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Schwarzenegger Vetoes Bill Tackling
Racist Real Estate Covenants
SACRAMENTO, Calif.- California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has
vetoed a proposal to get rid of racist covenants that have no legal bearing
but offend many homeowners.
Schwarzenegger told lawmakers that the bill's effect would be negligi-
ble since the covenants are already void.
He also said the bill shouldn't let counties raise fees to cover the costs
of redacting the language without a cap or time limit.
Democratic Assemblyman Hector De La Torre had initially proposed
requiring counties to strike the covenants after finditig one on his South
Gate home that would have prevented him from buying it when it was
built since he was a Latino. The bill was later changed to aid removal of
California already lets residents request to have the covenants redact-
ed. Several other states have also taken measures to purge racist language
from housing documents.
NBA to Open Offices
in Africa and India
The NBA is opening at least five new international offices, including
around three in Africa by 2012, NBA Commissioner David Stern
Speaking ahead of a pre-season game in London between the Chicago
Bulls and the Utah Jazz, Stern said the NBA was hiring staff, a year after
the league laid off around 80 employees.
"We've made a number of hires with respect to our international offices
over the past year," Stern told a news conference, adding the league is
opening offices in India and the Middle East.
"We're very: intently focused on Africa ... I wouldn't be surprised ilf we
had three offices on the continent by the (2012) Olympics."
The NBA operates offices in several countries including China, Japan,
Mexico and Brazil.
Last year, Stern said worries over ticket sales and the U.S. economy
forced the league to trim staff by nine percent.
Stern also said the NBA will play a regular season game in London
before the city hosts the 2012 Olympics.
Navy to Honor Civil Rights Martyr
Medgar Evers with his Own Ship
W5ASHINGTON Slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers will be hon-
ored this week with a Navy supply ship named for him.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, a former governor of Mississippi made the
announcement about the nearly 700-foot-long vessel named for Evers
that will deliver food, ammunition and parts to other ships at sea.
During the civil rights movement Evers organized nonviolent protests'
voter registration drives and boycotts in Mississippi, rising to the post of
national field secretary for the National Association for the Advancement
of Colored People. He was thirty-seven when he was shot to death by a
white supremacist, Evers was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. His
killer, Byron De La Beckwith, was not convicted until 1994.
The Navy names ships in the support fleet to honor pioneers, explorers
and other notables. The Navy ship honoring Evers is the first named for
an A~frican-American since President Barack Obama took office.
Kings Settle Lawsuit Over Estate
ATLANTA -After more
than 14 hours of discus-
sion, the heirs of the
'Sr, "~;"J,~;~~'~P ~ '~63Rev. Martin Luther
King Jr. reached a set-
tlement this week y that
will keep the family
from a public jury trial.
Martin Luther King
III, Bernice King and
Dexter King had aired
~~g~ their grievances in open
court for more than a
Shown above are siblings Dexter, Bernice year. The siblings began
and Martin II, King. negotiations Monday
morning as the threat loomed of a civil trial that was expected to reveal
personal and financial details about King Inc.
Dexter King's brother and sister sued him in July 2008, accusing him
of acting improperly as head of the their father's estate, which the three
of them control as a private corporation. In the lawsuit, they claimed he
shut them out of decisions involving King Inc. and refused to hold a
shareholders meeting since 2004. The three have been largely estranged
for months as Martin Luther King III and Bernice King said their broth-
er continued to make decisions on behalf of King Inc. without their input
Monday's agreement signals the end of a legal feud among the siblings
and could clear the way for private relations to thaw.
According to the settlement agreement, Fulton County Superior Court
Judge Ural D. Glanville has declared the siblings "deadlocked" as share-
holders and will appoint a temporary custodian who will run King Inc.
and work with them to determine the future of the corporation. The tem-
porary custodian is also meant to add credibility to the troubled estate and
allow the siblings a chance to focus on healing their personal relation-
Volume 23 No. 3 Jacksonville, Florida October 15-21, 2009
25% Black Male Drop Out Rate Leading Nation's Incarcerated
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The picture for America's Black
males just got a bit bleaker with
the recently released study find-
ings revealing that nearly one in
four young black male dropouts
are either incarcerated or other-
wise institutionalized on an aver-
age day. That's pale in compari-
son with about 1 in 14 young,
male, white, Asian or Hispanic
The report puts the collective
cost to the nation over the work-
ing life of each high school
dropout at $292,000. That figure
includes lost tax revenues, since
dropouts earn less and therefore
pay less in taxes than high school
graduates. It also includes the
costs of providing food and other
aid to dropouts and ofincareerat-
ing those who turn to crime.
"The dropout rate is driving the
nation's increasing prison popu-
lation, and it's a drag on
America's economic competitive-
ness," said Marc H. Morial, pres-
ident of the National Urban
League, one of the groups in the
coalition that commissioned the
report. "This report makes it
clear that every American pays a
cost when a young person leaves
school without a diploma."
The study was conducted by
boost," said Mrs. Barbara English,
board member and fundraising
chair. Event honorary chairs were
Bishop McKinley Young, Presiding
Prelate 11th District AME Church
and Mr. Samuel Newby, Vice-
Chairman of the Duval Republican
3"A community center will
afford the area residents many gains
with various educational, recre-
ational, and assistance programs
housed in the building, but most
importantly it'll provide the youth a
safe, productive environment," said
Joan Manning, Executive Director
Serving as the host for the
evening was former local news
anchor Angela Spears, who is the
new Public Information Officer for
Nassau County Sheriff Office.
Griffin's roasters included Rev.
Marva Mitchell, President of AME
Ministerial Alliance; Mrs. Gloriden
Norris, board member of Wayman
Academy of Arts; Mr. Larry
McGlockton, business owner and
WCDC board member; Rev. Tony
Hansberry, pastor of Greater Grant
Memorial AMEC; and his lovely
wife Dr. Cynthia R. Griffin.
Established in 1995, the WCDC
is a community and faith based
organization, which provides pro-
grams that promote stronger family
units, enhance safe environments,
and provide educational, social and
economic services to underserved
citizens. Griffin is the pastor of
Wayman Ministries that includes
the WCDC, a charter school, and
two churches, Wayman Chapel
AME Church and Spirit of Life
Shown above is Sam and Vanessa Newby, Bishop McKinley Young, Rev. and Mrs. Mark Griflin and
Mistress of Ceremonies Angela Spears.
The Hidden Hills Country Club Mark L. Griffin.
was the backdrop for an evening Jokes continuously flowed and
that "Roasted and Toasted" Rev. accolades mounted upon the well
New Black Panther Party Setting it's
Mark on Community and the Nation
known pastor for the benefit of the
Wayman Community Development
Corporation (WCDC). The event
marked the second phase of the
foundation's fundraising ventures
where all proceeds raised benefit
the planned community center for
Westside area residents.
"This was our second project
and most satisfying when you know
it involves aiding a community
whose lack of resources for their
youth and other residents needs a
Shown above are Al Amin, Ernie Bell, Michael Baldwin, Mikhail
Muhammad and New Black Panther Party State of Florida and
Jacksonville Chairman Kojo Kayrallah.
tently been hosting Community
Empowerment Forums everywhere
from churches to street corners to
get the message out that "police
brutality will not be tolerated".
Most recently, a forum was held
at United Baptist Church. Poised
and disciplined local director Bro.
Mikhail Muhammad enlightened
the participants to a call to action
for citizens to stand up to their
"One way or the other, the
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office will
be held accountable," he said-
Gone are the days of the storied
'60s where members of the Black
Panther party stormed on state
Houses and carried frightful guns.
Though the goal is the same,
today's membership is disciplined,
educated and ready to make a dif-
ference. Targeting various ills of the
community, the organization is
tackling the city's problems plagu-
ing the minority population one at a
time. At the top of their current list
of objectives is police brutality.
With the support of the families of
local victims, the NBP has consis-
Retired Educcators Remember the Good Times
The Duval County Association of Retired Educators held their Annual
Luncheon recently to a crowd of hundreds at Bethesda Park. The cohesive
unit of former colleagues and friends enjoyed an afternoon of entertain-
ment, food and fellowship amidst a social environment. A highlight of the
event were the impromptu impersonations of fellow educators by mem-
bers. Shown above in attendance are a family of educators (L-R) Angela
Carter, Delphenia Carter, Aceta Kelly and Annie C. Mainor at the
event. R. Silver photo
Lisa Raye Plans
on Using Own
Reality Show to
Rev. Griffin. Goes Under Fire for New West side Center
Time to act now on expiring 2009 tax breaks
October 15-21, 2009
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expense. Check with your human
resources department and visit the
Department of Labor's website for
Deduction for education expens-
es. Through 2009, parents or stu-
dents may deduct up to $4,000 for
college or other post-secondary
education tuition and other qualify-
ing fees, even if they don't itemize
deductions. There are certain
restrictions and income limits, so
refer to the IRS' "Top Ten Facts
About the Tuition and Fees
Deduction" for more details
(www. irs. gov/newsroom/article/0, ,i
Educator expenses. Teachers and
other educators who work at least
900 hours during a school year -
continued on page 5
By Jason Alderman
In the depths of the recession the
government passed the 2009 eco-
nomic stimulus bill and tweaked the
federal tax code to help boost con-
sumer spending and assist people
who were losing their jobs, homes
and benefits. Now, several of those
tax breaks, rebates and other incen-
tives are due to expire at year's end.
Congress and the Obama
Administration may ultimately
decide to retain some or all of these
benefits. But just to be safe, here
are a few you may want to tap now,
if they make sense for your individ-
Homebuyer tax credit. If you
haven't owned a home in the past
three years and meet certain income
guidelines, you may qualify for a
tax credit of up to $8,000 on homes
purchased before December 1,
2009. This is a tax credit, not a
deduction, which means your tax-
able income is reduced by the cred-
it amount. For more details, search
for the First-Time Homebuyer
Question and Answers document
posted on the IRS website
Property tax standard deduction.
If you don't qualify to itemized
deductions on your federal income
tax but do pay state or local real
estate taxes, you may qualify to add
up to $500 ($1,000 for joint filers)
in property taxes paid this year to
your standard tax deduction. Rules
and filing instructions are complex,
so read IRS Tax Tip 2009-47 at
www.irs.gov for details.
Sales tax deduction for new cars.
If you buy a new car, light truck,
RV or motorcycle before December
31, 2009, you may be able to deduct
state and local sales and excise
taxes on up to the first $49,500 of
the purchase price, even if you don't
itemize deductions. The deduction
gradually phases out for those
whose adjusted gross income is
over $125,000 ($250,000 for mar-
ried couples filing jointly). Please
note that this is different from last
summer's expired "Cash for
Health insurance. If you are laid
off before December 31, 2009, and
your employer has 20 or more
employees and offers health insur-
ance, you may qualify for a 65 per-
cent subsidy of the cost to continue
coverage through COBRA, the fed-
eral law that allows many people to
retain such coverage at their own
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have to seize
every moment, enjoy every day,
and fmnd something of mecrit in
every person you encounter.
I truly believe that if youI expect
the best from people and give
them your best, everyone wins in
the end. But without a sense of
purpose or a well-defined agen-
da, you might as well not attend
a networking function. It's like
going hunting with an unloaded
gun. You'll never bag your game.
Remember, there is nothing
wrong with having an agenda
and letting people know what it
is, especially at networking func-
tions. So prepare one. Agendas
don't have to be complicated or
grandiose. They should be con-
cise and workable. Agendas are
like the spray of a hose: The
more focused they are, the more
power they have.
Bottom Line: As you set in
motion your agenda at a net-
working function, you will find
yourself empowered. You can
then concentrate your energy'
enthusiasm, and excitement to
discover the treasure in you'
and in others, as you draw peo-
ple to you who empower you
further and vice versa.
The "do-it-yourself' method has
become the new mantra for a multi-
tude of tough tasks like home reno-
vation, auto care, landscaping and
crafts. Yet when it comes to your
finances, should you rely on your
own knowledge, or seek the aid ofa
While the answer to that question
may vary depending upon your
income and life circumstances,
most millionaires in the U.S. rely
on professional financial advice,
according to a recent study con-
ducted by Fidelity Registered
Investment Advisor Group. The
study found that about 70 percent of
the 2,500 millionaires surveyed
used a financial advisor. Of the 30
percent who did not use an advisor,
about half said they planned to find
an advisor within a year.
If you are debating whether a
financial advisor is right for you,
Ostler offers five considerations
you need to take into account:
Major Life Events Major life
events such as retirement, sale of a
business, divorce, sale of a real
estate holding or switching careers
all have significant impacts on your
finances. A financial advisor can
help you wade through the "what
ifs" and plan for avenues that will
enable you to reach specific finan-
cial goals like retiring early, travel-
ing or sending children to college.
Financial Resources Most
consumers do not have regular
access to the resources that are
available to professional financial
advisors. Financial advising firms
take advantage of full-time
researchers, analysts and traders.
Professional, certified advisors also
undergo rigorous training in the
financial arena and are considered
"experts" in their fields.
Asset Allocation Asset alloca-
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to a proper investment strategy.
Putting all of your eggs into one
basket could be disastrous if the
sole investment tanks. Financial
advisors are trained in asset alloca-
tion, or splitting investments among
a variety of sources. This way, if
one investment perfonus poorly,
you have other sources of funding
that you can rely upon. Asset allo-
cation is extremely personalized, so
what works for a good friend or
family member may not work for
you. A financial advisor can help
you create a personalized plan
based on your individual needs.
Additional Services In addi-
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investors need services such as tax
planning, estate planning, retire-
ment planning or insurance plan-
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these specific areas, and seeking
their advice can help you achieve
The True Cost Investors who
are timid about using financial
advisors are often put off by what
they consider to be the high cost of
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cost is generally offset by potential-
ly much higher returns on their
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The Early Learning Coalition of
Duval (ELC of Duval) recently
announce that more than 4000 chil-
dren from over 100 local Voluntary
Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) centers
participated in Read for the Record,
by reading Eric Carle's The Very
Read for the Record is an annual
event that encourages adults and
children across the United States to
read the same book on the same
day. Partnering with Mayor
Peyton's Book Club and the
Commission along with the
Jacksonville Public Library, ELC of
Duval helped set the record for
reading in Jacksonville.
"We are so excited at the level of
participation from the children in
Our VPK centers! We work hard to
ensure early literacy is a part of
quality child care and the coopera-
tion on an event like this empha-
sizes the work we do," said Susan
Main, Executive Director of ELC
ofDuval. "This was a community-
wide success made possible by the
efforts of all our partners!"
As part of this celebration of read-
ing, the Very Hungry Caterpillar
character and Pete the Dog, from
Mayor Peyton's Book Club, tray-
eled with ELC of Duval staff to var-
ious VPK centers and visited with
the children who participated.
The Jacksonville Public Library
participated in this record-breaking
day by reading The Very Hungry
Caterpillar at several branches dur-
ing the Thursday-morning story
hour. In addition, some locations
incorporated games and activities,
based on the book, during the activ-
ities portion of the day.
Read for the Record is an annual,
nation-wide attempt to break the
World's Record for the most people
reading the same book on the same
day. All across the country, chil-
dren and families read this classic
children's book. The national event
received promotional time on
NBC's The TODAY Show with
their anchors reading the book and
encouraging viewers to participate.
To learn more about the Early
Learning Coalition of Duval or
VPK call (904) 208-2044 or visit
To learn more about Mayor
Peyton's Book Club and
RALLY Jacksonville! contact the
Commission at www.jaxkids.net;
RALLY@coj.net; or (904) 630-
Schedule of Events for
Saturday, October 17, 2009
11:00-12:45 p.m. Plantation
1:00-1:30 p.m. Performance by
the Ribault Senior High School
Drum Line; Welcome by Timucuan
Preserve Superintendent Barbara
Goodman and Keynote by Florida
State Senator Tony Hill, Sr.
1:30 p.m. Ribault Senior High
2:00 p.m. Dessert and Punch
2:30-4:00 p.m. Guided Tours
of Plantation Owner's House and
5:00 p.m. Park Closes
Located in Jacksonville, Florida,
Kingsley Plantation is named for
Zephaniah Kingsley Jr., who along-
with his African wife Anna, owned
and operated the one 1,000-acre
Fort George Island plantation dur-
ing the first half of the nineteenth
Today, the public can visit the
grounds, which include the oldest
standing plantation house in
Florida, the kitchen, barn, and
waterfront. The still-standmng
remains of 25 slave cabins offer one
of the most graphic evidence of a
slave community anywhere.
Kingsley Plantation is located off
of Heckscher Drive (SRIO5) V/2 mi 0
north of the St. Johns River ferry
landing. It is open daily, at no
charge, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00
p.m. For more information, call
904.251.3537. The event is free and
open to the public.
a.m. and continue following the rib-
Space is limited to 12 people per
tour. Visitors are requested to sign-
up for tours the day of the event.
Tour space is limited and will be
assigned on a first come basis.
Kingsley Plantation is one of the
few remaining examples of the
plantation system dating back to
Territorial Spanish Florida.
According to Timucuan Preserve
Superintendent Barbara Goodman,
"Kingsley Plantation is an interna-
tionally important site where
Florida's African-American history
can be explored. The new exhibits
bring to life the stories of the free
and enslaved people who lived,
worked, and died on Fort George
Kingsley Plantation will have a
ribbon cutting and celebration this
weekend unveiling their new edu-
cational exhibit. The featured
speaker will be the Senator Tony
Hill, Sr. Following his address,,
Jacksonville's own Jean Ribault
Senior High School Drum Line will
have a a special performance. A
large tent with seating will be pro-
vided. The event begins at 1:00
p.m. on Saturday.
After the festivities under the
tent, there will be a dessert and
Ranger-led tours of the Plantation
House, which has been closed for
several years, will begin at 11:00
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Blacks, respectively, are comedi-
an/entertainer Bill Cosby ($450
million) and Bob Johnson's ex-
wife Sheila Johnson who helped
him found BET ($400 million) and
is now owner of the Washington
Mystics of the WNBA.
Real estate magnet R. Donahue
Peebles of Florida ($350 million)
is in eighth place. The top 10 list is
rounded out by Chicago real estate
mogul Quintin Primo III ($300
million) and Louisville restaura-
teur Ulysses Bridgeman, Jr. ($200
million) owner of over 140
Forbes recently compiled a list-
ing of the nation's wealthiest
African Americans. this years list
showed Oprah Winfrey as the rich-
est Black person in America with
wealth of $2.3 billion down from
$2.7 billion in May.
However, we appear to have
another billionaire. Forbes says
golfing sensation Tiger Woods has
now passed the billion dollar mark
and is America 's second wealthi-
est African American. Ironically,
his money comes secondarily from
golf. The primary source is product
Third place went to the nation's
first Black billionaire Black
Entertainment Television (BET)
founder Bob Johnson. But a
divorce and declines in his sports,
real estate and hotel businesses
(RL J Companies) have forced
Johnson off the billionaires list. He
now has an estimated wealth of
The fourth wealthiest is former
basketball great Michael Jordan
($525 million) and he is followed
in fifth place by Earvin "Magic"
Johnson ($500 million).
The sixth and seventh wealthiest
choices. It's unfortunate on what
they did. Unfortunately, if you are
going to do the crime, you are
going to do time."
The university thanked the U.S.
Attorney's Office, Federal Bureau
of Investigations, Florid~a
Department of Law Enforcement,
and FAMU Public Safety
Department for their efforts.
"Although this matter is unfortu-
nate, the university believes that
the decision by Chief Judge
Stephan Mickle was a fair and
impartial ruling as it relates to Mr.
Barrington's sentencing," Saunders
said. "We hope that Mr. Barrington
and the others convicted will use
this time to reflect and prepare for
the next phase of their lives."
With the perpetrators being con-
victed, many are questioning what
will be the outcome of the 90 stu-
dents who had their records altered.
"I think they should have to take
the classes over and pay for them,"
said Joshua Linder, 21, an English
student from St. Petersburg. "I
think what they did makes the uni-
versity look bad."
by Stephanie Lambert
Marcus Barrington, a former
Florida A&M University student
who was found guilty in a grade-
tampering case, has been sentence.
Barrington, 24, has received seven
years in federal prison and three
months supervised probation on
the charge of conspiracy fraud,
unauthorized computer access and
aggravated identity theft.
"Mr. Barrington is a talented
young man of promise who had a
bright future ahead of him until this
unfortunate incident. The justice
system has made a decision and
others contemplating such
crimes," said Sharon Saunders,
university spokesperson. "Our
hearts and prayers go out to him
and the other young men
On Oct. 21, 2008, Barrington,
along with Christopher Jacquette
and Lawrence Secrease, were
indicted on federal charges stem-
ming from the unauthorized access
into the FAMUJ computer system
According to the indictment,
approximately 90 student records
and 650 grades were changed,
with 31 students having their
respective residency changed from
out-of-state to in-state.
Jacquette, 28, and Secrease, who
pled guilty in early March and tes-
tified against Barrington, received
a 22-month sentence.
"This is an unfortunate case,"
said Eric Mountin, assistant
United States attorney. "They were
bright kids by all appearances who
may have had a bright future if
they would have made more sound
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may deduct up to $250 for eligible
unreimbursed expenses they paid
for out of pocket, including books,
supplies, equipment and software
used in the classroom. They may
do so even if they don't itemize
deductions on IRS Schedule A.
ReadsTopic 458 at www.irs.gov for
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make sure you qualify before act-
ing on these tax benefits.
Through the American Recovery
& Reinvestment Act, the City of
Jacksonville will receive approxi-
mately $7.8 million from the
Department of Energy under an
Energy Efficiency and
Conservation Block Grant
(EECBG). The grant application
includes opprtnie sfor the ihty
The grant funds can be utilized for
government or private programs
and/or projects that must provide
substantial, sustainable and meas-
urable energy savings, job creation
and economic stimulus effects on
the First Coast.
Eligible activities include:
buldRes dential ad commercial
Financial incentive programs for
Energy efficiency retrofits for
Energy efficiency and conserva-
tion programs for buildings and
Development and implementa-
tion of transportation programs
- oD velopmentean knplumnetna;
codes and inspections
-Energy distribution through
energy resource technologies
Material conservation programs
Traffic signals and street lighting
Renewable energy technologies
on government buildings
Decisions for use of the block
grant funds will be based on the
following criteria: relationship of
the project to the city's goals, pro-
posed number of jobs created or
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October 15-21, 2009
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5863 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 7168-8800 FAX 764-3800
Old Fashion Day at Friendship PBC
The Congregation of Friendship Primitive Baptist Church will celebrate
their Annual Old Fashion Day, Sunday October 18th beginning with
Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. followed by Morning Worship at 11:00 a.m.
Sister Gayle Williams Chairperson is inviting the public to attend. Elder
Bobbie Sheffield is the pastor. The church is located at 1106 Pearce St in
Jacksonville, For additional information please call the church at 353-7734.
Florida 1Memorial Choirs in Concert
Florida Memorial University Ambassador Chorale and Gospel choir of
Miami, FI Annual Concert, Mel White Director. With controlled tones, cre-
ative melodies and a variety of gospel sounds, the Ambassador Chorale pro-
duces a spirit filled performance. The award winning performance of steel
pan drummers adds a unique sound of familiar gospel hymns and songs that
will be performed on Sunday October 18, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. at the Mt. Sinai
Missionary Baptist Church, 2036 Silver Street.Call (904) 354-7249 if more
information is needed.
Think Pink at Christ Tabernacle
The Women's Ministry of Church Tabernacle Mission Baptist Church
invite the public to join them on October 17th at 10:00 a.m. to promote
Breast Cancer Awareness. The theme is "Pinktober" which symbolizes the
color of Breast Cancer and the month it is celebrated. Each church is asked
to enter at least two models for the fashion show and they may wear cloth-
ing from their personal wardrobes, hats included. RSVP by phone at
Church and Pastor Anniversaries
Slated for 2nd Missionary Baptist
The Second Missionary Baptist Church locate at 954 Kings Rd. Will
Celebrate Its 1 59th Church Anniversary and 23rd Anniversary of the Pastor
Rev. Dr. Odell Smith Jr., November 1,4,5,6, & 8, 2009. Special services
will be held at 11:00a.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m.weeknights. The theme for
the event is "God Answers Prayers". The public is invited to come worship
in the special celebration. Deacon James Waters, Anniversary Chairperson.
Sister Priscilla Adams, Anniversary Co-Chairperson,
For more information call 354-8268 Second Missionary Baptist Church..
Gospel Cavaliers in Concert
The Gospel Cavaliers of Jacksonville will be in musical concert on
Saturday October 17th at 5:00 p.m. at the Friendship Primitive Baptist
Church located at 1106 Pearce Street where Elder Bobbie Sheffieldlis
Pastor. The public is invited to join in the experience. For niiore information
Banquet for Dr. James Sampson
First New Zion Missionary Baptist 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".
St. Ste hen to Host 134th
East Filorida AM/E 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 and the Reverend Michael L. Mitchell,
host Pastor are all committed to planning and organizing a spirit filled con-
ference. The church is located at 913 W. 5th Street.
Hallelujah Night at B.O.C.
Believers of Christ Temple Ministries is inviting everyone to come out
and celebrate "Hallelujah Night" Friday October 30th, at 7:30 p.m.. Special
Guest is "The Storitalerz and others to give you a treat of al lifetime. It
will also include an outdoor carnival onsite also For more information
please call 904-765-0827 The Church is located at 5318 C St. Jacksonville,
God's Temple of Love Fall Revival
God's Temple Of Love in Kingsland, Ga. will be conducting it's Fall
Revival at 7 p.m. nightly October 14th thru 17th 2009. The theme for this
revival will be: Walking in the Light from IVatt. 5:14-16. The guest
Evangelist for the occasion will be the Rev. Louis Parker Pastor of New
First Corinth Missionary Baptist Church of Jacksonville, FL'. The church
is located at 358 Martin Luther King Blvd., Kingsland, Ga. 31548. For
more information call (912) 576-1815.
St Phillips episcopal Church will hosttheir 2nd Annual Edward Waters
College Day in the main auditorium of the church on October 1 8th at 4 p.m.
The celebration will include the EWC Choir and the Alvin Green
Memorial Alumni Chorus. The church is located at 321 West Union Street.
For more information call 353-2773.
Faust Temple Church of God in
Christ Celebrating 68th Anniversary
The members of Faust Temple Church of God in Christ where Bishop R.L.
Dixon is the Pastor, will be in celebration of their 68th Church's
Anniversary October 22nd and 23rd 2009 beginning at 7:30 p.m. For addi-
tional information please contact Minister Emory Greenlee, chairperson at
768-1079 or the church at 353-1418 The church is located on the Northside
3328 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, Fl. 32209.
Old Fashion Tea at Zion Hone
The Senior Women's Missionary Ministry of the Zion Hope Missionary
Baptist Church invite the community to come out and share with us in their
Annual Old-Fashion program. This spiritual filled program will be held
Sunday October 25, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. at the church. Joining them this year
will be special guest Sister Bessie Brown Gospel Truth, Sister Sharon
Williams and the Elite Mimes. Following the program, an old fashion din-
ner is served. The program is chaired by Sister Mary Lee Roper.The church
is located at 2803 Edgewood Ave. For more information call 764-9353.
Homecoming at N.S. Church of Christ
The Northside Church of Christ located at 4736 Avenue B where Charlie
McClendon is the Senior Muuister is celebrating its 55th Anniversary and
32nd Annual Homecoming October 31st November 8th 2009. The fes-
tivities include guest speakers, a songfest featuring eight gospel groups,
free food, free nursery, and free transportation. The celebration begins
Saturday, October 31st at 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a community fish fry.
Activities include air jumps, face painting, and basketball. Additional treats
are cotton candy, popcorn, and honey drippers.
For more information, please call the Northside Church of Christ at (904)
765-9830.This year's theme is "In God We Trust"
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Shiloh Baptist Church of St. Augustine will present Rev. James Graham
Sr. of James Graham Mortuary as the guest Evangelist at their annual
revival, October 14-16. The church is located at 271 W. King Street. Rev.
Randy Hezekiah Jr. Pastor. For more information call 904-824-3913.
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by Pekela Riley
Lately I've gotten a few questions on how to handle a sensitive scalp.
Just because you have a sensitive scalp doesn't mean you can't get your
hair relaxed, it just means you need to take certain precautions. Here are
a few of your questions.
Q:I hate going to the salon, seems like every time I get my hair relaxed
I can only leave it on for a few minutes before it starts burning. This isn't
normal, is it? Nikki, Orange Park
A:No Nikki it's not normal for you to feel as if you're being tortured
every time you sit in the chair to get your hair relaxed. Trust me your
stylist has no desire to bring you any physical pain. I'm surprised you
haven't discussed this with your stylist because there are ways to get
over the extreme discomfort you are having. First and foremost you
should know if you have figured it out already that have a sensitive
scalp. A lot of my clients have them and knowing that can help me bet-
ter analyze your hair. The first thing you need to do is make sure your
stylist is aware that you burn rather easily. With that being said she/he
should have some products where they can base your scalp. Your stylist
can also use sensitive formula relaxers. As far you, there are things you
can do as well. For instance don't scratch your hair the night before a
relaxer. Also feel free to put some Vaseline on your scalp the night
before as well.
Q: My teenager recently got her hair relaxed and she had a burn for the
first time. Is there anything special that needs to be done to treat this?
A:Let the stylist know that your daughter was burned. As I said earlier
to Nikki, she probably has a sensitive scalp as well. And everything I
spok eari sti f a Hles Abo if you nodie that tu odtaueghte is bun-
ist. And this spot should be the last place the chemical is applied. As far
as treatment goes: if it's just a regular burn from a relaxer the burn it
shouldn't be serious. There should be no need to worry. Make your styl-
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to soothe the irritation. At home you can once again grab the Vasoline.
Q: I just got my braids taken out can do I have to wait to get my hair
relaxed? Tracey, Eastside
A: I would strongly recommend that you wait at least four to seven
days before you attempt relaxing your hair after removing braids. Even
if you don't normally have a sensitive scalp, you may find that your
scalp is naturally more irritated after wearing braids for so long. In the
meantime you can always flat iron your hair if you want that straight
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Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 7
October 15-21 2009
After winning a contentious bat-
tle to lead the National Baptist
Convention, USA last month, Rev.
Julius R. Scruggs sat for an inter-
view with Religious News Service
to discuss his goals for the organi-
Scruggs defeated rival Rev.
Henry J. Lyons by a vote of 4,108 to
924. Lyons is the former president
of the NBCUSA who had served
time in prison for embezzlement.
Scruggs, 67, the pastor of First
Missionary Baptist Church in
Huntsville, Ala., answered some of
the questions on the minds of his
constituents and others.
Q: You've been pastor of your
church in Huntsville for 32 years,
and you'll continue in that pulpit
while leading the NBCUSA. How
will you juggle those roles?
A: It is going to take some superb
time management on my part.
Others have done it before me so I
believe I can do it as well.
Q: What are your primary goals
as president? A: Initially I want to
work on unifying our convention
because of the nature of the cam-
paign and election. We have some
healing that needs to take place. I
want to address that. Then I want to
go on to seek to unify the conven-
tion by bringing churches in that
have been on the fringes. That will
give us more strength fiscally and
financially. We can do more min-
istry when we are stronger.
Q: During your campaign, you
mentioned an interest in forming a
public policy commission that
would address public education and
health care. Is that still on your list?
A: Yes. We certainly want to
address public health care, socioe-
conomic and political issues ... and
I would like to address them under
the umbrella of our public policy
committee. We are addressing them
to some degree already but I would
like to see that increased and
strengthened. I'd like for us to be
able to help President Obama as he
advocates for the health care pro-
gram that he's trying to get through
Congress right now.
Q: What do you see as the biggest
challenges ahead for your denomi-
A: We have so many important
ministries that are ongoing that we
need to support, and revenue is
going to be one of our largest chal-
lenges. We support American
Baptist College in Nashville, Tenn.,
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Dr. Julius Scruggs
tors embraced and mentored and
recruited and integrated into leader-
ship roles in our convention in an
intentional way. I want to do every-
thing that I can to embrace them, to
help them understand that they are
part of the convention, bring them
into the mainstream of the conven-
tion and integrate them into leader-
which is the only college that is
owned lock, stock and barrel by the
National Baptist Convention, USA.
That's one of our challenges is to
increase our giving to American
Baptist College because it is the
institution that produces a lot of our
Q: Anly other final goals ahead?
A: I really want to see young pas-
state to take a look at what is going
on in the police departments, and
start dealing with it," said Apostle
Melvin Brown of Kingdom
Authority, whose wife and daughter
witnessed the shooting.
According to Department of
Justice figures, incidents of police
use of violence and deadly force
have increased since the late 1990s.
NAACP President and CEO
Benjamin Todd Jealous addressed
the rally calling for federally man-
dated law enforcement standards,
community involvement, and unity.
Currently each state and local juris-
diction sets its own standards for
use of force, training and accounta-
"Every generation has its own drag-
on to slay", said Jealous. "The
'tough on crime' mindset that
empowers an individual to stand in
this church a daycare center, no
less and shoot an unarmed man is
what fuels that dragon."
"I know there are better days
ahead for Rockford," said Jealous.
"I know there are better days ahead
for this country, and the way we get
there is the same. We come togeth-
er, we commit to a better day for
our children, and we keep coming
together until we win."
by Curtis Johnson
ROCKFORD (NNPA) -When
asked what brought him to the
Kingdom Authority Church in
Rockford, Illinois on October 3,
Bernard Clay only had one word:
He added, "It's that simple," said
The Chicago native made the two-
hour trip to participate in the
NAACP "Justice for All" Rally,
which called for federal standards
for police use of force and an inde-
pendent investigation into a police
shooting of an unarmed man at the
church. The event was in conjunc-
tion with the NAACP's "I Am
Human" campaign, which encour-
ages human rights for all Americans
and was in coalition with Rainbow
Push, Amnesty International,
The rally stemmed from the August
shooting of Mark Barmore in the
basement of the Kingdom Authority
Church. According to witnesses,
Barmore, who was wanted for ques-
tioning by police regarding a
domestic dispute, was pursued by
Officers Oda Poole and Stan North
into the church. After emerging
from a storage room with his hands
up and head down, officers shot the
23- year old man twice in the neck
and three times in the back, as pre-
school children looked on.
The rally called for national stan-
dards for police use of force, an
independent investigation into the
Barmore case, a civilian review
board with subpoena power and
counseling for the children who
witnessed the shooting. Many of
the children are now expenienmng
symptoms of post traumatic stress
syndrome but have yet to receive
Details surrounding the shooting
have disturbed many leaders in the
Rockford community who believe
the officers' use of deadly violence
was excessive. The police officers
involved have a record of shooting
unarmed men. Officer Poole killed
an elderly black man outside a retail
store a few years ago who he stated
had a weapon. No weapon was
found but the killing was ruled jus-
"When it gets bad enough where
someone can run into a church, a
place of safety and sanctuary, and
be killed in front of children and
teachers, we need our senators, our
mayors, and our governors in each
B. Vereen Chithriki, M.D.
William L. Cody, M.D.
Presidential Goals: New Head of the National
Baptist Convention Spells Out His Winning Plan
POlice Killing of Unarmed Man in Church Sparks Protest Rally
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The Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee for the Millions M~ore
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-
ings are open to the public. If you are concerned and want to see improvement
in the quality of life and living conditions in your community, you are invit-
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W~hat to do from social, volunteer, political and sports
Free Health Fair
There willsbe a frecholesterol n
Dixie Pharmacy on November 2nd
from noon to 5:00 p.m. It will be
held at the Winn-Dixie Pharmacy
located at 49 Arlington Road South,
No appointments are necessary but
you can call 800-713-3301 for
The SPAR Council will present
the Springfield Bazaar in the 1300
block of North Main Street on
November 14th from 9 a.m. 4
Ieery, pe seu les hmea idec r
and much more. For more informa-
tion call 353-7727.
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 Cafe, 613 W~est
Ashley Street at 7 p.m. The book
for discussion will be "Convictions
of the Heart" by K.A. Murray.
Books or more information can be
obtained by calling 703-8264.
The Jacksonville Consortium of
African American Artists (JCAAA)
will be presenting "Form Quilts to
Freedom", an original theatrical
event written by and starring rmem-
bers of JCAAA in a depiction of
historical fact and fiction. It will be
held on November 15th at 4 p.m. at
the Karpeles Manuscript Library
and Museum, 101 W. 1st Street in
Springfield. .For< tickets or more
information, call 472-6097.
There Oucghta 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Attention parents, children, youth
and families of all ages. The City of
Jacksonville along with other com-
munity partners is hosting JaxKids
Day on Saturday, October 24th
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the
Jacksonville Main Library and
Hemming Plaza, downtown. There
"silabe funugams lactisot es, service
free and open tot the public. For
more information, call 630-7274.
Thrill The World 2009
Jacksonville brings together
groups of Michael Jackson fans
across the world in a simultaneous
dance of "Thriller." The event will
feature food, cash bar, music, live
dance performances by A Social
Affair dance studio and local zom-
bies. It will be held on October
24th at 7:30 p.m. downtown at the
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EWC Hosts UNCF
Edward Waters College will be
hosting the annual UNCF
Governor's Luncheon on
Wednesday, October 28th at the
Omni Hotel. The luncheon will be
held from noon to 1 p.m.and spon-
sorships are still available. Guest
speaker is Mayor John Peyton. For
tickets, sponsorships or more infor-
mation call 470-8255'
Urban League Equal
The Jacksonville Urban League
will host their annual Equal
Opportunity Luncheon on October
28th at 12 noon at the Hyatt Hotel.
The guest speaker will be Ephren
Taylor, author and financial expert.
The CEO of City Capital
Corporation, 26 year old Taylor II is
currently the youngest Africa-
American CEO of any publicly
traded company in the U.S. The
JUL will also recognize individuals
and corporations for their signify"
cant efforts in the areas of diversity
and equal opportunity. Tickets can
be obtained by calling 366-3461.
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
visit www. SouthernWomensShow.com.
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.
Got Talent? The Foundation
.Academy presents Jacksonville's
Premiere Teen Talent Search. Can
you dance, sing, draw, paint, act,
write poetry, etc.? Show your talent
for a chance to win a Cash Prize.
Auditions are October 17, 24, and
31st at from 9-11 a.m. at The
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November 8th. Ages 13-17.
For pre-registration and more info
or call 904-241-3515.
Art in the Park
Art in the Park, an annual free
interactive art festival hosted by
JaxParks that is open to the public.
It will be held on Saturday'
October 17th from 10 a.m. 4 p.m.
Families are requested to attend to
experience hands-on activities such
as painting, drawing, pottery, belly
P ricp ntsae abl to inug Igni
creative sides in a meshing of art
forms by browsing exhibits, partici-
pating in art activities, watching
performances, and meeting local art
instructors and artists. Local artists
will have their wares on display for
This year Art in the Park will be
held along the Northbank
Riverwalk behind the Times Union
Center for Performing Arts.
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society, Inc., will hold their mont~h-
ly meeting at the Webb-Wesconnet
Branch Library, 6887 103rd street,
at 1:30 p.m. on October 17, 20019*
The topic will be "Clay
Moonshiners. For additional infor-
mation please contact, Mary
Chauncey, (904) 781-9300.
JDN Presents "I Didn't
Know That" Seminar
The Jacksonville Diversity
Network will present a free lecture
on Jacksonville entitled "I Didn't
Know That" by emily Lisska. It will
be held on Tuesday, October 19th,
from 7 8:30 p.m.Doors will open
at 6:30p.m. at the Old St. Andrew's
Episcopal Church, 317 A. Philip
Randolph Blvd. Parking is free and
is behind the adjoining Merrill
History House. Email
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Free Health Screenings
There will be free cholesterol and
diabetes screenings from noon to
5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October
20th at the SavRite store on
Edgewood and Commonwealth'
1012 Edgewood Avenue. For more
information call 800-713-3301.
Business Women of
COlOr Study Breakfast
The Jacksonville Women's
Business Center will be hostmng a
free breakfast detailing the results
of a multi-year national study of
women entrepreneurs of color. It
will be held on Tuesday, October
20th at the Beaver Street Enterprise
Center located at 1225 W. Beaver
St., beginning with a breakfast at 8
a.m. followed by the research
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SHERRI SHEPHERD'S SITCOM SCORES: New Lifetime
show nearly doubles previous four-week time period average.
Sherri Shepherd's new Lifetime series "Sherri" was
the most-watched original comedy premiere on the
network in more than ten years, according to Nielsen.
Loosely based on her own story as a single mom
who divorces after her husband cheats, the program
nearly doubled its prior four-week time period aver-
age in all key demographics as well.
Five new episodes of the 'Sherri' show aired last
week ahead of its regular time slot of Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EST, beginning
The show also stars Malcolm Jamal Warner ('The Cosby Show'), Tammy
Townsend ('Lincoln Heights'), Kali Rocha ('Grey's Anatomy'), Elizabeth
Regen ('Whoopi'), James Avery ('Fresh Prince of Bel Air') and Broadway
star Kate Remnders.
CONNICK CANCELS APPEARANCE AFTER
'BLACKFACE' BACKLASH: Camp concerned for his safety in
Australia after singer branded talent show routine racist
Singer Harry Connick Jr. decided to .
forgo a scheduled appearance in I
Sydney Australia Friday due to con- I L
cerns for his safety in the wake of his ~.
stance against a blackface skit during f
a recent television special. ,' ~~ .
According to reports, the crooner
was due to appear at shopping mall
Castle Towers in Castle Hill, but his management cancelled the outing
after hearing about abusive comments posted online targeting his opposi-
tion to performers on "Hey Hey It's Saturday," where he served as a
A clbritye gust jd Jackson Jive donned blackface to portray the Jackson
brothers while the lead singer put on white makeup to imitate Michael
Jackson. Connick's disgust at the skit made headlines around the world -
many approving of his outrage. But some local television fans were irri-
tated by his reaction.
'They just decided because of the controversy and the hoo-ha, it proba-
bly wasn't a wise thing to do,' said a source close to Connick about his can-
celled appearance. 'From a management point of view, what they were
reading online, they were getting quite worried about it.'
KATHERINE JACKSON'S ESTATE PORTION
DETAILED: Her 40 percent goes directly to Michael's thrree kids
upon her death,
TMZ.com is reporting that Michael Jackson intended to provide for his
mother during her lifetime, but once she dies her share of the estate will go
directly to his three children.
It was first thought that under the trust, 40% of Michael's estate goes to
Katherine. The kids get 40% and the remaining 20% goes to charity.
But according to TMZ, Katherine Jackson will not get 40% outright.
Estate trustees John Branca and John McClain will ultimately decide
what money should go to the beneficiaries, the 1Veb site reported. In other
words, Katherine has no say in what happens to her share of the money
upon her death. Whatever remains in Katherine's trust when she dies goes
directly to the, children. .
"Bottom line, Katherine will get a healthy stipend for the rest of her life,"
TMZ stated. "N~ow she's getting a hefty allowance and when the trust kicks
in she'll probably get more. But she will not inherit 40% of her son's
USHER CALLS COPS ON TAMEKA
It seems that Usher is having female problems.
And that female would be his soon to be ex-wife,
TMZ is reporting that the singer recently called
the cops and accused her of sneaking onto his
property and scratching up one of his cars. Hmm,
maybe she was watching "Waiting to Exhale" and
saw the Angela Bassett scene where she gets back
at her cheating husband by keying and torching his
--- Anyway, when officers arrived at the scene, the
still Mrs. Usher Raymond was nowhere to be found.
Police later interviewed both Tameka and Usher -- but determined there
was no evidence or witnesses to substantiate Usher's claim.
The site says the drama didn't end there -- law enforcement sources told
them that Usher called the cops on Tameka a second time several days
later, complaining that she again got onto his property and wouldn't leave.
But by the time cops arrived, Tameka was gone.
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her wrong and she's going to use
her new reality show to prove it.
The actress, who starred in the
Will Smith-produced sitcom "All of
Us" from 2003 to 2007, says a slew
of her celebrity friends abandoned
her after her divorce last year from
Turks & Caicos Premier Michael
Misick, and she plans to blast them
on her still-untitled show.
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Jones, who raised McCoy's ire by
supposedly supporting Misick after
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gathering of church ladies."
McCoy's fair-weather friends
aren't the only ones who may make
headlines: She herself is battling
rumors of an affair with the Rev. Al
Sharpton. After the civil rights
leader hosted a birthday reception
for McCoy in Washington, D.C., last
month, rumors of a romance began
swirling but McCoy is adamant
their relationship is strictly profes-
Reached through her publicist,
Jones said: "I would never discuss
someone else's personal business
with the media."
"LisaRaye hasn't spoken to Vivica
since," said the source.
The list doesn't stop there in fact,
it gets worse. McCoy also counts
"106 & Park" host Rosci as an
enemy, accusing the BET star of
having an illicit affair with Misick.
Even McCoy's former TV hubby on
"All of Us" has fallen out of favor -
McCoy claims actor Duane Martin
provided a mistress for her then-
husband in an effort to do business
on Turks & Caicos.
"LisaRaye intends to use her show
as an outlet to air it all," says the
source. "She's been quiet until now,
but when she starts sharing these
stories, it'll make 'The Real
the divorce. "LisaRaye hosted Star
at her home in the Turks & Caicos
for three weeks when Star was going
through her divorce from Al
Reynolds," says a source close to
the TV One series. "When the tables
turned and McCoy's marriage
ended, Star was helping LisaRaye's
That allegedly included counsel-
ing Misick and even recommending
her personal damage-control publi-
cist to aid him during the messy
McCoy says she was also double-
crossed by former best friend Fox,
who allegedly shared McCoy's most
intimate secrets with Misick.
including the strains on his relation-
ships with his flanc~e, Kiljafa Frink,
and his children. It will also revisit
the federal prison in Leavenworth,
Kan., where Vick spent 1 1/2 years
behind bars and the Virginia prop-
erty where he ran and financed a
The TV show has the support of
the Eagles, the NFL and former
Indianapolis Colts coach Tony
Dungy, who has served as Vick's
mentor since his imprisonment, say
the producers. Also on board, they
say, is the Humane Society, which
hhs eni ed Vick bin s soattde to end
"This show can be a blueprint for
so many kids," Vick said. "I want to
show them that things are going to
happen, that they're not going to get
through life without dealing with
some kind of adversity. I want to
show that if they have a fall from
grace, this is how they can turn it
around. We want this to be a story~
Vick is aware that the series may
do little to alter the negative per-
ception some hold against him.
"All I can ask is that people are
receptive and come to this with an
open mind," said Vick. "I can't
change the past, I can only change
the present. I know there are people
who can't forget what I did, but I
hope they can someday forgive
New outlets around the country
are reporting that BET has picked
up a reality show about controver-
sial NFL quarterback Michael Vick
and his attempt to resurrect his
career and personal life after an 18-
month prison stint.
Tentatively titled "The Michael
Vick Project," the show will follow
his comeback with the Philadelphia
Eagles while also examining his
past -- including his troubled child-
hood and his 2007 arrest for financ-
ing a dogfighting ring.
"I just want people to really get to
know me as an individual," Vick
told the paper. "What I want to do is
change the perception of me. I am a
human being. I've made some mis-
takes in the past, and I wish it had
never happened. But it's not about
how you fall, but about how you
pick yourself up."
Producers say the series is not a
typical reality show like VH1's
"The T.O. Show," but rather a seri-
ous docu-series that focuses on his
personal struggles since his release,
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Reality Bites:1.isa Rave Plans on Ileveling the PlaYing Field with Frmier Friends
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I: _. 1 $5FP Sharpton, Jackson Attack Limbaugh's Rams Bid
October 15-21, 2009
Page 10 Ms. Perry's Free Press
numerous players and ex-players
concerned about the bid.
Limbaugh shot back at Sharpton
on his radio show.
"Now, this saddens me as well
this disappoints me," he said. "I
know Rev. Sharpton. Sharpton is
better than this. He knows better
than this. You know, I didn't judge
Al Sharpton's fitness to be in radio
when he wanted to earn an honest
living for once, given his well-doc-
umented past as the author of the
Tawana Brawley hoax. I believe in
freedom and I also don't discrimi-
Limbaugh said last week that he
is teaming up with St. Louis Blues
hockey team owner Dave Checketts
in a bid to buy the Rams. He has
declined to discuss details of the
offer, citing a confidentiality agree-
In 2003, Limbaugh worked
briefly on ESPN's NFL pregame
show. He resigned after saying
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback
Donovan McNabb was overrated
because the media wanted to see a
black quarterback succeed.
Transcripts posted on the radio
host's Web site also say that on a
January 2007 show, Limbaugh
commented: "The NFL all too often
looks like a game between the
Bloods and the Crips without any
weapons. There, I said it."
Asked about Limbaugh's bid to
purchase the winless Rams,
McNabb said: "If he's rewarded to
buy them, congratulations to him.
But I won't be in St. Louis any time
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said
the league is aware of the concerns
voiced by Sharpton and Jackson,
"It is very early in the process and
no transfer of ownership of the
Rams has been presented to the
league for review," Aiello said.
The latest complaints came a day
after executive director of the NFL
Players Association, DeMaurice
Smith, urged players to speak out
against Limbaugh's bid.
"I have asked our players to
embrace their roles not only in the
game of football but also as players
and partners in the business of the
NFL," Smith said in a statement
Players on the 0-5 Rams, who
were routed by the Minnesota
Vikings 38-10 on Sunday, tried to
distance themselves from the con-
"I'm paying attention, but I'm not
even touching that one," running
back Steven Jackson said. "Because
if I start touching it I might go
somewhere I don't want to go."
Defensive end Chris Long said he
just heard Monday that Limbaugh
was part of a group seeking to pur-
chase the team. His reaction: "Oh,
is that the guy on the radio?"
Reminded of Limbaugh's state-
ments about McNabb, Long
seemed to disapprove while adding
he didn't care who owned the team.
"I mean, those weren't great com-
ments at all," Long said. "But it's
not my job to really comment on
Rush Limbaugh's potential bid at
NFL ownership is drawing ire not
only from the NFL Player's Union,
but civil rights activists Al Sharpton
and Jesse Jackson as well. The
Reverends attacked the bid by
Limbaugh to buy the St. Louis
Rams saying the conservative radio
host's track record on race should
exclude him from owning an NFL
team. Sharpton sent a letter to NFL
Commissioner Roger Goodell,
arguing that Limbaugh has been
divisive and "anti-NFL" in some of
Jackson said in a telephone inter-
view that Limbaugh had made his
wealth "appealing to the fears of
whites" with an unending line of
insults against blacks and other
"The National Football League
has set high standards for racial jus-
tice and inclusion," Jackson said.
"He should not have the privilege of
owning an NFL franchise and it
is a privilege." The civil rights
leader said he's had contact with
In a sign ofAmerica's ever grow-
ing diversity, HBCU Hampton
University recently crowned its
first non-black college queen. .
Twenty-two year old Nikole
Churchill competed against nine
other black students in the 15th
annual Miss HU scholarship pag-
eant. Unfortunately, her crowing
was met with open arms. The
Hawaiian native has already written
to President Obama to tell him that
her crowning was met with nega-
tive comments because of her skin
color. She also invited him to visit
HU and speak about racial toler-
ance. She said her father is from
Guam and her mother is Italian
"I am hoping that perhaps you
would be able to make an appear-
ance to my campus, Hampton
University, so that my fellow
Hamptonians can stop focusing so
much on the color of my skin and
doubting my abilities to represent,"
she wrote, "but rather be proud of
the changes our nation is making
toward accepting diversity."
This year's pageant included
evening gown, swimsuit and talent
competitions. Churchill won a
$1,500 scholarship, will serve as
homecoming queen Oct. 24 and
continues on to the 2010 Miss
The Miss HU pageant grew out of
the former homecoming queen
competition, in which students
voted for the winner. Now, the pag-
eant winner is selected by judges
and automatically serves as the uni-
versity's homecoming queen.
Sophomore Juan Diasgranados
said the Hampton campus is split
on Churchill's crowning, with
everyone from students to faculty
and professors weighing in. Some
are saying her win is great and
embodies HU's spirit of diversity,
he said, while others complain that
she's not black and doesn't attend
the main campus.
"People are saying don't know her,
people don't even see her, so how
can she represent us if she's not
even from the main campus?"
The main campus has about 5,700
students while the school's Virginia
Beach campus which Churchill
attends has about 90 students.
Churchill is not the first non-black
student to be crowned at a HBCU.
In April, Kentucky State University
student Elisabeth Martin won the
80th homecoming queen election,
making her the first white student
The House ethics
ed its investing
of Rep. Charles
Rangel last week to
include his beltd
of hundreds o
thousands of dollars Rep. Rangel
in previously unreported assets and
The expansion only increases the
political burden that the Ways and
Means Committee chairman from
Harlem places on House Speaker
Nancy Pelosi, who has refused
requests to make him step down
from his post.
Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny
Hoyer have said they would take no
action while the ethics investigation
of the New York Democrat is under
way, but the inquiry has dragged on
for a year and expanded several
times while it pushes closer to the
2010 election year.
Republicans have forced House
votes three times, the latest this
week, on removing Rangel from his
tax-writing position. While
Democrats easily defeated each
attempt, the issue has allowed
Republicans to ridicule Pelosi's
refrain that Democrats would drain
the swamp of ethical misconduct
that previously plagued
The committee said it would now
investigate whether Rangel broke
House rules "with respect to all
financial disclosure statements and
all amendments filed in calendar
year 2009" as required under the
Ethics In Government Act.
The law requires annual financial
reports filed by all members of
Congress showing ranges of assets
Rangel's revisions showed assets
and income from 2002 through
2006 that should have been report-
ed in those earlier years.
Michelle Obama is now the first lady in action
The company that created the President Obama action figure announced
it's releasing a miniature plastic version of the commander-in-chief s bet-
ter half, according to the New York Daily News.
Jailbreak Toys designed the Michelle Obama action figure to show off her
toned arms -- and features the first lady in three different sleeveless dress-
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on Nov. 20
"Batman has nothing on Michelle Obama," Manhattan mom Eileen
Ramos told the paper. "I bought ~the Barack figure last year buit I thiink
Michelle is the one with the real superpowers in the family."
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Hampton University nursing senior Nikole Churchill, center, was,
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Hampton Crowns First
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