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Herschel Walker Re-entering the
World of Sports as a Fighter
Herschel Walker, the former Herculean run-
ning back of USFL and NFL fame, has
launched a new professional sports career in
mixed martial arts at the age of 49.
Walker, who still holds numerous NFL
records some 12 years after his retirement, has
signed a multi-fight contract with promoter
Strikeforce, SI.com reports. The 47-year-old
ex-baller kicks off a 12-week training camp
next month in San Jose, Calif. A 1982 Heisman
Trophy winner, Walker already holds a fifth-degree Black belt in Tae
Walker gained 8,225 rushing yards, 4,859 receiving yards, and 5,084
kickoff-return yards during his dozen years in the NFL. This gave him
18,168 total combined net yards, ranking him second among the NFL's
all-time leaders in total yardage at the time of his retirement.
HBO Developing Series
on the Black Panthers
The award winning HBO network is currently developing a new his-
torical miniseries on the Black Panthers.
It will look at the history of the 1960s movement's inner circle. Carl
Franklin ("Devil in a Blue Dress") is writing "The Black Panthers" and is
attached to direct.
Among the source material is the Huey Newton bio "Huey: Spirit of the
Panther," b) onetime Panther chief of staff David Hilliard, along with
Keith Zimmerman and Kent Zimmerman (and with a forward by
Newton's widow, Fredrika). The Elaine Br6wn autobiography "A'Taste of
Power: A Black Woman's Story," about her involvement with the Black
Panthers, is also being used.
Katherine Jackson to receive $86K
a Month to Care of Little Jacksons
Court documents released last week revealed
that Michael Jackson's mother receives $86,804
per month from his estate to take care of herself
and her son's three children.
The documents state that Katherine, 79, had
been financially dependent on her son during his
life, and that for years, Michael had paid for all
her living expenses at the Jackson family's
Encino, Calif., home, according to People.com.
Lawyers for the estate estimated his total
assets exceeds $500 million, and that future
business agreements bearing Michael Jackson's name could generate
"tens of millions of dollars."
As previously reported, Katherine was named permanent guardian
of the three grandchildren. All four are primary beneficiaries under the
singer's will, including some unnamed charities.
White PA Officer told to Lose
Cornrows, Sent on Desk Duty
PHILADELPHIA Police in Philadelphia say a white officer who
came to work with cornrows was ordered by a
black superior to get a haircut because the
braids violated department standards.
The Philadelphia Daily News reported that
Officer Thomas Strain was put on desk duty
this month because of the braids, even though
the paper reported dozens of black officers
Police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore says 4
Strain's boss told the officer to cut his hair to
look more "professional."
Vanore says officers' hats must fit "in a military manner" over their hair,
and that Strain's hat did not. Strain got a haircut; he declined comment to
Vanore recalled only one black officer with braids in the past several
years. He says that officer also was told to get a haircut.
Mississippi Officer Fired
After Filing Discrimination Suit
Top leaders at the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol have retaliated
against black troopers who filed a federal complaint, the head of a civil
rights group said today.
NAACP state President Derrick Johnson said, based on his conversa-
tions with black troopers, the Department of Public Safety fired some,
transferred others arbitrarily and handed out harsher discipline after the
group filed a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission in January.
Johnson announced that charges of retaliation have been filed with the
commission. Earlier this year, the EEOC said it found validity in the
group's complaint about DPS hiring and promotion practices.
The complaint has been forwarded to the U.S. Justice Department for
Volume 23 No.52 Jacksonville, Florida September 24-30, 2009
Prayers are in Order for America's Black Boys
by Kim Allers
Studies show that black male
achievement begins to decline as
early as the fourth grade, and that
by high school, black males are
more likely to drop out. We need to
start asking why the odds are statis-
tically stacked against them.
The number-one cause of death
for black males between the ages of
15-25 is murder.
One in four black men will enter
prison at least once, compared to
only one in 23 white males having
the same experience.
According to the United States
Department of Justice, black males
currently constitute 12 percent was still alive, never incarcerated,
of the national population college educated with no
but 44 percent of the children. They have beat-
prison population. en the odds. These are
Our sons, broth- powerful milestones
ers, husbands and for our black men.
friends are taught Other parents don't
early their legal have the same wor-
rights and what ries over their boys.
to do and not to Ace student or
do when not, we beg our
approached by the . youth not to dress in
police. Families street fashions like
often breathe a sigh baggy jeans or baseball
of relief when our men caps because of fear that
reach their 18th birthday they could be easily mistaken
followed by the 25th birthday and for a "thug" by policemen, who
Elegant High Tea Celebrates City's Cultural Icons
Pictured (L-R) at the "Very Special Afternoon Tea" are: honoree Cheryl Riddick, Ritz Theatre and
Museum director Carol Alexander, museum curator Lydia Stewart, honoree Rowena Stewart (seated), and
honoree Camilla Thompson. The event honored Riddick, Stewart and Thompson for their outstanding
contributions to history and cultural preservation in Jacksonville. More on page 7. M. Latimer Photo
shoot first and ask questions later.
Everybody (even the best teach-
ers) have their own biases. They
come from our upbringing, the
influence of the media -- and many
times we aren't even aware of them.
But what happens if those biases
affect how the teachers and princi-
pals view our young men.
Will they give them 3000% per-
cent if they are subliminally think-
ing he will likely be dead by 18, or
will they think that his future is
really in sports or hip hop and not in
academic excellence? Will they see
our beautiful black boys for the per-
son they really are? Cont. on p.3
Find New Home
in West Africa
Colombian and Mexican drug
cartels have jumped the Atlantic
Ocean and expanded into West
Africa, working closely with
local criminal gangs to carve out
a staging area for an assault on
the lucrative European market.
The situation has gotten so out
of hand that tiny Guinea-Bissau,
the fifth-poorest nation in the
world, is being called Africa's
first narco-state. Others talk
about how Africa's Gold Coast
has become the Coke Coast. In
all, officials say, at least nine top-
tier Latin American drug cartels
have established bases in 11 West
"The same organizations that we
investigate in Central and South
America that are involved in drug
activity toward the United States
are engaged in this trafficking in
Western Africa," said Russell
Benson, the Drug Enforcement
Agency regional director for
Europe and Africa. "There's not
one country that hasn't been
touched to some extent."
Continued on page 2
Celebrity and Community Battle
Jacksonville's Infant Mortality
Rep. Donna Christensen of the Virgin Islands, (C) the second vice
chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, speaks during a press con-
ference with African-American leaders to show their support of US
President Barack Obama's health care reform plan at the US Capitol
in Washington, DC.
CBC Annual Legislative
Conference this Week in D.C.
by Z. Prince
WASHINGTON During this
time of economic and social
upheaval, the Congressional Black
Caucus' Annual Legislative
Conference will this week convey a
message of hope under the theme,
"Reinvest... Rebuild... Renew,"
"When we were choosing a theme
we had to project what was happen-
ing in the world and, at the time,
people were predicting we'd be in a
depression," said Elsie Scott, presi-
dent and CEO of the CBC
Foundation, which hosts the event.
"But we thought by this time we'd
be in a bounce-back; we chose to
take the more positive perspective."
And indeed, increased consumer
spending, steady financial markets
and other indicators are signaling
the slow recovery of an economy
that just a year ago was on the of
total collapse. That makes the annu-
al conference, held Sept. 23-26 at
the Walter E. Washington
Convention Center in Washington,
D.C., even more critical, Scott said.
Continued on page 3
Pictured (L-R) at the Family Reunion for our Future Festival are:
event organizer Marsha Oliver of "0" Communications; Edward
Waters College (EWC) president Claudette Williams; author and
activist Tonya Lewis Lee, who serves as a national infant mortality
ambassador. Held this past Saturday at EWC, the community wide
health fair raised awareness about Duval County's infant mortality
rate, which rivals that of third world countries. For more on the event,
see page 5. M. LatimerPhoto
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Andrew Jackson Briana Lewis, Shelby Farah, Janita Bolden,
Lyndsay Batten, Tia Pridgens, Jasmine Vereen, Shanae
Fudge,Tyleshia Malone and Erika Barron.
4 hot w1..
Robert E Lee Amal Almachett, Myranda Bryant, Jamia
Johnson, Tanya Baker, Monasia Brooks, Alysha Alston, Kyaviah
Henderson, Tiara Moody, Phaylecia Jenkins, Stacieka Jenkins, Leaha
Klay, Kyannah Henderson, Bria Johnson, Dyamond Rogers, Stacey
Billings, Marguerite Douglas and Nicole Villar.
By Jason Alderman
You've probably already thought
about how you'd like to share your
assets with relatives, friends and
favorite charities when you're gone,
whether it's money you've saved,
your home, or family heirlooms
you want to pass along to the next
But you needn't wait to begin
making a difference in people's
lives. Plus, you can reap significant
tax advantages by distributing a
portion of your assets now.
First, make sure you're on track to
fund your own retirement, have
adequate health insurance, can pay
off your mortgage and are other-
wise debt-free. You wouldn't want
to deplete your resources and then
become a financial burden on oth-
If your finances are in good
shape, consider these options:
Avoid gift tax. You can give cash
or property worth up to $13,000 a
year, per individual, before the fed-
eral gift tax kicks in. This limit
doesn't apply if you're paying some-
one's tuition or medical expenses,
or for gifts to your spouse, charities
or political organizations. Read
Publication 950 at www.irs.gov for
Pay for education. If college is
still far off for your children, grand-
children or others, consider funding
529 Qualified State Tuition Plans
for them. Account interest earned is
not subject to federal (and in most
cases, state) income taxes; plus,
many states offer tax deductions for
contributions made to their own
To learn more about the intrica-
cies of 529 Plans, read FinAid's
comprehensive overview at
Roth IRAs for kids. If your minor
children or grandchildren earn
income, you may fund a Roth IRA
on their behalf up to the lesser of
$5,000 or the amount of their tax-
able earnings. You contribute on an
after-tax basis, but the earnings
grow, tax-free, until the account is
tapped at retirement.
For young people, these earnings
can compound tremendously over
time. For example, if you made
only a one-time $1,000 contribution
for your 16-year-old granddaughter,
at 6 percent interest the account
would be worth nearly $20,000 -
tax-free at age 66. If she con-
tributed an additional $50 a month
going forward, it would grow to
more than $210,000 at 66.
Fund someone's benefits. Many
people cannot afford health insur-
ance and so forego coverage, put-
ting themselves just one serious ill-
ness or accident away from finan-
cial disaster. Many also cannot
afford to fully fund their 401(k)
plan or IRA. Consider .applying
your tax-exempt gifts mentioned
above to help loved ones pay for
these critical benefits, greatly
increasing their financial self-suffi-
Charitable contributions. If
you're planning to leave money or
property to charities in your will,
consider beginning to share those
assets now, if you can afford to.
You'll be able to enjoy watching
your contributions at work and
deduct them from your income
taxes. Read IRS Publication 526 for
Before taking any of these
actions, consult your financial advi-
sor to make sure your own bases are
covered. If you don't have an advi-
sor, visit www.fpaforfinancialplan-
ning.org for help locating one.
Warren Keynotes MedWeek Luncheon
The Annual MedWeek Awards
Luncheon and Trades Fair was held "
last week in conjunction with a .
host of national activities. The
Awards Luncheon celebrates and .
recognizes the achievements and .)
contributions of local small and
minority-owned businesses. In
addition, several scholarships were
awarded to high school students
who have demonstrated a strong
The Keynote Speaker for the
Luncheon was Cleve Warren, CEO,
of Essential Capital Finance, Inc..
In addition, there was also a Trade
Fair where participants could share
their company's marketing infor-
mation, displays and other itemsr
with those in attendance.
other activities included the Show n abo% e is Cle% e Warren and JTA CEO Michael Bla lock
"Mixing with the Stars" network- Award Luncheon. FMP Photo
ing event and the Annual Breakfast.
Forrest High School Janene Baker, Jackie Brown, Candice
Barksdale, Terrichel Ansley, Jasmine Hall, Largish McGriff, Tracii
Drug Cartels in Africa
Continued from page 1
The calculus is simple: bigger
profits in Europe than in the United
States, less law enforcement in
West Africa than in Europe.
The driving force is the booming
European market for cocaine.
"The exponential rise in the num-
ber of consumers has made Europe
the fastest-growing and most-prof-
itable market in the world," said
Bruce Bagley, dean of the Graduate
School of International Studies at
the University of Miami.
While the European market has
been expanding, use in the United
States has declined from its peak in
the 1980s, the U.N. Office of Drugs
and Crime said in its 2009 annual
report, issued in July.
"Cocaine use prevalence in the
USA is 50 percent lower than it was
two decades ago, while Spain, Italy,
Portugal, France and the United
Kingdom have all seen cocaine use
double or triple in recent years," the
U.N. report said.
About 1,000 tons of pure cocaine
are produced each year, nearly 60
percent of which evades law
enforcement interception and
makes it to market, the report said.
That's a wholesale global market of
about $70 billion.
Criminals traffic about 250 tons to
Europe each year, though not all of
it makes it there, the U.N. said. The
European market totals about $11
billion. About 27 percent of the
cocaine that entered Europe in 2006
came from Africa, the United
Huge profits make Europe partic-
ularly attractive. Two pounds of
uncut cocaine can sell for $22,000
in the United States but for $45,000
in Europe, analyst Ashley-Louise
Bybee wrote in a policy journal this
year. The Justice Department said
the price in Europe can be three
times more than in the United
"It's a significant market for them
to exploit," Benson said.
A strong euro and weaker dollar
also make Europe attractive to traf-
fickers because of favorable
exchange rates. There's also the fact
that the European Union recently
issued a 500 euro note, currently
equivalent to about $700. The
largest U.S. denomination in circu-
lation is the $100 bill. Traffickers
prefer the large euro notes because
they are easier to carry in large
SUBJECT: Final Environ-
mental Assessment (FEA) and
Finding of No Significant Im-
PROJECT: Deployment of a
High Energy Mobile X-Ray
Inspection System at the Port
of Jacksonville, Duval County,
This notice is to inform the
public that a FONSI has been
made for the project noted
above by the U.S. Customs and
Border Protection (CBP), Of-
fice of Information and Tech-
nology (OIT), Laboratories and
Scientific Services (LSS), Inter-
diction Technology Branch
(ITB). The FEA and FONSI
will be available beginning Sep-
tember 25 and ending October
26, 2009 at the following public
libraries: Main Branch, 303 N.
Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL
32202; Regency Square
Branch, 9900 Regency Square
Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32225;
Highlands Regional Branch,
1826 Dunn Avenue, Jackson-
ville, FL 32218; and University
Park Branch, 3435 University
Blvd N, Jacksonville, FL 32277.
The FEA and FONSI can be
obtained from Organizational
Strategies, Inc., 1436 S Legend
Hills Dr, Ste 140, Clearfield,
UT 84015, telephone (801) 773-
6459, facsimile (801) 525-1175.
The FEA and FONSI can also
be viewed and downloaded via
the internet at the following
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Foreclosure affects more than just you.
It affects your whole family.
A million families will face losing their homes
this year. Call today for real help and guidance.
Because nothing is worse than doing nothing.
Share with Others While You're Still Around
September 24-30, 2009
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The latest health overhaul plan
circulating on Capitol Hill giles
health insurers, drug makers and
large employers reasons to heate
sighs of relief, sparing them the
higher costs and more burdensome
rules included in other
Industry play ers that hae already
struck bargains with President
Barack Obama's administration to
help pay for revamping the health
sN stem saw most of those deals left
intact and in some cases sweet-
ened in the S856 billion proposal
Reform Proposal Is Industry's Favorite
unveiled bN Sen Max Baucus. the subsidized customer base of mil- an\ real threat to their business,
Finance Committee chairman. lions who don't current. ha'e according to a nonpartisan analy-
You won't hear an\ of them cheer- insurance, thanks to a mandate that sis The Congressional Budget
ing publiclN about what the'\ would e\er\one purchase coverage Office said those plans "seem
get out of the measure. because backed up bi steep penalties on unlikely to establish a significant
many are still hoping for a better people \\ho don't. And it %wouldn't market presence in many areas of
deal before Congress takes final hate to compete with the go\ern- the country\ or to noticeably affect
action on revamping the health ment to coler people. unlike in the federal subsidy payments."
care system But don't expect to four other health overhaul plans Insurers \would also take a small-
hear them coming out in opposi- approved this \ear b. Democratic- er hit to the payments they get for
tion. since the\ know Baucus' plan dominated committees offering private plans under
is the lesser of man\ e ils being Nor would the nonprofit so- Medicare some estimated $110 to
considered Take the health insur- called "co-ops" designed to pro- $12'0 billion, compared with the
ance industry \ide consumers iatlh an alteniatile $175 billion that Obama initially
It would score a ne\. ta\pa\er- to private health insurance pose proposed this year.
Mr. Harold Sam
Seniors to Haircuts
joy,peace and excitement filled the
atmosphere at Hart Harbor Health
Care Center. The reason for all
these expressions was the
Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee of the Million More
Movement Inc. in conjunction with
local barbers, gave free hair cuts to
Bro.Jerome Noisette JLOC,MMM
Inc.,Chairman said "We are
delighted and grateful to be able to
bring this service to Harts Harbor
residents" said event chair Bro,
JLOC is a local non-profit organ-
ization open to the community to
those who want to end the violence
through proper education and not
.For more information or to con-
tact us call 904-240-9133.
Continued from page 1
With billions of recovery dollars
trickling down from the federal
government, she said, local offi-
cials and other stakeholders in the
ought to take advantage of the
wealth of information that will be
presented at the four-day forum.
Among the chief concerns that
will be addressed is the slow injec-
tion into Black communities of
fumds from the American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act. "We hope to
help facilitate some of that discus-
sion so they [stakeholders] can
leave with knowledge about how to
access things in Washington,
what's going on, who the players
are and how to catch up with them
after they leave Washington," Scott
That power and diversity of expe-
rience and backgrounds make the
42-member Caucus a great
resource. Those Black Washington
lawmakers along with about 15,000
other elected officials, business and
industry leaders, celebrities, media
outlets and everyday Americans,
are expected to participate in the
more than 70 policy forums, gener-
al sessions, a job fair and other
events that comprise the confer-
Notably, for the first time, confer-
ence events will be held on Capitol
Hill on the first day of the confer-
ence. Under the theme "Providing
Opportunities for All-
Strengthening Pathways Out of
Poverty," conferees can attend sev-
eral panel discussions, an informa-
tion session about working on
Capitol Hill at which they can also
submit rdsum6s and are also
encouraged to visit their congres-
With the health reform legislation
expected to reach the floor next
week, it may be the ideal time to
visit lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
Perhaps, given the grave matters
being weighed in Congress, enter-
tainment-usually an integral
aspect of the conference-may not
play as much of a role as it usually
has, Scott said.
Among the key attractions: the
vendor exhibit hall and other net-
working events; the CBC Spouses
Celebration of Fine Arts on
Wednesday night at which film
mogul Tyler Perry will be honored;
the Jazz Forum and Concert,
Gospel Extravaganza and The
Black Party all on Thursday; the
Macy's & CBC Spouses Fashion
Show on Friday; the Prayer
Breakfast, featuring singer Yolanda
Adams on Saturday morning and
the Annual Phoenix Awards Dinner
later that night.
For more information about the
Annual Legislative Conference,
please visit www.cbcinc.org.
You've read headlines claiming Florida Power & Light Company
is "too cozy" with the state's Public Service Commission.
That's what some lobbyists and their PR people in Tallahassee would have
you believe when the reality is they want the Public Service Commission to
make its rulings based on political considerations rather than on the facts.
Well, here's what FPL's so-called "cozy" relationship has delivered:
* FPL's typical residential bill is the lowest of all 54 utilities
in the state of Florida and below the national average.
* Our reliability is among the best in the country and 47
percent better than the national average.
* Our low emissions rate makes us one of the cleanest
electric companies in America.
* Our rate proposal would result in electric bills for
typical residential customers and small businesses
going down, not up. That's because a base rate
increase would be more than offset by lower fuel
prices and gains in fuel efficiency.
Too cozy? You make the call.
Let's stop playing politics with our energy future and stick to the facts.
This advertising is paid for by FPL Group shareholders, not our customers.
Continued from page 1
Now that the school year has begun,
so does our continuing jobs as black
parents and mentors. The primary job
with raising a black male, is to make
sure any teacher, principal, or school
administrator sees these children for
their brilliance and not the statistic or
stereotype this world often perpetu-
ates. Parenting needs to be so on-point
so that our young men know that they
are destined for excellence -- that he is
not a statistic or stereotype, and that he
is loved unconditionally even in a
world that fears him.
September 24-30, 2009
Ms. Perry's Free Press PaLye 3
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There is a pretty interesting book
that was published a few years ago
entitled, "They Stole Us, They Sold
Us, They Owe Us." It is a book that
outlines why blacks should receive
Yes, I know that I have been
down this path before, but I was
reminded of the reparations argu-
ment when I was at the Mecca of
African American philosophical
debate the barbershop.
In case you didn't know, not only
can you get a hair cut, but you can
also get shoes, clothing, bootleg
movies, marital advise and political
expertise. Oh yeah, I forgot to
mention a chicken dinner too.
Well, one of the great philoso-
phers, who is also a pretty annoy-
ing Pittsburgh Steelers fan, got my
attention when he said that he was
upset with President Obama
because he expected black folk to
get more attention by now. And he
basically demanded a house and
some cash I guess that's his equiv-
alent to his 40 acres and a mule.
Of course I am paraphrasing, but
you get the picture.
So there are two issues that
crossed my mind while listening to
this philosopher. The first was if
reparations were even valid in
2009? I think most would agree
that it's a ridiculous notion, espe-
cially in theses economic times.
The second thought was related
to the criticism of Obama, which I
have also heard from a handful of
black leaders. Some feel that hav-
ing an African American president
is great, but it can also have a neg-
ative impact on the "black agenda."
The rationale is simple. A black
president can't be too black. He or
she has to show that they are impar-
Now that the U.S. has a Black
President can I Get My 40 acres?
tial and balanced in their focus of
the issues facing the country.
So instead of hiring cousin
Pookie, who we know needs a job,
he or she may deliberately hire a
white or Hispanic person so not to
seem bias towards blacks.
There seems to be a growing
number of black academics, televi-
sion personalities and authors
determined to not let Obama get a
pass because he is the first black
president. And I must say that 1
agree to some extent.
With issues like unequal incarna-
tion practices prevalent throughout
the country, racial profiling at an all
time high and the double-digit
unemployment rate among blacks,
we can't afford not to press the
president on these issues.
But unlike Tavis Smiley and a
couple of other black leaders or
"know it alls" I think that it's
important that we be careful of how
we address our issues.
Much like when you discipline
your child, we have to be firm and
honest, but there has to be love
behind each blow. And African
Americans do seem to be giving the
president a bit of a pass for now,
but what would you expect it hasn't
been a year since the man took
And it's certainly no secret that
we loves us some Obama. In fact,
91 percent of African Americans
view the president favorably, com-
pared with 59 percent of the total
population, according to a
Quinnipiac University poll con-
ducted a few months back.
So it's clear that blacks are still in
love with the President, but getting
back to my barbershop conversa-
tion, I do agree that we should see
an improvement in certain troubles
plaguing the black community.
Now maybe the strategy is to get
re-elected and then start wearing
dashikis at the White House and
hire Kanye West as a chief political
Or maybe we should give the
president time to get past the
healthcare debate and other press-
ing issues, because whether you
realize it or not low income fami-
lies and poor individuals will bene-
fit the most from some form of uni-
And while I am not saying that
most blacks are poor, we do have a
disproportionate number of people
living below the poverty line as
compared to other races.
So it is not like Obama is ignor-
ing issues that are important to
black folk, I just think we all need
to have some patience. And we can
hold him accountable without
attacking his character and intent.
It requires a delicate balance
because if you push too hard, it
looks like you are being a "hater"
and you risk loosing creditability in
the black community. Just ask
Smiley learned the hard way. If
you ever listen to the Tom Joyner
Morning Show, you probably know
that Smiley was once the show's
chief political commentator.
Congressman John Lewis Betrays
Black Cherokee Freedmen
by Ron Daniels
I visited You Tube the other day
and was absolutely stunned to see
the venerable Congressman John
Lewis addressing the Cherokee
Nation of Oklahoma as the
Keynote Speaker for their National
Holiday gathering in Tahlequah,
Oklahoma. There stood
Congressman John Lewis, the man
who was beaten unmercifully as he
fought for the right to vote to be
restored to African Americans,
heaping praise on Chief Chad
Smith, the man who engineered the
disenfranchisement and defacto
expulsion of thousands of Black
Cherokee Freedmen from the
Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
(CNO). The Congressman pledged
to the Chief that the "Trail of
Tears," where Cherokees and other
Native Nations were removed from
their ancestral homeland in the
Southeast and forced to relocate to
Oklahoma, would never happen
again. He talked of being moved
by scenes in the Museum in
Tahlequah depicting the suffering
and horrors of the forced march to
Oklahoma. The problem is appar-
ently the good Congressman did
not see faces of people of African
descent who also traversed the Trail
of Tears as slaves of the Cherokee.
Perhaps, in his understandable
quest to identify with the historical
plight of Native people, he was
totally ignorant of the enslavement
and oppression of Africans by the
"Five Civilized Tribes," the Creek,
Seminole, Choctaw, Chickasaw
and Cherokee, prior to the Civil
Historically there has been a
strong affinity between Red and
Black, Native people and Africans.
In virtually every class I teach in
the social sciences at York
College/CUNY, I remind my stu-
dents that every person who lives in
what has become the Untied States
of America is the beneficiary of the
dispossession of the indigenous
people, Native Americans. I remind
them that the two most damaging
stains on the American character
are the dispossession of Native
people and the exploitation of
enslaved Africans. A bond of blood
and solidarity was forged among
Africans and Native Americans
when various Native Nations har-
bored runaway slaves and often
accepted them as full members of
their communities. Indeed, the
Seminoles are comprised of run-
away slaves and contingents of dis-
affected Natives who came togeth-
er to create a nation. Historically,
there was a tremendous amount of
intermingling between Africans
and Native Americans, so much so
that the majority of African
Americans have some Indian blood
in their lineage. The African influ-
ence on Indian country is also
clearly evident when you see the
faces in Tribes like the Lumbee of
North Carolina and Massapequa of
There have been exceptions to
the amicable relationship between
Africans and Native Americans.
Some Blacks served as Buffalo
Soldiers in the U.S. military wag-
ing war on Native Americans in the
west after the Civil War. And, there
is the case of the enslavement of
Africans by the governing bodies
of the Five Civilized Tribes who
fought on the side of the
Confederacy during the Civil War
[some members of the Five
Civilized Tribes broke with their
official leaders and fought on the
Union side also]. By doing so,
these Indian Nations severed their
official relationship with the U.S.
government. Consequently, after
the Confederacy was defeated, the
Five Civilized Tribes had to rene-
gotiate their relationship with the
U.S. government. Eventually, the
government recognized and grant-
ed citizenship to the Five Civilized
Tribes, including formerly
enslaved Africans who are called
Freedmen. The Freedmen were
granted full citizenship as members
of these Tribes irrespective of
whether they had Indian blood in
their veins or not. In other words,
by virtue of having been a captive
of these Tribes, Africans with or
without Native blood were granted
This background is important
because the Five Civilized Tribes
are subject to a different set of rules
During the very heated
Democratic primary in which Tom
Joyner and many other African
Americans were supporting
Obama, Smiley called him out for
not attending his annual State of the
Black Union conference.
Smiley basically insinuated that
Obama was attempting not to seem
too black and that is why he decid-
ed not to attend the conference,
while Hilary Clinton had commit-
ted to attending.
The backlash against Smiley was
so bad that he eventually quit the
show. He was called a "sell out,"
"Uncle Tom," "jealous," and a
bunch of other stuff I can't mention
in this article.
Smiley and other black leaders
who criticize Obama certainly have
the right and make very valid
points in many cases. But again,
like disciplining your child some-
times your method is more impor-
tant than the message you are try-
ing to send.
And besides, we can't afford talk-
ing about the issues facing the
black community because if we do
not then who will?
Hopefully, our reparations will
come in the form of healthcare for
all citizens, better schools and pay
for teachers, improved infrastruc-
ture in inner city communities,
more high paid job opportunities
and cheaper college tuitions.
Signing off from the Freeman's
Bureau, aka The Jacksonville Free
in their relationship with the
Federal Government than other
Native Nations. Whereas blood
quantum is used to determine who
is a member of other Native
Nations, it is not applicable for the
Five Civilized Tribes. By treaty, the
Black Freedmen are defined as full
citizens to be afforded all rights and
privileges on the same basis as
members of the Tribe who have
Unfortunately, with rare excep-
tion, the Black Freedmen have
never really been treated as first
class citizens of the Five Civilized-
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Diatribes on life in the African-America n Diaspora by Reggie Fullwood
'--" ERacism is alive and well in America. Instead of
implementation of programs to repair contempo-
i ,, Irary descendents of slaves, the nation is in turmoil
amid claims that political racism is affecting the
running of the country. The country is divided on
whether attacks on the Obama's policies have been
based upon elements other than the policies themselves. President Jimmy
Carter got his comeuppance from Americans after saying "a number of the
hard-line attacks on President Obama are based upon racism."
Historically, racism is belief that race is the primary determinant of human
traits and capacities and that racial difference produce an inherent superior-
ity of a particular race. Now that is in question, and mainstream media and
social networks now lead hyperbole as to whether racism is, or is not.
Despite Obama's hope that race would play no role in his tenure, every
minority from Wall Street to MLK Drive knows the issue for what it is. Yet,
lines of conservative and evangelical Blacks queue for the chance to defend
America's status quo values. In his statement to absolving the nation of its
pervasive racism Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele
said: "President Carter is flat out wrong."
Bottom line is Blacks have suffered 400 years of exploitation and racial
animus in America with little returns. Black pundits and political party par-
tisans take a "fool's choice" to support recent outrageous "White Power"
actions. Steele's, et al, operate under an illusion of inclusion and are out of
their skins if they think America is in any way "post-racial". Steele & com-
pany seem all too ready to ignore that racism is embedded in the culture and
been a dominate force since America's colonial era. Historically, the coun-
try has been dominated by religiously and ethnically diverse Whites who
started the culture and establishment structure. Throughout the centuries the
heaviest burdens of structural racism have fallen upon Native, Asian,
African and Hispanic Americans. White Americans occasionally do experi-
ence racial discrimination; in general, since other groups have less econom-
ic and social power, it is uncommon that such discrimination has the power
to seriously harm Whites.
We all know it when we see it; race and economics are woven into the
American fabric. But, it seems that whether it gets acknowledged it for
what it is has a lot to do with getting paid. Economics is the root cause of
racism and the underlying force that keeps it in place. Whenever a Black
man or woman publicly questions "in your face" and pervasive American
racism, he or she, enables the process. Blacks are not alone; every American
ethnic group has perceived racism in dealing with an entrenched White
Establishment. America's racially structured institutions include slavery,
Indian reservations and residential schools, segregation, internment camps
and affirmative action. Racial stratification continues in employment, hous-
ing, education, justice and government. Formal racial discrimination was
largely banned in the mid-20th century, yet racial politics remain.
There is no evidence that America's established order is committed to
social integration and economic parity. Yet, to feed cable and social net-
works' news Blacks engage in farces directed to mainstream-audiences and
downplay racism and its effects. They engage to curry favor, all at the
expense of addressing very real structural economic and social challenges
Blacks face. The rate of unemployment among Blacks is generally twice as
high as among Whites. Layoffs and recessions hit Blacks with twice the
impact they hit Whites, and the ratio of average White to Black incomes and
wealth is 4 to 1. Blacks pay higher rents for inferior housing, higher prices
in ghetto stores, higher insurance premiums, higher interest rates in banks
and lending companies and travel longer distances at greater expense to their
As President Obama too plays down the issue of racism there is no doubt
the subject will run on and on and could impact on the US economy and the
world. At the same time, America's economic infrastructure was built by
free labor and it still owes its descendents of slaves. Let's see how the sub-
ject of reparations gets handled by both the left and right-wing press.
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William Raines Class of 1969 boarded several buses to Cape
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siastic this season with a 0-2 start. Nevertheless, die hard fans have plenty
of love for"their team. Shown above at the recent 31-17 defeat by the
Arizona Cardinals are Stanley Bamees and son David (top) and (bottom)
Samuel Muller, Robert L Mitchell. Next week the Jags will travel to
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Health Fair "Makes Noise" about Infant Mortality
Pictured (L-R) are: Anne Williams of The Bridge and Jennifer
Anderson, both volunteering for Healthy Families Jacksonville.
Pictured are members of the Andrew Jackson High School Marching
Band with band director Reginald Mitchell (front row, far right). The
group led health fair participants in a symbolic "stroll" along Kings
Road, bringing awareness to Jacksonville's infant mortality rate.
by M. Latimer
Anyone on the campus of Edward
Waters College last Saturday heard
lots of "noise" from hundreds of
volunteers at the Family Reunion
for our Future Festival. Beginning
with a "stroll" along Kings Road,
the event, themed "got noise?,"
raised awareness about the 130-plus
infant deaths in Jacksonville last
year --- a number more likely seen
in Third World countries.
According to festival organizer
Marsha Oliver, participants pushed
75 strollers along the busy roadway
to symbolize the 75 African
American babies who died in Duval
County in 2008. "Jacksonville's
infant morality rates continue to
lead state and national percentages.
And more than half those deaths
occurred in families of color. This
reflects the disparities we see in
employment, crime, education and
health," said Oliver.
Prior to the event, which also fea-
tured health screenings, a dance
class, and focus group discussions,
Jacksonville's high infant mortality
rate remained a silent statistic.
EWC National Alumni Association
president Marguerite Warren said,
"I assumed that our mothers and
their infants had access to the best
health care, services and informa-
tion. The reality is surprising and
Lending her "voice" to the cause
was celebrity author and national
Joe "Hot Wing" Tillman, Jacksonville Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle
Club; Mia Jones, State Representative; Claudette Williams, EWC
President; Glorious Johnson, Jacksonville City Council; Wesley
"Money" Scruggs; Helen Jackson, Duval County Health Department.
Kayla Hughes photo
Pictured are 100 empty strollers symbolizing the growing number
of infant deaths in Jacksonville.
health advocate Tonya Lewis Lee,
wife of filmmaker Spike Lee. In
conjunction with the U.S.
Department of Health and Human
Services, Lee produced a documen-
tary to raise awareness about infant
mortality. Local "celebrities,"
including Councilwoman Glorious
Johnson, State Representative Mia
Jones and former Sheriff Nat
Glover, also made some "noise" at
the event, calling for community-
wide support of prevention efforts.
Despite the "silence" about infant
deaths across the country, local ini-
tiatives such as Duval County
Health Department's Healthy Start
Program, provide a variety of
resources for mothers and infants.
These include skilled nursing,
health education, medical screen-
ings, referrals and more. "All of
our services are free and voluntary.
We can help women during preg-
nancy, between pregnancies, and
can provide services to children up
to age three. We try to educate
mothers and make sure they have
access to quality health care. Our
goal is simply: healthy moms and
healthy babies. Events like this fes-
tival allow our voices to be heard,"
said Carolyn Arnister, Healthy Start
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SE AZUSA Revival Conference
The Southeastern AZUSA Revival Conference, Bishop W.A. Andrews and
the United Church in Christ of Jacksonville, Fl. will present the 2009
Southeastern AZUSA Revival Conference. The public is invited to come
and be apart of the historical revival that's coming to Jacksonville and now
has encompassed over 600 million people throughout the world with a great
out pouring of God's Spirit. It will be held at the
The conference will be held Thursday, September 24th at 7:30 p.m.,
Friday, September 25th from 10 a.m. 2 p.m., and concludes Friday at 7
p.m.. Special guest will be Bishop Otis Clarke from Seattle, Washington,
the oldest living member of the AZUSA Street Revival now 106 years old.
For more information, call 276-3462. All seats are free and open to the
public. The Southside Church of God in Christ, 2179 Emerson Street.
Gregg Temple AME Church Dual Day
Gregg Temple AME Church officers will present Dual Day 2009 on
Sunday September 27, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The morning serv-
ice with the Trustees in charge, will feature Evangelist Audrey Randolph
author of the Bible based inspirational books Necessary Oneness Vols. 1
and II. The Stewards will be in charge of the afternoon program featuring
Rev. Calvin Honors of Genesis Missionary Baptist. The church is located at
1510 W 45th Street. For more information call 571-6451.
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
St. Pius Annual Festival
Pius The Fifth Catholic Church & School invite the community to their
annual festival on Saturday, September 26,2009 from 1 la.m. to 7p.m. at the
school located at 1470 W. 13th Street (corner of West 13th Street and Blue
Ave.) Enjoy fellowship food and fun. All ages are welcome to this fund
raising event. Call the church at 904 354-1501 for more information.
Community Conference at Mt Calvary
The Sanctuary at Mt. Calvary will host Empowerment Conference
Wednesday, September 30th through October 3rd, 2009. Preaching and
teaching of the word in addition to a job fair, health and wellness, social
services, legal clinics, information technology, public safety, education and
a "Taste" of Calvary will all be apart. For more information call 765-7620
T19161 W.A *1i1-
First New Zion Holds Appreciation
Banquet for Dr. James Sampson
First New Zion Missionary .,ipilii Church will have a Appreciation
Banquet for their pastor, Dr. James B. Sampson on Saturday, October 31st
at 6 p.m. in the Zion Fellowship Hall. The theme is "30 Years of
Ministering". The church is located at 4835 Soutel Drive. For tickets or
more information, call 765-3111.
Mt. Olive 127th Anniversary
Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church, located at 1319 North Myrtle Avenue,
will have their 127th Church Anniversary celebration every Sunday in
October at 4 p.m. featuring a special guest preacher and choirs. The theme
is "A Church Anointed to Serve".
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.
For tickets or more information
contact Dr. Tanya Brooks at 864-
St. Stephen to Host 134th
East Florida AME Conference
Saint Stephen AME Church will host The Eleventh Episcopal District of
The African Methodist Episcopal Church, 134th session of the East Florida
Annual Conference. The conference will take place October 17 23, 2009.
More the 500 attendees are expected to convene to give an account of the
past year while planning and preparing for the upcoming year. As the atten-
dees gather to report on their stewardship they will hear Annual Sermons,
Pastors and committee reports and the deliberations of commissions. The
Right Reverend McKinley Young presiding Host Bishop, Dr. Dorothy J.
Young, Host Episcopal Supervisor, The Reverend Jimmie B. Keel Host
Presiding Elder and the Reverend Michael L. Mitchell, host Pastor are all
committed to planning and organizing a spirit filled conference. The church
is located at 913 W. 5th Street.
Screening of Pastor Brown at BBIC
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church's College and Young Adult Ministry
has partnered with Rock Capital Entertainment to bring a movie screening
of "Pastor Brown" to the city on October 3 at 6:00 pm before it is released
nationwide. As families grapple with economic uncertainty, PASTOR
BROWN models the key ingredient for making families work under any
circumstances: forgiveness. For more information, call 354-1464.
WoMen in Power Present Marc Little
On Saturday, October 3rd, Women-N-Power invite all women of God to
come out and experience fellowship, encouragement and motivation. The
Jacksonville Chapter of WoMEN-N-POWER International Ministries will
have Marc Curtis Little, author of Don't Blink When God Calls as the guest
speaker. It will be held at the Golden Corral located at 9070 Merrill Road
from 11:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. For more information, contact Lady Faustina
Andrews at 276-3462.
Holy Feast Days at the House of God
The public is invited to worship with the House of God located at 1916
Meharry Avenue. They will be observing the Holy Feasts Days as outlined
in Leviticus 23rd Chapter. The service times are as follows: Day of
Atonement Yom Kippur Services: September 27th at 8:00 p.m. and
September 28th, at 11:00 a.m.; Feast of Tabernacles Sukkoth Services:
October 2, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.and October 3rd at 10:30 a.m. (Morning
Service) and 2:30 p.m. (Afternoon Service); October 4 9, at 8:00 p.m.,
October 10th at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. To learn more about the signifi-
cance of the Holy Days or for driving directions, call (904) 764-4444.
Priest Battles Stripper Over Custody
A Miami based Catholic priest who fathered a child with a stripper is in a
battle over paternity and child support.
Beatrice Hernandez filed a restraining order last week against Father
David Dueppen, 42, claiming that an argument over paternity and child
support escalated when Dueppen began "grabbing her by the throat and
"He is the devil," said Hernandez, 42, of Miami, who provided DNA test
results naming the priest as the father of her child. "He is the devil dressed
as an angel," the former stripper told the Miami Herald.
The couple's past relationship was well-known to the church. Three years
ago, the archdiocese paid Hernandez a settlement stemming from their
long-running affair, which started seven years ago.
Within the last year, Hernandez says, Dueppen -- still a priest unex-
pectedly showed up to rekindle their romance.
According to an Archdiocese spokesperson, Dueppen requested an indef-
inite personal leave of meaning he cannot perform church services or
appear in priest.
Pastor Ernie Murray.
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Sunday Morning Worship
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The Word from the Sons
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Cultural Preservationist Honored with High Tea at the Ritz
Pictured (L-R) are: Gwen Brittain, daughter of honoree Rowena
Stewart, and Brenda Simmons.
Pictured (L-R) are: (standing) Vanessa Boyer, Wendy Clarissa
Geiger, and Roy Singleton; (seated) Roslyn Phillips, Lydia Wooden,
Charlotte Stewart, and Marguerite Warren.
by M. Latimer
About 100 guests joined Cheryl
Riddick, Rowena Stewart and
Camilla Thompson this week for
"A Very Special Afternoon Tea" at
the Ritz Theatre and Museum. The
event was a part of the Ritz's 10th
anniversary celebration and recog-
nized Riddick, Stewart and
Thompson for their contributions to
the arts and history in Jacksonville.
Dressed in their best "Sunday"
hats, attendees sampled an assort-
ment of teas, finger sandwiches,
and light desserts. According to
Ritz director Carol Alexander, the
tea was intended to be a formal, rit-
ualised gathering, reminiscent of a
traditional British tea. "We wanted
to host an elegant event honoring
three outstanding women who
played critical roles in the preserva-
tion of culture in this community,"
Pictured (L-R) are: (standing) Sandra Thompson, Sarah Nims-
Montgomery, and Florence Kato; (seated) Connie Johnson, Marcia
Gross, and Cynthia White.
Pictured (L-R) are sisters Ruth Wheaton and Johnestine Daigeau,
both lifetime friends of honoree Camilla Thompson.
Salutes to the honorees came in
the forms of song, dance, and poet-
ry from various members of the
community. The daughters of
Riddick and Stewart even per-
formed impromptu dance routines
for their mothers.
Honoree Rowena Stewart, known
nationally for her work as the cura-
tor of several African American
institutions of art and culture,
including the Motown Historical
Museum in Detroit, Michigan and
the American Jazz Museum in
Kansas City, Missouri, reminded
the Jacksonville community to sup-
port the Ritz. "While I am deeply
honored by this recognition, I want
to remind everyone that this muse-
um is only as good as the support it
receives from the community. We
must share our resources if we want
to preserve our history. It's that
simple," said Stewart.
Encyclopedia of African-
has Five Centuries
The latest edition of "Encyclopedia of African-
American Writing, Five Centuries of Contribution: Writers,
Poets, Publications, Trials & Triumphs Through American History" has
recently been released. The book is a a timely survey of an important
sector of American letters, covering the role and influence of African
American cultural leaders, from all walks of life, from the 18th century
to the present.
Readers will explore what inspired various African-American writers
to create poems, plays, short stories, novels, essays, opinion pieces and
numerous other works, and how those writings contributed to culture in
Not only does it have a chronology of writers, it also has a chronolo-
gy of firsts, with interesting facts, from the first narrative written by an
African-American slave, to the first African-American to receive the
Nobel prize for literature.
More than a collection of biographies, this work traces the evolution
of African-American writers, their struggles, triumphs, and legacy. A
comprehensive, easy to use source that will complement the reference
collection of any library, and will prove useful to all university human-
ities and African American studies enthusiasts.
Married couples urged
to share e-mail accounts
Many people, especially married couples, say heavy
use of internet social networks is a doorway to emo-
tional and physical infidelity. So they urge full disclo-
sure to strengthen their matrimonial bond. That means
married couples should share email accounts and or
passwords to safeguard against the ever-expanding
temptations of the internet.
"It's what we believe as Christians: We are our
brothers' keepers. It's about biblical accountability,"
S Lance Maggiacomo told the USA Today.
Maggiacomo said it's a safe way to check natural temptations that could
arise during bored and lonely moments online.
"It's not a matter of distrust," said Ronda Hodge, 53, of Massachusetts,
who shares an e-mail address with her husband Tom, 60, a landscaper. "We
really don't have anything to hide from one another. We were friends first
before we even dated so we've got that level of openness there."
It's impossible to know how widespread the practice has become. Couples
with a joint account said they never heard preaching about it and didn't
read it in an advice book. Some said they initially created their account for
bills and other household business then later realized the personal benefits.
A 2003 article published by the conservative Christian group Focus on
the Family urged husbands and wives to share one e-mail address, but it
was one of many suggestions on preventing infidelity. Still, the phenome-
non has become common enough to merit a post on "Stuff Christians
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play at Stage Aurora
APOSTASY: 360 Degrees, directed
by Noble Lee Lester, the story of 5
non-secular church reared young
adults whom are endowed with
exceptional singing talents who
vow to sing only for the Lord. It
will be acted out in the Stage
Aurora Performance Hall (inside
Gateway Town Center), September
25-27. For information and tickets,
call Stage Aurora at 904 765-7372
Monica in Concert
1st Friday returns to Uptown 21,
5941 Richard Street in San Marco
on Friday, October 2nd featuring
guest performance by RnB
songstress Monica. The evening
will also include a live DJ. For
tables or VIP booths call 864-1115.
Calling all Tigers and friends of
Edward Waters College! EWC
alumni will be hosting their annual
Homecoming Spirit Breakfast on
Saturday, October 3rd at 7:15
a.m. in the Adams/Jenkins Sports
Complex at EWC. The event will
honor EWC's players who were part
of 1964-65 undefeated team.
Special guests will include EWC
alum James "Cannonball" Butler,
who played for the Atlanta Falcons.
For more information or to get tick-
ets, please call 904-765-2210 or
The One Love Comedy Show
showcasing a variety of nationally
known comics will be held on
Saturday, October 3rd at 8 p.m.
Comics include AJ Johnson, Keisha
Hunt, Huggy Lowdown, Shawty
Shawty, Red Grant, Vanessa
Fractions and Memphis Redd. For
tickets ormore information, call the
Florida Theater at 355-2787.
& 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 Grifffin 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
The Annual Southern Women's
Show will be held on October 15-
18, 2009 at the Prime Osborn
Convention Center. Don't miss
savvy shopping, creative cooking
ideas, healthy lifestyle tips, trendy
fashion shows, celebrity guests, and
fabulous prizes. Show Hours:
Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 10
a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-8
p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For
more info call (704) 376-6594 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, October 16, 2009 at the
the Hyatt Regency Downtown
Riverfront 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.
There Oughta Be a
Law" Variety Show
Tickets are now on sale for the
2nd annual "There Oughta Be a
Law" Lawyer Variety Show. The
show will take place on October
22, 2009, starting at 7:30 p.m., at
the Times-Union Center for
Performing Arts. Attorneys, Judges
and their families will be showing
off their various performing talents.
To set up a time to audition, contact
Patty Dodson at (904) 838-2524.
or at email@example.com.
National College Fair
A local opportunity for students
and their parents to meet college
and university representatives from
across the nation will take place for
the National College Fair. It will be
held on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009,
from noon-4 p.m. at the Prime F.
Osborn III Convention Center.
Admission is free. The event will be
attended by representatives from
more than 100 colleges and univer-
sities spanning from Hawaii to
Maine. Call 632-3310 for more
PRIDE Book Club
PRIDE Book Club, northeast
Florida's oldest and largest book
club of color, will be celebrating
their 16th anniversary on Saturday,
November 14, 2009 at the Clara
White Mission Cage, 613 West
Ashley Street at 7 p.m. The book
for discussion will be "Convictions
of the Heart" by K.A. Murray.
Books for the anniversary or more
information can be obtained by
The touring production of Oprah
Winfrey's "The Color Purple" will
be in Jacksonville Nov. 17-22, 2009
at the Times Union Center for the
Performing Arts. For tickets or
more information, call 633-6110.
Soweto Gospel Choir
The Soweto Gospel Choir was
formed to celebrate the unique and
inspirational power of African
Gospel music. The 26-strong choir
draws on the best talent from the
many churches in and around
Soweto. The choir is dedicated to
sharing the joy of faith through
music with audiences around the
world. They will be in concert on
February 10, 2010 at 8 p.m. at the
Florida Theatre. For tickets or more
information, call 355-2787.
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Seniors 50 years and older are invited to register for the Forever Fit 50 &
Beyond: 2009 Jacksonville Senior Games. The games will be held Oct. 5 -
11 at Cecil Recreation Complex (13531 Lake Newman Drive and 13611
Normandy Boulevard) and other locations throughout the city.
Senior participants may enter in any of the 20 events, including bowling,
swimming, track and field, cycling, croquet, golf, road race/race walk, ten-
nis, basketball and softball (team events). Participants will compete for gold,
silver and bronze medals within their age groups.
To register, seniors must return the registration form along with the $15
registration fee for the first event and $3 for each additional event. There
are additional fees for golf, bowling, basketball and softball. There is no
fee for recreational games only.
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forms are available by calling 630-3690 or visiting www.coj.net keywords
JLOC Open Meeting
The Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee for the Millions More
Movement Inc., will have 'Open Meetings' on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sunday of
each month. The time is 6:00 8:00 p.m, at 916 N.Myrtle Avenue. The meet-
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Stanton Class of 1949 Cruises into 60th Reunion to the Bahamas
Shown above are: Seated:Viola Albritton,Delores Warren,Louise Durden.Yonne Cato, Mildred Royal Thomas.Alma Daniels. Delores Rosier,Jeratha Pollard.Gloria Lockent.Agnes Mabrn.Wilhelmina Ebron: Standing:Joe Bailey
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The Stanton Blue Devils of the class of 1949 recent- The celebration was kicked off with a kick off celebra- ceding the cruise where reunion director Alyce Lynch Carnival Celebration, the classmates visited both
ly held their 60th reunion with a cruise to the Bahamas. tion and recognition luncheon at the Holiday Inn pre- was feted for her dedication. During the Cruise on the Freeport and Nassau Bahamas. FMP Photo
Black Woman Beaten at Cracker
Barrel May be Ruled a Hate Crime
Troy Dale West, of Poulan,
Georgia, is facing battery and
cruelty to children charges after
ATLANTA, Ga. -The FBI is
investigating as a possible hate
orine anineaiident in which a
woman was'beeaten to the ground
in front of her child at the entrance
to a Cracker Barrel restaurant in
Morrow, Georgia, south of Atlanta.
Troy Dale West Jr., of Poulan,
Georgia, is facing charges includ-
ing misdemeanor battery and dis-
orderly conduct after allegedly
beating Army reservist Tashawnea
Hill, 35, after the two had words at
the entrance of the Morrow,
Georgia, restaurant the evening of
Hill, an African-American, told
police that West, 47, yelled racial
epithets at her during the attack.
'"He did punch me with a closed
fist repeated times. My head is still
hurting today. I have knots on my
head," Hill said adding she also
was kicked. Police said witnesses
confirmed her account.
The FBI has "initiated an inves-
tigation in the matter to determine
if a civil rights violation occurred,"
the agency said in a statement.
Because the alleged incident
happened in full view of Hill's 7-
year-old daughter, the Clayton
Tashawnea Hill says West beat
her and yelled racial epithets..
County district attorney's office
added a felony charge of cruelty to
"[The woman's daughter] was
visibly upset' the night of' the"
attack," according to Capt. James
Callaway of the Morrow Police
Department, who said he was on
the scene shortly after the alleged
A police report of the incident
said Hill's daughter was "crying
uncontrollably and her body [was]
shaking/trembling" from witness-
ing the attack.
Hill told police the incident start-
ed when she and her daughter were
entering the restaurant at the same
time West was exiting.
"The man slung open the door
pretty hard and fast and I had to
push my daughter out of the way,"
Hill told CNN affiliate WSB-TV.
"I turned to the man and I just said,
'Excuse me sir, you need to watch
yourself; you almost hit my daugh-
ter in the face.' And from there it
just went downhill."
West,told police he struck Hill
"after she spit on me and accused
me of trying to hit her daughter
with a door."
According to the surveillance
video, no spitting took place.
Tavis Smiley is distancing him-
self from Wells Fargo and & Co.
over the company's alleged dis-
"I cut everything off with Wells
Fargo," Tavis told Mije.org. The
move was prompted by a lawsuit
charging that the financial compa-
ny's Wealth Building seminars were
nothing more than a front to sell
risky subprime mortgages to minor-
ity customers, The Washington
The suit, filed by Illinois
Attorney General Lisa Madigan,
highlighted an often-overlooked
explanation of the seminars that
was in direct conflict with how the
events had been advertised.
Supposedly, the real aim had
always been to lure Black and
Latino borrowers into costly loans.
Tavis was frequently a featured
speaker at the Wealth Building sem-
inars that were often held in pre-
dominately Black neighborhoods in
eight cities, including Baltimore
"According to a former Wells
Fargo Home Mortgage employee,
one of these 'Wealth Building' sem-
inars held in Maryland was planned
for an audience that would be virtu-
ally all African American," the suit
states. "The plan for the seminar
was for Wells Fargo Home
Mortgage employees to talk about
subprime mortgages, although they
were directed by Wells Fargo Home
Mortgage to use the term 'alterna-
tive lending' when marketing these
Beyond that, the suit also
charges, White employees were dis-
couraged from presenting at the
seminars. One was even told that
she was "too white" to speak at one
of the events.
Tavis asserted that his part at the
seminars was part of a package
deal: Wells Fargo would help sup-
port his radio show, and he, in
exchange, would speak at their
events. "I was never a spokesman
for Wells Fargo," the commentator
He also noted that the decision
cost him "a lot of money," but that
he didn't know exactly how much.
The financial company backed his
show on Radio Public International
and it underwrote his annual State
of the Black Union conference.
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Swine Flu: One Dose of Vaccine Can Protect
Good news in the world's flu
fight: One dose of the new swine
flu vaccine looks strong enough to
protect adults and can spark pro-
tection within 10 days of the shot,
researchers have found. U.S. data
show up to 96 percent of people
who received shots in clinical trials
were protected with one shot and
the protection started within eight
to 10 days, according to Dr.
Anthony Fauci of the National
Institutes of Health.
Most of the anti-aging articles
printed lately are geared toward
women, but what about men? Men
want to remain virile and handsome
as they age too. While aging is
inevitable, feeling older doesn't
have to be. A number of anti-aging
strategies can hold back the hands
of time and improve health and
longevity for men.
Anti-Aging Strategies for Men
There is no scientific evidence
ments, such as growth hormone,
and testosterone, can improve
longevity. On the other hand,
lifestyle changes have proven
longevity benefits. Here are six
tried-and-true strategies for living
1. Drink moderately and don't
smoke. More than two alcoholic
drinks per day can damage your
liver over time and cause other
potentially fatal health problems.
Smoking drastically increases the
risk of lung cancer and heart dis-
ease. But smokers who quit-no
matter what their age-can add
years to their life. According to the
American Lung Association, smok-
ers who quit before age 35 have a
"This is quite good news," he
said. It means supplies of H1N1
vaccine can go further. U.S.
Secretary of Health and Human
Services Kathleen Sebelius this
week promised Congress that
enough doses would be available
for every American who wants one.
Sebelius said she expects the first
doses of swine flu vaccine to be
available during the first week of
October for health workers and to
begin shipping more widely by
The one-shot results are for
adults; studies are still under way
The finding came from studies in
America, Australia and China.
Those studies showed that a stan-
dard 15-microgram dose was
enough to generate protection.
About 45 percent of recipients had
mild reactions such as headaches,
sore arms or redness at the shot
sites, all of which cleared quickly,
the studies noted.
Despite all the headlines about
swine flu, the main influenza strain
now circulating in the world,
Sebelius also warned that people
cannot afford to ignore seasonal flu
- the kind that every year kills
36,000 Americans and hospitalizes
"Take some individual responsi-
bility to stay healthy during the flu
season," by getting both a seasonal
flu shot as well as an H1N1 flu shot,
she said. Regular flu vaccine is
She said busy doctors want to
complete regular vaccinations so
they can be ready to deal with
shots. Regular flu shots also are
available at pharmacies and through
some local governments.
No one knows how many flu out-
breaks there will be. Virginia and
several other Southeast states
already have had outbreaks of
H1N1 at some schools and colleges.
A typical school student who catch-
es swine flu will spread it to two to
three classmates, a new estimate
m's Guide to Staying Young
life expectancy similar to people
who have never smoked. Even quit-
ting after age 65 will add several
years to your life.
2. Get regular checkups and
screenings. Seeing a doctor at least
once a year and having the recom-
mended screenings for your age can
prevent minor health problems
from developing into chronic or
deadly diseases. Talk to your doctor
about screening for colon cancer
starting at age 45 (earlier if you
have a family history
of colon can-
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cancer, the sec-
OF ond most common can-
cer killer of men.
3. Maintain a healthy weight.
Being overweight can take three
years off your life, while obesity
can slash seven years off your life.
Additionally, a 2008 Kaiser
Permanente study of 6,500 men and
women found that those who accu-
mulated lots of belly fat in their for-
ties were almost three times more
likely to develop dementia in their
4. Manage stress. Chronic stress
can lead to high blood pressure and
heart attacks, as well as decreased
immunity. Don't let stress interfere
with your longevity. Try medita-
tion, yoga, deep breathing, or listen-
ing to soothing music when you
feel stress mounting.
5. Watch your diet. Steer clear of
fast food-it's loaded with salt,
which increases the risk of high
blood pressure and heart disease.
Some studies suggest that a healthy
diet of 25- to 40-percent fewer calo-
ries than normal may help longevi-
ty, but the studies have only been
conducted in animals. On the other
hand, there's plenty of solid
research supporting the benefits of
eating a balanced diet with five or
more daily servings of fruits and
6. Exercise regularly. Aerobic
workouts promote longevity by
strengthening the heart and lungs.
But don't skimp on resistance
workouts (with free weights or
weight machines). Resistance train-
ing is the only type of exercise that
slows declines in muscle mass,
bone density and strength that were
once considered inevitable conse-
quences of aging.
It's never too late to starting tak-
ing steps to fight the effects of
aging. A healthy lifestyle is a criti-
cal factor in determining how your
health will fare as the years go by.
By taking care of yourself, you can
look forward to a long and healthy
Fall into Fashionable Hair
Ok ladies, get ready because Fall is here. Even though it still feels warm,
our hair can be ready for fall even if the weather isn't. The hot looks this
autumn can be summed up in three easy ways.
The style of the season is shiny, bone straight hair that is rich in color
will definitely be the right move for women with medium to long hair.
Remember, when going for this sleek look, that you'll want your hair to
still have body while being sexy and straight. Layers are also a great
way to add volume and texture to this style. And top it off with a bang;
a long bangs that is. The straight blunt bang is out, this time opt for
feathery, playful bangs to keep 'em guessing. I highly recommend full
rich colors like: indigo black, jet black, chestnut brown or even plum
brown or black to really make a statement. If you're going to switch up
your color or if you keep it just as it is, high shine will give your total
look that extra umph. Ask your stylist for a high gloss rinse.
For my ladies with shorter hair the bar has been set, and the gauntlet
thrown down. Ms. Halle Berry is back and she's taking names. Her
return to short hair is a winner. Ms. Berry, is sporting the short style we
know and love her for but this time she's sporting one of those rich col-
ors I just told you about. Right now her hair is the definition on rich
color/high shine. Another trend will be the soft edge of the "punk" style
we saw this summer. Artist Rihanna, lead the way with this trend that
you might have heard described as the "faux-hawk". Both men and
women rocked this look and to tell the truth it worked for some, others
not so much. So with this look it's very important to know your own per-
sonal style and not just follow the trend.
This fall the look has a softer edge with a similar shape to the cut with-
out the shaved sides that the original style is famous for. Having the cor-
rect products are very important to maintain this look. I've found that
Prism by Hair Element or KeraCare's Wax stick both work very well.
And lastly, for both styles that I've mentioned or for any style that you
might choose I beg of you ladies; please toss those old curling irons.
The reason I say this is because most get too hot and can strip your hair
and in this day and age most professional stylist are only using one
styling iron; I know you can guess what it is. The ceramic irons are truly
the way to go; you can achieve any look with this one tool. From bone
straight to curly, knowing how to properly work your ceramic flat or
curling iron will take you far. I can't wait to see you this fall, and I know
if you follow these tips you'll look amazing.
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of Richmond, Va., gets an injection of swine flu vaccine from nurse
Kate Gartland. From left, Ahlaysia Barrett, 4, looks on as she waits
her turn for a shot, while Jovonte's sister, To'nia Whiters, 4, keeps her
Simple steps to lower high blood pressure
Eat a diet rich in a variety of fruit and vegetables everyday.
Limit sodium to less than 2,400 milligrams of sodium, or about 1 tea-
spoon of salt a day.
Eat foods that are rich in potassium such as bananas, skim milk,
spinach and winter squash such as butternut squash. Potassium has been
shown to curb blood pressure.
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that's one 8 ounce glass of milk or 1 cup of yogurt. Limit lean meat
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by T. Witz, The Root
It's not like this was the first time
we got to see black folks, profes-
sional black folks, representing up
there on the little screen. After all,
in the late '60s, we had Diahann
Carroll, all classy restraint as wid-
owed nurse Julia. Even Bill Cosby
played a Rhodes scholar in I Sp)
back in '65. And it's hard to forget
Sherman Hemsley. dry-cleaning
magnate, cutting the fool-
Jefferson in that '70s-era deee-luxe
apartment in the sky
But The Cosb\
2 5 t h
sary of its
week, pro- *
vided us with
else: It intro-
duced the idea
of a well-
bourgeoisie to a
ence, illustrating just
why the entertain-
ment industry is
called show business.
Cosby showed us,
rather than told us. about
black excellence and
its highly functional family
to the fabulous art on the
walls to the glamorous
friends in their living room. It
not only showed us the world
of a loving, upper-crust black
family, but it normalized it in
the most natural, matter-of-fact
way-30 teachable moments
served up each and every Thursday
Plus, it was funny. Really funny.
The sitcom, written and created
by-Cosby (with heavy input from
Harvard psychiatrist Alvin
Poussaint), also revealed a little
secret about the black middle class:
That it was, at heart, conservative
and deeply rooted in family values
and an up-by-your-bootstraps
ethos; that education was highly
valued and excellence was expect-
That this was revolutionary-and
continues to be revolutionary 25
years later-says a lot about from
where this country has come, and to
where we've yet to go.
In 1984, when Cosby made its
debut, the U.S. was being intro-
duced to the acquisitional yuppie. A
tribe of Gordon Geckos was run-
ning Wall Street as the country mor-
phed from the peace, love and disco
vibe of the '70s to the grabbiness of
the Reagan-era '80s. In a way,
Cosby also reflected that sense of
affluence and entitlement, but its
display of wealth wasn't about
affluence for the sake of affluence.
It wasn't about consumption. It was
about uplifting the race in the eyes
of mainstream America.
As Cosby himself said, "I didn't
put anything in there that African
Americans didn't understand."
Cosby appealed to all sorts of folks,
from white to black, from young to
old, and everything in between. But
sometimes, it helped to be in on the
joke. There were little codes, little
winks to connoisseurs of the black
intelligentsia: It was cool, for exam-
ple, if you happened to recognize
Alvin Ailey's Judith Jamison and
choreographer great Donald
McKayle teaching the jitterbug at
the end of the first season. But you
didn't have to know their names to
appreciate their elegance and class.
(And yes, that was Blair
Underwood dancing with Lisa
Over the years, there was a
parade of cameos from the black
and brown glitterati: Lena Home.
Dizzy Gillespie. Sonia Braga.
Iman. Tito Puente. Stevie Wonder.
Sammy Davis Jr.-notables like
Bill Bradley and Christopher
Plummer dropped by, too. And it
also showcased the stars to be: A
very young Alicia Keys hanging out
at Rudy's slumber party. Angela
Bassett. Robin Givens. Adam
Sander. Underwood. Kadeem
Cosby's Not Only Changed
Television but America
Hardison, who'd enjoy an extended
15 minutes on A Different World.
All were in service of Cosby's
greater mission: To celebrate a
black family seeped in a rich black
aesthetic. Still, though the
Huxtables were clearly and
unapologetically black, race was
rarely mentioned isa\e for a felw
times. like when Theo wrote a
report on Martin Luther King Jr "s
"I Hale a Dream" speech i
FElvin named their twins
Winnie and Nelson after the
Mandelas). Again, it was all about
showing, rather than telling.
Many said that the Huxtables
existed on a rarified plane far above
life's harsher realities, that their
lives didn't reflect real black live*,
but were some sanitized, made-for-
TV fantasy. But there were, and are,
millions of black families like
them: college-educated, function-
ing, loving, achieving black folks.
Cosby put a spotlight on that reali-
ty, affording African Americans the
luxury of being black without it
being a problem. And the rest of just like you, maybe you can accept
America watched, and took note. me just as I am and love me any-
But beneath the laughs and good way. Because I'm your son."
times of The Cosby Show beat the Cliff's response? "That's the
heart of a propagandist. This was dumbest thing I've ever heard in
the world according to Bill Cosby, my life! No wonder you get Ds ....
where there was no room for slack- You're afraid to try ... I'm telling
ing, Ebonics, baby mamas or any- you, you are going to try as hard
thing else. This %as as tou can.Andyouare goingto
hact he saw t i do it because I said so. I
brought you into this world,
and I'll take you out."
He did bring Theo into the
World, and while many say
otherwise, Cosby, ultimate-
ly, did not create Barack
and Michelle Obama. To
say so undermines the
first couple's accom-
-h aplishments, and the
hard work of the
scores of black pro-
tfessionals and politi-
cians who came
before them. To say
so is to forget Gov.
-. is often a
step or two
..t h e
.- times-it is
art reflecting back at real-
nts. not the other way around. But
tele ieI- tele tlsion has the power to influ-
sion, agitprop theater ence, to alter perceptions, to shift
disguised as sitcom. In 2004, worldviews. Images register on the
folks were surprised when the real- subconscious in ways that aren't
life Cosby released his ire about easy to parse. So, no, The Cosby
what he saw as the ills of the black Show didn't create the Obamas-
community-from juvenile delin- and Cosby is the first to tell you
quency to absentee parenting. that. But it did make room for the
Where was Cliff Huxtable, with his idea of them.
fuzzy sweaters and good-natured Twenty-five years after Cosby,
mugging? But was his diatribe so there are next to no TV shows about
different from the first episode of strong black families. Everybody
the first season, when Cliff takes Hates Chris has been canceled, as
Theo to task for bringing home Ds has The Game. (Tyler Perry's
and wanting to be a "regular per- mediocre House of Payne doesn't
son" who doesn't go to college?" quite do the trick.) So for now, we'll
"Maybe I was born to be a regu- have to content ourselves with real-
lar person and have a regular life. If ity-watching the real black family
you weren't a doctor, I wouldn't that occupies the White House.
love you less, because you're my
dad," Theo told Cliff. "Instead of
acting disappointed because I'm not
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INCARCERATED DA BRAT THROWS
PRISON TALENT SHOW: Rapper organizes
'Showtime at Alto' while doing time in Alto, GA.
Allhiphop.com is reporting that incarcerated rapper
Da Brat is organizing a talent show for fellow inmates A
while serving her three-year bid at Arrendale Federal
Prison in Alto, Georgia.
The rapper, born Shawntae Harris, reportedly got
permission to throw the event labeled Showtime at
Alto after brainstorming ideas that would allow
inmates to discover their talents and possibly cultivate them during their
The Chicago-born rapper is in the second year of her sentence for attack-
ing an Atlanta Falcons cheerleader in 2007.
LATIFAH THROWS BIRTHDAY
BASH FOR SPECIAL FRIEND
Queen Latifah reportedly threw a birthday bash for
her personal trainer-slash-rumored girlfriend
Jeanette Jenkins at Nobu in West Hollywood.
According to gossip blogger Janet Charlton, the
singer/actress/rapper held a private dinner party
for about 30 people. "Outside the restaurant, a
fully loaded shiny black Prius was waiting to sur-
/ prise Jeanette," Charlton wrote. "...Two years ago
Latifah gave Jeanette a new Range Rover."
REV. DR. CHRIS BROWN?
Word has it that Chris Brown is looking
to become a man of the cloth. Charlton also
reported that a friend of the singer leaked .
news of his plans to become an ordained
minister so that he can prove to the world
he's a changed man since beating his ex-girl-
friend Rihanna. A source said: "He's -,
become more religious since the February
incident and he's found God again. He
wants to become a minister at least part
HALLE BERRY SAYS NO BABY
FOR THE MOMENT
Halle Berry put pregnancy rumors to rest on
last week, telling Jay Leno that the reports of
a baby bump were starting to make her think
she was putting on weight.
"I was getting a complex! Because I was
like, I've got to stop with the burgers or some-
thing!" the actress told the talk show host dur-
ing her taping of "The Jay Leno Show."
Responding to her low-cut, short black dress,
black thigh-high boots and toned physique,
Leno told her she looked terrific, to which she replied: "You know, thank
you for that, Jay, because that must mean that pregnancy rumors can be put
Berry, 43, and Gabriel Aubry, 34, welcomed their first baby, Nahla
Ariela, in March 2008. The couple, who have been together since 2005
wen 'ymet while shooting a Versace ad, have made no secret of their
desire for more kids.
In addition to fending off pregnancy rumors, Berry told Leno anecdotes
about Nahla and meeting Aubry. Simply put, Berry gushed, "My daughter
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1st Woman Takes Charge ~ .-~>-
of Army's Drill Sergeants *vk~4 .~
Com. Sgt. Maj. Teresa King
FORT JACKSON, S.C. -
Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa King
can dress down a burly, battle-hard-
ened sergeant in seconds with a
sharp phrase and a withering look,
then turn around and tell trainee
soldiers to be sure they get seven
hours of sleep.
As the first woman to take
charge of the Army's school for its
order-barking drill sergeants, the
28-year military veteran and share-
cropper's daughter said she's used
to breaking down barriers in mili-
tary roles normally reserved for
"It's so easy because I love it,"
said King, a single, 48-year-old
North Carolina native. "I have a
family in the Army. It is my fami-
The stem discipline dispensed by
her late father to his 12 children set
her on a path of taking responsibil-
ity for herself and her siblings early
on, King said during a recent inter-
view on the Army's training base
next to Columbia.
She learned to "give a hard day's
work for whatever I earned and
take no short cuts," said King, who
enjoys passing her values to young
soldiers and watching them grow
into senior officers and enlisted
men and women.
Lt. Col. Dave Wood, King's bat-
talion commander, said she was
chosen for her approach to "the
business of taking civilians and
making them into soldiers."
Gone are the days of two decades
ago, Wood said, when his drill ser-
geant made him clean wax off a
floor with a razor blade or run
around the barracks loaded down
with a full duffel bag.
"She's got this unique way of
dealing with soldiers where she can
be correcting them, but it's in a
manner that they're wanting to
please her and wanting to do the
right thing," he said. "It's not
degrading to them."
King takes over command of the
Drill Sergeant School on Tuesday
at Fort Jackson, the Army's largest
training installation. This year the
school will chum out about 2,000
of the in-your-face instructors.
The tough love approach comes
through as King conducted her bar-
racks inspections and daily "walka-
bout" to meet with senior enlisted
men and women on a recent week-
A touch of bright red lipstick and
kohl-dark eyeliner doesn't soften
her stem gaze when she spots a
sheet comer not properly tucked or
a young soldier with a uniform
"What's going on here?" she
queries, soldiers jumping to atten-
tion as she enters a room as they
relax between classes on becoming
finance clerks or legal aides. "Get
back to school and get back to
King's face softened once she
determined one soldier in exercise
gear wasn't goofing off, but just
back from the dentist and a root
canal. "Get some rest, soldier," she
advised the woman with a swollen
face and jaw.
"You all make sure you get your
seven, seven hours of sleep!" King
said before heading out the door.
King's inspection companion, 1st
Sgt. Teddy Johnson, said with a
relieved grin that a day without
King's stem critiques "wouldn't be
a normal day. ... She's always that
1958 Football Players Honored for Stand
Buffalo president John Simpson, second from left, Willie Evans, Chicago Urban League President Seeks
Jack Dempsey, and the rest of the 1958 Buffalo team are honored by to Make History in Senate Seat Bid
Central Florida president John Hitt and Orange County Mayor
Richard Crotty during halftime of an NCAA college football game Chicago Urban League president Cheryle Jackson greets Rev
between the two schools in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. Willie T. Barrow as Jackson kicks off her campaign for Presiden
Willie Evans was one of two African-American players on the 1958 Barack Obama's old Senate seat., Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009 ii
Buffalo team that voted not to play in the Tangerine Bowl that year Chicago. Jackson is the only black Democrat so far seeking the sea
due to the stadium's policy against racially integrated events. that has been held by three of the nation's four black senators ii
Is Racism at the Root of Obama Criticism?
President Obama said Friday that
angry criticisms about his health
care agenda are driven by an
intense debate over the proper role
of government and not by racism.
"Are there people out there who
don't like me because of race? I'm
sure there are," the President said.
"That's not the overriding issue
Mr. Obama, the first black presi-
dent in the nation's history, spoke
about the issue of race during a bat-
tery of interviews on Friday. In a
media blitz aimed at pounding
home his health care message, he
taped interviews with ABC, CBS,
NBC, CNN and Univision to be
shown during the networks' Sunday
morning talk shows.
Time and again, Mr. Obama was
asked about whether the tenor of
the health care turned nasty because
of undercurrents of racism. Former
President Jimmy Carter raised the
point prominently this week when
he said the vitriol was racially moti-
Not so, Mr. Obama said.
"There's been a long-standing
debate in this country that is usu-
ally that much more fierce during
times of transition, or when presi-
dents are trying to bring about big
changes," Mr. Obama told CNN.
To NBC News, Mr. Obama put
it this way: "It's an argument that's
gone on for the history of this
republic, and that is, What's the
right role of government? How do
we balance freedom with our need
to look out for one another? ...
This is not a new argument, and it
always evokes passions."
Mr. Obama said most people
across the country are just trying
to follow the debate and figure out
how proposed changes would help
"Now there are some who are,
setting aside the issue of race,
actually I think are more passion-
ate about the idea of whether gov-
ernment can do anything right,"
Mr. Obama told ABC News. "And
I think that that's probably the
Protesters against US President Barack
Obama's health care plan and other policies
gather in Washington, DC. To some, it is clear
that the burgeoning opposition to Obama is
rooted in racism, driven by whites' discom-
fort with the fact that the US is now led by an
biggest driver of some of
Some health care town
halls over the summer had
bitter moments of con-
frontation. And South
Carolina Republican Rep.
Joe Wilson shouted "You
lie!" at Mr. Obama during
the president's address to a
joint session of Congress
last week. The White
House has said for weeks
that such moments are not
representative and are
Mr. Obama told CBS
News that the media were
partly to blame.
"The 24-hour news
cycle and cable television
and blogs and all this -
they focus on the most
extreme elements on both
sides," Mr. Obama said.
"They can't get enough of
conflict. It's catnip to the
media right now."
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