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the season
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Newly freed

Floridian sets

new record for
the wrongly
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Nearly 1/3 of Black Americans

don't have banks of account
According to a recent FDIC study, nearly one third of African-
Americans use financial services like check cashing places in addition to
their banks.
But one in five black households don't have bank account at all, the
study found. That percentage is seven times higher than white house-
holds. Still, members of the American Banker's Association insist feder-
ally insured banks are the safest place for your money.
National Urban League President Marc Morial said, "People use banks
when they think the bank is doing something they need."
"What was new about the FDIC report is they added the underbanked
[population]," said Lawrence White, a professor at the NYU Stem School
of Business. "So you have households that don't use banks at all and then
households that have a bank account, but use pay day lenders for a sig-
nificant fraction of their financial services."
Banks now offer a series of programs target development in minority
communities and ensure that minorities have a seat at the table when it
comes to personal finance. Despite these efforts, the unbanked and
underbanked numbers are still to high, advocates say.
For many, check cashing places are one-stop-shops. You can get a check
cashed, wire money and pay bills all at once. It is services like these that
make minority advocates believe banks need to offer more.

Serena Williams Selected
2009 Athlete of the Year
The Associated Press has selected Serena
SWilliams as Female Athlete of the Year for a
year of playing her best. The younger Williams
sister tennis phenom re-established herself as
the top player in women's tennis in 2009 and
was a landslide choice by the news organiza-
tion. Williams received 66 of 158 votes cast by
editors at U.S. newspapers that are members of
the AP. No other candidate got more than 18
votes in the tally.
Williams, who is based in Florida, also won
the award in 2002, a seven-year gap that is the longest between AP
Female Athlete of the Year honors since golfs Patty Berg won in 1943
and 1955.
"I'm just happy and blessed to even be playing seven years later. All
this is a bonus, really," Williams said. "In 2002, I just was really domi-
nant, and I think in 2009, I just brought that back. I kind of became that
player again."

Albertson's to Pay $8.9 M for Bias
DENVER The Albertson's grocery chain will pay $8.9 million to 168
black and Hispanic workers who said they were subjected to racial taunts
and a graffiti-laced restroom depicting lynchings and swastikas.
The graffiti "was so offensive that several employees would relieve
themselves outside the building or go home at lunchtime rather than use
the restroom," EEOC attorneys said.
The money is part of a settlement agreement between Albertson's and
the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which represented the
workers in three lawsuits involving the company's warehouse distribu-
tion center in suburban Denver.
The settlement will be distributed among 168 former and current
employees, the EEOC said. Individual payments will range from $4,500
to several hundred thousand dollars, depending on factors such as num-
ber of years worked and severity of harassment, said Mary Jo OfNeill
regional EEOC attorney.
Supervisors knew about the harassment and participated in it, EEOC
attorneys said.
The EEOC filed two other discrimination lawsuits against Albertson's
LLC last year involving the same distribution center. In one complaint,
several workers alleged they were passed over for promotions, given
harder jobs and fired in retaliation for complaining about being harassed.

White Americans' majority to end

as Black numbers remains the same
The estimated time when whites will no longer make up the majority
of Americans has been pushed back eight years to 2050 because the
recession and stricter immigration policies have slowed the flow of for-

eigners into the U.S.
Recently released Census Bureau figures update last year's prediction
that white children would become a minority in 2023 and the overall
white population would follow in 2042. The earlier estimate did not take
into account a drop in the number of people moving into the U.S. because
of the economic crisis and the immigration policies imposed after the
Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
The United States has 308 million people today; two-thirds are non-
Hispanic whites.
The total population should climb to 399 million by 2050, under the
new projection, with whites making up 49.9 percent of the population.
Blacks will make up 12.2 percent, virtually unchanged from today.
Hispanics, currently 15 percent of the population, will rise to 28 percent
in 2050.Asians are expected to increase from 4.4 percent of the popula-
tion to 6 percent.
The population 85 and older is projected to more than triple by 2050, to
18.6 million.


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Volume 23 No.13 Jacksonville, Florida December 24, 2009 January 6, 2010

Uninsured finally have hope for healthcare

How many Americans will get
subsidized medical coverage -
plus who will pay for it will be
front-burner issues when Congress
returns next month to complete
President Barack Obama's health

care remake.
Financial concerns join abortion
and whether Uncle Sam should
handle insurance as the top priori-
ties for negotiators who must
resolve difference between the

House and Senate bills.
The negotiations are the last
chance for Democrats to shape the
legislation to deliver concrete bene-
fits to Americans skeptical that it
will help control skyrocketing pre-

Kwanzaa is education Enjoying a night out on the town and the second Kwanzaa celebration were
the Taylor family. Shown above at the Ritz Theaters are Dina, Vincent Janiya and Jamone Taylor checking out
the Afrocentric display before entering the theater. The second day of Kwanzaa celebrates Kujichagulia (self-
determination). The was filled day with arts and crafts, film and performances. For more Kwanzaa, see page 9.

miums as it expands coverage to
millions more.
Both bills would gradually
expand coverage, while banning
objectionable insurance industry
continued on page 9

2009 City

Councilwoman Glorious Johnson
switches parties from Republican to
American Beach erects a marker
to honor activist MaVynne "Beach
Lady" Betsch.
- The 1958 championship Matthew
Gilbert Football Team is fmally rec-
ognized for their winning season by
the State of Florida.
Bob "Bullett" hayes is finally
inducted into the NFL Hall of
Mayor introduces Jacksonville
Journey, a non-partisan community
and government based partnership
to address the city's ills.
City faces major budget cuts in
the national economic crisis and
Mayor's Office says institutions
such as the Ritz Theater and critical
senior programs could be cut if tax
measures are not passed.
Rumors surface that the
Jacksonville Jaguars could be look-
ing to change cities if more support
is not shown from the citizens.

Lynn and Friends returns with talk show from a local perspective
The long running Lynn & Friends perspectives on relationship experi-
Shown has returned from a two ences, they were guided along by
year hiatus with a new look, and a Jones and candid questions from
new focus. Shown on the local the audience.
cable network, the show, hosted by "Since you aren't married and
lifestyle ingenue Lynette Jones, have had unsuccessful relationships
will feature current topic and events with Black men, have you thought
with local guests and experts. about going back to your own
The first taping of the show's race?" asked one viewer to a guest.
return aired this week after a The second half of the show
packed taping at the Cuba Libre. focused on advice and expertise.
"I chose 'Relationships: the Pastor Eugene Eubanks spoke on
Series' as my first show because it the spiritual relevance of relation-
is a topic we all have a say so in ships followed by a segment on
whether we are involved in one or legal advice with Atty. Chris
not," says Jones. Chestnut. Other panelists included
The diverse show guests included a licensed mental health counselor,
a latin man divorced because his an author on self-fulfillment and a
wife was jealous, a white woman dating columnist. Shown above at the show taping are (L-R), Pastor Eugene Eubanl
who exclusively dates Black men A highlight of the taping was a mental health counselor Valencia Banley, show host Lynn Jones a[
and a "cougar" (an older woman live band that performed between Atty. Chris Chestnut.
who prefers dating younger men). sets and entertainment by comedian patrons had the opportunity to which was included in their tick
While the guests each gave their Terry Harris. Prior to the show, experience authentic Cuban cuisine price.

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The FlaJax Club celebrated their 80th Anniversary and dance the
night after Christmas at theWyndham Hotel. As one of the oldest
men's organizations in the city, the event featured the FlaJax's well
respected gentleman andtheir guests. Shown above (L-R) is Brenda
and Alvin White with their daughter Altoria at the event which
included hors d'oeuvres and live music by the Elite band White.
Currently they are under the leadership ofJ. Carl Davis. Biy Daovis photo



More hate crimes in 2009

than in over a decade

The Justice Department has
brought more federal hate crimes
cases this year than in any year
since 2000.
A total of 25 hate crime cases
were filed for the budget year that
ended in September, encompassing
most of President Barack Obama's
first year.
In 2001, there were 31 such cases
filed. The number fell to a low of
12 in 2006, before starting to rise
again, reaching 23 in 2008.
Democrats harshly criticized the
civil rights division during George
W. Bush's presidency, saying
lawyers there were not aggressively
investigating hate crimes, housing
and employment discrimination, or
police misconduct cases.
An internal Justice Department
investigation found the division at
that time was plagued by improper,

politically motivated hiring and
personnel decisions.
The Justice Department recently
announced federal indictments in
its investigation of the fatal beating
of a Mexican immigrant in
Shenandoah, Pa.
In that case, authorities charged
two teenagers with the attack, and
four police officers were indicted
on a variety of charges. Three of the
officers were accused of conspiring
to obstruct the investigation of the
case, and a fourth was charged in a
separate case, accused of extortion.
It was not revealed if authorities
were aware that two of the police
officials they have charged were
also named in a 2006 civil lawsuit
that claimed police beat to death a
Hispanic teenager, then made it
look like a suicide. That case has
yet to go to trial.

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Members of the Boko Haram Islamic sect dubbed 'Nigeria Taliban'

Latest terror drama switches

focus from Middle East to Africa

On Christmas Day, a clatter, a
puff of smoke and a brief, terrifying
flame: Umar Farouk Abdul
Mutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian
passenger on a Northwest Airlines
flight from Amsterdam to Detroit,
had allegedly tried to blow up his
airplane. Others aboard the airliner
quickly subdued the man, a former
University College of London stu-
dent who claims to have ties to Al-
Qaeda and been supplied with
explosives from Yemen. The plane
landed safely in Detroit, where
Mutallab was treated for third
degree bums, and where federal
police officially charged him with
attempting to destroy the jet.
Airport security increased dramat-
ically in several airports in the
United States and in Europe as a
result of the incident. But this latest
botched act of terrorism has wider
implications: it raises important
questions about sources of new
threats to the West, the actual level
of U.S. competence in guarding
against terror, and yet another
American effort to build an impor-
tant relationship with a fragile,
unstable country.
Scrutiny has focused on
Muhammad Murtallah
International Airport in Lagos,
from which Mutallab departed on
Christmas Eve. As recently as
Thanksgiving 2009, the Nigerian
airport was deemed compliant with
air safety protocols set by the
American Transportation Security
Administration" and the Nigerian
Civil Aviation Association-though
over the last decade, it has been
intermittently placed on TSA
watchlists as one of the least secure
airports in the world. Mutallab did
not undergo secondary security
screening at Schiphol Airport in
Amsterdam before boarding his
flight for the U.S.
Since the failed bombing, report-
edly involving PETN, a highly
volatile explosive, Al-Qaeda-affili-
ated groups in Yemen have claimed
credit for training Mutallab-
though no U.S. government offi-
cials have confirmed those connec-
tions. Nevertheless, authorities
have called the incident "an
attempted terrorist attack", and
president Barack Obama is "active-
ly" monitoring the situation as it
develops, according to the White

It's not clear that Mutallab's
actions represent an Al-Qaeda
comeback. But the suspect's
Nigerian connections introduce
African affairs into what has been
seen, since 9/11, as a primarily
Middle Eastern threat.
The American approach to coun-
terterrorism established during the
Bush 43 administration focused on
fighting wars in Iraq and in
Afghanistan, but also on capacity
building on the African continent,
primarily in nations such as Kenya,
Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and
Sudan. Al Qaeda operatives and
sleepers have long been suspected
of gathering in the region.
Substantial Muslim populations
and proximity to the Middle East-
indeed, Osama bin Laden spent
years living in Sudan before
becoming an international fugitive.
The controversial introduction of
AFRICOM in 2008 (which estab-
lished American military bases
across the continent) was one man-
ifestation of this attempt to handle
an increasingly globalized threat,
from the 1997 bombing of the
American embassy in Nairobi, to
the spate of pirate attacks off the
coast of Somalia that so captivated
world audiences in 2009.
Nigeria, on the other coast of a
vast continent, has been less impli-
cated in some of the distressing vio-
lence and militant Islamism that has
hit the Horn in. the last decade..
While it has battled high crime
rates, homegrown threats from
Boko Haram militants, and the rise
of Sharia Islamic law in the north-
ern part of the country, Nigeria has
been a nominal ally in the
American effort to promote democ-
racy and fight Al-Qaeda. Ironically,
the Obama administration has
vowed to quadruple the amount of
oil it sources from Nigeria, as a
means of undercutting the flow of
oil money to potential terrorists in
the Middle East. But despite its out-
sized OPEC revenues, Nigeria
remains populous, poor, and cor-
rupt-making future contributions
to the battle against terrorism diffi-
cult to predict. Nigeria's weakened
institutions-also imperiled by the
serious illness of president Umar
Yar'Adua-compound these diffi-
culties. Continued on page 8

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Estelle Bennett Ernestine Bivens Ezekiel Bryant Ronald EIps

Victor Solomon Percy Sutton KoKo Taylor Wayman Tisdale Teddy Washington

The African-American Diaspora
in Jacksonville and beyond, lost
many notable citizens in
2009.Whether we knew them per-
sonally or through the eye of the
lens or radio, the following individ-
uals are just a few of the dearly
departed had a special touch on
peoples lives:
Though Estelle Bennett wasn't a
household name, during their hey-
day, the Ronettes had America
rocking. Their hits included, "Be
My Baby", "Walking in the Rain"
and "Have I ever Told You".
Ernestine Bivens, popular
Jacksonville philanthropist and
socialite remained active in the
community until her untimely
death. She was known to support
causes with her time and pocket-
book and was a adopted mother to

Ezekiel Bryant, noted education-
al trail blazer and activist. Bryant,
FCJ's first president of color was
considered one of the city's pre-
eminent authorities on education.
Ronald Elps, community trustee,
mentor and volunteer. Through
Elps' efforts he advocated unity and
solidarity though his actions. His
legacy lives on through the "Old
Timers"social group.
E. Lynn Harris, author. Harris
first hit the circuit as a self pub-
lished author and followed with a
string of best sellers. He brought the
stories of gay men and lifestyle to
mainstream readers.
Michael Jackson, entertainer.
Having earned the title of the
Worlds Great Entertainer, Jackson
has proved to as infamous in life as

Edward Kennedy Earl Kitchens Steve McNair Naomi Sims

in death. His untimely
departure in June still
*.>-,. leave fans mourning
his talent.
Edward Kennedy,
S politician and
activist.Patriarch of
Isaiah Wiliams the Kennedy clan, Sen.
Kennedy and the family he repre-
sented often stood the line on civil
rights and other causes.
Earl Kitchens, high school
coach. In a career that began in
1951 as assistant Coach at M.W.
Gilbert, he went on to influence
First Coast athletics for decades.
Most notably, as Coach of the 1958
Gilbert Football Team that went
undefeated to win the state's first
Black School Championship.
Steve McNair, athlete. Steve
McNair, a four-time Pro Bowler,
led the Tennessee Titans to a 2000
Super Bowl. Played 13 years in the
NFL. He also played for the
Baltimore Ravens before retiring in
April 2008. He was slain by his
Naomi Sims, first Black super-

Victor Solomon, local business
owner. Victor E. Solomon, was
president and owner of Holmes-
Glover-Solomon Funeral Home and
a former physical education teacher
for 33 years at Southside, Kirby-
Smith and Northwestern middle
schools, where he influenced many
young people.
Percy Sutton,businessman. A
Tuskegee Airman, civil rights
activist, New York Assemblyman,
Manhattan Borough President and
entrepreneur. Most noted for
defending Malcolm X in court and
purchasing the Apollo Theater.
KoKo Taylor, legendary blues
Wayman Tisdale, jazz artist
Teddy Washington, musician.
Teddy Washington was well known
locally not only as a highly-talented
trumpet player, vocalist and band
leader, but also as the author of his
biography "Life the Puzzle".
Isaiah Williams, business owner.
Ike Williams published the
Jacksonville Advocate for over 25
years. He was also a noted authori-
ty of Black history.

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A look back at a monumental year

Most of us started the year 2009
on a high. We hadn't broken our
New Year's resolutions yet at least
most of us and most African
Americans were still on an emo-
tional high after either going or see-
ing the Presidential Inauguration.
Not that Washington DC needed
any more black folk, but African
Americans flooded the capital in
record numbers for President
Obama's Inauguration. There were
more parties in DC than college
Spring break in Daytona.
The Obama's were truly the talk
around the globe. From what type
of dog they would adopt to the first
lady's clothing, the first family had
to embrace living in a bubble.
I wasn't at the auspicious occa-
sion, but it was a great site to see
from TV, and unfortunately for the
President it was the beginning of a
roller coaster ride of a year.
From the fight to prioritize items
in his first budget to the ongoing
battle over universal healthcare,
Obama has made some conces-
sions, but has been true to his cam-
paign mantra of taking bold steps.
We saw Stimulus Package II
introduced or was that Stimulus
Package IlI? We saw the imple-
mentation of the federal
Neighborhood Stabilization
Program (NSP) I and the introduc-
tion of NSP II, which got govern-
ments and nonprofits all fired up
for no apparent reason since munic-
ipalities still haven't spent NSP I
Looks like healthcare reform is
becoming more of a reality with the
Senate set to take its final vote this
week. If Obama were able to
accomplish the passage of such a
major overhaul within his first year
it would be a monumental achieve-
ment for him.
Perhaps the most shocking story

of the year was the bizarre death of
pop superstar Michael Jackson. But
now that I think back over
Jackson's career, does it really sur-
prise anyone that he died in such an
odd manner?
Most were excited because he
was preparing for a worldwide tour
and new album. I remember receiv-
ing the call from my sister about
Jackson's death and since my sister
is overly dramatic about most
things I didn't believe her.
Every year we mourn people
who are both superstars on a
national or international scale and
folks who we locally view as com-
munity superstars.
Entertainers like Farrah Fawcett,
Natasha Richardson, Bea Arthur,
Dom DeLuise, Patrick Swayze, Ed
McMahon and the infamous Walter
Cronkite passed just to name a
Blues legends like Koko Taylor
passed and sports stars like Steve
McNair and Chris Henry both died
in the most unpredictable ways
imaginable. I am still dumbfound-
ed by the bizarre deaths of these to
sports stars.
I wrote about the death of a great
American politician Sen. Edward
Kennedy. He was a true champion
for the poor and working class fam-
ilies and civil rights in this nation.
Perhaps what I will remember
most about him was his courage.
After his two brothers were assassi-
nated, Senator Kennedy was asked
if he would get out of politics and
go into hiding. Most of us would
have seriously thought about it
under the circumstances.
Senator Kennedy said, "There is
no safety in hiding."
I mentioned President Obama's
roller coaster ride. He also won the
Noble Peace Prize in 2009 for his
work towards peace.

No one can argue that Obama's
election has not changed the way
the entire world looks at America.
It doesn't matter if you like the
President or not, not even
Republicans can deny that world
leaders have a renewed respect for
the United States because Obama is
so different from President Bush.
Locally things got very interest-
ing as well. The city faced major
budget gaps, but eventually passed
a balanced budget by raising taxes
and making cuts.
The Trail Ridge Landfill no-bid
contract issue dominated local pol-
itics for several months before the
Mayor's Office backed off of a con-
tract renewal for the existing man-
agement firm.
The public, some City Council
members, potential bidders and
several local organizations cried
foul and eventually got their way.
Now a judge might decide how a
new contract is eventually award-
ed, since the current management
company is now suing the city.
The 2009 Jacksonville Jaguars
have been well, they've been the
Jaguars. With two looses in a row
at home, the Jags messed up anoth-
er potential run at the playoffs.
Speaking of the NFL, Rush
Limbaugh got a rude awakening
from the NFL Players Union. The
organization opposed a group that
was interested in purchasing the St.
Louis Rams because it included the
conservative and ultra right wing
radio host Rush Limbaugh.
Limbaugh was eventually
dropped from the group, but he cer-
tainly wasn't surprised. He enjoys
being disliked.
The economy continued to strug-
gle in 2009. Perhaps blacks folk
felt the pain the most. Most of us
have heard the saying, "When
White America Catches the Cold,

Black America Catches
Well, joblessness for 16-to-24-
year-old black men has reached
Great Depression proportions at
34.5 percent in October 2009, more
than three times the rate for the
general U.S. population.
The unemployment rate for
African Americans as a whole in
2009 reached 25-year highs at 15.6
percent. Unemployment for whites
was around 8 percent and for
Hispanics it was 13 percent, and
overall unemployment was around
9 percent.
Now there was certainly the
good, bad and ugly of 2009, and
there were also the issues that
received too much play. I am tired
of hearing about Tiger and his 12
mistresses or was that 14 or 16?
Who cares at this point?
Note to the media and everyday
people move on! There are many
other famous guys cheating on their
wives that you could talk about.
I am also tired of Twitter and
Facebook. Hopefully, I will not
offend anyone, but who are you
people that have enough time to
update Facebook pages and Twitter
people about your daily activities?
Get a life! OK, maybe I am not
embracing the new age of technol-
ogy and communications. I think
that it's fine if you have a simple
page that you check from time to
time, but grown folk shouldn't be
on Facebook and Twitter every day.
And don't look me up I am not
OK, I have officially run out of
space with a lot more to talk about
- oh well. Happy Holidays and
Happy New Year.
Signing off from the North Pole,
Reggie Fullwood

States Deny Food Stamps, Public Assistance to Drug Offenders

by Dr. Henrie Treadwell
Each year, hundreds of thousands
of people released from U.S. pris-
ons after felony drug convictions
discover that serving time isn't their
only punishment. They are perma-
nently denied the life-sustaining
benefits of food stamps and other
public assistance.
The restrictions come from the
1996 welfare reform legislation,
which was adopted at a time when
politicians in Washington were
maneuvering to be perceived as
tough on crime. It's clear that their
fight for political survival blinded
them to the negative impacts this
ban would have on men and
women trying to reestablish their
lives after prison stays. Needless to
say, it also has a huge impact on
their children.
Plain and simple, this is public
policy at its worst. With ex-con-
victs already facing monumental
hurdles to overcome, ranging from
dealing with health concerns to try-
ing to find jobs to readjusting to
their families and communities,
this policy makes successfully
doing any of those more difficult.
Researchers have found that poli-
cies such as these are particularly
hard on women, at a time when the
female inmate population is rising.
Juliana van Olphen, of San
Francisco State University, says

that punitive policies related to
employment, housing, education,
welfare, and treatment for mental
health or substance abuse make it
extremely difficult for drug users
and former users to live normal
lives and reintegrate into society.
"These policies have adversely
and disproportionately affected
women, especially poor women,
ruining their chances of finding
employment, housing or education
upon release," van Olphen said.
Some states, however, have dis-
covered that they can limit or
remove the federal ban. Under the
law, anyone convicted of a federal
or state felony involving the pos-
session, use or distribution of drugs
is permanently banned from receiv-
ing food stamps or assistance under
Temporary Assistance for Needy
Families. But states are allowed to
enact legislation changing or elimi-
nating the ban. Unless they do, peo-
ple with drug felony convictions
can't receive food stamps or wel-
fare assistance.
A recent review of the state poli-
cies indicates that:
Eleven states have adopted the
federal restrictions without any
changes. In these states, benefits
are permanently denied. It doesn't
matter how long ago the crime was
committed or successful the reha-
bilitation whether through a strong

work history, drug and alcohol
counseling, or by avoiding repeat
Thirty states have altered the
ban to allow people who meet cer-
tain conditions to receive food
stamps or welfare assistance. Most
times, the conditions include par-
ticipating in alcohol and drug treat-
ment sessions, passing drug tests,
or staying out of trouble.
Nine states have lifted the ban
Still, in some states lawmakers
are not even aware of the federal
ban. In West Virginia where it is in
place, a key state legislator, House
Health and Human Resources,
Chairman Don Perdue, researched
how the ban was enacted--but only
after a colleague passed along a
complaint from a constituent. He
learned that it was tucked into leg-
islation with mundane "rules," and
did not get a separate vote or notice
from lawmakers. He said he will
now consider offering legislation to
address the ban.
Across the country, advocates are
also pushing state legislatures to
ease or eliminate the ban on people
convicted of drug felonies receiv-
ing food stamps or welfare,
because it is the right thing to do.
How can elected officials, civic
leaders and community activists
encourage ex-convicts to reestab-

lish ties with their families and
communities when laws such as
this one make that task harder and,
at times, even impossible?
It's time to change the laws.
Dr. Henrie M. Treadwell is
director of Community Voices of
Morehouse School of Medicine.

Global warming

and us

Hot air abounds across the world. When Venezuelan &
President Hugo Chivez spoke at the United Nations Climate Change
Conference in Copenhagen he heated up the proceedings suggesting
President Obama is "a devil". He told Barack and his European counterparts
"Go to Hell Gringos".
If Obama has been declared among "the White Devils", it raises a ques-
tion for Black Americans to ponder: "What image do the world's non-white
societies have of us?" Chavez's comments will cause many American
Blacks to recoil; but resonated among Brown and Black conference dele-
gates and accentuated collective rants against leaders of rich countries. The
rancor in Copenhagen was between large non-white blocs and a clique of
rich and White leaders of what to do about global warming.
The average temperature of the Earth's surface is increasing and industri-
al societies are demonstrably, responsible for most of the warming and
depleting natural resources. The main activities contributing to global
warming are burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) and the clear-
ing of lands. The overwhelming amount of burning that occurs in automo-
biles, factories, and electric power plants happens in the so-called 1st World
Countries. Development and consumption patterns among these societies
date back to the Industrial Revolution. The 1st World's disruptive legacy is
obvious in degradation that is not only environmental, but social and eco-
nomic as well.
Chavez was hardly alone with searing rhetoric against the actions of
Western societies. In Copenhagen the President of Brazil Luiz Lula da Silva
charged industrialized countries with historical responsibility for climate
change. He too, was up-in-arms about methods of controlling global warm-
ing, saying such actions are "fundamental" to saving the Earth. Lula is pres-
ident of the largest country in South America; and hardly one to be ignored
as is Chavez among Western leaders. Lula recently accused "blue-eyed
bankers" for the global economic recession; in Copenhagen he said: "It is
beyond doubt that both the benefits of economic development as well as the
costs of environmental degradation have been unevenly distributed both
among and within countries. While some profited, and continue to, from the
irrational exploitation of natural resources and unsustainable levels of con-
sumption, the vast majority of the world's population has little to show for
it.. .We must deal with this matter in a timely manner if we are to avert envi-
ronmental disasters and reverse the gap between rich and poor".
Through no fault of their own, the poor, non-white people of the world are
clearly ecological victims of 1st World Countries' sins. The Industrial
Revolution of the 18th to the 19th century marked a major turning point in
human history; from which almost every aspect of daily life was eventually
influenced in some way. Production pollution activity since the Industrial
Revolution has increased the atmosphere's greenhouse gases.
Americans produce more than our share of "hot air". Five percent of the
world's population, we consume 25 percent of the planet's resources.
Blacks take pride in their "American lifestyles" and are full partners in this
nation's orgy of consumption. Is there any reason people in Africa, Brazil,
and elsewhere shouldn't paint African Americans with the same demonic
brush they do traditional imperialists? Black, and White, Americans believe
that global warming is real, but most view it merely a moderate and distant
risk. Americans want to sustain their levels of consumption and care less if
it's at the expense of the lives and living of most of the people in the world.
Half the world. survives on less than $2.50 a day, yet Americans enable
inequalities of resource use.
At Copenhagen, poor countries filled the air with allegations of rich coun-
tries' "climate colonialism" and patterns of emitting twice as much carbon
per head than they do. Americans have a devil-may-care attitude about foot-
prints we are making pushing consumption close to exceeding the planet's
natural resources. Current consumption patterns put the planet in peril. In
2005, the average biologically productive area per person worldwide was
approximately 2.1 global hectares (gha) per capital. The U.S. footprint per
capital was 9.4 gha; Switzerland was 5.0 gha per person and China 2.1.


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Newly freed Florida man has title of longest

served for being wrongly imprisoned

For 35 years, James Bain was a
prisoner of the Florida prison sys-
tem and a prisoner of the times.
When Bain was accused in 1974
of kidnapping and raping a 9-year-
old boy, DNA testing wasn't avail-
able to prove his guilt or innocence.
All that existed in Bain's case was
the powerful, but mistaken, testi-
mony of the small rape victim.
But at the age of 54,Bain walked
from the Polk County Courthouse a
free man last week after DNA test-
ing proved it virtually impossible
that he attacked the boy.
Wearing a black T-shirt with the
words "Not Guilty" across the
front, Bain revealed to a crowd of
family, friends and other well-wish-
ers that his faith in his God sus-
tained him:
"No, I'm not angry," he said.
"Because I've got God."
Bain broke a record that no one
would wish to compete for: the
most time spent in prison among
the 246 prisoners who have been
freed by DNA evidence, according

James Bain talks to the media
during a news conference outside
the Polk County Courthouse in
Bartow, Fla. Bain was released
Thursday after spending 34
years in prison for a 1974 rape
conviction when new DNA evi-
dence exonerated him.
to the Innocence Project, a nonprof-
it organization that fights for the
unjustly accused.
Bain said that spending time with

his family, especially his informed
mother, was the most important
item in his life, besides his devotion
to God.
Bain was convicted largely on the
strength of the victim's eyewitness
The boy said his attacker had
bushy sideburns and a mustache,
and the boy's uncle, a former assis-
tant principal at a high school, said
it sounded like Bain, a former stu-
The boy picked Bain out of a
photo lineup, although there are
questions about whether detectives
steered him to select Bain.
In most cases, when a wrongly
imprisoned man is released from
jail, discussions turn to compensat-
ing the freed prisoner. Last year,
Florida passed a law that automati-
cally grants former inmates found
innocent $50,000 for each year they
spent in prison.
That means Bain is entitled to
$1.75 million for his 35 years
behind bars.

Atty. Ava Parker
Parker Relected

to JTA Chair
Attorney Ava parker has been
elected to retain her post as Chair
of the Jacksonville Transportation
Authority. Michael Cavendish also
keeps his position as Vice
Chairman. The nomination com-
mittee was led by Cleve Warren.
Parker was appointed to the JTA
Board by Mayor John Peyton in
June 2006. She was first elected
Chairman one year ago, taking over
leadership of the board from

Nation's first Black newspaper

thrives as industry struggles
This has been a rough year for "Every issue he would have some-
print media. thing about the black people and
According to businessinsider.com, people wanted to read about them-
10,000 newspaper jobs have been selves." That still holds true today.
lost. Print ad sales fell 30% in the Philadelphia native Sam
first quarter of the year, and 23 of Muelbellieger, says, "It's really our
the top 25 newspapers reported cir- home base paper that really taps the
culation declines between 7% and heartbeat of the
20%. More A f r i c a n
than 100 1p om~t c wurha sues ltlo American com-
newspapers i munity and
have closed, other papers
including the don't tend to
Seattle Post- .. gravitate
Intelligence toward that
and The area. So we
R o c k y have some-
Mountain thing like a
N e w s Y ar ,- '"-' family type
Magazines are '_" of situation with
being hit as the Tribune."
well, with the closing of Blender, Bertha Godfrey, the Tribune's
Portfolio, and even Vibe. senior vice president, has been with
But there's one newspaper that is the paper since 1946. She says that
standing the test of time. The family has always been the back-
Philadelphia Tribune is the oldest, bone of the Tribune.
continuously published black news- "It was like a family, we looked
paper in the country, now celebrat- out for one another," she says. "My
ing its 125th year. It was founded in boss E. Washington Rhodes, if you
1884 as a way for African needed $500, he would see to it that
Americans to speak against injus- you got it, right out of his pocket.
tice. And we didn't have any money

The Tribune's current president
Robert Bogle, who spent most of
his life in the shadow of the
Tribune, says "My father worked
here, and so i grew up here as a
child. I would see the men and
women that worked here, in those
days we printed out paper right here
in this building."
The press that they used remains
in the the building and at nearly 70
years old, is still in working condi-
Father Thomas Logan, 97, who
sold the Tribune as a boy said,

back then. I remember we could
hardly make payroll."
How times have changed. Today
the Tribune's circulation is just over
220,000 weekly. It is published five
times a week in Philadelphia and is
available every day online.
Yet with the challenges facing
newspapers today, many question
why the Tribune continues to push
on. Robert Bogle believes he knows
why: "Because we're doing today
what Chris Perry did 125 years ago.
And today, like 125 years ago, that
continues to be. And that's why."

Boys Choir of Harlem

Famed Boys Choir of

Harlem comes to a quiet end

The Boys Choir of Harlem has
officially disbanded, it was
announced at the New York neigh-
borhood's Metropolitan
Community United Methodist
Former member Terrance Wright
confirmed the rumors at the place
where the renowned choral group
last performed in 2007, around the
time of the death of Walter J.
Turnbull, who established the choir
in 1968, The New York Times
"Tell the people. Let it be
known," Wright said after leading a
Dec. 13 Christmas concert by choir
alumni at the church. "There is no
Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem."
Although it has been about two
years since the choir officially per-
formed, no definitive announce-
ment regarding its fate had been
made, leaving supporters to hope it
would be revived after years of

financial woes, the Times said.
Also adding to the group's
demise was the conviction of a
choir counselor for sexually
molesting a 14-year-old boy and
the scandal that surrounded the
case. Turnbull initially failed to
report the child's allegations to
authorities when he made them in
2001 and allowed the counselor to
continue working with kids.
"There were those who didn't
want to declare its end because they
were wishing something would
show up to make it real again,"
choir board member Howard
Dodson told the Times about why it
took so long to officially announce
the group had ended. "That was the
The newspaper said former mem-
bers of the choir have been per-
forming together at various holiday
and corporate events, however.

What a year it has been for
Michael Vick. In jail and out again
and all the way back to the NFL.
His efforts have not gone unnoticed
as his peers have shown they appre-
ciate his tough journey back.
Vick won the Ed Block Courage
Award, voted on by his teammates
on the Philadelphia Eagles, after the
once-disgraced star quarterback
returned to the league after spend-
ing 18 months in a federal prison
for his role in a dogfighting ring.
"It means a great deal to me,"
Vick said Wednesday. "I was voted
unanimously by my teammates.
They know what I've been through.
I've been through a lot. It's been
great to come back and have an
opportunity to play and be with a
great group of guys. I'm just ecstat-
ic about that and I enjoy every day."
A three-time Pro Bowl pick in six
seasons with Atlanta, Vick has
played sparingly with the Eagles.
He has two touchdowns rushing
and one passing in 12 games.
The Ed Block Award honors
players who exemplify commit-
ment to the principles of sports-
manship and courage. Each of the
32 NFL teams selects a recipient.

Michael Vick
"I've overcome a lot, more than
probably one single individual can
handle or bear," Vick said. "You ask
certain people to walk through my
shoes, they probably couldn't do it.
"There's always consequences
behind certain things and repercus-
sions behind them, too. And then
you have to wake up every day and
face the world, whether they per-
ceive you in the right perspective,
it's a totally different outlook on
you. You have to be strong, believe
in yourself, be optimistic. That's
what I've been able to do. That's
what I display."

A tribute and celebration for

Ron Elps and the Old Timers

M.L. King Day

Monday, January 18, 2010

Charles "Boobie" Clark Park

8793 Sibbald Road

Keep the dream for family love and neighborhood

unity alive as the old timers continue the tradition!

For information, call Cookie Brown 405-3723 Baldy Jackson 994-2364 or Nathaniel Farley 765-0035

Deadline approaching for Gates Scholarship
for Low-Income Minority Students
The Gates Millennium Scholarship Program, funded by a grant from
the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established to provide out-
standing low income minority students with an opportunity to complete
an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest.
Continuing scholars may request funding for a graduate degree pro-
gram in one of the following discipline areas: education, engineering,
library science, mathematics, public health or science.
In addition to increasing access to higher education for these under-
represented groups, GMS also provides leadership training. Through
participation in a comprehensive leadership development program,
Scholars enhance academic and leadership skills, which prepare them to
assume important roles in their professions and in their communities.
The deadline for the upcoming scholarship awards is January 11, 2010.
To apply, visit www.blackstudents.com/billgates

Vick Wins Eagle's

Courage Award

Youth Basketball


10 a.m.

Ages 11 and under and 12-14

Annual Old Timers

Football Game

3 p.m.

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Watch Night Services

Summerville M.B.
Watch Night Service will be held on Thursday December 31, 2009. The
church is located at 690 W. 20th Street.
For more information call 598-0510. Pastor Dr. James W. Henry.
Greater Macedonia
Greater Macedonia Baptist Church, located at 1880 Edgewood Avenue,
will have a New Year's Eve Worship on Thursday, December 31 st at 10 p.m.
Dr. Landon L. Williams, pastor. Everyone is invited to attend and ring in the
New Year in high praise. For more information, call 764-9257.

Revival Services at Faust Temple
Faust Temple Church of God in Christ located at 3328 Moncrief Rd. will
have Revival Services on December 29th, 30th and closing on Watch Night
December 31, 2009. Services will be held nightly at 7:30 p.m. Bishop
Rushie Dixon invites you to come and join us for a spectacular time in the
Lord. Special Guest Speaker Dr. Earl W. Carter Sr. Of Truth and Victory
Church of God in Christ Senior Pastor and Founder. For more information
call (904) 353-1418.

St. Thomas Missionary Baptist
St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church, located at 5863 Moncrief Rd. will
hold their annual Watch Night Service on Thursday night December 31,
2009 at 9:00p.m. Pastor Ernie L. Murray, Sr. will bring the message and the
Mass Choir will sing. Everyone is invited to attend. The church is located
at 5863 Moncrief Road. Call 768-8880 for more information.

Disciples of Christ
Pastor and First lady Richard LeCount of Disciples of Christ Church
invite the public to "Experience the Difference" in 2010. Come visit
Disciples of Christ and meet people just like you who couldn't change
things but found that God could-and did! Experience a real difference from
the inside out. You'll be amazed at the transformation! The service will be
held New Year's Eve at 10:00 p.m. The church is located at 2061 W.
Edgewood Ave. next to Chicken Koop. For more information, call (904)

EmanuelMissionary Baptist
The public is invited to worship with the Emanuel Missionary Baptist
Church family at its annual Watch Night Services on Thursday, December
31, 2009, beginning at 10:00 p.m. The church is located at 2407 Division
Street. For more information, call 356-9371. The Reverend Herb
Anderson, Pastor

Emancipation Proclamation
Association Inc. The City of
Jacksonville-Duval County Florida
The Emancipation Proclamation
program and celebration will be
held on Friday January 1,2010 at
10:45a.m. at West Union Baptist
Church, 1605 W Beaver St.
Make plans to attend and bring
your entire family and friends to
witness a phenomenal portrayal of
the times circumstances, and words
of Frederick Douglass and the pow-
erful portrayal of President
Abraham Lincoln. Your attendance
will allow you to remember how
God used Frederick Douglas and
many other abolitionists to elevate
the American conscious about the

horrors of slavery and how God
chose an unlikely servant, Abraham
Lincoln, to become President of the
United States and sign the
Emancipation Proclamation on
January 1, 1863 freeing the slaves in
Confederate held territories.
This year's guest speaker is Dr.
Abel Bartley, a Jacksonville native:
and Assoc. Professor at Clemson
University where he serves as
Director of the Pan African Studies
program. Professor Bartley is the
author of several books including
his most recent "Keeping the Faith"
which explores race, politics, and
social development in Jacksonville
between 1940 and 1970.

Kwanzaa Celebrations
The remaining Kwanzaa celebrations will be held on December 31st,
2009 at 7.30p.m. at Hezekiah & Associates, 1524 Woods Street. Contact:
418-067. January 1, 2010 celebration will be from 7 9 p.m. at Abz-
Solute Fitness, 5290-4 Norwood Ave. at the Gateway Town Center.
Contact: 765-6002 or 268-5359.
Queens of Gospel Concert
Tickets are on sale now for the Queens of Gospel Explosion featuring
gospel legends Shirley Caesar and Dottie Peoples on January 10, 2010 at
the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts in the Moran Theater.
Also in concert on the show will be Stellar awards winners Vickie Winans
and Beverly Crawford. Bishop Rudolph Mckissick will be the emcee of this
event. The show will start at 7 p.m.
This will be the first time Caesar and Peoples have ever performed on the
same show. Both queens are known for putting a high energy shows with
full live bands. Winans will be hosting the 2010 Stellar Awards, which is
gospel's premier awards show.
1st Fridays at New Covenant
B.. Dwayne Hardin will present "1st Fridays Jax, the 2010 New Year
Edition" featuring Dr. Todd Hall on Friday, January 1, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. It
will take place at New Covenant Ministries 2360 St. Johns Bluff Road.
For more information call 641-7600.

Ji l

Mr. and Mrs. Noah Newman

Newmans Celebrate

Golden Anniversary

Family and friends joined gleeful-
ly in the 50th wedding anniversary
celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Henry
Over fifty years ago, Noah Henry
Newman wedded Luvenia
Quarterman. The lovely Mrs.
Newman wore the same gown she
was married in originally in the cel-
The festivities were held at the
Ramona Pavillion Ballroom and

was attended by Rev. Johnny
Johnson and Dr. Cornelius
The celebration included solos by
Joyce Thomas "More than Enough"
and "The Lord's Prayer". In tradi-
tional fashion, the bride was given
away by her sons Kevin and Noah
Newman, Jr.
The ceremony concluded with a
reception and music provided by a
D.J. R. Silver photo

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7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Noon Service
Church school "Miracle at Midday"
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The Word from the Sons
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Pastor Rudolph 3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m. at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Bishop Rudolph
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F. Chideya,
The Root
"Monogamy is inherently unnatu-
ral in our species," Dr. Julie
Holland says without equivocation.
She's a clinical assistant professor
of psychiatry at the New York
University School of Medicine, and
author of the recent memoir
Weekends at Bellevue. Metaphors
like being "sex-crazed," "crazy
about you" or even "crazy in love"
don't seem so nutty when you con-
sider the call of the wild may have
followed us into the present day
from our evolutionary past.
"We are social creatures," says
Dr. Holland. "It takes an inordinate

Talking Marriage and Monogamy

k in the Time of Tiger Woods

amount of self-
control to resist
our natural
urges to mate
with multiple
others. Serial
.". .monogamy is
about the best
most of us can pull
off, but we would
probably be more true to
ourselves, and our human
nature, if we were more like the
Bonobos, by the way, are what
some scientists call our "closest
cousins"--chimpanzees who share
98 percent of DNA with humans
and who mate with the frequency
and partner-swapping frenzy of cer-
tain golfers.
And speaking of certain golfers...
the conversation about Tiger Woods
may be largely tabloid titillation,
but it's also opened up an opportu-
nity to have a critical conversation
about love, success, marriage and
monogamy. That conversation
could help break a silence that is lit-
erally killing us. I'm thinking of a

forum I moderated at the National
Association of Black Journalists
conference this summer, sponsored
by the Centers for Disease Control,
about AIDS. We talked about urban
and rural black America, hetero and
same-sex relationships, and about
silence and lies. According to the
CDC, while only 12 percent of this
nation is African-American, a stag-
gering 46 percent of Americans liv-
ing with AIDS are black. But it's too
easy just to point to disease statis-
tics alone. Divorces, the low black
marriage rate, financial and emo-
tional distress (on adults and chil-
dren) are everyday realities of mod-
em relationship wars. So as we're
having our national conversation
about cheating, we need to
acknowledge that whether or not
humans are inherently monoga-
mous, we live in a sexual culture of
lies and irresponsibility that we
cannot afford to continue.
One of the major lines of conver-
sation post-Tiger has been whether
people who choose high-profile,
famous or wealthy partners have to
expect that those partners will

cheat. Tai Beauchamp is a style and
lifestyle expert and social entrepre-
neur who also appeared on
SOAPnet's reality TV dating show,
Holidate. She says, "In conversa-
tions with girlfriends, both married,
single and otherwise committed,
we've spoken frankly about how for
men, in most cases, wealth, fame
and status is an avenue of greater
'access' [to sexual encounters].
Whether he chooses that lane of
'access' has nothing to do with how
rich or famous he is." In other
words, says Beauchamp, "A per-
son's infidelity and disloyalty has to
do with his value systems."
The neo-clich6 "Don't hate the
player, hate the game" has never
applied more succinctly to modern
questions of fidelity. There are
many reasons people cheat. For
some, it's literally a game-the con-
quest is not as much about the end
result of having sex as the continu-
ing refinement and mastery of a
skill. So maybe it's time to change
the game. Maybe it's time to expand
our conversation from "did s/he
cheat?" Continued on page 8

Free Trip to Egypt for 1000 Students and 500 Adults

The d'Zert Club and The African
Genesis Institute are sponsoring a
free, all expense paid, trip to Egypt,
North Africa for 1000 students
nationwide between the ages of 7
and 14 and 500 adult group leaders.
These travelers will participate in
the Annual Teen Summit 1000.
The d'Zert Club is a
Philadelphia-based, non-profit trav-
el organization founded in 1997 by
the husband and wife team of Ali
and Helen Salahuddin. It special-
izes in coordinating national and
international educational field trips

tor African Americans, and cultural program tor Atrican
The African Genesis Institute is a American youth between the ages
proactive, 3 semester, educational of 7 and 14 focused on developing
an understanding and awareness of

Christmas comes early for

Johnson Branch YMCA youth

(L-R) Eric Williams, Johnson Family YMCA Executive Director,
Angel Matthews (seated on Santa's right knee), age 4, Santa Claus,
Taylor Ford, age 7 (seated on Santa's left knee), Samuel Newby,
Johnson Family YMCA Board Chair.
The YMCA Angel Tree program was a big success this year, collecting
enough toys to benefit nearly 1,000 children across the First Coast.
Children came to pick up their brand new Christmas toys at the Johnson
Branch of the Yand visit Santa. In addition to the toys, there was hot
chocolate and popcorn on hand while the children watched movies while
unwrapping their gifts.

the African experience in America.
Over this 27-month period students

are exposed to the rich and extraor-
dinary ancient African history
through bi-monthly classes, semi-
nars and field trips. At the end of
the program the students and group
leaders sojourn to Egypt for the
Teen Summit 1000 where they
examine the land of their ancestors
and share their culture and lifestyle
with African youth. The Egypt trip
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DIverslfyinq opportunity in the world of hair
by Pekela Riley
Well all, 2010 is rapidly approaching and as one year draws to a close,
I always take time to reflect on the year past. In 2009, I was blessed to
realize some major highlights regarding my career. I'd like to take this
time to share a few of my favorite professional moments of 2009 with
hopes that this column can be used to inspire promising stylist out there.
One of my favorite moments from this year was the reimaging of
national recording artist Jade Herrell. This
exciting young singer's look was very drab,
ok maybe not drab but it was an everyday,
cute girl at the mall look. This was my first PL ) At_
opportunity creating an image for an artist ( Y
on this level. I wanted to make sure that
Jade's look reflected not only her music, but
her up beat personality. I took her long
curly brown extensions and gave her a short I
teased look with lots of volume. That cou-
pled with changing her hair color to a richer tone added miles to her over
all look. Another group I was able to work with is called the GR.I.T.S-
Grammatical Revolution In The Spirit! This Christian hip-hop group's
song "Ooh Aah" has appeared on the MTV show My Super Sweet
Sixteen and on the soundtracks to The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
and Big Momma's House 2. I meet this awesome group while styling
for the Dove Awards.. While there I also worked with notable artists in
the gospel genre such as Kirk Franklin and Donnie Mcclurkin.
Another highlight from my year was doing some "Ghost styling". That
is an industry term for basically creating a look for a company's model;
usually a company selling hair or make-up. One of the many products I
ghost styled for is Lottabody and their brand of styling products. You'll
be able to see my work on their national marketing campaign in 2010.
In the beauty profession, stylists should really think outside the box, the
possibilities are truly endless.
One of my proudest moments is that Salon PK was just named best
salon in Jacksonville, so a huge thank you to all that voted! If you're
looking to redefine your image this year, think about what you want to
say about yourself and what your goals are. Your image is part of sell-
ing who you are, so if you want to be the top manger at a bank, you just
might not want spiked hair. Always be true to yourself and keep your
audience in mind. I hope that everyone is able to take something out of
this one. Its truly my hope to share what I've learned and pass along my
professional knowledge and trade secrets. Here's to the great New Year!
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Governor's Black History Month

Contest now accepting entries

Governor Charlie Crist has
announced Florida's Black History
Month "African-American Art A
Look at Our Past; A Glimpse into
Our Future" for students in kinder-

be selected. Art submissions should
address the following topic: Based
on Claude Clark's painting "Guest
House," think of a building that is
special to you, your school, a neigh-

students can win full ride scholarships

garden through 12th grades.
Students, parents, teachers and
principals can also nominate full-
Stime African-American educators
in elementary, middle or high
schools for the Black History
Month Excellence in Education
Summer Brook showcases resident's talent at annual gospel extravaganza Summer Brook About the Student Contests
Health Care Center held their 10th annual Gospel Extravaganza during the holiday season showcasing the talents Art Contest for Grades K-3 The
of residents. The 120 bed facility celebrates every year with a community wide reception and performance fea- Black History Month art contest is
turning the St. Thomas Praise Dancers, Evergreen Baptist Church and a finale by Evelyn Williams shown above, open to all Florida students in
R. Silver photo grades K-3, and two winners will

ALflal adie *****************************************

Ernest E. Barnes Jr. A painter
whose most famous painting, "The
Sugar Shack," was featured on the
cover of Marvin Gaye's album, "I
Want You" and on the closing cred-
its of the famous sitcom, "Good
Times." Barnes also was a profes-
sional football player.

-.John Hope Franklin. Renowned
historian and professor who played
ah instrumental role in the historic
desegregation case Brown vs.
Board of Education (Kansas). He is
best known for his book, "Slavery
to Freedom." Franklin is a Fisk
University graduate.

Continued from page 7
to "what is a healthy relationship,
monogamous or not?"
Once you've been on the planet a
while, you see that relationships
.come in a staggering spectrum of
health and disease, complicated by
factors of race, class, luck, religion
and culture. I have seen honest non-
monogamous relationships, includ-
ing ones where a man and woman
love and live with each other, and
both have lovers. These couples
seemed to take serious (though not
infallible) health precautions to
avoid the spread of disease, unlike
so many people having furtive sex-
ual encounters. There are great life-
long monogamies and (rarely, but

What the Nigerian
Continued from page 3
Without accompanying develop-
ment assistance or institutional
reform, Nigeria could prove just as
dangerous to western interests as
more traditionally nefarious oil-
producing nations.
. Airline travel-the surest evidence
of globalization-has scrambled
these dynamics even further.
American authorities have already
begun investigating Mutallab's ties
in Britain, Nigeria and in Yemen.
The latter, among the poorest
Muslim Arab countries, has long
had a fragile state suspected of har-
boring terrorists with links to Al-
Qaeda, as well as smugglers, coun-
terfeiters, and other criminals oper-
ating in the Indian Ocean. Just a
week before the Christmas Day

Altovise Davis. The wife of
Sammy Davis Jr., who had an
accomplished career on stage and
film in her own right, with appear-
ances on "Charlie's Angels" and
"Chips." Mrs. Davis was also
active with Los Angeles area chari-

Alaina Reed .Actress Alaina
Reed Hall-Amini was best known
for roles as "Olivia" on Sesame
Street and "Rose" on 227, died of

joyfully) some bad marriages that,
over the decades become astound-
ingly good ones. Of course, there
are festering, hateful, long-term
relationships and spectacular mid-
air-collision divorces, the kind that
begin with descriptions like, "I
remember the day when my hus-
band's girlfriend called me to say
that she was pregnant."
Then, hovering somewhere
between consent and complicity,
there are people who choose to stay
in unequal, cheating-filled relation-
ships. Billie Holiday's haunting
song "Don't Explain" delivers the
soliloquy of a woman whose errant
lover is welcomed back not with
naivete, but melancholy self-aware-

Little Shaniya Davis. Her body
was found November 16 The
nation mourned the loss of this
child who died after her own moth-
er allegedly sold her to pay off a
drug debt. Shaniya was described
by family members as a happy, fun-
loving child.

Burl Abron Toler, Sr. Burl Toler
was the first African-American to
officiate an NFL game after begin-
ning his 25-year career in profes-
sional football in 1965. Toler was
also the first official to call a Super

Cry to hear folks chatter
And I know you cheat
Right or wrong, don't matter
When you're with me, sweet
Sometimes I think it's easier to
get to the emotional core of the
issues we're struggling with in artis-
tic rather than reportorial form.
Questions of marriage, fidelity and
faith were all themes I wove into a
novel, Kiss the Sky, which came out
this year. The main character is a
black rock singer in a love triangle
between a drug-abusing ex-husband
(who is also her guitarist) and a
manipulative boyfriend (who is also
her manager). And though I, per-
sonally, have never been in a love
triangle (or dated anyone I worked

Rev. Timothy Wright. Rev.
Timothy Wright, a Grammy-nomi-
nated gospel singer died months
after a car crash that killed his wife
and grandson. Wright is best
known for his songs "Come Thou
Almighty King" and "Jesus, Jesus,

David "Pop" Winans, Sr. David
"Pops" Winans, Sr., the patriarch of
the multiple Grammy-nominated
Winans family, was known for his
musical talents as well as his

with, or been able to sing a note
without hurting other peoples' ears),
it was, of course, my everyday
hopes and fears as a woman that
allowed me to conjure Sky Lee as a
character. In the end, Sky has to
identify her own desire for a healthy
relationship before she can pursue
I hope that the conversation in the
novel helps some readers confront
the dance of desire and expectation
in their own lives. I certainly saw a
powerful confirmation of the way
fiction can shape real relationships
at the memorial for novelist E. Lynn
Harris. More than one person stood
up and related stories about the way
his book created a space for people
coming out of the closet. Art can

borhood recreation center, or your
own home and draw, paint, sketch
or make a collage of that special
building. One sentence describing
the special building should be
included at the bottom of the pic-
ture. The sentence can be handwrit-
ten or typed.
Essay Contest for Grades 4-12
The Black History Month essay
contest is open to all 4th through
12th grade students in Florida.
Three winners will be selected: one
elementary (4-5) student, one mid-
dle (6-8) student, and one high
school (9-12) student. Winners will
receive a full four-year tuition
scholarship to a Florida college or
university of their choice, provided
by the Florida Prepaid College

Essays submitted by fourth and
fifth graders should address the fol-
lowing topic: With Ernie Barnes'
"Beach Runner" painting in mind,
choose a present day African-
American role model in your com-
munity or in Florida and describe
how this person has affected your
community or you personally.
Middle school and high school
essays should address the following
topic: In Ernie Barnes' painting
"Beach Runner," the subject
appears to be running with free-
dom, strength and endurance
towards an unseen purpose. Like
the runner, you have also been
given choices and opportunities. As
a student your education is one way
to achieve your goals. Think of
your own personal aspirations and
in your essay describe your goals
and how those goals will contribute
to a brighter future for yourself and
your community.
Visit www.FloridaBlackHistory.com
to download complete guidelines
and entry forms.

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D. C. Confirms same sex marriages

Aisha Mills, left, and her partner Danielle Moody, both of
Washington, react after the District of Columbia City Council
approved gay marriage in their final vote on a bill legalizing the
unions in Washington, D.C.
Same-sex marriages in the nation's capital will come one step closer
when Washington's mayor signs the bill at a public ceremony.
The city council approved the measure this week legalizing gay marriage.
It still has to go for review to Congress, which has the final say over D.C.'s
laws. The district's nonvoting delegate to Congress, Eleanor Holmes
Norton, has said she expects no opposition there.
Supporters expect gay couples may be able to wed in the city as early as
March, but opponents plan to fight the bill.

sometimes give us a way to talk
about issues that tie our tongues in
polite company.
But there are other tools we have
at hand to spark conversation,
including the mix of technology
and kitchen-table chatter that is
social networking. I'm a Twitter
fiend (@faraichideya). So knowing
that I wanted to write an article
about the issues that were bigger
than Tiger, I put out an invitation to
my Twitter circle to discuss the
issues. I lobbed specific questions
like, "Would you see viable alterna-
tives to marriage or monogamy that
would be more respectful than the
cheater game?" For about an hour,
we had a vibrant virtual town hall
meeting. (Some of the conversation

plane bomber reveals about America, Africa, and terrorism mopolite whose wealth
1.1 allowed him to move
attack, American drones took out rorist connection," according to in the U.S. military despite the anti- allowed him to move
Al-Qaeda leadership in Yemen that Rep. Peter King of the House American statements and erratic with ease from Lagos to London to
had supposedly communicated with Homeland Security Committee. behavior that preceded his alleged Dubai. He thus joins a group of
a team of Afghan-born terrorists. One needn't go as far back as the killing of 13 Americans in attackers, from Zazi to "dirty
bomber" Jose Padilla to "shoe-
While such interventions in for- infamous 2001 memo alerting the November. And for his part, bomber" Jose Padilla to "shoe-
eign theaters have been justified as White House that "Osama Bin Mutallab was granted a visa and bomber" Richard Reid, who have
a necessary means of keeping Laden [Is] Determined to Strike allowed to purchase a one-way tick- spent significant amounts of time in
Americans safe, there has been no Within United States" to see that the et to the United States, despite the Europe or the United States. In the
clear strategy for confronting the mechanisms for tracking and appre- growing radicalism flagged earlier Netherlands, where Mutallab made
his airline connection, tensions
threat of Islamic extremism in the ending such individuals have yet this year. his airline connection, tensions
between native Dutch and Muslim
West itself. In this case, Western to be perfected. Afghan citizen and The theme perhaps most critical n nati o lik
authorities were aware of the poten- suspected terrorist Najibullah Zazi to discussion of the Christmas Day immigrants from nations like
1.1 Morocco and Egypt have been well
tial threat posed by Mutallab. After was arrested in Denver this fall, as attack: How democratic govern- documented. In the United States,
his father, an executive at one of were five Virginians Pakistani ments handle homegrown terroristte the ed
debate over the supposed tension
Nigeria's most-respected banks, authorities suspected of working threats. Mutallab, whose father's
A. *between civil liberties for Muslim
told American embassy officials with Al-Qaeda. The trio of British wife is of Yemeni origin and who between civil liberties for Muslim
about the extremist views his son men who plotted to use liquid has spent time in Saudi Arabia, the Americans and national security
had expressed in recent years, the bombs on a transatlantic flight in UAE and other Arab Muslim concern rages unabated. Culture
clash likewise threatens the peace
younger Mutallab was placed on an 2005 were also sentenced this year. nations, has a different pedigree in other western nations like
international FBI watch list for Fort Hood shooter Abdul Malik than most Nigerians of his age. Like i o r n l ,
inArviAt,, th oni ant to. nn o,'.ro o. zvr Ger-cntinue servni Germany, France, Britain, and

is included in the sidebar to this
essay.) I turned off my computer
feeling refreshed and grateful for
this serious discussion with a mix
of friends, acquaintances and
strangers. I remember the AIDS
posters from the '80s that said
"Silence = Death." Well, when it
comes to the cycle of sexual lies,
silence still equals death-physical
death from diseases including
AIDS, but also the death of the
dream that we can love and be
loved in return. Humans should be
able to pursue the dream of respect-
ful, consensual sex and love, a pur-
suit that may take many forms-
many twists of fortune and fate-
but hopefully bring us closer not
only to others but our better selves.

Switzerland-which recently voted
to ban construction of minarets
used in mosques.
So the event exposes a neglected
front in what the Obama adminis-
tration no longer calls a "war on ter-
ror." It was, after all, a concerned
parent that provided what little
information the U.S. had of
Mutallab. The White House has
announced a comprehensive review
of its terror watch list methodology.
But a reliable system of identifying,
understanding and monitoring anti-
American radicals may still be
years away. If there is a silver lin-
ing, it is that the attacker's actions
will occasion a sustained look at the
culture of globalized boredom,
ambition and religious fervor that
will continue to threaten the West in
the 21st century.

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Bethune Cookman Alumni Host Annual Christmas Party

Pictured are members of the B-CU Alumni Annual Christmas Party
planning committee (1-r): Chandra Simmons '90 (president), Saundra
Johnson '75, LaRose Lovett '74 and Evelyn Williams-Tookes '71.

Pictured at the B-CU Alumni Annual Christmas Party are (1-r):
Melody Jackson '79, Bennie Hudson '76 and Lisa King '77.
---" """"--

Members of the Bethune-Cookman (B-CU) C/O '71 pictured with a
portrait of B-CU founder Mary McCloud Bethune are (1-r): Delena
Stephens-Bowden, Brenda Simmons and Evelyn Williams-Tookes.

Duval/Nassau Alumni Chapter of B-CU officers with current B-CU
students (1-r): (back row) Ralph Jones '74, Channell Jones '98,
Chandra Simmons '90 (president), Bellissia Pandy '99, Odilia
Manzano '07 and Darrell Brown '95; (front row) Lontoria Wilson '11
and Bianca Williams '12.

Dr. Sylvester Murray and Joy Bryant '61.

Standard party favorite: the Electric Slide.

by Maretta Latimer
Bethune-Cookman University (B-
CU) graduates and friends danced
the night away this past weekend at
the B-CU Duval/Nassau Alumni
Chapter's Annual Christmas Party.

Held at the Hyatt Regency
Riverfront Hotel, the event was a
fun and festive celebration of B-CU
and the holidays. Hundreds of
guests dined on heavy hors d'oeu-
vres, enjoyed sesaonal giveaways,

reconnected with classmates and
friends, and partied until late. "This
was a night not to be missed. B-CU
alumni wanted to kick off the
Christmas season with a wonderful
party. We also wanted alums to

remember their positive experi-
ences as students at B-CU. We
hope that they will support our alma
mater through financial support,
recruitment, and promotion of Mary
McCloud Bethune's legacy of faith,

service and scholarship on the First
Coast," said Chandra Simmons '90,
president of the Duval/Nassau
Alumni Chapter of B-CU. For
more information on B-CU activi-
ties and events in the Jacksonville

area, please email duvalnas-
saualumni@yahoo.com or visit

Five things you didn't know about Kwanzaa

by M.K. Asante, The Grio
Did you know that...
1. Kwanzaa is celebrated by roughly 20fiillion
people worldwide.
We filmed Kwanzaa celebrations in Jamaica, London,
South Africa, Ghana, Toronto, and Paris. In Paris, for
instance, we were astonished when we filmed an all-
day Kwanzaa celebration in Saint-Denis with roughly
1,000 celebrants. "Nous c6l6brons Kwanzaa aussi,"
they told our crew.
2. Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday, nor is it an
alternative to Christmas.
There is a lot of misinformation about Kwanzaa; the
'religious' myth is probably the most common misun-
derstanding of the holiday. Interestingly, in stark con-
trast, one of the things that was fascinating to learn was
the vital role that the black church played in Kwanzaa's
growth. Black churches around the country, especially
those rooted in black liberation theology churches like
Pastor Jeremiah Wright's Trinity United in Chicago,
Pastor Willie Wilson's Union Temple in Washington,
DC, or Pastor Frederick Haynes' Friendship West in
Dallas introduced Kwanzaa to their congregations and
incorporated its principles into their sermons.
3. Hip Hop played an instrumental role in
Kwanzaa's growth in the eighties and early nineties.
I received a great deal of support from the hip hop
community during the making of the film. Artists like
Dead Prez and Chuck D discussed how hip hop made
them culturally aware and educated them. Stic.man

from Dead Prez talked about
learning about Kwanzaa from v -3
hip hop. Chuck D talked about '
promoting Kwanzaa through
Public Enemy and how they
influenced a generation of
African-Americans to cele- :
brate themselves. Additionally,
Kwanzaa and hip hop are both
African-American cultural
inventions with strong ele-
ments of continental African Asante
4. While Kwanzaa is an African-American and
Pan-African holiday, it can be and is celebrated by
people of different races.
Dr. Maulana Karenga, the founder of Kwanzaa
explains that "other people can and do celebrate it, just
like other people participate in Cinco de Mayo besides
Mexicans; Chinese New Year besides Chinese; Native
American pow wows besides Native Americans."
5. The Black Candle is the first feature film on
The film features hip hop icon Chuck D, NFL legend
Jim Brown, and Kwanzaa founder Dr. Maulana
The Black Candle was shown at the Ritz Kwanzaa cel-
ebration and also featured filmmaker M.K. Asante in
person to answer questions from theaudience and greet

Health reform
continued from page 1
practices such as turning down
people with health problems.
Eventually, all Americans would
be required to carry health insur-
ance, with government subsidies to
make premiums more affordable
for many of them.
Those covered by big employers
wouldn't see major changes, but
individuals buying their own poli-
cies and small businesses would be
able to shop competitively priced

plans in an insurance supermarket
called an exchange. Medicare cuts
and an assortment of taxes and fees
would pay for the bills.
'Democrats are under pressure to
reconcile the House and Senate
versions before Obama's first State
of the Union speech. It's usually
delivered in late January or early
February. Republicans will wage
legislative guerrilla warfare to
delay an agreement.
There's not much time, and appar-
ently not much give either.
Senate moderates say they won't

vote for a bill that changes the
basic terms they agreed to with
Majority Leader Harry Reid.
More difficult to solve is the issue
of how to restrict taxpay er funding
for abortions. Abortion opponents
disagree among themselves over
the Senate's approach. Abortion
rights supporters are completely
against the restrictive House lan-
guage and are divided on how the
Senate has handled it.
Obama will probably have to step
in to settle disputes and keep things

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December 24, 2009 Januray 6, 2010


What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports


activities to self enrichment and the civic scene

New Years Eve
Count down to 2010 with the New
Year's Eve Firework Spectacular
over the St. Johns River. Fireworks
will be shot from one barge in front
of The Jacksonville Landing and
another barge in front of the Hyatt
Regency Hotel. Watch from the
Northbank and Southbank on
December 31st at Midnight. Other
parties include ones at the Museum
of Science and History,
Metropolitan Park and aboard the
Jacksonville Princess.

Ritz Jazz Jamm
On Saturday, January 2, join the
Ritz Theatre for the Ritz Jazz
Jamm. Admission is $15 at the
door and includes 1 drink of your
choice. It's an experience of relax-
ing music, beverages and a unique
atmosphere. Na'im and the Jazz
Band welcomes you to bring your
instrument or vocals and Jam with
the band. Or just bring your "Ears
on Jazz"! The first Saturday of
every month the Ritz Jazz Band fea-
tures a different jazz artist. This
month is the music of Grover
Washington. Call 632-5555 for
more information.

event will start at 7 p.m. Spoken
word night is held on the first
Thursday of every month where
poets, writers, vocalists and some-
times musicians gather to present
and hear some of the area's most
powerful and profound lyrical voic-
es in a casual open-mic setting. For
more information call 632-5555.

Chamber of Commerce
Annual MLK Breakfast
The Jacksonville Chamber of
Commerce will present their 23rd
Annual Martin Luther King, Jr.
Breakfast on Friday, January 8,
2010 at the the Prime Osborne
Convention Center. The annual
event will begin promptly at 7 a.m.
featuring keynote speaker and
author Rodney Hurst. For tickets or
more information, call 366-6600,
ext. 7606.

Najee in Concert
Jazz artist Najee will be in concert
on Wednesday, January 9th at 8
p.m. Tickets are $35.00.The concert
will be held at the Ritz Theatre. For
tickets or more information, call
T"linto r ar ,,jriie( c f iirv

Free Evening Plus Size Model Search
Dangerous Curves will present
of Spoken Word their 6th annual model search on
Come out and enjoy an evening of Saturday, January 9th at the
Spoken Word at the Ritz Theater in Wyndham Riverside Hotel, 1515
Thursday, January 7, 2010. The free Prudential Drive. Tryouts will begin





at noon. For more information call
554-9930 or visit www.dangerous-

AbzSolute Fitness 10
Mile Club Meeting
ABzSolute Fitness & Upper Level
Sports invite you to take your fit-
ness to another level or simply
begin with the end in mind. Join the
Team: 10 Mile Club, Upper Level
Sprinters or Upper Level Cyclers.
The first meeting will be Saturday,
January 9th 2010 lla.m.-lp.m. at
ABzSolute Fitness 5290-4
Norwood Ave or call 765-6002 for
more information.

Magnet Mania
The Duval County School Board's
annual Magnet Mania event will be
January 9th. Parents and students
will be able to learn about magnet
programs and other options avail-
able at schools for the upcoming
school year. It will be held at the
Jacksonville Fairgrounds on Jan. 9
from 11 a.m. till 3 p.m. to learn
more, ask questions of teachers and
students, and pick up applications.
Admission and parking are free.

Rickey Smiley
in Concert
Funny man Rickey Smiley will be
in concert Saturday, January 9th
at the Florida Theatre. Tickets are
now on sale. For more information,
call 630-4964.

Najee in Concert
Jazz artist Najee will be in concert
at the Ritz Theater on Saturday,
January 9, 2010. Showtime is 8
p.m.For tickets or more informa-
tion, call 632-5555.

Queens of Gospel
in Concert
Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr.
will host the Queens of Gospel con-
cert on Sunday, January 10, 2010.
The show will feature gospel music
legends Shirley Caesar, Dottie
Peeples, Vicki Winans and Beverly
Crawford at the Times-Union
Center for the Performing Arts in
the Moran Theater.

The Harlem
String Quartet
The Harlem Quartet, comprising
First-Place Laureates of the Sphinx
Competition whose mission is to
advance diversity in classical music
to new audiences highlighting
works by minority composers is
coming to Jacksonville. They will
be in concert on Friday, January
15, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. at the Church
of the Good Shepherd. The church
is located at 1100 Stockton Street.
For more info call 387-5691.

Plant Propagation

plants for less. There will also be a
hands-on activity on how to recycle
newspaper into seed pots. It will be
held on Tuesday, January 19, 2010
from 2-4 p.m. at the Webb
Wesconnett Regional Library, 6887
103rd St. For more information or
to register, call Becky at 387-8850.
Space is limited.

Battle of the Beats
On Saturday, January 23rd, their
will be a Battle of the Beats
Drumline Competition at Raines
High School. The event will feature
drumlines from schools from
around the state. Showtime is at 3
p.m. For tickets or more informa-
tion, call 924-3049 EXT 199.

Black Eyed Peas
in concert
Grammy Award Winning artist
Black Eyed Peas will be in concert
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at the
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
Arena. Tickets are currently on sale.
For more information call 745-
Learn about
Surrogate Parenting
JCCI will present a free noon
forum on Surrogate Parents -
Making a Difference in One Child's
Life. It will be held Wednesday,
January 13th from Noon to 1:00
p.m. at JCCI. Participants will join

juvenile court veteran and child lit-
eracy advocate Judge Karen Cole
for an active discussion about a
very special program helping
abused, neglected or abandoned
children with disabilities succeed in
school. Seating is limited. RSVP
to Earlene@jcci.org.

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
around Soweto. They will be in
concert on February 10, 2010 at 8
p.m. at the Florida Theatre. For
tickets or more info, call 355-2787.

Rachelle Ferrell
in Concert
The Ritz Theater will present jazz
artist Rachelle Ferrell in concert on
February 13th. Showtime is 8
p.m. A must do for your
Valentine's Day sweet! For more
information call 632-5555.

Father Daughter Dance
Girls Inc. will present their annu-
al Father Daughter Dance that will
take place on Saturday, February
20th at the Hyatt Hotel. All pro-
ceeds will benefit the programs of
Girls Inc. For more information,
call 731-9933.

There will be a free plant propaga-
tion workshop to learn how to grow JLOC Open M 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
meetings are open to the public. If you are concerned and want to see
improvement in the quality of life and living conditions in your communi-
ty, you are invited to attend. For more information call 904-240-9133.

Matthew Gilbert Grand Reunion
Matthew W. Gilbert Jr.- Sr. High School Alumni Incorporation will present
its 12th Annual New Year Students and Teachers Grand Alumni Reunion
honoring 60 classes beginning with the Class of 1960 for their 50th Year
hile dF h^ Reunion the weekend of January 8-10, 2010.
All alumni, teachers attendees and guests are invited to attend the Welcome
Reception on Friday from 7-11 p.m. and a Banquet the following Saturday
night from 6:00 p.m. to 1:00a.m. Both events will be held at the Hyatt
Regency River Walk Hotel. No tickets will be available at the door.
S( P LY 3 03For more information,contact Class Leaders or Lydia Jackson-Bell at (904)
k^ J A IV& J^J 305-6185.

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- stories that kept us talking!

The Inaugeration ofBarack Obama Inauguration Day in January was a moving moment for
many Americans, as the nation's first black president took the oath of office. But Obama soon confronted the
sobering realities of governing as he struggled to get the economy back on track and win support for his ambi-
tious legislative priorities. Nearly a year later, we are still celebrating.

The death; of lfichaelJackson -'Just as h-e was mounting a massive career comeback, Michael
Jackson passed away suddenly on June 25th. The late King of Pop was preparing for an unprecedented
run of shows at London's 02 Arena when he overdosed on Propofol. Jackson's family members threw a
monumental memorial service for him in Los Angeles and have subsequently released footage of his con-
cert rehearsals in a motion picture titled "This Is It." Michael's kids Prince Michael, Paris, and Blanket
have also been in the news since their father's death.

Chris Brown assaults Rihanna While most top-selling singers were attending the 2009 Grammy
Awards, Rihanna was recovering from being beaten up by her boyfriend Chris Brown. The "Umbrella" babe and
her beau got into a physical fight while driving around Hollywood in a Lamborghini and Rihanna ended up with
a bruised face, black eyes, and a split lip. The pair broke up following the fracas and Brown was sentenced to
probation with community service. Chris also released a video in which he pleads for forgiveness, though his
career had taken a hit. Conversely, Rihanna put her strife into song and has a new album called Rated R.
SMMistresses cause serious trouble

The economy Despite a $787 billion federal stimulus package,
much of the U.S. economy continued to sputter throughout the year. The
jobless rate topped 10 percent, scores of banks failed, the federal deficit
tripled to a record $1.4 trillion, and stocks fell to their lowest levels since
1997 before rallying. Yet investment banks' profits surged, triggering pub-
lic anger and efforts in Washington to crack down on Wall Street bonuses.

Black History made in the Superbowl Mike Tomlin is
an American football head coach for the NFl's Tomlin is the third
youngest head coach in any of the four major North American profession-
al sports. He is the tenth African-American head coach in NFL history, and
first in Steelers history. With the Steelers' victory in Super Bowl XLIII on
February 1, 2009, Tomlin became the youngest head coach to lead his team
to a Super Bowl victory.

Gates arrest reignites race dialogue
Shown left in a photo taken by a
neighbor July 16, 2009, Henry ,
Louis Gates Jr. center, the director .
of Harvard University's W.E.B.
DuBois Institute for African and
African American Research, is
arrested at his home in Cambridge,
The arrest took place after police
received a call that it appeared a
Black man was entering Gates'
home illegally. After police arrived,
he was arrested
despite pleas that he
was the owner of the
home. He was
booked for disorderly
conduct after
"exhibiting loud and
tumultuous behav- ..V
ior," according to a I l
police report. Gates
accused the investi- President Barack Obama, right, and VP Joe
gating officer of being Biden, left, have a beer with Harvard scholar
a racist and told him Henry Louis Gates Jr., second from left, and
he had "no idea who Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley
he was messing with," in the Rose Garden of the White House.
the report said apology and even a "beer of recon-
The events following the arrest ciliation" at the White House host-
included everything from a call for ed by President Obama, a personal
the officer to step down, a public friend of Gates.

Steve McNair killed by Saheni- NFL Superstar Steve
McNair fell to a fate few could empathize with after being shot to death
in a double suicide murder by his mistress Sahel Kazemi in July (from
Orange Park,FL). The very married retired professional athlete was
rumored to have more than one liasion going on. Meanwhile, his wife says
she didn't have a clue.

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Tiger Woods potential divorce could cost millions -
After the sad ending of Steve McNair, you would think athletes would
learn a thing or two from the wrath of 'the other woman'. Evidently not.
In the case of Tiger Woods' ongoing story, the nation rushed to prayers
after hearing of his car accident. It would soon be revealed that allegedly,
he was trying to escape his wife who was chasing him with a gold club
after finding him communicating with a mistress. Soon after the news
broke, women began to surface (now totaling 14) of their alleged affairs
with Woods all thinking they were "the only one".

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