environment to study and learn.
Maybe you'll decide to take better
care of yourself so you can-be more
ready to learn. And along those
lines, I hope you'll all wash your
hands a lot, and stay home from
school when you don't feel well, so
we can keep people from getting the
flu this fall and winter.
Whatever you resolve to do, I
want you to commit to it. I want
you to really work at it.
I know that sometimes, you get
the sense from TV that you can be
rich and successful without any
hard work -- that your ticket to suc-
cess is through rapping or basket-
ball or being a reality TV star, when
chances are, you're not going to be
any of those things.
But the truth is, being successful
is hard. You won't love every sub-
ject you study. You won't click with
every teacher. Not every homework
assignment will seem completely
relevant to your life right this
minute. And you won't necessarily
succeed at everything the first time
That's OK. Some of the most
successful people in the world are
the ones who've had the most fail-
ures. JK Rowling's first Harry
Potter book was rejected twelve
times before it was finally pub-
lished. Michael Jordan was cut
from his high school basketball
team, and he lost hundreds of
games and missed thousands of
shots during his career. But he once
said, "I have failed over and over
and over again in my life. And that
is why I succeed."
These people succeeded because
they understand that you can't let
your failures define you you have
to let them teach you. You have to
let them show you what to do dif-
ferently next time. If you get in
trouble, that doesn't mean you're a
troublemaker, it means you need to
try harder to behave. If you get a
bad grade, that doesn't mean you're
stupid, it just means you need to
spend more time studying.
No one's born being good at
things, you become good at things
through hard work. You're not a
varsity athlete the first time you
play a new sport. You don't hit
every note the first time you sing a
song. You've got to practice. It's the
same with your schoolwork. You
might have to do a math problem a
few times before you get it right, or
read something a few times before
you understand it, or do a few drafts
of a paper before it's good enough
to hand in.
Don't be afraid to ask questions.
Don't be afraid to ask for help when
you need it. I do that every day.
Asking for help isn't a sign of
weakness, it's a sign of strength. It
shows you have the courage to
admit when you don't know some-
thing, and to learn something new.
So find an adult you trust a parent,
grandparent or teacher; a coach or
counselor and ask them to help
you stay on track.
And even when you're strug-
gling, even when you're discour-
aged, and you feel like other people
have given up on you don't ever
give up on yourself. Because when
you give up on yourself, you give
up on your country.
The story of America isn't about
people who quit when things got
tough. It's about people who kept
going, who tried harder, who loved
their country too much to do any-
thing less than their best.
It's the story of students who sat
where you sit 250 years ago, and
went on to wage a revolution and
found this nation. Students who sat
where you sit 75 years ago who
overcame a Depression and won a
world war; who fought for civil
rights and put a man on the moon.
Students who sat where you sit 20
years ago who founded Google,
Twitter and Facebook and changed
the way we communicate.
So today, I want to ask you,
what's your contribution going to
be? What problems are you going to
solve? What discoveries will you
make? What will a president who
comes here in twenty or fifty or one
hundred years say about what all of
you did for this country?
Your families, your teachers, and
I are doing everything we can to
make sure you have the education
you need to answer these questions.
I'm working hard to fix up your
classrooms and get you the books,
equipment and computers you need
to learn. But you've got to do your
part too. So I expect you to get seri-
ous this year. I expect you to put
your best effort into everything you
do. I expect great things from each
of you. So don't let us down don't
let your family or your country or
yourself down. Make us all proud. I
know you can do it.
Thank you, God bless you, and
God bless America.
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Oprah Still Reigns Supreme as She Enters her 24th Season
CHICAGO Thousands of
Oprah Winfrey's fans gathered on
Michigan Avenue to help the talk
show celebrate the 24th season of
her show with a public taping this
week that included the Black Eyed
Peas and Rascal Flatts.
Winfrey's production company,
Harpo Productions, has said it
expects "thousands" of people to
attend the event, which will also
feature Jennifer Hudson, James
Taylor and magician Criss Angel.
The company said it would cover
all costs for police, paramedics and
sanitation at the outdoor taping.
"The Oprah Winfrey Show" nor-
mally is taped at the Harpo studios
on Chicago's near west side.
Several people said they wanted
to come because of the difficulty in
getting tickets for the regular tap-
ings. Gloria Jones, 60, of Chicago,
said she was excited because "I
never get a chance to get a ticket,
and I figured this is the closest I
The special outdoor event will
take place on a three-block stretch
of Michigan Avenue near the
Chicago River and have two blocks
of audience members. It will shut
down the famous downtown street
- known as the Magnificent Mile
for its upscale shopping to traffic
from early Monday through
The taping is free and open to the
public. General admission will
close when the event reaches capac-
ity. By midafternoon, one block of
the audience area was full.
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley
has supported the taping, saying it
will give the city global exposure
and create jobs.
It also comes just weeks before
the International Olympic
Committee will announce if
Chicago will have the winning bid
In this Aug. 31, 2009 photo provided Monday, Sept. 7, 2009 by Harpo
Productions, television talk-show host Oprah Winfrey, right, and
Whitney Houston are seen during an interview at the Town Hall in
New York. Houston, who's new album 'I Look To You' was released on
Aug. 31, was interviewed by Winfrey for a two-part season premiere
of The Oprah Winfrey Show, airing Sept. 14 and 15.
to host the 2016 Summer Games.
During last year's season premiere
of Winfrey's show, 6,000 fans
crammed into Chicago's
livers tips she could share herself,
Models used to queue for her
akeup skills at Paris fashion
lows, she said. And when it comes
clothing, "I'm going to be telling
ou how to make that sweater into a
irt. And into a skort. And into a
tess. I know how to do that."
Banks also will be front and cen-
ter for the new run of her series
"America's Next Top Model,"
which debuts with a two-hour
episode at 8 p.m. EDT
Wednesday on CW. This time
around, women who are 5-foot-7
and under generally scorned as
tort by the fashion industry -
.ake up the field of contestants.
"I feel like it's my calling to open
p stereotypes of beauty," whether
i life or on the runway, said Banks.
he ended up feeling especially
ose to the aspiring models and
Millennium Park as she celebrated
more than 170 American Olympic
medalists from the Beijing Games.
spent more time with them than
usual, which viewers will see on air.
"I wonder if it's because they're
shorter and felt like little sisters,"
mused the 5-foot-10 Banks, who's
also a judge and executive producer
for the show.
Banks, whose business empire is
impressive enough to have landed
her on Forbes magazine's Celebrity
100 list of the rich and famous in
2008, is launching an online maga-
zine Tuesday Tyra: Beauty
Inside & Out, which she's dubbed a
magazinee" to share her expert-
ise on that and other topics.
"I'm really interested in helping
women take control of their futures,
take control of their destiny. One of
my lines in my manifesto on the
Web site is to be the CEO of your
own life, be in control of your own
life," Banks said.
SHEREE BARELY GETS HER SEVEN FIGURES
It looks like Sheree Whitfield got the seven-figure
divorce settlement she was hoping for. The reality tele-
vision star of "Atlanta Housewives" fame was married
to former Jacksonville Jaguar Bob Whitfield.
The details of Sheree's divorce settlement have sur-
faced. According to Bossip.com, the reality TV star is
getting $775,000 in cash and a $250,000 share of Bob's
401(k), and she'll get shares of three other retirement
Sheree also has full custody of the kids and $2,142 a month in child sup-
port. It wasn't clear if that was the total support amount of the support he'll
pay per child. Under the deal, she'll also be rolling in a 2006 Range Rover.
PERRY BRINGING 'FOR COLORED GIRLS'
TO THE BIG SCREEN
Tyler Perry and Lionsgate has announced that they
once again coming together to to produce and dis- "
tribute a new film.
This time it's Ntozake Shange's award winning "
1975 play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered ,
Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf."
Perry will write, direct and produce. The film will be
the first project for 34th Street Films, Perry's new production company.
"Colored Girls" will feature an all-star cast of female actors. Principal
photography is scheduled to begin in Atlanta in November 2009 and con-
tinue through December 2009. Lionsgate plans to release the film in 2010.
The play, by Ntozake Shange, is structured as a series of poems that deal
with such issues as love, abandonment, rape and abortion all via the
female perspective. It was previously adapted into a 1982 TV movie.
WONDER TO LAUNCH 'BRIAN MCKNIGHT SHOW':
Stevie booked as first guestfor nationally-syndicated TVseries.
Stevie Wonder has been announced as the first
guest on "The Brian McKnight Show," which debuts
H in national syndication on MyNetworkTV the week
of Sept. 21.
i J "It just doesn't get any better than Stevie," says
"Stevie is a living legend and I am so grateful he has
signed on to help me launch the show."
The singer's weekly one-hour entertainment show-
case will feature celebrity interviews, round table
discussions and musical performances shot at various locations in and
around Los Angeles.
Regular segments will include "Brian's Big Break," which showcases up
and coming talent; "What's Hot," a weekly roundup of trends in electron-
ics, fashion, and pop culture; and "The Round Table," where comedians,
celebrities, and special guests discuss a variety of topics.
"The Brian McKnight Show" will air weekly in over 200 markets and is
available in 96% of U.S. households.
Tyra Banks is getting back to her to show it to everybody on national
roots for the season debut of her TV television," Banks said.
talk show, and she It's part of her mission
doesn't mean to help redefine
that as the emo-
fig- .. .. ,- E issue of
ure of beauty for
speech. %- \omen. both %%ith-
On this week's fifth-season in and without, she said.
premiere of "The Tyra Show" on "The Tyra Show" the title now
the CW network, the former super- uses only her first name last
model goes on-camera with week won a Daytime Emmy Award
unadorned hair. Or as Banks puts it, in the talk show-informative cate-
"no wigs, extensions, no nothing." gory. It moves from syndication to
"It's just me coming straight out the CW network'this season, airing'
of the shower with wet hair. My 4 p.m. EDT weekdays.
hairdresser's going to do my hair Banks said she's learned from
live on stage," said Banks, who will past shows, especially when it
interview women with insecurities comes to trusting the insights she
about their own tresses. developed in the fashion industry.
She aims to reassure them about "It's more honest. There's nothing
how attractive their hair is naturally worse than sitting there and pre-
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